Two Clerihews

** A clerihew is a comical biographic verse. See full explanation below photos.

i.
All the ladies admired the young Houdini,
but wished he performed in a thong bikini.
Their screams take it off created a racket
as he hung upside down in a confining strait jacket.

ii.
Rip Van Winkle slept away the years,
escaped his wife’s nagging and too-often tears.
Thought he’d be a ladie’s man, a new phenomenon,
instead he limped beside the dames, testosterone gone.

Written for dVerse, a poet’s pub, where today Gayle asks us to write a Clerihew: a comic verse on biographical topics consisting of 2 couplets and an aabb rhyme scheme. The first line is to name the individual. Form invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) at age sixteen. Very challenging to write humorous poetry!!!  Pub officially opens at 3 PM Boston time…drop by and read some more of these — or try your hand at comical verse and share yours with other dVerse readers!

49 thoughts on “Two Clerihews

  1. Shawna September 15, 2016 / 8:51 am

    OMG, that first one is a riot! This prompt is probably going to draw out some very entertaining work. Yay! My favorite poetry to read is bizarre and/or funny. So I’m stoked.

    Really, I’m still cracking up over that one.

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    • lillian September 15, 2016 / 9:30 am

      LOL — that’s what we aim for with this prompt! So gald to tickle your funny bone! hmmmm me thinks I need to edit the second one a bit.

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      • Shawna September 15, 2016 / 10:15 am

        Oh no, it’s good too. I just found the first one to be flipping hilarious.

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    • lillian September 15, 2016 / 2:48 pm

      ooooh,,,,,didn’t think of that harry/hairy line! Good one! 🙂 Such a challenging but really really fun prompt!

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    • lillian September 15, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      Glad you to make you smile, my friend! 🙂 This is really a fun fun prompt — will look forward to reading the the posts for it. Chuckling is good for the soul!

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  2. Bodhirose September 15, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Oh my gosh…totally love both of these, Lillian. You’re good at writing humor. I can just hear all the women yelling at Houdini to take it off…ha! I almost chose Rumpelstiltskin!

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    • lillian September 15, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      Really really a fun prompt! Oooooh….you must do another one with Rumpelstilltskin! I’m smiling already and I haven’t even seen it!

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      • Bodhirose September 15, 2016 / 3:29 pm

        So very happy that you enjoyed this prompt. Okay, will see if I can come up with something about Rumpelstiltskin…really dating myself with this one!

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  3. Glenn Buttkus September 15, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    You had me at Houdini; hey, we are all having TOO much fun with this prompt. I, of course could not move away from political parody.

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    • lillian September 15, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      LOVED your political clerihews! So good to smile at all these posts………..a FUN FUN FUN prompt! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed, Glenn.

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  4. Linda Kruschke September 15, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    These are hilarious, although I don’t know if I can get the image of Houdini in a bikini out of my head and for that I may never forgive you. (Just kidding, you know I will 😉 )

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    • lillian September 15, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      Chuckle chuckle. Glad you enjoyed!!! Instead of an ear worm, an eye full??? Chuckle again!

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  5. frankhubeny September 15, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Too bad about Rip Van Winkle. I had not thought of Houdini in that way before.

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    • lillian September 16, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Glad you enjoyed! 🙂 Always fun to take a different perspective!

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    • lillian September 16, 2016 / 8:37 am

      So good to see your LOL! 🙂

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  6. The Writer's Village September 15, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Fun stuff.
    Maybe you should market a Houdini thong.
    The motto could be “don’t be left hanging by a thread.”

    You could also market a Rip van Winkle dream cream kit complete with testosterone.
    Ha.

    Randy

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    • Ω September 15, 2016 / 6:11 pm

      Oh, Lawdy; that’s funny.

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    • lillian September 16, 2016 / 8:37 am

      Well, if I was a bit younger and just starting my career, these would be great ideas! Maybe some other readers will take up the challenge 🙂

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    • lillian September 16, 2016 / 8:35 am

      Happy to put on the clown nose for folks today 🙂

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  7. Truedessa September 15, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    They are both very good, but the first one really made me smile. These are such fun to read

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    • lillian September 16, 2016 / 8:35 am

      I’ll be doing my reading tomorrow AM — company coming today — but looking forward to starting my Saturday with a grin on my face 🙂

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  8. Kathy Reed September 15, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    Clever take on the prompt, Lillian! Lots of smiles at dverse today 😉

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    • lillian September 16, 2016 / 8:34 am

      oh and it’s so fun to have a smiling day! 🙂

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  9. rosemawrites September 15, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    That first one cracked us all up, I think. 🙂 Creative take, Lillian! 🙂

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    • lillian September 16, 2016 / 8:34 am

      Always fun to provide a chuckle or two! Such a fun prompt to work with!

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  10. Mish September 16, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Oh my goodness…that made me chuckle. So much fun to work with whimsical names like Houdini….he was just asking for that bikini…hehe.

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    • lillian September 16, 2016 / 8:33 am

      Challenging but really really fun prompt! Glad you got a chuckle out of it! 🙂

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  11. kim881 September 16, 2016 / 5:52 am

    Houdini in a thong bikini followed by Rip van Winkle! Ha ha ha!

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    • lillian September 17, 2016 / 7:03 am

      Yeah — good ole Rip really cooked his goose 🙂

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    • lillian September 17, 2016 / 7:02 am

      It was a really fun prompt. So glad you enjoyed! 🙂 Keep ’em smilin’ I always say!

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    • lillian September 17, 2016 / 7:02 am

      This was such a timely prompt — we all need some smiles in our lives these days.

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    • lillian September 17, 2016 / 7:01 am

      Loved this prompt — heading over for some giggles this morning as soon as I make my morning cup. Glad you enjoyed these little ditties!

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    • lillian September 17, 2016 / 7:00 am

      Thanks, Nan. Always happy to provide a grin!

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