Pandemic Limericks

Adversity introduces a man to himself. ~Author Unknown

No adversity or social distancing here — I’m just a Robin looking for my lunch (and maybe a mate!)

There once was a germ so scary
We saw it afar and grew wary.
We learned it could kill
And that gave us a chill.
We couldn’t afford to tarry.

We scrambled for supplies at the stores
And hastened to lock our front doors.
We washed our hands clean
And watched as the scene
Unfolded across our land’s shores.

Suddenly new terms arose
Coined by those who were pros —
Social distancing,
Economic dwindling.
Anxiety abounds, panic grows.

‘Is this the new normal?’ we ask
As we fasten our protective mask.
Working from home,
Protecting our genome,
What a time-consuming task.

It bears repeating, this refrain.
The truth is oh, so plain —
Our hands we will wash.
This germ we will squash,
And then we can live again.

19 thoughts on “Pandemic Limericks

  1. Debbie, this is brilliant! Looking forward to when the “germ is squashed!” Please be safe, and thanks for your refrain of hope (with a little hilarity mixed in.) Blessings! 🧼🤗🧼

  2. What a great approach, and what a great job you’ve done of reflecting on it, Debbie. A little humor never is out of place. You reminded me of one of the funniest bits from Dorothy Parker — at least, I think it’s funny”

    “Razors pain you;
    Rivers are damp;
    Acids stain you;
    And drugs cause cramp.
    Guns aren’t lawful;
    Nooses give;
    Gas smells awful;
    You might as well live.”

    I think that’s where a lot of us are at this point; ready to keep on living while we wait for some of our leaders to come to their senses and some of our less intelligent citizens to get with the program and stop partying on the beaches!

    • Ah, Linda, I hadn’t read that one by Dorothy Parker before, and I found it delightful … and so true! It’s tempting to focus on all the things we’ve “lost” at this time. I’ve caught myself doing that (understandable, as I’m still grieving Dallas’s death). However, perhaps it’s better to be grateful for the things we still have. And you’re so right about those idiots frolicking on the beaches — what are they thinking??

    • If we can at least focus some attention on basic hygiene and cleanliness, we’ll be doing ourselves a favor. I’m surprised how many folks just don’t seem to get it — about how to wash their hands, about not to touch their faces, about how to cough into an elbow. Gee.

  3. Debbie….*thunderous applause*………!!!!!

    This was AWESOME! You got everything in there about the pandemic so perfectly…AND…you made rhyme. BRAVO!

    And speaking of social distancing, I was in the park today because the weather was absolutely gorgeous. And I had the best time feeding the squirrels because I know that with everyone being indoors for almost two weeks now, the poor little things haven’t been getting their usual supply of peanuts and granola. 🙂

    Thanks for the smiles and laughs, my friend. Stay well!

    (((((((((((((((( YOU )))))))))))))))


    P.S. great capture of the robin!

    • I’m thrilled you liked it, Ron! It occurred to me that a lot of folks are already grumbling about being cooped up inside, about the forced change in routine, about how the thing’s been handled, and so forth — when we ALL need to focus on being grateful. Things could easily be so much worse!

      What a sweet idea, feeding those squirrels. And I know how hungry they always seem, too! I’ve been tossing out bread, which they squabble with the birds over, and it never lasts long in the yard. And they need all their energy as spring nears, what with finding mates and having wee ones, ha!

      Enjoy the rest of the week, my friend! xo

  4. Ah, great stuff, Debbie! Haha – I remember being sent on a handwashing course when I worked in the Health Service and wondering even then how come so many people don’t seem to know how important handwashing is even when we’re not in the midst of a plague. Now I feel smug because I have an actual certificate saying I passed the handwashing course… 😉

    • A certificate? Impressive, FF! I grew up washing my hands — a LOT! — because my mom was a bacteriology major at university and insisted on it. I forget that not everybody grew up with a mom like that! But in these times, we can all re-learn the things that can help keep us safe.

    • See? I knew you could write poetry if you gave it a try — well done, Tanya! Glad you enjoyed this one. There’s plenty to be afraid of in this old world of ours. I’m glad we met online — we might have have otherwise until Heaven!

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