This appeared in my Facebook feed. I have no idea who originated it.
I’m glad you resurrected this one. i was planning a limerick version of Beowulf with alliteration instead of rhyme. Not that I’d ever be able to pull it off but
I bet someone here could.
I was off to a wedding one day
When a crazy old man blocked my way.
As he clutched at my coat
He said “Once, on a boat...”
And I missed the whole wedding. Oy vey!
There once was a Geat named B
Who came to Heorot via the sea.
To deliver Danes from harm,
He tore off Grendel’s arm,
making him run home to mommy.
"Utnapishtim,” cried Gilgamesh, “Why
Do you get to live, while I die?”
“I can see that you’re vexed,”
[There’s a gap in the text]
The walls of Uruk are quite high!
There once was a king, Ozymandias,
Who no one had triumphed as grandly as.
But his statue fell down
In shards on the ground,
And now, nothing left but the sand, he has.
There once was a lady called Pyrrha
Who loved binding her hair in a mirror
Plain in her neatness
But void of all sweetness,
To her lovers an absolute terror.