Monday, February 11, 2013

Faithful Clerihew

A clerihew is a form of poetry that uses rhyming couplets, generally centered on a famous person. It employs a whimsical style and uses AABB as the rhyming meter. So I thought it would be a fun exercise to write some clerihew (clerihews?) on biblical characters. There are many to choose from, but I started towards the beginning. Besides, that's where the most interesting stories are. These are terrible, but here goes:

Adam, the very first man,
Lived a few centuries longer than any of us can.
But were he alive today his sons may cause him distress.
How would he chastise us in 140 characters or less?

Adam's wife Eve
Did something you won't believe
the fruit she did partake
when talking to the snake.

Adam's son Abel,
Was not merely a man of fable.
He brought forth his sacrifice of sheep,
Which it pleased the Lord to keep.

God's faithful sailor Noah
Put all the animals on the ark, including the boa
But to accommodate the giraffe's neck
Did he cut a hole in the upper deck?

Abraham, from Ur of the Chaldeans
Some say he's the father of even Lincoln.
Turns out he is the father of a chosen race
But at 100 years old, he began at a leisurely pace.

The purpose of a clerihew isn't to bring forth some deep thought or emotion; rather, they should be funny, whimsical, and even fantastical at times. Just like life.


  1. The reason for much Matrimony,
    is Patrimony.

    Guess who said it.

  2. Poetic Ogden Nash
    In commenting on life he could be brash
    A sense of humor you must hone
    If he didn't tickle your funny bone.