The square limerick is a form I was
intoduced to at The Chop House, a newish
poetry discussion board, worth a visit. The rules of the form
are simple, though complying with them can be tricky. It's a
limerick, but the words of the top line are repeated down the
left-hand side, whilst the five rhyme-words on the right also
make up the last line of the poem. Try it for yourself.
A person from old Bangalore -
Person? No! Frankly call him a bore! -
From noon to night sings
Old B-sides by Wings
Bangalore bore sings Wings evermore.
The next one is a free imitation of
Catullus: Carmen LXXXV ("Odi et amo...")
I love! Oh that's great!
Love transforms, though, to hate.
Oh what havoc it makes;
That's why my heart aches.
Great hate makes aches penetrate.
If you've any comments on his limericks, George Simmers would be pleased to hear from you.