Monday, 21 March 2016

A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal










Poetry in some form or other, of course.  That goes without saying.  Incapable of thinking beyond poetry for a theme. This year it's going to be Light n Limerick-y.  

The Limerick is a 5-line form with a rhyme scheme of aabba, based on the anapaestic meter. It is widely used for the naughty, downright dirty and/or satirical comment. Puns and wordplay feature often, practically mandatory.

I will however improvise on the form left, right and centre. Which means blithely ignore the rules on syllable counts, meters and feet, and other pestiferous stuff. Not because I don’t know them, (I do! I do! and that anapaest one drives me nuts!)  but because well, rules can be a pain sometimes. This seems important enough to write down here.  Just in case there are strict limericists reading and shaking their heads. 

If it gets tough, be cool, don’t fuss,
bend it just enough, re-purpose.
Otherwise all we’ve got
is a poet tied in knots
not funny, just ridiculous.

That’s it, see you on April 1st,
with my lines duly rhymed and versed.
Of course, the bawdy count
will never amount
to brows knitted nor lips pursed.


A shout out to Arlee Bird the creator of the A-Z Challenge, and the rest of the co-hosts 



Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jeremy Hawkins @ Hollywood Nuts
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Heather M. Gardner @ The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Author AJ Lauer
Pam Brown Margolis @ An Unconventional Librarian
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing



Happy A-Zing to all!


Posted for the A-Z Theme Reveal




196 comments:

  1. Oh what fun.
    I am looking forward to reading them. A good limerick is a thing of joy and beauty.

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    1. Agree - good limericks are gems, hard to find.

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  2. Hi Nila. Looking forward to reading your 'pestiferous stuff'. Have fun creating!

    Denise :-)

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    1. Thanks, Denise. The pestiferous I shall studiously ignore :)

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  3. Hi Nila - yes I quite agree - this will be fun ... I've always loved limericks ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Yep, A-Z always is great fun! see you around..

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  4. I think those are going to be great! Break the rules, Nila.

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  5. I look forward to the puns :) Good luck with the challenge and see you in April.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  6. This looks like it'll be a lot of fun. All the best with the challenge!

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  7. What a fun and interesting theme. All the best!

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  8. Limmericks! I love them! Looking forward to your posts next month! All the best!

    - Chicky Kadambari @ www.mysteriouskaddu.com
       Twitter | Facebook | Google+

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  9. I always enjoy your posts and love poetry. Limericks are fun! I can't wait!!

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    1. So they are! See you around in April.

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  10. For some reason, I think writing poetry during the AtoZ is a challenge in the challenge.
    Have a nice April!

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

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    1. Writing poetry is much easier than writing novels and blogposts and stuff :) You have a great April too!

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  11. That's quite a chore
    It won't be a bore
    Nevermore....

    :)

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  12. I love poetry! To heck with rules sometimes. ❤ Write what you feel. I can't wait.

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    1. Yep, that write what you feel is good for all kinds of writing really Have a great April

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  13. You have got my interest built up there. all the best and can't wait to read more.

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    1. April is going to be all limericky fun here. See you then!

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  14. Sounds like a light and fun time. Looking forward to it!

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    1. Bingo! See you around Yolanda. I'll be over at both yours.

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  15. I Love Limericks!! I’m looking forward to read your fun theme this April. Cheers, Nilanjana!

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  16. Cute theme! Always admire those that can write in verse like this :) Have a fun challenge and thanks for visiting!

    betty

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    1. Writing in verse is never a problem...but for the verses to actually make any sense, that's a different story :) Thanks for being here.

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  17. Have fun giving us a month of poetry.

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  18. I'm looking forward to a month of poetic fun, Nila!!
    Rules are made to be broken...especially when you know how...and you do!

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    1. Yeah, especially the pestiferous ones :)

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  19. Hello Nila! I love your poetic theme! I look forward to your posts next month. ~Lori~

    Lori @ As the Fates Would Have It
    Lori @ Promptly Written

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    1. Hi Lori, great to meet you too. See you in April.

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  20. I love limerick. Sounds like a great plan for the challenge.

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    1. Just a few more letters and it will be. A plan I mean :) Thanks for being here.

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  21. I'm not a poetry writer, but I love reading it, so here's to a month of rhyme or assonance or whatever.

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    1. Here's to a great challenge month for all.

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  22. You had me at limerick--can't wait to read the rhymes you spin, Nila!

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    1. I hope the readers will have as much fun as I will writing them.

