Friday, February 17, 2012

Weekend Haiku & Limericks

Your challenge: write a haiku featuring one of the subjects discussed here in the past seven days: preying mantis, cannibalism, insect urban legends, or something from Monday's nature quote. Feel free to mine the comments, too.

Post your haiku or limericks in the comments, below. Remember the pattern of a haiku is: 

First, 5 syllables,
the second line has seven.
And 5 at the end.

A limerick is a wee bit more complicated. Here's one description.

Post your haiku or limerick in the comments, below!


  1. Re: preying mantis story

    Guesses, often wrong,
    Can become urban legends,
    If written down well. 

  2. The mantises' life is a flashy one,
    With courting and dancing to catch you one.
    But once they have wed
    if the female's not fed,
    It's like marriage to a Kardashian.

    Why don't cannibals eat clowns?  They taste funny.

  3. Walking past wetlands
    spot flat-footed animal,
    whiskered, an otter.

  4. The City Mantis and the Country Mantis
    When a femme fatale mantis got laid,
    Fabre claimed that the male dearly paid
    with his head, then some more.
    Imagine the gore!
    Was he blissful or deathly afraid?
    But the wild male puts forth a charade
    that nature provides to persuade
    her threats to forget
    for the two to duet;
    so the head of the male always stayed.

  5. On my feet, applauding!

  6. Thanks, Sara--readers can find more of her poetry at 

  7. Presentation is everything! Thanks, dkm!

  8. This is GREAT!  Love the kidlit analogy!