Limerick-Off Monday – Rhyme Word: MOUSSE or MOOSE or VAMOOSE at the end of any one line (Submission Deadline: January 2, 2021)

It’s Limerick-Off time, once again. And that means I write a limerick, and you write your own, using the same rhyme word. Then you post your limerick(s) as a comment to this post and, if you’re a Facebook user, on Facebook too.

I hope you’ll join me in writing limericks using MOUSSE or MOOSE or VAMOOSE at the end of any one line. (Homonyms or homophones are fine.)

The best submission will be crowned Limerick-Off Award Winner. (Here’s last week’s Limerick-Off Award Winner.)

Additionally, you may write themed limericks related to ART, using any rhyme word. And of course I’ll present an extra award — one for the best ART-related limerick.

How will your poems be judged? By meter, rhyme, cleverness, and humor. (If you’re feeling a bit fuzzy about limerick writing rules, here’s my How To Write A Limerick article.)

I’ll announce the winners on January 3, 2021, right before I post the next Limerick-Off. So that gives you two full weeks to submit your clever, polished verse. Your submission deadline is Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time.)

Here’s my MOUSSE/MOOSE/VAMOOSE-rhyme limerick:

I encountered a moose and a goose
On the roadway and told them, “Vamoose!”
They ignored me, alas,
So my car could not pass.
(I’m still there shouting verbal abuse.)

And here’s my ART-themed limerick:

The wall had an animal frieze;
Cows and goats, with occasional trees–
Mostly evergreens — laurel —
And images floral.
Lovely art, but one look made me sneeze.

Please feel free to enter my Limerick-Off by posting your limerick(s) 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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94 Responses to “Limerick-Off Monday – Rhyme Word: MOUSSE or MOOSE or VAMOOSE at the end of any one line (Submission Deadline: January 2, 2021)”

  1. Bob Turvey says:

    I have heard that the mighty St. Lawrence,
    Which flows to the sea in huge torrents,
    Can sometimes turn puce,
    When it’s full of moose;
    But I think it’s a quite rare occurrence.

  2. Bob Turvey says:

    In the Louvre yesterday they’d bad luck;
    A suicide bomber had struck.
    Surrounded by remnants
    Of Rubens and Rembrandts,
    The Venus de Milo said, “Flipping heck! What on earth just happened there?”

  3. Bruce W. Alter says:

    There once was a man, name of Bruce,
    Whose animal totem was moose.
    He gave no excuse.
    He just liked those moose.
    For mousse, he cared not a deuce.

  4. Paul Haebig says:

    Sister Hubert has got a pet moose
    who she rides through the forests of spruce.
    When they charge down the trails
    you can hear from the vales
    “It’s that nun on her moose! Let’s vamoose!”

  5. Charles Simmons says:

    Antlers in the treetops obtuse
    We must, somehow get them loose
    This will be quite a task
    But you know we must ask
    Who in the world goosed the moose

  6. Charles Simmons says:

    He said “you’re low life has no basis
    You can’t even tie your shoe laces”
    So she let loose a fart
    That was “state of the art”
    And parted his hair in three places.

  7. Brian Allgar says:

    After tests, Donald’s doctors deduce
    There’s a brain, but it isn’t much use.
    From the scan, they surmise
    It’s the colour and size
    Of a teaspoon of chocolate mousse.

  8. Brian Allgar says:

    Said the redneck, “I don’t give a goat’s fart
    For music by old Wolfie Mozart.
    And as for Joe Haydn,
    He’s dumber than Biden,
    Who’s mastered the ‘How to steal votes’ art.”

  9. Brian Allgar says:

    (The great Hunter scandal – no, not that one …)

    They’d gone hunting, but due to disuse,
    Eric’s grip on the trigger was loose,
    And he shot brother Don
    Who’s now mounted upon
    A gold plaque that was meant for a moose.

  10. Lisi Nortman says:

    I thought I had captured a moose.
    I pulled him along with a noose.
    No more feeling of dread.
    I was sure he was dead.
    Till he told me my hubcaps were loose.

