Last night I was doing some research on the history of limericks and partway through that I came to a realization - I did not know the rest of one of the most famous ones. I knew the first line, naturally, and I knew that it was in some form obscene. It's so obscene, in fact, that it is regularly referenced in media with just the first line, at which point the speaker is cut off.
I think it's pretty easy to make some guesses at the rest of the poem, to be clear. There are some obvious rhymes
. And part of the joy of limericks is definitely how easy it is to hit the meter and rhyme scheme, they're a fun little one-off goofy poem, that's the whole thing. But more than actually knowing it was obscene (or, truly, presuming that it was obscene), I understood that it was shorthand for obscenity.
The traditional obscene version, per Wikipedia:
There was a young man from Nantucket
Whose dick was so long he could suck it.
He said with a grin
As he wiped off his chin,
"If my ear was a cunt I would fuck it."
Anyways, do you know the rest of the poem? Do you know some other version of the poem?