Limericks originated in England in the 1700s. A limerick is a short, humorous 5-line poem. It has a strict rhyming scheme (AABBA). Sometimes limericks make no sense, but are intended to make you laugh.
There Was an Old Man With A Beard
By Edward Lear
“There was an Old Man with a beard
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’”