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  23. I am terrible at writing poetry so I look forward to reading your limericks.


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    1. Poetry is really not a difficult thing to write, try it sometime..

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  24. Limericks sound fun. I'll be swinging by. Breaking rules certainly wouldn't hurt a limerick.

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    1. Breaking rules once in a while is good for the soul!

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  25. I have a lot of respect for people who can do limericks well, because I am horrible at them :D Cool theme!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. Um, never done 26 limericks before so for all I know I could be horrible too :)

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  26. Right On! Love your theme and look forward to reading your poetry.
    All the best.
    Shalom,
    Pat

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    1. Best of luck to you too! See you in April.

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  27. This sounds like it will be (pardon the pun) a challenge. I've never been good at sticking to any rules like that, so I definitely want to see what you've come up with. Good luck with all the letters!

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    1. Thank you I will need that, especially for Q and X yeah.

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  28. Limericks! This sounds like a wonderfully fun theme! I'll be sure to stop by and visit.

    Mary @ Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Thanks for being here. See you later.

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  29. Like the presentation of this blog. The theme for April will bring new readership. See you then.

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    1. Yep, A-Z is neat like that. See you.

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  30. Wonderful, Limericks! This should be fun :-D

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  31. Sounds like a fun! Can't wait to drop by and check out your limericks. :)

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  32. limericks are tricky - this shall be fun

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    1. I know I will have fun with them Clao Wue and Jean Davis.

      Tricky sometimes, but if you apply the 20 easy steps to writing limericks then the tricks disappear :) @Joanne

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  33. Last year I followed someone who did limericks for the challenge and I was so confused about how they worked!

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. My workings are very simple, can't confuse a baby with them even. Bent rules, rhyme words, and lots of coffee. No secrets.

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  34. Nila: great theme, but whatever theme you'd chosen, you would have done the challenge with flair and finesse! Good luck, and may the Poetry Force be with you!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Now that's a blessing I will seriously need, not just for the A-Z, but beyond as well.

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  35. How awesome. I am in awe of poetry writers. Fantastic theme.

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    1. Shouldn't be. In awe, I mean. No different than any others.

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  36. Can't wait for your limericks. Woot!

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  37. Limericks are great, and they can be so clever. This sounds like fun!

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    1. It's that rhyme scheme - innately comical

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  38. Ha! Great theme. i'm not good at writing limericks, although I did once know a man from Nantucket.

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    1. The one who fell out with his daughter over a bucket? I knew him vaguely too :)

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  39. I love limericks and even wrote one to use on my "missing links" pages of my blog site. Great theme. Can't wait to read some of your limericks.

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  40. Cool theme. I look forward to reading those.

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    1. Thanks. See you in April @ Karen n Jamie.

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  41. Ooh! I love me a good limerick - it is my favorite poetry form! In one of my AtoZChallenge years I did choose Limerick for L :) Thank you for visiting my blog, Nilanjana. Looking forward to reading your AtoZ posts!

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    1. The Limerick is one of my favs too. Thanks for being here. See you around in April.

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  42. Hehe, I see Stephen beat me to the Nantucket mention (I've honestly never heard the rest of that limerick, though!).

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. There are several versions of it ranging from harmless to mildly ripe to way over X-rated

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  43. There once was a troubled young man
    Whose limericks never would scan
    When they said it was so
    He said, Yes I know
    But I always try to fit as many words into the last line as ever I possibly can.
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    My point: I love limerick rebels! Your first two offerings are delightful. I will definitely be back. Hmm... next year..... Haiku rebelry?

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    1. Haiku rebelry...now that's an idea...

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  44. Oh, this sounds like fun! I'll see you in April!

    Julie @ Reading Life

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  45. Oh, my goodness! Twenty-six poems. Phew! My hat's off to you and the work ahead. Have fun with your renegade limmericks.

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    1. I like that term renegade limericks..thanks!

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  46. I love your theme, and I totally agree that rules are meant to be broken, especially in writing, that's what keeps it fun :)
    Debbie

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    1. Break them in other spheres too, occasionally, keeps life fun :)

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  47. In selecting an A to Z theme
    Nilanjana's achieving a dream.
    If it turns out too funny
    She'll earn lots of money
    And then we'll all feast on ice cream. :D

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    1. Wow, great limerick! Thanks for sharing it here! :)

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  48. First you have to be well versed in the rules, then you can break them at will. I think we can tell when someone is breaking rules because they know what they're doing versus breaking rules because they don't know them.

