(04 October 1943 / Germany)

Limerick Practice

In the jungle the lion is king.
To placate him the birds all do sing.
But watch out for the leopard
and his guardian, the shepherd.
They do form a familiar ring.

When the hunger starts bugging the leopard,
he could eat his old friend Mr. Shepherd.
But his honour runs deep
so they go after sheep
all the meat goes to leopard and shepherd.

Then the lion awakes from his nap.
Tells his females that all this is crap.
He runs after the leopard
but gets killed by the shepherd
and the little hyenas, they clap.

by Herbert Nehrlich

Comments (5)

That was funny.thank you.
This was written as all the little limericks were in response to Michael Shepherds Limerick tonight. All within minutes before he escaped... H
Hey! Two more thoughts. Who's practicing the limerick? You or the protaganist's in the poem (whoever they may be) , and when was this written; I see it has a number that goes back? Oh, by the way, I noticed you share youinger sisters birthday. Very neat. A little Karma maybe?
Nice rhythm and meter. Also a bit dark in a very humorous way. Or is that just my sneaky little head. Should I get the coffee? I especially like the brevity. It takes some talent to be brief yet pungent. Nice poem Herbert.
liked this one very much