A Case Of Limericks (Limerick-Off Monday)

It’s Limerick-Off time, once again. And that means I write a limerick, and you write your own, using the same first line. Then you post your limerick here and, if you’re a Facebook user, on Facebook too.

The best submission will be crowned Limerick Of The Week. (Here’s last week’s Limerick Of The Week Winner plus the Honorable Mentions.)

How will your poems be judged? By meter, rhyme, and cleverness. (If you’re feeling a bit fuzzy about limerick writing rules, you can find some helpful resources listed here.)

I’ll announce the Limerick of the Week Winner right before I post next week’s Limerick-Off. So that gives you a full week to submit your clever, polished verse.

I hope you’ll join me in writing a limerick with this first line:

A woman at work on a case…

or

A fellow at work on a case…

Here’s mine:

A Case Of Limericks
By Madeleine Begun Kane

A woman at work on a case
Was finding some facts hard to face.
She feared that her client
(A mild-mannered giant)
Killed his wife cuz he wanted more space.

Please feel free to write your own limerick using the same first line and post it in my comments. And if you’re on Facebook, I hope you’ll join my friends in that same activity on my Facebook Limerick-Off post.

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48 Responses to “A Case Of Limericks (Limerick-Off Monday)”

  1. Pat Hatt says:

    A fellow at work on a case
    Bent down to tie his shoe lace
    A woman thought he had some nerve
    Calling him a perve
    Slapping him across the face

  2. I played with the first line a bit. Sorry.

    A harlot at work on a case
    Got splinters in her pretty pink base,
    “When a guy wants a quickie
    You can’t be too picky
    And there was really no other place.”

  3. kaykuala says:

    A woman at work on a case…
    Pressed for time but was amazed
    She could do without
    But hubby could not
    In a daze in the house for what he missed

  4. My muse has dried up as I have tried to respond in verse. This is a fun one, too. These are great.

  5. Dianne McLaughlin says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Decided she needs her own place
    Her partner got miffed
    But gave her a gift
    And covered her files with mace

  6. Linkmeister says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Said “My patient’s heart it does race!”
    Then she rang her small bell
    And shouted “Oh Hell!”
    “In my book I’ve just lost my place!”

  7. ..Killed his wife cuz he wanted more space..ugh…you’re going dark today…ha…reminded me of the book i read yesterday..cold ash by samuel beckett….excellent…but well…too much killing…not for more space though…smiles

  8. Mark Kane says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Of Champagne that she chilled at her place,
    Kept steadily drinking.
    But what was she thinking?
    She couldn’t maintain this fast pace.

  9. A fellow at work on a case
    Yelled, “What hamfist sketched out this face?!
    “Suspect’s eyes/ears transposed?!
    “Two-tone lips?! Double-nosed?!” …
    “Name’s Picasso, he’s new round the place.”

  10. Jan Freeman says:

    A fellow at work on a case
    Ended up with a very red face
    For each tried combination
    Caused so much frustration
    And wouldn’t work in any case

  11. A woman at work on a case
    Was aiming to reunite Thrace
    But she found out the Turks
    Are really just jerks
    So she’s going back over with mace…

  12. Jan Freeman says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Of a butler who’d left in disgrace
    Saw at once in her brief
    He could not be the thief
    Now he’s found in her service a place

  13. hansi says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Found she had a big red pimple on her face.
    She ran into some twit
    Who claimed she had a zit
    So she sprayed his face with mace.

  14. daisy mae simon says:

    In honor of Leymah Gbowee, Tawakul Karman, and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

    A woman at work on a case
    With two more entrenched in the race
    to improve women’s plights
    And achieve equal rights
    Nobel Peace Prizes all interlace!

  15. Elisa says:

    A woman at work on a case
    needed to pick up the pace
    so she bought a blood hound
    went out on the town
    and decided her steps to retrace

  16. My entry, based on a true story (news link on my site)…

    Batman is on the Case

    A woman at work on a case
    Had Batman show up at her place
    Said he saw in the sky
    The bat signal (no lie)
    But she just didn’t trust his thin face.

  17. Veralynne says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Heard a shot that shattered a vase
    An irate hubby, you see,
    A soon-to-be divorcee,
    Was unhappy about losing his place.

  18. Veralynne says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Was thinking thoughts so much more base
    As reveries erupted,
    Her work was interrupted.
    She left work with a blush on her face.

    Her client’s sad stories were hot
    Of hubby’s red light district spot
    Wifey’s details so complete
    Ms. Esq. couldn’t keep her seat
    So back to work she went–of course NOT!

    Ms. Esq. was in need of a drink.
    Ah! The cafe beside the skate rink!
    A good place for meeting
    Now, what’ll be her greeting?
    On her way, she’ll calmly think.

    But once Mr. Sexy comes by,
    And gives her “that” look in the eye,
    She knows she will melt,
    He’ll have her under his belt,
    ‘Cuz all she’ll whisper is, “Hi.”

  19. Thom says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Thought she would steal first base
    The judge glared at her
    And said with no slur
    “Your a one bagger. Look at your face”

  20. Jesse Levy says:

    A woman at work on a case
    in her heels fell flat on her face
    Bending down for a clue
    she fell off of her shoe
    Now she works in a new pizza place.

