A Limerick about Ponies

The FormForAll lesson at dVerse Poets Pub today is on how to write a limerick. When I read it, my initial reaction was that I don’t do limericks and that there was no way I could write one. And yet, as the afternoon wore on the inkling of a limerick came to mind in between work projects. I finally realized it wasn’t going to leave my head until I wrote and posted it.

This limerick is dedicated to my 17-year-old son who has always been a fan of good cartoons. One of his favorite cartoon producers and animators is Lauren Faust, whose most recent creation is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Part of me wants to scream because he is watching a cartoon called My Little Pony, but then he reminds me that it is about friendship and tolerance. Who can argue with that? So this is my limerick inspired by this interesting turn of events in my son’s (and my) life.

There once was a boy who liked ponies
And he and his friends were called bronies
To his mother’s dismay
He’d watch ponies all day
Saying friendship and love aren’t for phonies

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


25 Responses

  1. My 15 year old son is a Bronie too. It does take a lot of courage to admit to liking a cartoon aimed at 8 year old girls. If your son has other interests too, I see no harm in this. It makes him happy and isn’t that what we want for our kids?

  2. A+++ Linda. I’ve tried this a million times and have never even come close!
    Yours is so much warmer and sweet than the other lymerics loitering out there.

    Your talent is so broad, and I like knowing it’s a gift from Him. I’m grateful that we can bless each other with our words… : )

    • Linda, You are so sweet! This was actually the first time I ever wrote a limerick – and I have two more I’m going to post that came to mind later last night. 🙂 I think you will like them, too. There are definitely some less then wholesome limericks “loitering” out there. But it is such a fun form of poetry – it’s fun to write some clean ones. Peace, Linda

      • If you become the Limerick Queen, you could be trapped in this genre forever! The limericks for Saturday morning clicked along beautifully!

      • Linda, I lack the consistency necessary to be trapped in a particular genre. In this case I guess that’s a good thing. 😉 Peace, Linda

  3. What a sweet story you tell
    At his hobby I wouldn’t yell
    For though he likes ponies
    He still has cronies
    And for that it’s just as well

  4. Ha I liked this and the comments. It’s the truth the pendulum swings. My children though my husband and I were “sort of hippies” (we too liked rock and roll but not much else hippy..he was after all a professor of Elec. Engrg.) but they became very conservative, and very upright. Funny isn’t it. But I like the message in this.

  5. You pulled off your first limerick very well, with good rhyme and almost perfect meter.

    It would be perfect meter if you added “both” to the beginning of line 2 and replaced “aren’t” with “ain’t.” (Aren’t is a two syllable word for many, if not most, people.)

    I hope you’ll give my weekly Limerick-Off challenges a try.

    • Madeleine, Thanks for the tips. I edited it to add “And” instead of “Both” (since there are oddly more than 2 of them) to the beginning of line 2. But I just couldn’t change aren’t to ain’t. Partly because it makes me giggle that someone would thing aren’t is a two syllable word. 🙂 I’ll check out your limerick off – sounds fun. Peace, Linda

  6. Am I first? Never been first on any comment in four years!

    Like your ‘pony and phony’
    AND Friendship and Love, of course!
    Thank you.

    • Steve, Sorry but Brian beat you to the #1 spot. I’m glad you stopped by, though. 🙂 What this limerick really needs is a picture of my son in his “Brony” t-shirt. Peace, Linda

    • Brian, I think he likes it in part because as a teen he has to like something his parents don’t. And since we like the hard rock music he listens to, even some of the heavy metal, what’s he got left to show his rebellion? Peace, Linda

      • I just love all of this! Great limerick, great topic, great family! I am giggling about ‘what’s he got left to show his rebellion”. haha! Maybe more parents should try this! Love you and God bless you and all the little ponies and brave bronies!

      • Deb, I like that – “brave bronies!” It does take courage to like what he likes even if others don’t agree. 🙂 And I’m glad I could make you giggle! 😉 Peace, Linda

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