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    1. Absolutely agree. There is greater charm to breaking rules when one knows what they are and how they are being broken. Mindfulness matters! :)

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  49. Poetry is fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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    1. No fun like comic poetry! Thanks for being here.

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  50. I admire people who can rhyme and pull off poetry with such ease. Good luck next month!

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  51. Limericks are tough but loads of fun.
    Kudos to you for giving them a month-long run!

    Enjoy and I'll look forward to visiting. Thanks for dropping by Life by Chocolate.

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    1. Thanks for being here. See you round the A-Z track next month.

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  52. Limericks! What a perfect idea for the blog challenge. Entertainment in condensed form.

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    1. That's a great description of the limerick! Thanks for stopping by.

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  53. Limericks are always fun. Looking forward to your posts! ☺

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    1. See you at the A-Z! Samantha n Debbie

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  54. I admire anyone who can write poetry! And limericks are always fun :) I'm looking forward to your posts! Enjoy the Challenge ~ Jen

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    1. Thank you. Wishing you an enjoyable challenge too.

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  55. Sounds awesome! I can't write poetry to save my life, so I'll stick around to read it instead! Have a nice challenge!

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    1. Poetry gets a bad press :) it's not half as hard to write as a dissertation :) try it sometime. You have a great A-Z too

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  56. Sounds like a great theme. I love poetry, especially rhyming. One of these years I'll use poetry for my A-Z Topic.

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    1. I like any kind, rhymed free blank...poems can be seriously short so ideal for the A-Z..

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  57. Nice. I'll look forward to your verses.

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    1. See you round the track! Have a great A-Z.

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  59. oh my - a limerick a day! For the poetically-challenged like me, I would be in a state of panic at the thought of trying to do that.
    Happy A to Z!! :)

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  60. I so admire people who can write poetry! I'm looking forward to a limerick a day! Good luck for the challenge. Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty.

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  61. Awesome! And I love that lil' limerick here. You're so right, rules need to be broken. It's, like, for their own health and well-being :D

    Thanks for the visit over at Life In Dogs this morning! I look forward to keeping up with your limericky April next month :)

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    1. Absolutely, I break rules of all kinds just so that they remain in shape :D See you next month!

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  62. Ooh, limericks are fun to read and write, although I have not tried to write that many :) Thanks for visiting my theme reveal!

    Elizabeth @ Liz's Random Ponderings

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    1. Thanks for visiting back! You should try sometime..

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  63. I haven't read a limerick in a long while! All the best!

    anna @ Deeply Shallow

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    1. You can next month :) all the best..thanks for being here.

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  64. A Limerick a day! Thats going to be fun. Good luck!

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  65. Like e.e. cummings, it's okay to break the rules once you know them. Sounds like you are on solid ground, so carry on!
    Gail at Making Life An Art

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    1. Am no e.e.cummings, far from it!! Thanks for your good wishes.

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  66. This looks like so much fun. I will have to drop by regularly. Good luck with the challenge.
    @ScarlettBraden from
    Chica In Cuenca

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  67. Ah, limericks! Yay. Great theme. I'll look forward to reading some, especially the naughty ones. :)
    Have fun with it. See you in a few weeks!
    Thanks for stopping by my place...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  68. I hear being at the top of one's game as a wordsmith is knowing all the rules, how to do everything correctly and then knowing when to break them, for emphasis, effect or art. So amaze us!
    Revisit the Tender Years with me at
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  69. Thank you so much for visiting and sharing some background re: Egypt and France. Amazing how all these elements intertwine. Looking forward to reading your A-Z posts.

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    1. Entirely my pleasure. Agree with the intertwining bit wholeheartedly. Have a great A-Z!

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  70. Oh, how fun! Best wishes to you with the A-to-Z! I'm not much of a poet myself (my wife holds that honor), but I do appreciate it, and limericks too! Thanks for the visit at Roamin' Gnomials!

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  71. I rarely write poetry, although I remember enjoy writing haikus in school. I will enjoy seeing what you post during the challenge.

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  72. I absolutely love poetry! I can't wait to read what you have planned. Read ya in April.

    Romance, Passion, & Thrills | ❤ Twitter: @sashaknight

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  73. I am poetry illiterate :( I look forward to following these posts with the hope I can learn to appreciate the art form.

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  74. I officially love this! I will be back to see how the limericking goes, if the lady with the lovely pointed ears will let me!

