The Nuns & Hermits Limerick Cycle
Entry for 2017-04-12


1---Poverty

Asked the Novice, who kept feeling drearier,
"Will I be like you, Mother---cheerier?"
          "Why, no, Sister dear,
          you're a charwoman here
Whereas I am the Mother Superior"
 

2---Chastity

A hermit and nun in Quebec
while at Vespers decided to neck.
          The lips she revealed
          were hermetically sealed;
they died smiling and both went to heck
 

3---Obedience

Indiscreetly, young Sister Jerome
for relief from her vows went to Rome.
          "The next time you hope
          for a boon," said the Pope,
"will you please leave the children at home?"
 

4---Penitence

The hermit atoned: rubbed his nose on
the sandstone he slept and arose on.
          "In dreams, I can see
          all the angels," said he,
"and none of them has any clothes on!"
 

5---Prayer

An East Asian nun, during Tet,
took a young hermit crab as a pet.
          She taught him to say
          the rosary one day...
There were beads from Sikkim to Tibet
 

6---Fasting

"Good Sister, you grow roly poly,"
said the hermit. "One's body is holy!
          Through prayer and fasting,
          gain life everlasting.
Pray faster, and don't fast so slowly."