Day 14 – NaPoWriMo – A Clerihew

You can’t make this stuff up! I’ve never heard of a “clerihew” – have you? Here are the instructions for today’s assignment:

Last but not least, our prompt! Because it’s Friday, let’s keep it light and silly today, with a clerihew. This is a four line poem biographical poem that satirizes a famous person. Here’s one I just made up:

Emily Dickinson
wasn’t a fickle one.
Having settled in Amherst,
she wouldn’t be dispersed.

By Maureen Thorson at

I’m hoping that a clerihew doesn’t REQUIRE satire because the one I wrote doesn’t really “mock, ridicule or make fun of.” Because REALLY – who wants to a make fun of Ansel Adams when we’re only one week away from Earth Day? (Which coincidentally happens to be the anniversary of his death in 1984!)

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams – grandson of a timber baron, a shy only child
Made photos that taught us to treasure the wild.

Yosemite, Big Sur and Aspens at Dawn
The work of this genius helps Nature live on.

© Kalen Kingsbury 2017


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