Still life by Frans Snyders‘Grapes’ and More Phobia Limerick Riddles by Jan Darling The Society January 15, 2020 Culture, Humor, Poetry, Riddles 7 Comments Grapes Peel me a grape But remove the seed I love the flesh But have no need Of hard encounters In the skin Juicy, fat, dry or thin. On second thoughts—feed me gin. More Phobia Limerick Riddles Each poem below describes a phobia. Guess what the person is scared of in each. For extra credit try to name the phobia’s official name. Post your answers in the comments section below. Phobia 7 The gentleman Benjamin Howth was ignored by the west and the south all because he forgot just who was and was not– he was frightened to open his mouth. Phobia 8 She was young and she worked in a hole Where she spent every day like a mole, But to celebrate night While she hid from the light She would dance on a nice grassy knoll. Phobia 9 Some may say ‘tis a gift to be true To see someone who’s truly like you, But for some it’s a fear That you really are near– It’s a view you would rather eschew. Phobia 10 In a cave he would never be found, For he’d suffer just from the mere sound; With a fear that’s intense, He’d take leave of his sense If a flapping he heard all around. Phobia 11 She would tremble with fear every morn At the sound that her senses did warn, Of the danger too near In the reeds at the weir Something slimy that sounds like a horn. Jan Darling is a New Zealander who has worked in Auckland, Wellington, London, Barcelona, New York and Sydney at copywriting and marketing strategy. She has spent her leisure time over sixty years writing poetry and short stories. Now retired, she lives in pastoral New South Wales with her husband Arturo. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 7 Responses Alan January 15, 2020 I’m just guessing on some of these. I haven’t looked up the official names, but I thought I’d create some, just for fun. Phobia 7: fear of forgetting names? (senilaphobia) Phobia 8: fear of light? (lucephobia) Phobia 9: fear of one’s doppelganger? (twinaphobia) Phobia 10: fear of bats? (flyingfurryphobia) Phobia 11: fear of snakes or thorns (really no idea)? Reply Alan January 15, 2020 At the med school’s a student named Hicks Who abhors what her textbook depicts, For she takes quite a fright At a human drawn right, And her phobia censors all limericks. Reply Jan Darling January 15, 2020 Was that the Hicks’ whose father was a policeman? This may explain the poor girl’s fear: A policeman from Clapham Junction whose penis had ceased to function for years of his life bamboozled his wife with the dexterous use of his truncheon. That was one of the first limericks I heard and was told me by my favourite aunt who had spent 14 years as a Nun! Jan Darling January 15, 2020 Thank you Alan – your names are quite delicious! Here’s another set of clues to help you. On Monday – I’ll reveal the proper names. Phobia 7: extreme timidity Phobia 8: better try a fake tan Phobia 9: reflect a little longer Phobia 10: don’t go near the belfry Phobia 11: he’s not in his Hall It’s almost more fun making them up! Reply C.B. Anderson January 16, 2020 Phobia 10 must be something like chiropteraphobia. Phobia 8: heliophobia? Phobia 9: speculaphobia Phobia 11: salientaphobia or ranidaphobia? Reply Jan Darling January 17, 2020 Thank you CB. You have scored two goals. Please check back on Monday for the phobias plus symptoms. Reply C.B. Anderson January 18, 2020 Jan, I shall. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.