  11. Kirk Miller says:

    In the Park on a road, saw two moose
    That were out eating lunch running loose.
    We approached very slow;
    Off the road watched them go
    Among trees and then simply vamoose.

  12. Lisi Nortman says:

    A Motto To Live By

    I used to think life had no use
    Till the day that I came to deduce:
    “We don’t need great wealth,
    But we must have our health,
    And a fix of great choc-o-late mousse”.

  13. Lisi Nortman says:

    A very minor change in L4 and L5 of the limerick written today at 4:54 PM

    I used to think life had no use
    Till the day that I came to deduce:
    “We don’t need great wealth,
    But we must have good health,
    And a fix of some choc-o-late mousse”.


  14. Fred Bortz says:

    My trig teacher told me, “Vamoose!
    All the sines tell me you are obtuse.
    Off on tangents you go.
    And for right, you don’t know
    Adjacent from hypotenuse.”

  15. Sharon Neeman says:

    Minnie’s neck skin was wrinkled and loose;
    Said her friend, “Try my anti-age mousse!”
    Now her skin’s firm and tight —
    But she looks like a fright
    With a long skinny neck like a goose.

  16. Tony Holmes says:

    If you’re Swedish, the chance is a moose,
    Which, in Sweden, can roam around loose,
    Will collide with your car,
    Drive you never so far,
    And the reasons are often abstruse.

  17. Tony Holmes says:

    “To the follicly challenged, hair mouse
    Is a mockery. What is the use?
    I’ve no need of a comb.
    Will it polish my dome?
    It’s a hairorist form of abuse!”

  18. Tony Holmes says:

    “You are follicly challenged, Herr Mousse!
    Whereas I …” “Ya, I noticed – profuse!
    But remember, Mein Herr,
    That profusion of hair,
    Has, apart from für frauleins, no use.”

  19. An albatross feels too light and loose.
    Trump hangs ’round our necks like a noose!
    ‘Tween stirring secession
    and tweeting dedition,
    why won’t this lame f— just vamoose!

  20. Lisi Nortman says:

    To me, Mona Lisa is not
    Remarkable, awesome, or hot.
    That real well-known smile
    Sure doesn’t beguile.
    Cuz it looks like she just got a shot.

  21. Lisi Nortman says:

    My mommy likes art very much.
    She taught me ’bout abstracts and such.
    But MY fav-rite style
    Which just makes me smile
    Is the painting that’s know as “Don’t Touch”

  22. Lisi Nortman says:

    OOPS! L5 of above limerick should read: Is the painting that’s known
    as “Don’t Touch”……(not) Is the painting that’s know as Don’t touch”
    Could you please fix that for me, Mad?

    Thank You,

  23. Lisi Nortman says:

    another limerick about “The Mona Lisa”

    Ev’ry one of the connoisseurs say,
    “Mona Lisa’s the world’s best display.
    And that real well-known smile
    Represents the famed style
    Called “The Novocaine’s Wearing Away”.

  24. Tim James says:

    Her hair was long, lovely, and loose;
    Then she teased it, and styled it with mousse.
    But the men stayed away
    When she kept it that way.
    (She shouldn’t have dyed it chartreuse.)

  25. Dale S. Biggs says:

    In a flash of great brilliance and wit
    I’ve created a work that’s a hit.
    By painting a moose
    On a moving caboose
    I’m a highly trained artist, no shit!

  26. Sjaan VandenBroeder says:

    While exploring a wooded recluse,
    I ran into a two-headed moose!
    The ol’ dear didn’t maim me,
    But, still, can you blame me
    For hollering, “Hey! What the deuce?”

  27. Lisi Nortman says:

    5th. grade trip to art museum ‘ White Fire’

    Saw a painting that just made me groan.
    On a wall by itself it was shown.
    All it had were two lines
    And no other designs.
    I think that its name was ‘On Loan’

    (Mad: for some reason, my quotation marks aren’t working, so I had to use

  28. Sjaan VandenBroeder says:

    With those lovers of custard out there,
    Here’s a dieting tip I must share:
    If you fear too much mousse
    May enlarge your caboose,
    Eat just half. Put the rest in your hair.

