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Example and Definition of Clerihew

The Clerihew is a type of poem that is a short comical or nonsensical verse. It is typically in two rhyming couplets with lines of unequal length that refer to a famous person. The Clerihew poem came about in the 1920's and is named after Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875–1956), the English writer who invented it....Read More

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Categories: fun
Premium MemberJust A Few Clerihews
by craig cornish
Warning, if you are under 60 you may not "get" some of these.

Mohammad Ali
taunting with poetry,
his opponents he'd zing
as he danced 'bout the ring.

Graham Kerr...

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Categories: adventure, community, discrimination, hate,
Premium MemberJOHN BROWN
by James Edward Lee Sr.
JOHN BROWN


John Brown
Abolitionist found
Against slavery
Non-prejudicial nor in bigotry

1/9/18
By James Edward Lee Sr.


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Categories: car, childhood, crazy, funny,
Premium MemberDukes of Hazard TV
by Rhoda Tripp
Tom Wopat
Where ya at?
Generally crazy,
Or pushing up daisy?...

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Categories: poetry
Premium MemberSIR HUMPHREY DAVY
by James Edward Lee Sr.
SIR HUMPHREY DAVY
By James Edward Lee Sr.

Abominated gravy
He lived in the odium,
of having discovered sodium

12/09/17...

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Categories: appreciation, food
Premium MemberCOLONEL HARLAND SANDERS
by James Edward Lee Sr.
COLONEL HARLAND SANDERS
BY James Edward Lee Sr.


COLONEL HARLAND SANDERSMade seasoned pressured-fried chicken
Made in his restaurant original or crispy
Served with a bisket and not Dunkin Donuts

12/05/17...

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Categories: confidence, conflict, courage, dedication,
Neither understood, nor explained
by Shikha Singh
NEITHER  UNDERSTOOD, NOR EXPLAINED

I was believed  the mightiest  of all,
The thing known was only my countrymen soul.
I worked upon day and night...

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Categories: humorous
Premium MemberAntoine Lavoisier
by Maurice Rigoler

Antoine Lavoisier was
decapitated by his countrymen,
he died from a lack of the very gas
he called Oxygen.
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Categories: humor
Premium MemberFranz von Suppe
by Maurice Rigoler

Franz von Suppé
wrote overtures without the opera stuff.
That’s tantamount to an egg soufflé
without the puff....

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Categories: humor
Premium MemberAnne of Cleeves
by Maurice Rigoler

Anne of Cleeves
had tricks up her sleeves.
She played her cards right
and Henry didn’t get entry that night.

In fact, the king was a wreck
wondering no doubt
what...

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Categories: cute love, destiny, funny
Premium MemberSir Walter Raleigh
by James Edward Lee Sr.
      Sir Walter Raleigh :  
 by James Edward Lee Sr.

Sir Walter Raleigh
Smoked cigars  wrapped
in onion-skins
dated ballerina
Virginia Slims


11/22/17...

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Categories: humor
Premium MemberHieronymous Bosch
by Maurice Rigoler

Hieronymous Bosch
painted images so bizarre
no one knows exactly what they are
and the reaction when seen is: oh my gosch!...

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Categories: people, poets
Premium MemberMISSED OUT
by Brian Strand
A poet from France Stephane Mallarme
was always cool and so calm
by repute the foremost Symbolist
but his Livre* publication he missed.

*Mallarme never saw published his experimental...

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Categories: people, tribute
Premium MemberQUIRINUS
by Brian Strand
There was a poet named Kuhlmann
a perfection in words,was his plan
His Love-Kiss XL1,was not his mistake
but for heresy,he burnt at the stake

Quirunus Kuhlmann German poet...

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Categories: death
A clerihew for Brucie
by The Didds
On the death of Bruce Forsyth, British entertainer

The Forsyth saga is now gone
strictly come dancing the whole night long
You played cards right with Anthea, your...

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Categories: for her
Little Shack
by Alfred Berggren
Near the river Jane,
there’s a little shack plain.
Not much my dear to see.
Come and share it with me.

Bring your little dog, Poke,
who’s the color of...

