Acrostic Limerick Ode To Chubby Checker

Happy birthday to Chubby Checker! The father of the twist (my favorite dance) was born October 3, 1941.

I thought I’d celebrate with an acrostic limerick, which is as mind-bending as the twist is body-bending:

Acrostic Limerick Ode To Chubby Checker
By Madeleine Begun Kane

There’s a dance with a hot checkered past.
We grooved on its moves — whirling fast!
I still do it today,
Shifting weight, as I sway–
Twirling waist motion, saucily cast.

If you’re asking yourself, “What’s an acrostic limerick?” here’s some info:

In an acrostic poem, the first letter of each line should, taken together, spell out the topic of your poem. Please note that it’s NOT enough to spell out a word; Your limerick or other poem must describe or otherwise directly relate to that word.

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16 Responses to “Acrostic Limerick Ode To Chubby Checker”

  1. Bruce Niedt says:

    We’ll twirl to a three-quarter beat,
    And give other dancers a treat.
    Lessons will make me more
    Twinkle-toed, to quell your
    Zero patience with my two left feet!

  2. Patrice of the ManyCats says:

    Put both feet together, then skip
    Or step fast to the side, but don’t trip.
    Let’s change sides: faster, go!
    Klutz, dear, we can’t be slow;
    Award winning? Well – good sportsmanship.

  3. Patrice of the ManyCats says:

    Bump our hips to the beat, and jump back
    Use your butt, body, ass, legs – whole rack!
    My hair’s soaked, we’re in heat;
    Push! Keep grooving to the beat —
    (Please: I promise, we’ll soon be in the sack :^D )

  4. Patrice of the ManyCats says:

    My mom taught me to dance years ago
    And when she now visits, a show
    May be seen in our hall,
    But we’re having a ball!
    Odd, my husband stares! Smiles. On we go :)

  5. Patrice of the ManyCats says:

    Memories come to the fore now and then:
    All of nineteen then, I now recall, when
    Roving young servicemen gave me the eye
    As a USO girl ‘neath the Hollywood sky.
    That night was so special: a contest, a dance!
    He wasn’t my boyfriend, but we staked our chance
    On stubbornness…Seventeen hours of “fun”,
    New hundred-buck bill was divvied — we won!!

  6. Kodjo Deynoo says:

    Impressive and fun to read yours and what others had to add to it

  7. Kalpana Solsi says:

    Acrostic Limerick. I have learnt something new today. thanks. will try this.

  8. vandana says:

    I also like this form very much:)

  9. So that’s what an acrostic limerick is like…. Thanks for sharing.

  10. that took me down memory lane… :)

  11. Wabi Sabi says:

    Oh now that was a fun trip down memory lane! Thanks

  12. Talon says:

    Very cool. Yeah, the twist. Best exercise ever! :)

  13. Concise and full of meaning. Just as you wanted us to know.

  14. Ha! I remember when the Twist “scandalized” the old folks…..they would not BELIEVE the music videos young people look at now, all that crotch-grabbing – yoiks!

  15. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your delightful comments!