Sep 20, 2011

Magpie Tales#83

Once again Tess at Willow Manor asks us to dig deep into our poetic reserves, encouraged by this week's pictorial prompt.

"The Snake Charmer" Henri Rousseau 1907

A primitive painter called Rousseau
bought Mrs. Rousseau a new trousseau.
But snakeskin pyjamas
are no use to Charmers . . .
"I'll shed them," she said. He said "Do so!"

* * * * 

A charming Snake Charmer called Richter
tried charming a boa constrictor.
It squeezed her much thinner
and ate her for dinner
declaring "Music like that's nothing fit for!"

I dedicate these limericks to Stafford Ray (No.18 in the Magpie#83 Linky list) and ask if he will settle for an honourable draw?


  1. Okay, so I had to look at yours and Stafford's side-by-each to see whether I'd recommend calling it a draw.
    Pretty tough to beat his "herpetophilia" but rhyming "do so" with Rousseau is also very nice.
    I'm glad it isn't up to me to judge.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Doc, I am honoured to be mentioned! Actually this is the third time I tried to find your Magpie but for some reason it refused to show itself. I was not aware we were in competition but I am very happy to be judged equal!

  3. A draw it is then ...
    I sense future competition. We are ready! Limericks are fun.

  4. A fine draw!

    Excellent stuff Doctor FTSE!

    Anna @

    PS Blog not happy - can't stay signed in and won’t allow me to comment in the usual manner.

    Anna :o]

  5. LOL, I always leave here with a smile. : )

  6. Love them both! worthy and fun, thanks!

  7. Both good limericks... I especially like the second one.


  8. Hahaha - not sure which I like best!

  9. Love your humor...these were so much fun...I needed to smile today!!

  10. Snakeskin pyjamas? Must lead to dramas! Thanks for another smiley post.

  11. Bahamas, calmer, Obama's, farmers, self-harmers, karmas, llamas, Mamas . . . we've hardly started yet!

  12. pretty good there doc...let's see if you have the staying power of Stafford :)
    let the games begin

  13. Ah the trousseau - what images it conjures - no, better not ... thanks for the giggles (Note majuscule in your honour). Thank you for the comment on the familiar - I debated over it also but decided on uncertainty (is that possible?) in the end.
    Isabel x

  14. snake skin pajamas
    have a nice feel
    coarse and scratchy
    and fun to peel

  15. them both...delightful piece :D

  16. Love your limericks Doctor...smiling the whole way through, as always. Love visiting here :-)

  17. I always look forward to your silliness Doctor! After all, laughter is the best medicine.

  18. The PETA will be after her both for those pyjamas and the artistic protests she can participate in

  19. very powerful.

    life and death,

    heave and earth..

    both are awesome.

  20. Well, I've only gotten as far as them a lot..I can't make any promises, though..

  21. they are so good, laughed at that 'do so'! Will go check out your rival:)


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