|EDMUND CLERIHEW BENTLEY (1875-1956)|
Oops. Looks like someone forgot their party hat.
Despite the austere expression, I'm quite sure that English novelist and humorist E. C. Bentley would have approved of today's DMC celebration. At the beginning of this month, Kwame Alexander challenged us to "pick a celebrity and write a clerihew" – a form invented by E. C. Bentley in the late 19th century.
For many of us, it was our first time writing a clerihew. For me, it won't be the last. This fun exercise resulted in plenty of smiles, a few giggles, and a whole lot of head-nodding. I also discovered that we're a considerate bunch of writerly folks, since the majority of participants took this opportunity to pay tribute to, rather than poke fun at, our chosen subjects.
We'll have to work on that.
Many thanks to Kwame for helping us celebrate
National Poetry Month and for inspiring us to try something new!
Without further ado, here are the Ditty of the Month Club clerihews. Enjoy!
All poems are copyright 2015, and published with permission of the authors, who control all rights.
Celebrating Kwame Alexander...
When I think of the newest Newbery Kwame Alexander
I remember sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,
Women aren't the only ones who love romance and mo',
Real men eat poetry for breakfast, so let the words go!
Kwame is the current word weaver king,
spreading "the love" that language will bring.
As poet extraordinaire, family man, and spaghetti lover,
he tells great tales, but from his little one runs for cover.
– Carol Varsalona
Kwame Alexander wrote a book in poetry,
THE CROSSOVER won the Newbery,
and he will hit you with his purse
if you fail to call it a NOVEL in verse.
– Joy Acey
Kwame Alexander is Da Man!
I am now his number one fan.
The CROSSOVER, a book of great means,
And a bridge from poetry to teens.
– Angie Karcher
and other masters of poetry.
Issa hailed from old Japan
a poet and a simple man.
On family he could not depend
so flea or fly became a friend.
– Diane Mayr
*A fabulous illustrated version can be found at Random Noodling.
EDGAR ALLAN POE
by Lana Wayne Koehler
Edgar Allan Poe
His mysterious death apropos
He wrote of a Raven and wrote about crime
And totally rhymed sublime
Paying tribute to Today's Little Ditty
by Mindy Gars Dolandis
Hats off to our fearless leader Michelle
For featuring poets who write very well
And allowing us others to pen something pretty
For her wonderful website, Today's Little Ditty
Michelle Heidenrich Barnes loves children's poetry
at Today's Little Ditty you can read it for free.
It's where she posts challenges, and if you hustle
you'll be able to stretch your poetry muscle.
– Joy Acey
and a few more familiar faces.
Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong:
Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong compile anthologies for fun.
Pomelo Books' Poetry Friday Anthologies are for everyone.
Giving poetry and children, firm foundations
their latest book is for CELEBRATIONS.
– Joy Acey
Renée M. LaTulippe:
I want to sing verse like Renée
she treats you to a lyrical buffet
her poetry's a golden chain
in relation mine gives tummy pain.
– Robyn Campbell
Susanna Leonard Hill:
An author named Susanna Hill,
who writes perfect picture books still,
parties and drinks eggnog
with Phyllis the groundhog.
– Kristi Dee Veitenheimer
Jama shines above the rest,
cooks up blog posts filled with zest.
She's not gilding on a lily,
she's the allspice in our chili!
– Mary Lee Hahn
Recognizing our favorite entertainers...
FOR THIS LADY, A CLERIHEW DEBUT
by Linda Baie
Listen! Announcing that Lady called Gaga
whose trade clothes fill scenes of an ongoing saga.
Yet who cares what she wears when she sings us a tune?
for that’s when she makes us fall into a swoon.
THE ADVICE OF SPIKE
by Charles Waters
Spike Lee sits next to me
Arms crossed, sad as can be,
He begs me, “Please, do the right thing
Never again attempt trying to sing.”
THE PERFECT WIFE AND MOTHER
by LeeAnn Blankenship
In the 50's we learned the ideal was June Cleaver,
But she was a fake, an over-achiever;
I'll bet she has changed, put her past on the shelf,
Now saying at mealtime, "Just fix it yourself!"
by Danielle Hammelef
Robin Williams, you made me laugh.
