May – Poem(s)

01 May

Here we go, I’m sure these months are getting shorter. This month another style to tackle.

A clerihew has the following properties: It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; it mostly pokes fun at famous people. It has four lines of irregular length and metre for comic effect and has a rhyme structure is AABB; the subject matter and wording are often humorously contrived in order to achieve a rhyme, including the use of phrases in Latin, French and other non-English languages.

The first line contains, and may consist solely of, the subject’s name. According to a letter in The Spectator in the 1960s, Bentley said that a true clerihew has to have the name “at the end of the first line”, as the whole point was the skill in rhyming awkward names.

A well known example being – Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St Paul’s”

So here are my attempts.

King Charles the third
"This crown is absurd
So heavy one fears
It'll just sit on one's ears"


Camilla the Queen 'Consort'
A title, insult and retort
Causing such strife
As mistress and wife.


Charles and Camilla
Appear quite vanilla
Leaked phone calls broadcast
A quite salacious past!

I’ll just take myself to the Tower, I know the way I’ve been there before 😬


Posted by on May 1, 2023 in General, In The News, people


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6 responses to “May – Poem(s)

  1. menhir1

    May 2, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Anne-Marie.
    No need to meander to the tower
    All you need is flour,or is it a flower?

    When I saw this month’s verse in the notification I hadn’t realised the space had anything in it. I found out just now. As I scrolled down, at the end of the space was a crown…….on a head. It gave me a hearty laugh.

    Your clerihew is very pointed and succinct. Have you any verse for this oath of fealty to the King that the common man/woman is being ‘requested’ to take? It seems it has caused problems at the Palace; I don’t know which one. It could be St James’-v-Buck House, or vice-versa. Xxxxxx

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    • AnneMarie

      May 2, 2023 at 8:22 pm

      I haven’t seen anything specific about this oath of fielty, other than the ‘invitation’ to partake. I shall go a googling!

      Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      May 2, 2023 at 8:25 pm


      The “homage of the people” …. The order of service will read: “All who so desire, in the Abbey, and elsewhere, say together: I swear that I will pay true allegiance to Your Majesty, and to your heirs and successors according to law. So help me God.” It will be followed by the playing of a fanfare.


  2. menhir1

    May 2, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    The fanfare I mean.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. menhir1

    May 2, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    The archbishop Canterbury was interviewed for lunch time news about this and pm. Positively non positive. Xx

    Liked by 1 person


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