  29. Lisi Nortman says:

    Okay, he’s a little obtuse.
    But I love him, so called it a truce.
    They ‘fizz out’ the same.
    And it wasn’t his aim
    To shave with my ‘Lovely Locks Mousse’

  30. Lisi Nortman says:

    Santa’s coming ; he’s now on the loose.
    We’ve left him some cookies and juice.
    He had to think quick
    cuz one reindeer got sick.
    Then replaced him with ‘Rudolph The Moose’.

  31. Tim James says:

    Repairing my previous limerick…

    Her hair was long, lovely, and loose;
    Then she teased it and slicked it with mousse.
    The new ‘do, sad to say,
    Drove her boyfriend away.
    Perhaps ’twas the color: chartreuse.

  32. Tony Holmes says:

    “There is more to be said, so take heart.
    Pay no heed to the critics. Your fart
    Has uniqueness of tone.
    Is, moreover, your own.
    So, by modern-day standards, it’s art.”

  33. Lisi Nortman says:

    At a gallery, experts all know
    They must study the painting real slow.
    But not this one in white
    Which had nothing in sight.
    Called, ‘Polar Bear Caught In The Snow’

  34. Tony Holmes says:

    A twofer??

    “I owe all that I am to my moose.
    On the day she arrived I cut loose.
    She’s the source of my art
    And she’s taken my heart,
    Which is why we are sharing her boose.”

  35. Tony Holmes says:


    “I owe all that I am to my moose.
    On the day she arrived I cut loose.
    She’s the source of my art
    And she’s stolen my heart.
    This explains why we’re sharing her boose.”

  36. Lisi Nortman says:

    Mad EDIt !!
    Please delete that ridiculous limerick I wrote about the Lion King.
    (today ay 3:08 PM) Line 5 the word swear sure doesn’t rhyme with mousse
    I will try it later when I come to my senses!

    Thank You,


  37. Tim Gray says:

    If you notice Roger Stone’s nose,
    Like Pinocchio’s it grows.
    He’s perfected the art
    Of tell a lie at the start
    Then continue with low hitting blows.

  38. Tim Gray says:

    So you wrote “The Art of the Deal”.
    A book how to lie, cheat and steal.
    That claim’s a bit trite
    As you didn’t actually write,
    You forgot that part in your spiel.

  39. Tim Gray says:

    Trump’s smile shows he’s not real,
    It broadcasts the smugness he feels.
    For a man who’s so smart,
    He hasn’t a heart,
    But that’s part of the “Art of the Deal”.

  40. Tim Gray says:

    Trump complains Republican engineered pay out is too small… wants it increased substantially.

    So you wait until they have voted
    Before your chagrin is noted.
    Is this part by your art
    That you play off by heart
    Of appealing to your devoted.

  41. Lisi Nortman says:

    ”Put one of your eyes on your nose.
    Put the other one down to your toes”
    ” I’m so glad, ”Mr. Pab”
    That you like our Rehab
    For your subjects, (Yeah!) I’m next to pose”

  42. Tony Holmes says:

    Speaking out on behalf of all moose,
    Their liaison demanded a truce.
    “Hunting isn’t much fun
    For a moose with no gun,
    So, we’re taking up arms. Let’s cut loose!”

  43. Tim James says:

    There once was a dumbass named Bruce
    Who was last seen harassing a moose.
    “I’ve no reason to fear
    ‘Cause it’s just a big deer!”
    There’s a downside to being obtuse….

  44. Tony Holmes says:

    A small number of flatulent moose
    Learned to harmonise digesting spruce.
    Their mellifluent farts
    Breathed new life into arts
    That were languishing. Brought down the hoose!

  45. Lisi Nortman says:

    My chihuahua’s exceedingly smart.
    I love her with all of my heart.
    She looks out all day
    To watch birdies at play.
    She’s an expert at ” Window Dog Art”

  46. Lisi Nortman says:

    True !!

