View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


My first attempts at Clerihews (Named after G.K. Chesterton's friend who developed the form).

George Bush is a regular fella,
that’s why he said what he said about the Hezbollah.
Of his policies, the word’s also a fit,
because they leave many folks feeling like it.

Condoleeza Rice
seems real smart and nice.
It’s just about her hair
that I really don’t care.


Blogger Nancy C. Brown said...

Dear Lee,
As a sometimes-judge of these things at the Chesterton conference, I need to tell you something important. The first line must END with the person's name, and the second line must end with something that rhymes with the person's NAME. So the Rice one works, but the Bush one doesn't. It would have to rhyme with Bush or George.

Submit the Rice one to Gilbert magazine, would you?

We're always looking for new Clerihews.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Thanks for the feedback.

You are right about the name. Interestingly, though, Bentley, who invented the form, sometimes put the name of the person at the end of the second line - "There exists no proof as/to who shot William Rufus" or "A man in the position/of the Emperor Domitian" -as did W. H. Auden - "No one could ever inveigle/Georg Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel"

I will stick to the rules.

7:23 AM  

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