  21. Karin says:

    The Lacy-See-Through Top

    A woman who works on a case
    Sues a male boss, she says on my face:
    “He stares at my chest.”
    “To me, he is obsessed.”
    When she always wear see-thru-and-lace.
    (no wonder!)

  22. gwbieb says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Disappeared without leaving a trace
    She exists only online
    Where she is quite divine
    But it’s been years since we’ve been face to face

  23. William says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Forgot to consider her base.
    She decided to run
    Like an angry old nun.
    Then Bachmann fell flat on her face.

  24. A woman at work on a case
    Was searching all over the place
    For a classified folder
    When her three-year old told her
    He used it to make a cone vase.

  25. Mark Megson says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Tried to find who’d lifted her face
    Not just a nip or tuck done
    But the whole face was gone
    A blank expression had taken its place.

  26. John Richter says:

    A woman at work on a case
    felt a hand on her rear out of place,
    And she turned right around
    found a creep, smiles abound,
    so she sprayed him in the face with her mace!

    A woman at work on a case,
    felt that something was just out of place,
    The maid’s door was ajar,
    her lipstick on hubby’s collar,
    and Mrs. held his severed head in embrace.

  27. AlaurileeProductions (@alaurilee) says:

    A woman at work on a case,
    saw the suspect and felt her heart race;
    He was the first boy she’d known,
    who had now since grown,
    into a menacing man with a scowl on his face.

    Alaurilee

  28. brian says:

    a man at work on a case
    gave the crook a terrible chase
    followed the clues
    broke a few rules
    but sentence he would have to face

  29. pamelasayers says:

    Mad, indeed, *smiles* Love your limericks!

    Pamela

  30. J Sardo says:

    A fellow at work on a case
    Made an effort to quickly replace
    Every bottle he took
    With the stealth of a crook
    ‘Fore his wife could get wise to his drunken disgrace.

    A woman at work on a case
    Took a stroll through the park with her mace.
    She confronted a lout who loitered about
    Sprayed pepper in his eyes and oversize snout
    Then bagged her case with the snout-swollen face.

  31. hedgewitch says:

    Always a welcome humor break when I pass through. Thanks to all the limerick artists.

  32. Granny Smith says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Had to leave her new job in disgrace.
    Every time that she spied
    A cute guy, she had lied
    And lay down in her client’s embrace.

  33. Ann LeFlore says:

    Your limericks are so wonderful and I am always impressed by how easy you can create this and make them flow
    Day of the Dead

  34. LBTL says:

    A woman at work on a case
    was crying over harm that did debase
    She worried that the victim
    would never go on a limb
    and trust she’ll find justice for her case

    I tried but I know I messed up :( Thanks so much for your visit :)

  35. Hi Madeleine,

    I just couldn’t come up with a thing this week. How sad is that?

    Best Wishes,

    Paul

  36. Linda Moss says:

    A woman at work on a case,
    She sits, staring skyward in a daze;
    She sees and believes the words that in air she just read
    Words from a guy who just last night first shared her bed;
    The ? following the plane just left her dripping in glaze.

  37. RJ Clarken says:

    A fellow at work on the case
    for interplanetary space
    said, “Pluto still rocks.
    To haters…a pox!”
    (This comes from his vast knowledge base.)

  38. RJ Clarken says:

    A fellow at work on a case
    for solutions which would well erase
    his criminal trail
    were a huge epic fail.
    Now he’s in a confined prison place.

  39. RJ Clarken says:

    A woman at work on the case
    of the sequencing of Fibonacci
    said, “Yes, mathematics
    tunes, poems, dramatics
    and more find it prime. It’s got grace.

  40. Mark Kane says:

    A guy was at work on a case.
    Of how to get out of her place.
    He got what he came for
    And left that poor dame sore.
    But now how to leave and save face?

  41. Mark Kane says:

    A guy was at work on a case
    For a dancer who barely wore lace.
    The charge, lewd behavior.
    Could he be her savoir?
    Well the men in this court were her base.

  42. Jim Boring says:

    A woman at work on a case
    vanished without leaving a trace.
    The cops say her client,
    a tad too compliant,
    had a shit-eating grin on his face.

  43. Dr. Goose says:

    A woman at work on a case
    Of a guy who was gone with no trace
    Was intrigued by the clue
    That his sexy wife, Sue,
    Wore a satisfied smirk on her face.

  44. Johanna Richmond says:

    A fellow at work on a case
    Galactically fell from grace:
    Through judicial robe zipper
    Out slipped the big dipper
    As “All rise!” reverbed through the place.

  45. Johanna Richmond says:

    I think this revision might be a bit better:

    A fellow at work on a case
    Galactic’ly tumbled from grace:
    Through judicial robe zipper
    Out slipped the big dipper
    When “All rise!” reverbed through the place.

  46. madkane says:

    Thanks everyone for your delightful limericks! This Limerick-Off is officially over, and you can find out who won here: Limerick of the Week 31.

    But don’t worry — a new Limerick-Off has just begun: Take A Shot At Limericks.

  47. Patricia says:

    of course I was late but I still wanted to post..

    Case Closed

    A fellow at work on a case
    behind in the legal rat race
    was caught taking a bribe
    from the cities new “tribe”
    now inmates and bars fill his space…

    Written By: Patricia Sawyer
    10-13-2011

  48. madkane says:

    Patricia, a good limerick is always welcome. :)