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Microblog Mondays 3: Lucy’s Limmerick


… alternately titled, “Learning from Lucy”, this post is about an awesome Monday 😀 , specifically the third period of school today which saw me in Class 6, reading Mary Howitt’s “The Spider and the Fly” – a personal favourite, when I decided to introduce the learner group to rhyme scheme.

So, class six, and I did some rhyming words after which I put up four nonsense lines, kept shuffling them, and putting the “a” and “b”, according to which ever line they happened to be in- the group was getting into the act 🙂 Finally, we arrived at this aabb stanza, as given in the picture – an absolutely absurd, nonsensical four liner, when Lucy’s clear tones piped up from the second last row of the class!

Teacher, if we add one more line we would have a limmerick. Astounded (for I KNOW even a learner from the higher classes would NOT be able to identify this form of verse!), I asked her what it was, to which she said, very casually, a silly verse which has five lines, and the first two lines rhymed, the next two rhymed, and the last line rhymed with the first two. I gaped, I did; seriously- and asked her to make it one, by suggesting the last line! The class gaped along with me- this  sweet, absolutely laid-back, earnest, young lady sure had us saluting her knowledge! Hers is the last line, and hers is the Limmerick! (I know, I know, I have misspelt the darn word, but shall let it be… just to let you know, I am still a learner 😀 )

This post is incomplete without adding a line about the Queen of the Limmerick – Gulshan, whose comments on a few blogs here are all in the said form 🙂 She manages to churn ’em out magically, at the drop of a hat 🙂 🙂 Gulshan, meet Lucy, who I hope is going to follow in your creative footsteps!

And kudos to Lucy’s parents too – for having introduced their daughter to the wonder of the language and its forms! This is what I have learnt today- that each day I shall find magic, and be amazed 🙂 – Open-mouthed, and with utter glee 🙂

What did you learn today?


This part of the #MicroblogMondays series, about which you can read up more, when you click on the picture below 🙂


10 November, 2014

Click on the titles below to read the earlier editions of this meme 🙂

Microblog Mondays 1

Microblog Mondays 2

Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

24 thoughts on “Microblog Mondays 3: Lucy’s Limmerick

  1. Hope the girl rescued the goat, coat and all from the moat 🙂 Fun class you run, Usha miss 🙂 Can see it on the student’s face.

    I once went to class
    With a half empty glass
    Miss told I wasn’t done
    She filled it with fun
    And told me to pass


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  2. The name Lucy, and I simply had to hurry over! Not my Luci, but nevertheless a post about a very interesting little Lucy 🙂
    She sure seems another Gulshan in the making! 😀

    Hurried over for Luci
    Instead found Lucy
    Whose teacher gasped
    Her hand clasped
    When she found limericks in Lucy’s hands were putty

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  3. Little Lucy is oh so clever
    In Usha’s class she caused a tremor
    Her sense of rhyme
    Is quite divine
    And thank you for tagging me so –’tis truly an honor!

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  4. She looks so happy 😀

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    • She always looks happy! One of the most pleasant children in class; in fact that class itself is one of the best in terms of learner-teacher interaction and energy 🙂 I wonder if I’d be so lucky as to have her in my class again the next year 🙂 We form a mutual admiration society of two I think 😀 Without me being partial, let me add, hastily!


  5. Totally awed…as I struggle with such stuff !!
    WTG Lucy girl…you made your teacher proud 😀

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  6. Wow! Hats off to the young lady and to her teacher! 😀

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  7. excellente’ .. way to gooooooooooo little one

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  8. Beautiful post, beautiful class and the beautiful girl , loved all about this post 🙂

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  9. Very smart girl. I wanted to write my comment in limerick form, but petered out of creativity 🙂

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  11. Wow…it isn’t everyday you come across such a smart girl, especially a sixth-grader who appreciates what a limerick is. I didn’t know much about it myself. Till now, that is. 🙂 I salute you, Lucy!

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  13. Where, and how, is Lucy now, by the way
    In Class 8 and into her teens, well on her way
    If you meet her, do say, “Hi!”
    Really hope she soars sky-high
    And thank you again, Usha, you made my day!


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