construct a clarihew

A Clerihew is a comic verse on biographical topics consisting of two couplets and a specific rhyming scheme of aabb that was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) at the age of 16. The poem names a well-known person or character on the first line and the second line rhymes with the name of the person. (information from Gayle at dVerse Poets Pub)


architect Frank Lloyd Wright

designed art glass as screens of light;

natural surprise when artful otter

swam through his house of Falling Water!




Henry Ford

was never bored;

he mastered the assembly line

ten million T’s rolled out on dime.




concession vendor, Ernest Hamwi

crisply sold his waffle pastry;

made cones for ice cream at World’s Fair

now world screams for their fair share!


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)
    Sep 24, 2016 @ 02:35:37

    The fun part is the humor. One needs to think hard to come close to it and you did it with flying colors!



  2. kanzensakura
    Sep 23, 2016 @ 12:58:54

    Wonderful bits of humor!


  3. Mish
    Sep 23, 2016 @ 00:00:24

    Enjoyed all of these….great choices! 🙂


  4. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 19:02:28

    All bring a smile. Well done.


  5. Glenn Buttkus
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 18:45:16

    You aced Ms. Clara Hewe, but hey, the limerick aspect is part of the fun for me:

    So after 12 years Angelina is divorcing Brad Pitt,
    getting 40 million for accomplishing it.
    It seems his parenting style is too stern,
    & her style he refuses to learn.


  6. Grace
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 17:29:18

    Each one made me smile Lynn, specially the first one. Love the form too~


  7. Misky
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 17:15:50

    Excellent fun!!


  8. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 16:17:07

    Very fun, Lynn. I got to know Wright’s work really well when I was a docent at NV Museum of Art and we had a major exhibit. Quite a character and artist.


  9. Dr. Crystal Howe
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 15:57:48

    These are great! 😀


  10. kim881
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 15:09:23

    I really like the one about Henry Ford!


  11. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 15:02:05

    I love the otter swimming through the house of water..


  12. Brian
    Sep 22, 2016 @ 15:02:03

    My favorite is the first one. I grew up in the heart of Frank Lloyd Wright country and have always loved his creations.


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