NaPoWriMo 2011 Day 3, April 3, 2011 Prompt and Poem 3/30

April 2, 2011

Welcome to the Day 3 of the 30 days of NaPoWriMo.

Write a poem every day this month.  If I can do it, so can you.

Here’s the challenge and prompts I used today:

Today’s prompt is to write about a famous celebrity or newsmaker

Today’s form is the Clerihew (see below for what that is)


Chris’ NaPoWriMo Clerihew

Barrack Obama promised change gave us hope

He was not just another  Neo-con  dope

He would get us out of Gitmo, Iraq and so much more

We’d be prosperous, successful and have no war


© 2011

Teresa’s NaPoWriMo  Clerihew

Stephen Colbert

Man with flair

Interviews, guest, no sugar coat

Tirelessly works to self-promote

© 2011


Its NaPoWriMo create a poem a day each and every day of April.   30-30.

Be creative, have fun, stick to it.  If I can do this, you can do this.

It’s better than watching TV!!!!!!


A clerihew is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. One of his best known is this (1905):

Sir Christopher Wren

Went to dine with some men

He said, “If anyone calls,

Say I’m designing Saint Paul’s.”

A clerihew has the following properties:

It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; it pokes fun at mostly famous people

It has four lines of irregular length and metre (for comic effect)

The rhyme structure is AABB; the subject matter and wording are often humorously contrived in order to achieve a rhyme

The first line contains, and may consist solely of, the subject’s name.

(It’s unbalance meter can be seen as a parody of the eulogy form).


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