There was a Scots cyclist called Tootlepedal
(If you get this to scan, take a medal)
If only I dare shorten it to Tootle I could get him to pootle, but it’s probably safer not to do that. So that was how I left it.
I looked at several sites for help with scansion, and it wasn’t time wasted as it revealed that the Ancient Greeks believed a metrical foot should have an arsis and a thesis. (Plural arses and theses, honestly!) It’s not complicated humour, but let’s face it, I’m a simple man and I’m grinning as I type.
A little inventiveness and adaptation later I came up with this version.
A keen Scots cyclist called Tom,
cycles around with aplomb.
If he was Tommy,
it would rhyme with bonhomie,
which would be funny. But wrong.
I think this probably signals the end of my Limerick Season for this year. It’s a lot harder than writing Clerihews.