I'm a morning person, springing out of bed at the crack of dawn with a song in my heart and a poem on my lips, which is a good thing because tomorrow, as part of the BBC's Poetry Season, I'll be making my second appearance on Breakfast with Sara Mohr-Pietsch, following our triumph at the start of the poetry season when we got listeners to text and email lines to build a poem across the three hours of Breakfast; hundreds of people responded, in response to my opening line 'I pull the curtains wide and feel the morning on my face' and the resulting poem was, in the words of Robert McCrum in the Observer, 'not half bad'.
Tomorrow I reckon the challenge will be slightly harder, but I know that listeners will respond to it. During my first appearance on Breakfast, I mentioned in passing my fascination with the idea of the Serious Limerick, or Saderick; I'm interested in the idea of how you can write a limerick about a subject that has more depth than the antics of a young man from Leeds. It's a question of form over content: the form of the limerick makes you laugh, but if the subject was, say, the First World War, it would bring you up short and creative things would happen in your brain.
Listeners can send in complete serious limericks in advance of the programme, some of which I'll read out, but on the day I'll be giving a first line for people to respond to. It feels like a great addition to the BBC's Poetry Season, making poetry an interactive form, a form that belongs to everyone.
I'll see you on Wednesday morning. Remember: serious limericks!
Ian McMillan is a poet and presenter of Radio 3's The Verb.