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.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Clerihews Published ( in Gilbert Magazine)

The March/April issue of Gilbert Magazine just arrived (never mind that it's now June!), and it contained several of my clerihews.

A clerihew is four-line humorous, sometimes satirical, poem, usually consisting of two unmatched rhyming couplets, about a person whose name generally serves as one of the rhymes (most often at the end of the first line). There's no set line length. It's named after E. C. Bentley (his middle name was Clerihew) who created the verse form with his friend G. K. Chesterton while they were school friends - and before Bentley gained fame as a mystery writer.

Gilbert Magazine publishes clerihews in its "Clerihew Corner" almost every issue.

This month, the new clerihews were all mine!

Lot's wife
ended her life
when she came to a halt
and proved her salt.

In his early life Thomas Merton
was often uncertain.
He ended his consternation
through contemplation.

Vladimir Kosma Zworykin
helped to make possible television.
His contribution to that form of mass media
is why he's one of the last entries in our encyclopedia

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(poet)surpri(ic)sinG imagery,paren
theses—(games)w or d sb ro k en

Anne Rice
found a pearl of great price.
But she had to make money first
dwelling on an unnatural thirst.

Prolific Stephen King
can make horror out of anything.
His wife fears what he'd do
if he tried to barbecue.

Ah, fame. Of course, payment consists of the satisfaction of seeing my name in print.

I won't quit my day job.



Anonymous Richard.. off in left-field said...

Although he's usually politically wrong
I still read my friend, Lee Strong.
Despite his reactionary point of view...
Nobody does a better clerihew :-)

3:05 AM  

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