National limerick Day has been full of laughter and fun for the residents at Primrose Croft Care Home in Cambridgeshire.
At first, they enjoyed listening to some of Edward Lear poetry from the book of nonsense. One of the favourites being “There was an old man with a beard”
Pearl then asked the residents if they wanted to try and do their own Limerick poems. Many of the residents laughed and rolled their eyes saying they can’t do that.
Pearl explained that there is a rule to making a Limerick and once they know that they are halfway there, the rule is that a limerick consists of five lines arranged in one stanza. The first line, second line and fifth line end in rhyming words. The third and fourth lines must rhyme.
As it is Mental Health Awareness week the first Limerick the residents decided to try related to nature. They decided to start off with a tree, where a bee sits and the last line was to be tree, the third line to end with flower and the fourth to rhyme with flowers would be hours. This is their finished Nature Limerick
There is a big old tree
And in it sits a bee
Looking down at all the flowers
Waiting patiently for the right hours
Until it is time for tea
Once the residents had collated their first ever limerick Pearl read it out and everyone felt very satisfied with themselves.
Edith wanted to do one about a birthday and came up with this one.
There was an old man from Crew
Who says Happy Birthday to you
He gives him a clock
Which said tick tock
And now its time for a brew
After Edith poem was read out Josephine said bless his cotton socks, so that got everyone thinking of another Limerick which ended like this.
There was a very crafty fox
That came across a dairy box
He smelt it from afar
And shouted out hurrah
Bless his cotton socks
Ursula suggested the word summer and straight away Rita called out mama and plumber for the rhyming words.
We are all looking forward to summer
Specially are dear beloved mama
Day & night – night & day
Working for our pay
So to pay the plumber
The last limerick was based on Hello.
We just want to say hello
To all our lovely fellows
Behind our doors
We’re wanting more
To make us feel more mellow
Residents said that they had really enjoyed this activity making up limericks and would never have thought of trying.
The national days are really good to base activities around as it really gives a huge variety of choices and different ideas that you may not have thought of doing before.