These lessons, by one of our most consistent FaithWriters' Challenge Champions, should not be missed. So we're making a permanent home for them here.
Thanks for the background, Kevin!
This one's a good one.
I feel like I'm supposed to hop on one foot backwards with my eyes closed instead of skipping along to the tune in my head.
I know...I know...It's good for me to try something new! *SMILE*
Here's another one for practice:
President Ronald Reagan
A lot of grief has taken
But he stood his ground with a stiff upper lipper
For the Gipper.
I don't like having to say something in rhyme. Here's my poor attempt. Is this a forced rhyme or just bad grammar?
Is loved by the womens
Who shake their booties
Because he tells them they can be beauties
A friend of the Bridegroom
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8 NLT
Big old Goliath
Was not quite a behemoth
David found a little rock
And gave him quite a nasty shock
Is there any rule about capitalizataion at the beginning of a line, even though it isn't a new sentence?
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot
"Cats are successful underachievers. They only need to purr in order to get free food and TLC. What other creature can lay around the house doing nothing beyond purring, and still get free food and TLC?" - Jim Aites
I am offering proof that this type of poetry is way above my head and skill level:
(I am using this first one because I am famous in my own family.)
Gerald D. Shuler
Uses a ruler
For writing in meter...
But clarihews are definately sweeter.
Doesn't rhyme with rob, but robe.
Does it matter, anyway?
He's not alive today.
Or how about this for an improvement?
surely thought he'd not get caught
but this news was a blast
that traveled fast.
I had something really memorable to write here but I forgot what it was.
Oh, fun!! I’ve seen this type of poem before, but I didn’t know the technical name for it. Since “pointed political commentary” was disallowed, I admirably restrained my first impulse (Let’s see... what rhymes with “Obama”... or better yet, "Pelosi"?).
So here’s one for my little guy:
Simon Gabriel Slider
He loves roly-polies and garden slugs–
Just don’t call them “bugs.”
And here’s my “famous person” attempt:
How many know him well?
His popular appeal would be quite narrow
If not for Bolero.
Okay then ...
had a bad, rotten tooth
It made him swing and miss
So he went to the dentist
they said, was bad to the bone
Until they found his tax
and was sentenced to the max
was not given to the wiles of white wine
But, he did like a cabernet sauvignon in the vacinity
when he was studying relativity
was best known for composin'
but few actually knew
in liked the zebras at the zoo
wanted to write about a goose
but he was stuck on a tram
and wrote about green eggs and ham
Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,... Col. 3:23
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OK, the first one is for someone who is famous AROUND HERE:
Jan Worgul Ackerson
Makes her Master Class lots of fun.
I really would tip my hat
If it weren’t for all those references to that darn cat.
And now for someone really famous :
William Henry Harrison
Believed in United States expansion.
But as President, Ol’ Tippecanoe
Died on day thrity-two.
"When the Round Table is broken every man must follow Galahad or Mordred; middle
things are gone." C.S. Lewis
“The chief purpose of life … is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks. To do as we say in the Gloria in Excelsis ... We praise you, we call you holy, we worship you, we proclaim your glory, we thank you for the greatness of your splendor.” J.R.R. Tolkien
Phee, I appreciate your stretching yourself!
This fits all of the criteria--except that it doesn't really poke fun at Richard Simmons. It's hard, because it's not in our nature to make fun of people, and we don't want to be mean...but that's the way of the clerihew.
This is awfully clever, though, and I love your Simmons/womens rhyme!
Oh great, Carol...now you've got that song in my mind...
Really clever clerihew! It's just nicer to poke fun at people who are no longer with us, don't you think?
Got any more for us?
No need to apologize, Henry...ya done good.
That's pretty painful, isn't it? I LOVE the Einstien one. See, it takes a good poet to be a deliberately bad poet.
Oh Steven, Steven, Steven...don't be disparaging my cat. She'll get angry...and you don't want to be around Miss Sophie when she's angry.
Love the Harrison clerihew, though! Even the "thrity-two".
Esther this is a really cute clerihew!
As in most non-free verse poetry, the first word of each line should be capitlaized. Great question!
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