Once there was a sailor called Nevil
Who could be quite a bit of a devil
One day he called pirates be there
Causing the captain to send up a prayer
But regardless they both ended up below sea-level
A limerick is a five-line poem that consists of a single stanza, an AABBA rhyme scheme, and whose subject is a short, pithy tale or description. Most limericks are comedic, some are downright crude, and nearly all are trivial in nature.
The etymology of the word “limerick” has inspired some debate. Historians agree it is a reference to the Irish city and county of Limerick, but the poems trace back to England, not Ireland. As such, many believe that the word refers to an old tune, “Won’t You Come to Limerick?” that featured the same meter and rhyme scheme.