Clerihew voting

You people OUTDID YOURSELVES! Our selection committee found it very difficult to stick to only five clerihews, and had to nominate six finalists instead. Here they are, for your voting acumen.

Voting will be open until noon (Eastern time) on Friday, July 10.

Bette Davis
Intrigued us with that look she gave us
Angelically pledged to speak “good” of the dead
So when Joan Crawford died, “Good!” she said.
by BobP

When it comes to chortling loudly at the boss’s jokes, nobody can
like Ed McMahon
He knew his earthly race was run
when he got an envelope that said, YOU MAY ALREADY BE DONE
by DMajor

John Wayne
Got shot in movies and barely felt pain
In Iraq I am miserable just from being hot
Those movie soldiers are a tougher lot.
by Neil Gussman

Steven Jobs
Charon stow thy oar, keep cast thy anchor, not yet are we given over to sobs
A few months off, a brand new liver, our man Steve is getting well
And thankfully so, as unlike you, he keeps us away from the “Gates” of Hell
by VickiB

Ogden Nash
Got some measure of fame and some measure of cash
By proving that there was a market for poetry that contained absurdity,
And that people didn’t even mind if you invented the occasional wordity.
by Seth

Marilyn Manson
Will someday headline a theater in Branson.
Every show will be a shocker
As he mumbles the lyrics and struts with his walker.
by Billiamo

Which Clerihew is your favorite?

  • Marilyn Manson (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Ogden Nash (15%, 38 Votes)
  • Steven Jobs (6%, 14 Votes)
  • John Wayne (33%, 81 Votes)
  • Ed McMahon (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Bette Davis (38%, 93 Votes)

Total Voters: 247

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4 Responses to Clerihew voting

  1. Marilyn S says:


    Your link on for voting is http://here/, which isn’t working…

  2. Quillbert says:

    E C Bentley
    Introduced the Beginners among his readers to Biography very gently,
    But then confused them utterly with Trent’s Last Case, containing not a single Clerihew,
    Which does not inspire me to write many of them, at least only a verifew.

  3. mark greenstock says:

    Edmund Clerihew Bentley
    found that his name wouldn’t fit into metre
    but instead of blowing a fuse,
    he invented clerihews.

    Mark G

  4. Mark H says:

    Great Clerihews Robin. Glad to see that such a whimsical form of English verse is alive and kicking in the United States.

    There are some more over at where I am trying to mark momentous UK events with Clerihews.

    I kicked off the website with a Clerihew about the great man himself:

    E Clerihew Bentley
    Treated his subjects quite gently
    I think that you will probably find
    These verses are rather less kind

    …and so it’s proved so far

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