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Categories: addiction, adventure, appreciation, art,
Wavy level
by Olumuyiwa Onaf
Kiss deceptive Also receptive 
I ain't saying it's abusive 
But sometime make ya submissive 
To that progressive Wave in the heart beat  
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Categories: childhood, earth, film, humor,
Gordon Shumway
by CharRon Smith
Gordon Shumway
Want to cook cats someday
His flight to his planet went south
crashed on Earth and now, he's known as ALF...

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Categories: humorous
Joseph Rickles
by Alfred Berggren
Joseph Rickles
Liked dill pickles
To Rickles their wonderful taste was delicious
What they did to his face was simply malicious.


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Categories: humorous
Berry Throm
by Alfred Berggren
Berry Throm suffered toothache
He went to see Doctor Jake
To have it come out man was willing
He was glad there was no bad drilling.

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Categories: sorrow
Boa Constrictor
by Alfred Berggren
Miss Mary Prince
Was not seen since
She brought home her boa constrictor
I guess the snake did more than lick her.
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Categories: bird, dance, evil, faith,
THE SECRET OF A KING
by Lorna Malla
I heard sweet voices sing
Fragrance of wild flowers in spring
A thrown of gold for a King
To watch His courtier dance and sing

The Queen sits by...

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Categories: bird, dance, evil, faith,
THE SECRET OF A KING
by Lorna Malla
I heard sweet voices sing
Fragrance of wild flowers in spring
A thrown of gold for a King
To watch His courtier dance and sing

The Queen sits by...

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Categories: humor
Lorenzo Streeter
by Alfred Berggren
Lorenzo Streeter
Was a card cheater
He dealt from the bottom
Till Greasy Bill shot 'em.

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Categories: dark
Premium MemberVLAD THE IMPALER
by Kim Rodrigues
VLAD THE IMPALER

Aren’t you “Vlad” to see me?
He bares his Transylvania teeth.
“Impaler” and of the “Order of the Dragon”
That devil, Dracula’s out for blood.

6/16/2017
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Categories: tribute
Premium MemberA REAL LUNATIC
by Kim Rodrigues
WILL THE REEL* TEDDY PLEASE STAND UP

John Alexander acts a Roosevelt - Teddy.
Bugle calls him up the stairs, steady.
With great veracity and a capacity to...

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Categories: art
Premium MemberLEONARDO'S LISA
by Brian Strand
In Florence lived a lass ,Lisa del Giocondo
with a smile all the world came to know.
So patiently did she pose,
So sad her smile just ...

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Categories: encouraging, future, inspirational, motivation,
Here and Now
by Asa Childress
'You' have the 'Gift',
Needing nothing more than the 'Present', 
Which solves the "Who", "What", "When" !

So snatch the 'W' from "Where", 
For we're not omnipresent...
Then...

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Categories: america, celebrity, hero
Premium MemberJohn Glenn
by Kim Merryman
John Glenn,
an honored citizen.
A renowned astronaut and senator, too,
an American hero, brave and true.

4/8/17...

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Categories: funny
Premium MemberJudy Ball
by Judy Ball
Judy Ball
A struggling, obscure poet,
Wrote verse because she enjoyed it,
But form, she seldom employed it....

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Categories: poetry
Premium MemberTHE CLERIHEW
by Judy Ball
Clerihew
A form of poetry known by few.
Upon hearing the word for the first time,
I looked up and queried, Clare Who!...

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Categories: beautiful
ImperFect f0Rm
by Ir0nic ZiNk
I stepped on the edge of a cliff and tumbled across Jerry Garcia. 
Gratefully so including all aspects verbose; the music carries on harmonic within...

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Categories: betrayal, blessing, for him
The Genius
by cheryl hoffman
Nikola Tesla came to America in the 1880's to work with Thomas Edison,
a lot of his brilliant ideas getting patented by others who had a...

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Categories: people, political
Premium MemberHillary Clinton
by Joseph May
 Hillary Clinton
 Wished she had won
 Crying tears of defeat
 While her opponent tweets!...

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Categories: celebrity
Premium MemberGermaphobe Howard Hughes
by Andrea Dietrich
Germaphobe Howard Hughes - reclusive billionaire -

made a plane of wood and loved to ride the air!

Bought his own hotel, just to hide himself from...

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Categories: career, death
Cuba burns while Castro Fidels
by The Didds
Farewell then Fidel Castro
You have come to the end of your show
With Che and a cigar you seemed so cool
But over Cuba you no longer...

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