As a format for short funny poems, I'd like to propose an alternative to the limerick: the "muffet". A muffet is a four line poem that closely follows the pattern of "Little Miss Muffet". Diddly do, diddly do, Diddly, diddly do. A-diddly, diddly, diddly, diddly, Diddly, diddly do! Of course, you have some flexibility, as long as it still scans. The following also counts as a muffet: Diddly, diddly, diddly do, A-diddly, diddly do. Diddly, diddly, diddly do, Diddly, diddly do! ...as long as lines one and three rhyme internally, like Muffet/tuffet and spider/beside her. I've decided that it's traditional (but not mandatory) to introduce a named person at the start of the first line. Here are five examples to kick the thread off: Reverend Bragg, partial to drag, Thought that the vestry was locked. On finding him wearing an outfit too daring They had the poor vicar - "defrocked"! When Debbie Campari came back from safari, I struggled to stifle a laugh On learning that Deborah got mauled by a zebra And chased by an angry giraffe. Charlie McGrew, who worked at a zoo, Struggled to rent in Belgravia. He shared with a cheetah and giant anteater - Pretty eccentric behaviour! William Pratt, had a top hat, 'Cos he was quite upper clarse. It sat on his head till he climbed into bed With it carefully stowed in his ████. Doctor O'Dowd, superbly endowed, Famously had a big ████. His patients got yooster the twenty pound rooster - What a strange pet for a doc! Bonus points for anyone who can write a Red Dwarf-themed muffet!