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THE CLERIHEW by Ball, Judy
The Effect of Traffic by Thoughtssite, Jotting
Sigmund Freud by Rigoler, Maurice
Howard Marks, a Clerihew by Foster, Gail
The Bodyguard by mackay, reay
Hangovers by mackay, reay
Stub Hub and Aladdin by mackay, reay
stretched clerihew by mackay, reay
Politics by Keogh Jr., Gerard

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Clerihew Soup

I tell you I like, that Wayland a bunch
He'd be the guy, to be there in a crunch
Not afraid of humor, he paves the way
With clerihew words, he loves to play

Let's talk of Eileen, the Queen of passion
Her verses of pleasure, will not be rationed
She causes men to rise, women to weep
Many a farmer, have stopped counting sheep

Then there is Shadow, who is a bright light
Her name suggests darkness, but that isn't right
With a pen and paper, she loves to play
Out of the Shadow, poems brighten our day

There is the woman Donna, she is filled with charm
For her animals, she'd give her left arm
Still here in the soup, she adds her own spice
She's a little bit hot and a whole lot of nice

When it comes to Eagles Montery's the last word
She's not in a flock she's a solitary bird
With her strong wings creating a breeze
Verses dance on the wind with the greatest of ease

I can't forget about Richard, now there's a man
He teases Eileen, just because he can
Yet within the humor, his clever exists
His poetic talents, impossible to miss.

My friend Vicky T, has brought me to tears
She possesses insight well beyond her years
A voice from the wilderness, please take heed
Wisdom resides in her poems that we read

When it comes to nature, our Nette is the girl
She makes mountains quiver and pretty leaves twirl
To angelic worlds she causes us to travel
Brooks are helpless she makes them all babble

Our Andrea she is well beyond great
Her words are profound they carry such weight
Regardless of form, many contests she wins
She's top of the heap, before she begins

Becca's a doll, with a sensitive pen
She writes of the now and also the then
Her words magical, a muse guides her pen
Capturing my mind again and again

This place amazing, a Mystical Rose
A unique handle my creative friend chose
Perfect for her that woman has style
A perfect seven at the top of the pile

My buddy Drake he has really mad skills
With words like honey the airways he fills
If you are lucky he'll let you co-host
To him I raise a glass to happily toast

Others must wait I'm running out of Rymes
I will write of them some other time
Until then I must wish you all goodbye
Have a sip of my soup, give it a try.

Inspired to try my first Clerihew by 
Wayland Bunch. Hopefully I have got it right.

Copyright © Richard Lamoureux | Year Posted 2013

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Vincent van Gogh** Sliced his left ear off Only one painting did Van Gogh sell - maybe he didn’t hear the doorbell! The only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime was Red Vineyard at Arles **Based on the European pronunciation of the name which is Van Goff! 05~30~15 Contest Cleri-who? Sponsor Kim Merryman

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2015

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Battle of the Sexes

battle of the sexes

Picture Oil painting worthwhile 
Leonardo DA Vinci, look out!
What is she really smiling about?

(((The popularity of the Mona Lisa increased in the mid 19th century 
because of the Symbolist movement. The painting was thought to 
encompass a sort of feminine mystique.)))

His award winning voice, rough like stones
Darth Vader, Mufasa, stuttering jubilee  
When I die can he be the one narrating my eulogy?

(((I love James, I'm a star wars freak... <--- yup that's me)))

Were very bad, bad men
Causing chaos throughout America & Afghanistan,
HATERS OF THE USA: they should be called the Arab ku klux klan

(((Occupation: Terrorist~ makes me wonder if they went to the same school.)))

The world worse killer
Commander of the oxymoron  Nazi  
Losing at his own game of Yahtzee 

(((The Most Hated Murderer of all time)))

Her diary worth more than any bank
Famous Jewish victims of the Holocaust
Her legacy teaches that hate is an exhaust 

(((Anne Frank's diary remains one of the most moving and widely read 
accounts of the Jewish experience during the Holocaust.))) 

Angel in an era so dark
an epic hundred year war
her visions is what she payed for.

(((Joan of Arc, also called the Maid of Orleans, a patron saint of France 
and a national heroine, led the resistance to the English invasion.))) 

Can really sing
Stand by me...
But, can he sting like a bee

(((BB KING~ could not help but wonder if he was a lover and a fighter.)))

Is no piano sonata,
Madonna wannabe, is she.
Watching her videos make me laugh till I pee.

(((Lady Gaga is Unique as can be!)))


for battle of the clerihew

Copyright © Poet Destroyer A | Year Posted 2012

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I Am A 4

President Barack Obama
Credited for getting Osama
Now along comes Isis
"Lord help me, another crisis!"

path - 12/1

Copyright © Barbara Gorelick | Year Posted 2014

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Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President,
was quite the musical, White House resident.
He would play a mean saxophone,
while Monica skillfully blew the trombone.

Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner | Year Posted 2012

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Macaulay Culkin

Kevin the kid, Macaulay Culkin, 
Alone at home he was left sulkin’
Challenged the robbers on the block
On Christmas day gave them a shock. 


Contest: A Christmas Character Clerihew
Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich
Placing: 4th

Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2014

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was known for many a-things
Longing for reality to spring from his dreams
On a wild stormy night made a discovery
A dastardly magic called electricity!

