Ghostly Limerick

Ghostly Limerick
By Madeleine Begun Kane

There are those who like being a ghost —
Not the dead kind. Who wants to be toast?
I mean writers whose name
Gets no credit (or blame.)
Here’s my problem with that: You can’t boast.

(More ghost and hauntings verse over at Big Tent Poetry’s Thursday Think Tank)

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16 Responses to “Ghostly Limerick”

  1. Rinkly Rimes says:

    ghostest with the leastest

    And a very spooky coincidence!!!!

  2. interesting take on the prompt….I very much enjoyed it….put a smile on my face :-)

  3. madkane says:

    Thanks Rinkly and Sherry!

  4. That was brilliant, Madeleine…everything a limerick should be!
    Loved it!

  5. madkane says:

    What a lovely thing to say, Lynette! Thanks!

  6. madhumakhi says:

    Interesting interpretation. Most of us amateur writers feel like ghosts. You’re not the only one.

  7. David says:

    Something that has occurred to me before now, but I never turned it into anything! Well done.

  8. Fireblossom says:


    Well, honey, I know I’m the best, even though it may take the rest of the world a few days to catch up to speed!

  9. Jingle says:

    can’t boast, not the dead one,

    powerful piece.

  10. You know, I wouldn’t mind being a ghost
    Through haunted mansions I would coast.
    Flying around and saying Boo
    Creepy sounds with old shoes
    I’d start with the House of Congress; they need it the most.

  11. Oh this is clever! I love it.

  12. Cara Holman says:

    It’s so fun to see the different directions poets take in response to the prompts. This is very creative!

  13. pamela says:

    Maybe it is a self-esteem issue, Madeleine.
    I like where you went with this prompt.

  14. madkane says:

    Thanks so much to all of you for your nice words about my ghostly verse.

  15. Ella says:

    This was fun, you did a great job~

  16. madkane says:

    Thanks, Ella!