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There was a young Shirazi girl


March 7, 2005
A limerick is a humorous verse form of 5 anapestic lines with a rhyme scheme of A-A-B-B-A. The classic Nantucket Limerick published on June 14, 1924, in the Princeton Tiger is probably the most famous:

There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who kept all of his cash in a bucket,
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

Here is my attempt in writing Persian limericks :)


There was a young Shirazi girl
Whose hair was a natural curl
Her unibrow spread
The width of her head
So she plucked it and gave it a hurl.


There once was a Tork young man
Who had an ingenious plan
If Tabriz would be
The capital, you see
Then we would be from Tehran.


A young 'Ka' from Abadan
Would always come second to none
His major care
Besides his hair
Was never to be outdone.


There was an old driver from Rasht
Who took a left turn and crashed
When the medics arrived
They found him alive
While his right-turn signal still flashed.


There was a young mullah from Qom
Who was so bald he needn't comb
His lifestyle was urban
But under his turban
He shone like a golden dome.


The people in 'Esfehoon'
Break 'Gaz' pieces with a spoon
Are calm and polite
And sleep well at night
Because they own 'Nesfeh Jahoon'.

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