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What is an Artist

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What is an Artist

Vincent Van Gogh
gave Starry Nights their lucent glow.
Then he took a pair of shears
and cut off his unsuspecting ear.

John Lennon
never once reeled his pen in.
He wrote and sang what he pleased,
raising hell while promoting peace.

William Wordsworth
worshipped this fickle earth.
With England's vast Lake District, 
his tortured soul instantly clicked.

Art Clokey,
creator of Gumby and Pokey.
With no real wisdom to relay,
he distracted us with nonsensical clay.

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  1. Date: 7/21/2013 1:40:00 AM
    the first one was especially humorous.

    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich
    Date: 7/21/2013 1:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    so yes, this WOULD have made my list!!! love the humor of the last one too
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 1:39:00 AM
    Heather, you said you had no poem for my recent contest, but this one would have maybe made my list if you had used it! anyway, my contest page closed and I will probably judge them tomorrow or Monday. Wanted to come here and say a big thanks for my footles win. I just went through your whole winners list and really enjoyed it.

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 7:50:00 PM
    I am not very familiar with clerihew, but these look like you did an excellent job on them! Any aspirations I had to be an artist are thoroughly doused. It sounds like a depressing life! :) ~ Soupmail.

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 12:57:00 AM
    These were super well done, Heather! It seems the most creative people weren't without their fair share of problems (never heard about Goh's ear shearing?... that's a bit disturbing). I love how your clerihews followed a theme... I had a lot of fun doing this with musicians through out the ages.

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 10:52:00 PM
    wow, Heather, you REALLY Mastered the clerihew. A FAVE because I know good ones when I see them!!

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 10:26:00 PM
    Aha a super cool clerihew eh, i know van gogh n wordsworth wel enuf. I hope u read mine too.

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 2:38:00 PM
    Nice!!!!! A great bit of wisdom. Huge kudos for the Gumby/Pokey mention!!! Damn clay.

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 1:40:00 PM
    I enjoyed that!

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 1:35:00 PM
    Hi! This is a great piece of work. I must say...VINCENT was a troubled soul, that's why he is my favorite artist...clipped ear and all! :) Thanks for your recent visit, my dear...hugs!

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 12:40:00 PM
    This one is just pure fun....'unsuspecting ear'....HA!...never heard it coming!...or never heard it coming AGAIN. That's for sure.

  1. Date: 6/5/2013 12:07:00 PM
    I've never seen this style of writing before but it's a awesome piece! I'm diggin it, keep up the good work and thanks for your feedback :) -Yours Truly