Getting a lot of poetic miles out of my slip and fall in the bathtub.
In the tub, there's the rub, cracked her crown.
Lying nude on her own,
broken foot and a hand,
she lay prone. With a groan
but with grit, tried to stand,
self em-bare-assed she rose like a clown.
~~Judi Van Gorder
A Cross Limerick, an invented variation on the Limerick, found in Pathways For the Poet by Viola Berg 1977.
The elements of the Cross Limerick are:
1. a septet. (7 lines).
2. metric, anapestic L1, L2 and L7 trimeter (3 metric feet) and L3,L4,L5, L6 dimeter (2 metric feet). (anapest = da da DUM)
3. rhymed, rhyme scheme aabcbca.
4. best used for witty, whimsical, bawdy themes, light verse.