I set out to walk to some far distant place Where I could bury some of these excess syllables without any trace Although, usually, I try to stick to the limerick's anapaestic trimeter I mean, I'm not necessarily a limericks purists, but there are rules and guidelines to follow and feature
But I do apologize if the sarcasm of the lines submitted in response seems off base
The required rhythm is a triplet rhythm - ie an accent in every third syllable:
da DA da da DA da da DA
No problem there.
The first, second and fifth line should contain exactly three accented beats. The number of leading and trailing weak beats may vary although I believe there needs to be at least one weak beat before the first strong beat. These are all acceptable:
1. da DA da da DA da da DA
2. da da DA da da DA da da DA da
3. da da DA da da DA da da DA da da
I poked fun at your first line because it contains four strong beats:
i SET off to WALK to some FAR distant PLACE
...which kind of steps on the space that properly belongs to the second line. I do apologize if my jibe (and Chas’s and GNC’s) came off as overly pedantic. It was all meant in fun.