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  75. I love poetry. Not being able to write it makes it all the more beautiful to me. April sure promises to be an exciting month. Look forward to visiting with you.
    Silvia @ https://silviatomasvillalobos.wordpress.com/

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  76. Thanks for dropping in on me.

    My wife is the poet. I just don't have it in me. I've tried, but it doesn't work.

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  77. I love limericks and am looking forward to your posts. I've been looking for a limerick for my L day but the ones I find are not g rated!

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  78. Thanks for stopping by. Good to know a ninja minion. Will be back to read your limericks through the month. I am working on getting prepared for the maniac month. Keeping fingers crossed.

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  79. Reading poetry always inspires me, I think your blog would be perfect for me for April!
    Yellow Mellow Life

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  80. Limericks certainly will be a special offering!

    Hank

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  81. I love limericks. Sounds like a great theme. Have fun!

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  82. Sounds great and perfect for national poetry month.

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  83. Awesome, can't wait to read in April!

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  84. Limericks are so much fun! Terrific idea and I look forward to your posts. Best of luck!

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  85. Wow, I think your theme is pretty awesome! I won't pretend I know what limerick is, but I'd say anything that rhymes is cool. ;)

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  86. Looking forward in reading your poetry this coming April for A-Z Challenge.

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  87. Looking forward to reading your limerick-y posts in April! Hope you enjoy my A to Z posts as well on Artistic Variety, over at Ink & Stitches: http://blog.jhwinter.com. This is going to be a fun month!

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  88. What a fun theme! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  89. Hi Nila,

    Nice to meet you! This is the first post I read from you and I love it already, I love what you do with words and I love your personality! I will be back. Have fun with the A-Z Challenge. I'm sure you will, you have the experience and the attitude to make this month special!

    Thanks for your visit to my blog as well. All the best!

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

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  90. Thank you all for your warm words! See you in April.

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  91. Hey Nilanjana, this is such a fantastic theme! Already seems like a lot of fun. Look forward to reading your posts through April :)

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  92. Hi Nilanjana! Thanks for visiting my blog. Such a great way to meet others.. :) and super excited to be here.. Love how you write..So looking forward to your posts!. Wish you all the best!

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  93. I can't wait to read your work throughout this challenge.

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  94. Thanks @ Kala Ravi, Seena, A.J. sefton and Sadie & Co. The countdown is ON :) see you in April!

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  95. Awesome. I am sure it would be very interesding. Can wait to read your posts:)

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  96. I love limericks - the non-bawdy kind, of course. ;) I'll be sure to come back and see what you write.

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  97. I am a firm believer in poetry without rules except one, to play with your words until you breathe life into them. I go through periods of exploring different poetry forms and free form and I'm looking forward to reading your free flowing poetry.

    Peace,
    Morgan Dragonwillow
    Dragonwillow Journeys
    Story Dam

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  98. So creative! Love this challenge and looking forward to taking part in April!

    joy @ The Joyous Living

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  99. Hey. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Hope you enjoy the challenge,

    Ros
    Fangirl Stitches
    Travel like a Geek

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  100. I admire people who can write 26 new works for this Challenge, whether poetry or prose.

    Get on with your bad self! And do what you will to the unsuspecting limerick.

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  101. Thanks to all. Excited and ready for the challenge to begin! It's going to be an awesome April!

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  102. Can't wait to see your AtoZChallenge, it sounds amazing mostly because I love limericks. I'm blogging blessings at http://llmcalling.blogspot.com and also poems about MS at http://mscalling.blogspot.co.uk/p/a-to-z-of-ms.html

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  103. This should be really interesting and who knows maybe you'll inspire me to write a limerick or two. I'm not much of a poet, so don't hold your breathe. :D Your example given definitely makes me want to see what others you come up with. Best of luck to ya with the #AprilA2Z challenge!

    My theme reveal is, here for anyone interested in taking a peak.

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  104. Sounds like fun! I admire your ability to write poetry. :-) Best of luck with the A to Z challenge!

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  105. Limericks- what a fun theme!

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  106. Thanks everyone for the wishes and words. I need them as I wrap up the schedules :) Just one more day, wow!

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  107. What a lovely theme... Look forward to all your limericks Nilanjana 😊

    Cheers, Archana - www.travelwitharchie.com

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  108. Limericks sounds like a lot of fun!
    I don't write poetry, but I've always appreciated it, and like to read some of it every once a while.
    I'll try to pop over and see what you've come up with for your limericks. :)

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  109. Definitely looking forward to your poetry. And good luck to you too!

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  110. I love the little poem you shared! I can't wait to read more from you!

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