Limerick Ode To Elmore Leonard

Written with fond apologies to the late, lamented Elmore Leonard, after re-reading his New York Times piece, WRITERS ON WRITING; Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle. (His article cautions against the abuse of prologues, adverbs and other description, exclamation points, weather references, regional dialect, the word “suddenly,” etc.)

On a hot, sunny day, an attractive young man sat in a tiny, darkened room, compulsively reading Elmore Leonard’s essay on writing. Carefully noting his ten writing no-nos, he bellowed loudly, “Fuggedaboutit! I can violate all of Leonard’s rules in a single limerick!”

“It’s raining!” he loudly cried out.
Then suddenly felt like a lout.
“A mensch I shall be…”
From this you can see
Leonard’s rules are what writing’s about.

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12 Responses to “Limerick Ode To Elmore Leonard”

  1. Yes! This is great! I love breaking all the rules!!!!

  2. Matthew says:

    Oh – but it’s good to let go sometimes! A very good limerick too, which I enjoyed (suddenly, unexpectedly, and loudly!).

  3. A flippant wave at closet rules. Love the brash jauntiness of this limerick.

  4. Kodjo Deynoo says:

    I do not like breaking all the rules, I just don’t know how to follow them. I enjoyed reading your piece

  5. Wabi Sabi says:

    Ha!!! First learn the rules, then learn to break them with humor and abandon!!!

  6. brian miller says:

    anyone that thinks they own writing is daft…

  7. grapeling says:

    Lenny, Lenny, Lenny. You left us
    sore about you leaving. I’d cuss
    but doubt you would approve –
    I’m sure you’d just reprove,
    admonishing: don’t make a fuss

  8. This made me smile!

  9. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your delightful comments!

  10. Haha! Hilarious. I love it, and thank you for sharing.

  11. Talon says:

    lol! I loved this!

  12. madkane says:

    Thanks Justin and Talon!