Secret Admirers


dVerse   Poetics wants us to pick a poet from the many customers of the poets’ pub and write a response, maybe in their style or maybe not.  One’s poetic voice after a while becomes recognisable, but write in someone else’s?  A tall order.  No prizes for guessing this one.

A one trick pony, but what a trick ─
she comes in from time to time

like the lady who once lived in Bath
she leads us straight up the path
in impeccable metre
she asks us to treat her
with laughter and fun and a glass

Who’d a’ thought a simple limerick
could be so versatile?


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19 Responses to Secret Admirers

  1. Haha I like this a lot. Limericks are not my specialty.


  2. Abhra says:

    that is such an adorable piece of writing – and you gave her away 🙂

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  3. Victoria says:

    Oh, this is perfect. I love limericks.


  4. Oh yes.. it’s been a while.. but tomorrow it’s OLN and maybe she’ll drop by…. Limericks are among the hardest piece of poetry to write I think.

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  5. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Ah, I know who she is 😀 wonderful write.

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  6. A delight to read!

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  7. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Boy, you nailed this one. This Lady of Levity does not show up much, but when I leave a comment on her site, it is fun to do so as a limerick, right?

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  8. whimsygizmo says:

    Heehee. I love that lovely limerick trickster. 😉 Great nod, Viv.

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  9. Mary says:

    Ha, I know who this is. And, so true….this poet does seem to be a one-trick pony. There is a lot of fodder for limericks in our Presidential campaigning here. One would think there would be a lot of limerick material!

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  10. lillian says:

    Have always enjoyed a good limerick! 🙂 Especially fun to read aloud. Nicely done!

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  11. RAIMBAULT Marie-Jo says:

    I was one of your secret admirers; now I remain your admirer!
    A French one…
    I don’t understand the apostrophe (punctuation mark) in «a’ thought»

    «Who’d a’ thought a simple limerick
    could be so versatile?»

    and in «flying ‘cross the page.»
    «Ode to a Mouse

    O feckless fubsy piece of plastic
    capricious device of devious devil ─
    discipline your rebel arrow
    wildly flying ‘cross the page.»

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    • It’s probably a bit old-fashioned now (I was at school a VERY long time ago).. The apostrophe signifies a missing letter or letters: in the first case you mention, “who’d a’ thought” stands for “Who would have thought”
      and in the second: “flying across the page”.
      It’s (there I go again) a useful poetic trick to adjust the metre of a line..

      A French equivalent would be the argot “J’ai pas” for “Je ne sais pas”


      • Marie-Jo says:

        Thank you very much, Viv, for answering my question!,p51551

        Take care!

        C’que j’savais :

        Rule 1a.

        Use the apostrophe to show possession.

        Rule 2b.

        In special cases, such as when forming a plural of a word that is not normally a noun, some writers add an apostrophe for clarity.

        Example: Here are some do’s and don’ts.In that sentence, the verb do is used as a plural noun, and the apostrophe was added because the writer felt that dos was confusing. Not all writers agree; some see no problem with dos and don’ts.Rule 5. Use an apostrophe with contractions. The apostrophe is placed where a letter or letters have been removed.

        Examples: doesn’t, it’s, can’t, you’d, should’ve, rock ‘n’ roll, etc.


        C’que j’apprends, grâce à toi :

        Rule 2b.

        However, with single lowercase letters, it is advisable to use apostrophes.

        Example: My a’s look like u’s.

        Imagine the confusion if you wrote that sentence without apostrophes. Readers would see as and us, and feel lost.
        There are one or two cases in which it is acceptable to use an apostrophe to form a plural, purely for the sake of clarity:

        you can use an apostrophe to show the plurals of single letters:

        I’ve dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s.

        Find all the p’s in appear.

        you can use an apostrophe to show the plurals of single numbers:

        Find all the number 7’s.

        Rule 5. Use an apostrophe with contractions. The apostrophe is placed where a letter or letters have been removed.


        ’tis, [tɪz] short form of it is: ‘Tis the ​season to be ​jolly!

        Larousse: (dialect & literary & abbreviation of it is )

        ’Twas the night before Christmas.Rule 9.

        ne’er [neəɼ]
        (literary) → never (adverb)




        Wednesday, a friend sent me a poem


        The roofs are shining from the rain,
        The sparrows twitter as they fly,
        And with a windy April grace
        The little clouds go by.

        Yet the backyards are bare and brown
        With only one unchanging tree–
        I could not be so sure of Spring
        Save that it sings in me.

        by Sara Teasdale

        And I have seen on the Internet:

        Ne’er cast a clout till May be out

        Proverb, equivalent in French: En avril, ne te découvre pas d’un fil.


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        • Mostly I’ve taught spoken English, so Id need to brush up on written English to teach it. You are in Northern France, so I wonder how far away It’d be good to get together! I’m in Manche, between Saint Lo and Coutances.


          • Marie-Jo says:

            Houdan is about 13 km away from my little village. We are not really nearby / neighbours; we are separated by about 300 km. But we can try / attempt to meet each other one day.

            Are you able to access to my email?

            (Houdan, a small town in the Yvelines departement in the Île-de-France region,is 63 kilometres (39 mi) west of Paris.)

            Read in my message, April 29, 2016 at 15:54:
            [S]’que j’apprends, grâce à toi

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