Limericks began to gain their widespread popularity in the mid-to-late eighteen-hundreds with the publication of Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense in 1845 and 1872. His verses centered on nonsensical themes and often utilized wordplay. Although they were usually printed in 3 or 4 lines to accommodate illustrations, many of his verses use the limerick rhythm and rhyme scheme we recognize today

God's Children Too

by Jerry Stevenson

Rednecks are God’s children too. I know that makes liberals sing the blues. Get the hell over it! Excuse me, I gotta spit. I do dearly like to hear self-loving liberals cry boo hoo.