    My computer has almost no use.
    It’s old and it cannot produce
    Some letters for ”shift key”
    And that really irks me.
    It’s time now to tell it ”Vamoose”

  47. Tony Holmes says:

    Smallish numbers of flatulent moose
    Achieved harmony chewing wild spruce.
    Their mellifluent farts
    Have revitalised arts
    That were languishing, due to misuse.

  48. Lisi Nortman says:

    Did you ever wake up and see spots?
    They’re not really spots; they are dots.
    You’re not going crazy,
    And things aren’t hazy.
    The dots that you see are Seurat’s.

  49. Tony Holmes says:

    When the world closes in, I vamoose
    And take refuge. Surrounded by spruce
    I reflect on my art
    Till it’s time to depart,
    As I’m only a part-time recluse.

  50. Paul Haebig says:

    This kitchen! There’s nothing of use!
    I wanted to make chocolate mousse.
    And I really was keen
    to cook some tagine,
    but there’s only enough to make cous.

  51. Tim James says:

    A photographer said, “While it’s true
    I take pictures of folks as they screw,
    It’s a form of pure art.
    It shows love, warmth, and heart.”
    Yeah, my lim’ricks are “poetry,” too.

  52. Byron Miller says:

    Upon eyeing the size of its scrotum,
    Big Bob said, “The moose is my totem!
    There’s no finer deuce
    Than the pair on a moose!”
    (If you tend to agree, you can quote him.)

  53. Mike Young says:

    Some of us know that our Donald is loose
    He makes shoes from the skin of a moose
    He shaved off the hair
    To make them look bare
    But we still want to tell him “Vamoose!”

  54. Mike Young says:

    For Donald deceit is an art
    It’s a track down which I won’t start
    His name’s real meaning
    Is a shade too demeaning
    If, like me, you have a weak heart.

  55. Jean McEwen says:

    You may think me a bit declasse
    ‘Cause to me, a Manet and Monet
    Kind of both look the same.
    Go ahead: try to shame
    Me; your snobbery’s on full display.

  56. Jean McEwen says:

    Good God, how can you be so obtuse?
    As to think that a goose on the loose
    Will eat out of your hand?
    Let me tell you, first hand:
    If you value your life, you’ll vamoose!

  57. Kirk Miller says:

    When the art teacher did a critique
    Of my work, my art future looked bleak.
    And I listened with dread
    When the art teacher said
    To brush up on my painting technique.

  58. Dave Johnson says:

    Bill’s stint – posing naked for art
    Got off to a glorious start.
    He debuted his ass
    At the newly-filled class
    By launching a tear-gassing fart.

  59. Tony Holmes says:

    I spent days in pursuit of my art.
    I gave all, having made a good start.
    My plan, to win Myrtle
    With gift of carved spurtle,
    So my oats would be stirred from the heart.

  60. John Shardlow says:

    Sorry Dave, probably Bill’s sister posing

    At an attic in old Montparnasse
    We artists just start a life class
    That where they teach us
    To focus on features
    But I see only tits and her ass

  61. Lisi Nortman says:

    ”Look Out Below!!”

    Sistine Chapel !! There’s none to compare.
    Michelangelo painted with care.
    Yet most people don’t know
    He was not a true ”pro”
    Lots of paint landed right in his hair.

  62. Lisi Nortman says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Art Maven

    We went to the ”Modern Art Store”
    We’re familiar with art to the core.
    And when we went in,
    It was sure a ”win win”
    cuz the paintings matched all our decor.

  63. Tony Holmes says:

    I’ve spent days in pursuit of ma art.
    Giving all for to win ma girl’s heart.
    I have whittled a spurtle,
    And carved her name, ‘Myrtle’,
    So she’ll stir ma oats right from the start.

  64. Tony Holmes says:

    Moose Porn?

    “It’s becoming a habit, Ms Use,”
    Said the judge, “I will hear your excuse.”
    “I’d no choice, Judge, the shoot
    Was in woods. ‘The Pursuit’ –
    I get chased by a bloody great moose.”

    “You were naked Ms Use, were you not?”
    “Oh, I was, Judge. They angled the shot
    So the punters could get
    A real eyeful. The vet
    Said me assets was core to the plot.”

