Dick Van Dyke — Pens Limerick About Escape From Burning Jag

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There once was a man from Missouri … who almost died in a freak car explosion — but now, Dick Van Dyke is actually joking about his near death experience in the form of a limerick.

The 87-year-old funnyman — who calls himself the barefoot prince of Malibu on Twitter — posted the poem on Twitter yesterday … writing:

I once drove a car that could fly
I had never driven so high
But, I recently found
Even back on the ground
U still can be left high and dry

He also posted a photo of the burned out remains of his ride along with the caption, “Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!”

It”s good to see Dick”s laughing about the situation — considering it could have been real dire if not for a good Samaritan who pulled DVD from the wreckage moments after the car exploded on an L.A. freeway.