“Rankle”….Title was a Gift from Cheri the Hermit

Dared to use “rankle” in a poem…so here is the limerick:

There once was a dragon named Rankle

He slipped and fell on his ankle

He racked his brain

No longer was sane

And no longer was he tranquil

Dragon from PSF D-270006.png

Dragon from PSF D-270006.png (Photo credit: Wikipedi




Limerick:  A poetic form that is comical and often nonsensical.  Composed of five lines.  Typically the first, second and

fifth lines rhyme with each other, while the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other.  A limerick follows an anapestic rhythm.

A popular form in children’s verse, the limerick is often comical, nonsensical, and sometimes even lewd. The form is well known to generations of English-speaking readers, by way of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, first published in 1791. Composed of five lines, the limerick adheres to a strict rhyme scheme and bouncy rhythm, making it easy to memorize.

Typically, the first two lines rhyme with each other, the third and fourth rhyme together, and the fifth line either repeats the first line or rhymes with it. The limerick’s anapestic rhythm is created by an accentual pattern that contains many sets of double weakly-stressed syllables. The pattern can be illustrated with dashes denoting weak syllables, and back-slashes for stresses:

1) – / – – / – – /
2) – / – – / – – /
3) – / – – /
4) – / – – /
5) – / – – / – – /

– See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5783#sthash.6yDImAgC.dpuf

4 thoughts on ““Rankle”….Title was a Gift from Cheri the Hermit

  1. SUNEESH says:

    well written


  2. Whimsical and fun!


  3. Dace says:

    did I fall on my ankle as that would explain my insanity?


    • LOL…stranger things have happened…are you a dragon? You failed to write that in your ABOUT revelation! I am a dragon…blue belt…LOL And on top of that, my granddaughter, who is 4, insists that my next car should be “rainbowed color?” WOW–so insightful! LOL


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