    “And these photographs? They played a part.”
    “They’re promotion, Judge. Truth – ‘and on heart.”
    “They’re obscene! Horny moose
    And you, naked, Ms Use.”
    “The photographer said they was art.”

  65. John Shardlow says:

    She pretends she’s a fan of the ballet
    Just loves The Burghers of Calais
    I like tacos and pies
    My burgers with fries
    Culture is not up my alley

  66. Sjaan VandenBroeder says:

    Andy Warhol, the Campbell Soup man,
    Produced pop art peeved pundits would pan:
    “It won’t pass!” It’s absurd!”
    “He’s so crass!” They concurred.
    Still, he wouldn’t stop painting his can.

  67. Byron Miller says:

    “Need a bull who fits tightly, not loose,”
    Sighs a cow in the mood for a goose.
    Thinking kosher – no hoods,
    She traverses the woods
    On her search for a certain-sized moose.

  68. Lisi Nortman says:

    I know this sounds rather insane.
    So let me attempt to explain:
    At the ”Art Lover’s Mall”
    On a fully blank wall
    Was nothing,
    Called ”Donald Trump’s Brain”

  69. Sharon Neeman says:

    “Wash your hands and stay six feet apart!”
    “Wear a mask and don’t cough, sneeze or fart!”
    “Rush to get the vaccine!”
    …Do you see what I mean
    When I say staying healthy’s an art?

    It’s an art with strict rules, but worthwhile:
    By next fall, we’ll be living in style —
    Watching plays, eating mousse
    In cafes, and seduc-
    Ing our friends with a hug and a smile.

  70. Fred Bortz says:

    A critic who hates bold abstraction
    Expresses his dissatisfaction:
    “You’d have to be bollocks
    To say Jackson Pollocks
    Display a deliberate action.”

  71. Fred Bortz says:

    Andy studied at my alma mater,
    Where canned soup provided him fodder,
    Dear old Carnegie Tech,
    Where some thought he made dreck,
    But earned many a check for a lot-ter.

  72. Fred Bortz says:

    The building brings gasps of delight,
    Cantilevered and just the right height
    Above the cascade:
    Fallingwater. It made
    The career of the great Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Note: If you’ve never visited that marvel of art and science in Mill Run PA, I recommend it. Combine it with a visit to the nearby whitewater rapids of the Youghiogheny River.

  73. John Shardlow says:

    There’s Whistler painting another
    I think he’s run out of colour
    Something’s astray,
    It’s all black and grey
    He said “It’s ok, it’s my Mother”

  74. Fred Bortz says:


    Andy studied at my alma mater,
    Where canned soup provided him fodder,
    Dear Carnegie Tech,
    Where some thought he made dreck,
    But earned many a check for a lot-ter.

  75. Byron Miller says:

    It’s been said that the artist, Toulouse,
    Had small legs, but was hung like a moose.
    “Like a tripod, when nude,”
    Shared some models he’d viewed –
    (“’Til aroused by a shapely caboose.”)

  76. Byron Miller says:

    Mad, I’m experiencing L5 turmoil. Please change to more obvious,
    “Til aroused
    Thank you.



  77. Lisi Nortman says:

    Melting Clocks

    Weird Sally has zero appeal.
    Yet Dolly has such cheerful zeal.
    Although they are twins,
    One smiles and one grins.
    This mys’try is very surreal.

  78. Lisi Nortman says:

    Due to my strange computer, there are kind of 2 limericks above from
    (today at 7:09 PM)

    The first one in Melting Clocks is the one I want. It starts with Weird Sally.
    could you please delete the one below it? It starts with ‘s’
    and continues. I want the FIRST ONE!! Thank you

  79. Lisi Nortman says:

    Oops! It looks like I made a mistake in line 4 of “Melting Clocks”
    I will try to correct it to make more sense: “Melting Clocks”

    Weird Sally has zero appeal.
    Yet Dolly has such cheerful zeal.
    Although they are twins,
    One’s chaste and one sins.
    This mys’try is very surreal.

