Assignment #4


This assignment was supposed to include imperfection, limerick, and enjambment.

I struggled with this one. I’ve been struggling a lot today, with my own imperfections and insecurities, and that certainly didn’t make writing any easier. But I guess some days you just spit out what you can and move on, getting some practice anyway and hoping something better comes tomorrow.

Grad School, Week 5

Some times I feel hard and frozen

I know that this is what I’ve chosen

But days like today

I don’t see a way

I’ll survive all of the corrosion

I know it is a game we signed

Up to play, mind versus mind

Maybe I’m not strong enough

(Though I like to think that I am tough)

I feel so awfully behind

Everyone else who has their work

I see them with that secret smirk

Judging those of us who lack

A pre-made project, some sure track

I wonder if their own doubts lurk

In secret shadows as my own

I cannot truly be alone

In feeling overwhelmed and blue

Surely there is someone who

Could recognize my tone

When I answer, “Oh, I’m fine.”

And know that that is just a line

We speak to calm ourselves

Putting feelings up on shelves

Oh please world, give me a sign

(It was weird to write a more serious limerick. I still have those 30 periodic table  mystery element limericks I wrote nine years ago for fun– and used to give my high school students for extra credit, so those are my silly associations with the form.) [Warning: See below only if you are a giant chemistry nerd like me!]


Oh it’s that liquid metal of fame

(Quicksilver is another name)

Used in thermometers

Also barometers

Yet turns you “mad as a hatter”—a shame!


If you want to make something combust

Then this common gas is a must

Its liquid form’s blue

With the atoms in twos

It reacts with Fe to make rust

EDIT: For those of you requesting other element limericks, I’m attaching a worksheet I used to use in my class. I added many of the other limericks as well, so you can mix and match ones you think your students might know at different points in the year, or peruse them for your own entertainment.  Fair warning, some of them are terribly clunky. It was just a fun diversion for me one semester as an undergrad. If you do reproduce/distribute them in your class, please give me credit. Thank you! You should be able to access them here:

Let me know if you have any trouble!


About Amanda Bakes Cakes

Baker. Grad student. Hiker. Crossword puzzler. Trivia junkie.
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20 Responses to Assignment #4

  1. No imperfections here! You went all out!


  2. Jeanne says:

    I love the nerdiness of these limericks, which I can say, because I am a geek:)


  3. Wow! I love the idea of a periodic table of limericks.
    You are amazing! (You should publish your chemistry limericks somewhere on your page. Or sell them in book form to other chemistry teachers.)


  4. Ben Huberman says:

    I really enjoyed both sets of limericks — they both did something interesting with the form.


  5. Annie says:

    Very well done! I had to think reeeeeally hard for Day 4 assignment. Limerick alone is hard enough for me, with all the suggested rules (believe me, I’m a stickler for rules, and since this is my first limerick, I’d like to do it right… or close to it, anyway). And enjambment? Don’t get me started 🙂


  6. clcouch123 says:

    Well, I do like the periodic table. Always have. And I enjoyed the rhyme about quicksilver. You cover all the elements this way? The lyric about your feeling frozen is direct and honest. There’s no greater quality to have in writing. Uncertain, going through the motions, waiting for a sign. Don’t we all go through that? I think we do, though we all can’t say it. So Thank you!


  7. clcouch123 says:

    Sure! Let me know when you finish the table. Or take up another complicated grid of information.

    Liked by 1 person

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