I wanted to be Mindy, your earthling half.
Good Morning, Vietnam woke the world to your gift.
And Euphegenia Doubtfire gave the world a face lift.
Mr. Music, Ray Conniff, and his world famous singers
Mixed choral la-las with triangle dingers
Their grand music swung from big band to rock
Each song a hit from Elvis to Bach
– Linda Mitchell
* Watch a highly entertaining performance of "Brasil."
politicians, and royals.
HILLARY'S RUNNING AGAIN...
by Michelle Kogan
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s running again...
But this time, her motherhood’s a ticket for men.
How far will she run, how fair, how long...
Will a lullaby bring her a victory song?
by LeeAnn Blankenship
A charming, ambitious, and sly Ann Boleyn
Enticed a great King with a glance and a grin,
But once she was Queen, her Sovereign had said,
"If she bears me no sons, then OFF WITH HER HEAD!"
Appreciating scientists and inventors...
A STAR AMONG STARS
by Tabatha Yeatts
had a wonderfilled brain.
She ascertained the element
hydrogen was prevalent.
* Read more about Cecilia Payne.
by Mindy Gars Dolandis
Perhaps he was a bit crazy, old Ben
Conducting one of his experiments again
But his brilliant findings could not be disputed
It's a good thing he wasn't electrocuted
ELIZABETH ENVIRONMENTALIST KOLBERT
by Michelle Kogan
Elizabeth Kolbert has men’s shirttails all a tither,
cause her Sixth Extinction book makes them quiver.
If this extinction’s an unnatural history...
Straighten those shirttails and protect earth’s destiny.
Super smart Francis Crick
never missed a mathematical trick.
Tall and thin, a true British highbrow,
in possession of the most epic eyebrows.
– Loree Griffin Burns
* You can see his epic eyebrows here.
Has been known to rebuke
Companies for promoting dangerous drugs;
Big Pharma shrugs.
– Tabatha Yeatts
* Find out more about "the world's foremost authority on healing herbs."
by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
Amelia Earhart, aviator,
lived for now instead of later.
Told that girls were not robust,
she up and left them in her dust.
by Leane Gill
Dear Spider-Man and Superman, I see plenty of trouble.
The fact your names both end in "man" needs fixing on the double.
I know plenty of girls at school who like to fight crime too.
And thinking it's just for boys-really makes us blue.
and anyone else who tickles our fancies.
MAN IN THE MOON
by Rosi Hollinbeck
I’m Man in the Moon,
not some bad cartoon!
is a shimmery pearlescent.
A skunk dined on grubs outside my front door.
When I thought it was done, it gobbled up more.
I waited 'til dawn in my living room,
Not wanting to risk wearing polecat perfume.
– Danielle Hammelef
Rolled the dice & passed Go, then
Landed on NSA utilities
And had to pay ten times over for his abilities.
– Julie Larios
He's my own celebrity: My husband Chuck, is cooking's best
he creates pizza with lots of zest.
And when he makes his spaghetti
he throws in allspice like confetti.
– Jone Rush MacCulloch
Looks like fun, doesn't it?
Who would you choose to write about?
If you'd still like to try your hand at writing a clerihew, you can find all the details HERE. Send it to TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com or use the contact form in the sidebar to the right. I will continue to add poems to this wrap-up post until Thursday, April 30th at 5:00 pm (ET).
Participants in this month's challenge will be automatically entered to win an autographed copy of Kwame Alexander's 2015 Newbery winner THE CROSSOVER, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (One entry per participant, not per poem.)
Alternatively, you may enter the giveaway by commenting below. If you contribute a poem and comment below you will earn two entries in total. Comments must also be received by Thursday, April 30th at 5:00 pm (ET).
The winner will be determined by Random.org and announced next Friday, May 1st, when we reveal our new Spotlight ON interview and ditty challenge.
Where did April go in such a hurry? The last Poetry Friday roundup of National Poetry Month is being hosted by the lovely and lyrical Renée LaTulippe at No Water River. See you there!