Just yesterday I heard some of Edward Lear’s limericks on the radio. Apparently the late comedian Ronnie Barker felt that some of his last lines weren’t very strong, so he set about improving them.
So instead of :
There was an Old Man of the Dee,
Who was sadly annoyed by a flea.
When he said I will scratch it,
They gave him a hatchet,
Which grieved the Old Man of the Dee.
Ronnie altered the last line to:
And cut off his leg at the knee.
That set me thinking about limericks, so here’s one of my own.
ABDICATION – I WISH!
How cold it is on this barge,
It’s good my pashmina is large.
I’m waving like mad,
But really I’m sad,
I’m fed up of being in charge.