Quick Story & Other Verse (Limerick & Haiku Prompt)

Today’s limerick, haiku, and senryu theme is furniture and furnishings. First, my limerick:

Quick Story
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“Quick story,” my husband declares.
“It’s short — I’m not kidding,” he swears.
But I know that he’s wrong.
He’ll be witty, but long.
How I wish I could find us some chairs.

And now two haiku (senryu):

Dad climbs into bed.
His poodle growls in protest.
Their turf war begins.

Sixty-year-old chair,
still covered in plastic,
protected from life.

Now, of course, it’s your turn. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write some verse about furniture and furnishings. When you’ve posted your poem(s), please return here and add a direct link to your themed poetry, using Mr. Linky. There’s no rush, by the way, because you have a whole week to post it.

(Note: My poems were inspired by these three prompts: “being told a story,” “pets,” and “father / find.”)

Limerick and Haiku Prompts Participants


1. SandyCarlson
2. Connie
3. Patricia (a/k/a Roswila)
4. Jade
5. Linda – Nickers and Ink
6. Noah the Great
7. Noah the Great
8. Bevie
9. Crafty Green poet
10. art predator

UPDATE: Mr. Linky is now closed, but you can still add links to your furniture and furnishings verse in the Comments. And if you’d like to participate in a new poetry prompt, you can always find my latest one here.

UPDATE 2: World Storytelling Day falls on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere.

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14 Responses to “Quick Story & Other Verse (Limerick & Haiku Prompt)”

  1. SandyCarlson says:

    Thanks for sharing the poodle haiku with us at One Single Impression. I have seen such turf battles delightfully lost night after night in my own life in rooms above those full of furniture protected from life. I suppose the desire for such safety is pretty common!

  2. I’ve taken the liberty of posting a link to a free verse poem of mine about a couch, that I posted to my blog a while ago since it fits the prompt.

    Your “turf war” piece brings back lots of memories. But for me it was a “war” between my two cats as to which one got to sleep where or on me in bed. :-)

  3. Joyce T. says:

    I really enjoyed your “Quick Story” limerick.

    I don’t dare start writing limericks, as fun as it seems. I already think in haiku; limericks would be more difficult to get out of my head. :P

  4. Jade says:

    the icebox moans
    open me

  5. Great comic relief. Thanks!


    Thanks for participating at SIMPLY SNICKERS this week. Here’s mine:

    IN MY FATHER’S FIELD, at Nickers and Ink

  6. Bevie says:

    I like your quick story limerick. My husband says I can make a short story long but it is nothing on his epic tales. I loved your senryu too. I posted my senryu at my place.


  7. Jack says:

    That’s a cute take on the prompt. Very clever.

  8. art predator says:

    i’ve got a furniture poem, written as part of hte 315 experiment, just gotta get it posted….

    i like the chair protected from life…

  9. art predator says:

    it’s up–and guess what? it has a protected chair too!

    and i realize that my readwritepoem posts fits into your prompt as well

  10. that is hilarious “tale”… great to be back… always so amusing..

  11. Clay says:

    The following is kind of silly, but I can’t help myself…

    Tag is a difficult game to quit
    With only posterior touches legit.
    She swatted my bottom and
    Sat down on the Ottoman.
    Now I am stuck being It.

  12. Granny Smith says:

    Where is the Friday, June 20 prompt? I had to miss the last one due to too much traveling, but I’d like to participate now that I am home again.

  13. madkane says:

    thanks everyone. next prompt delayed. one wrist broken. bad carpal tunnel attack in other. this prompt still open.