However I would bet highly you didn't know
Of Benji's hauntingly beautiful crystal show
Victorian lasses died and went to heaven
The glass armonica swooned even his brethren

Benjamin Franklin was certainly a legend
To live without his gifts is hard to imagine
I see him now and then if I'm super lucky
His noble face glued to artificial money

Copyright © Timothy Hicks | Year Posted 2013

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Albert Einstein

A great genius named Albert Einstein
At the physicist's ball had too much wine
Effecting a photo-electrical stance,
Energetically emcee'd the square dance

May 26,2014

NB: Einstein received the Nobel Prize for
discovering the photoelectric effect. His
Special Theory of Relativity is famous for
the formula E=mc². Puns intended.

Copyright © Roy Jerden | Year Posted 2014

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Poor fat old Santa Claus Had smelly grey dirty drawers His wife boiled them in the wash They’re baggy now, so his balls don’t squash 12~04~14 Contest: Christmas Clerihew Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich ~awarded 2nd place

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2014

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Christmas Clerihew

Dickens' Jacob Marley
favored drink made from barley,
died before Ebenezer,
that stingy old geezer.

Copyright © Joyce Johnson | Year Posted 2014

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Double U Bush

What the Quack!
I dont want my poems in Poem Zoo!


Copyright © Usual Suspect | Year Posted 2012

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Rudolph's Clerihew Hue

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer helped Santa out one year. To keep his nose lit steady, he used an Everready! 14~12~2014 Sponsor: Andrea Dietrich Contest Name: A Christmas Character Clerihew

Copyright © Maurice Yvonne | Year Posted 2014

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He'd Rather Be Home Alone

Little Macaulay Culkin
Left at home, but not sulkin'
Sued his real parents for divorce
Now he's "Home Alone" with no remorse

*Clerihew for Catie's Contest

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire | Year Posted 2011

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She fell from the top of the Christmas tree Bumped her head and said ‘oh deary me’ With pine needles sticking in various places The Christmas tree fairy pulled funny faces Jan Allison 5th December 2014 Not for Contest

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2014

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Dmitri Mendeleev

Dmitri Mendeleev of Russian descent
Designed a table for each element
Periodic symbols he inserted for flavour
Was his a chemical or human behaviour?

Contest: Periodic Table of Elements
Sponsor: Anthony Slausen

Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2014

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Rudolph told Santa he was going on strike He wanted a brand new motorbike No way was he pulling Santa’s sled Christmas is cancelled – Rudolph’s staying in bed! Jan Allison 5th December 2014 Not for Contest

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2014

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In the chimney Santa got stuck Sorry kids you’re out of luck Guess you’re going to have to wait Till Santa is thin and loses some weight Jan Allison 4th December 2014 Not for Contest

Copyright © JAN ALLISON | Year Posted 2014

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In The Loo

The Master plumber, Thomas Crapper,
invented something quite dapper.
His flushable, porcelain pool,
revolutionized the art of dropping stool.


*For the toilet history buffs(lol):

Sir. John Harrington was technically credited with inventing
the first flushable water closet, which he invented for Queen Elizabeth I.
But T. Crapper was given credit for inventing the modern, flushable 'Porcelain Pool'.

Copyright © Chris D. Aechtner | Year Posted 2012

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Ebenezeer Scrooge

Ebenezeer Scrooge
Suspected subterfuge,
And his transformation seems extreme
For what was probably just a nightmarish dream!

For Andrea’s Christmas Clerihew contest

Copyright © jack horne | Year Posted 2014

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Screen goddess Marilyn Monroe

Rustling whirled dress with thighs that glow,

Her stockings were quite a plenty

To cover unshaved limbs, so hairy.

Kim Merryman's Cleri-Who? Contest

Copyright © nette onclaud | Year Posted 2015

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Usain Bolt

Jamaican Usain Bolt
Was found to be at fault
When he dashed off on a whim
No one kept up with him.

Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2015

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WRITING THROUGH Tiger Woods 2-CONTEST clerihew--



Tiger,Tiger, burning bright--
Man of iron , get it right.
If temptation‘s in your face
Putt a caddy in your place.

Copyright © Victoria Anderson-Throop | Year Posted 2012

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whopping bully
torments soupers fully
picks on others writes
although her writing bites

great big bully
eyes must be woolly
she attempts hurt
with words curt

Diana-Marie Bombardieri
January 29, 2012
Contest - Clerihew 2

“poetry is freedom of expression. Soupers should feel free to share their innermost thoughts without fear of being persecuted. Nobody likes a bully. If you do not have something nice or constructive to say, don’t say it”. 

Copyright © Diana-Marie Bombardieri | Year Posted 2012

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No Need for Divorce

King Henry VIII wed them
In order to bed them.
When they no longer suited
Had them executed.

For Catie's contest

Copyright © Joyce Johnson | Year Posted 2011

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Lady Casanova-w

Some women bring happiness wherever they go forth
Others bring happiness, whenever they go. I do both
All the times husbands like to see me come
Wives prefer to see me go. That’s my outcome.

Dr. Ram Mehta

Fifth place winner
Contest: Giggle poetry contest # 2 in Honor of John Freeman

Copyright © Dr.Ram Mehta | Year Posted 2010