  80. Fred Bortz says:

    He called her “My precious papoose.”
    She laughed and replied, “Silly goose.”
    But romance went awry.
    When they snuggled, the guy
    Got so hot that he smelled like a moose.

  81. Fred Bortz says:

    I’ve found my lost limerick juice.
    My entries this week are profuse.
    They’re clever and smart
    When I write about art
    Or when sharing a good rhyme for moose.

  82. Lisi Nortman says:

    another “Melting Clocks”

    Weird Sally has zero appeal.
    Yet Dolly has such cheerful zeal.
    Although they’re best friends,
    This mys’try transcends
    Any answer; it’s just too surreal.

  83. Fred Bortz says:


    Writing limericks makes us seem smart.
    I’m glad to be doing my part.
    But, sonofabitch,
    I’d sure rather be rich.
    And that is the state of the art.

  84. Lisi Nortman says:

    A Trip To The 1800’s

    Come join me, my dear precious friend
    To a place where your dreams will ascend.
    You’ll see pink; you see blues,
    And breathtaking hues.
    Where a lifetime you wish you could spend.

  85. Lisi Nortman says:

    my second version: A Journey To The 1800’s

    I’ve discovered ”A World Without End”
    Please join me, my dear precious friend.
    You’ll see pink; you’ll see blues
    And breathtaking hues.
    Where a lifetime you wish you could spend.

  86. Roger Haugen says:

    He tried and he tried, but no use–
    “I can’t finish this great Christmas goose;”
    But a little dessert
    He thought wouldn’t hurt,
    As he plowed through his third chocolate mousse.

  87. Tony Holmes says:

    Locked away in the old calaboose,
    I lay, plotting for ways to break loose.
    If I got past the guard,
    And out into the yard,
    I’d be over the wall and – vamoose!

  88. Tony Holmes says:

    “Are you putting us on? Golden Moose?”
    “No, of course not! It’s true! Like the goose,
    Only better. The goose makes
    Gold eggs, but this moose takes
    The principle to a whole new level.”

  89. Sjaan vandenBroeder says:

    I just giggle at gaggles of geese,
    And find slithers of snakes mere caprice;
    But should you produce moose
    Too profuse — running loose —
    I will shriek, “Help! Police! We’ve got meese!”

  90. Tony Holmes says:

    “Nah! You’re puttin’ us on! Golden Moose?”
    “Would I do that?! It’s true! Like the goose,
    But one better. Its turd
    Turns to gold!” “That’s absurd!”
    “But the truth – just from chewing on spruce.”

  91. madkane says:

    The current Limerick-Off ends tomorrow, Saturday, at 4 pm (Eastern time.) So please get your limerick stragglers in.

  92. Lisi Nortman says:

    Faux Foie Gras

    I resent when you call me “obtuse”
    Cuz I sure know a moose from a goose!
    Your friend, Mrs. Snob
    Who just loves to hobnob,
    Served us “goose” that was really a moose.


  93. Mark G. Kane says:

    This one is too late to enter the current contest, but while my lovely wife was judging the winners for her “Moose Related – Limerick Contest” I was reading this “Moose Related News Story” in today’s New York Times:

    The Rescue Moose
    He trotted away before he could be thanked.

    On Sept. 8, a nature photographer named Marko Haug saw a moose near a reservoir in Paide, Estonia. When he approached, he saw that right where the moose had been standing, a 71-year-old woman who had gone missing was trapped in a ditch. “The most incredible thing,” Mr. Haug said, is that the moose “stayed put in exactly the same place where the old lady was lying in the ditch — as if signaling or drawing attention.”

    So that news story inspired this limerick:

    Trapped alone, in a ditch near a moose,
    Lay a gal with no hope to break loose.
    But the moose stayed her guard,
    A stellar diehard,
    Until rescued, then back to the spruce.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  94. madkane says:

    Thanks so much everyone for another fun two weeks of limericks. This Limerick-Off is officially over. And the winner is…

    Limerick-Off Award 460 . Congratulations to the winners!

    But you can still have lots of limerick fun because a new Limerick-Off has just begun: Limerick-Off Cold.