A (Very) Few Words for Mr. Edmund Clerihew Bentley

Oh, Mr. Edmund Clerihew B.,
this witty-verse hue just ain’t for me.
As a teen, you invented some poeming fun.
But you see, my poems are more…undone.


A bit of tongue-in-cheekiness for the dVerse prompt, where Gayle has us playing with the Clerihew. Edmund Clerihew Bentley invented the form at the age of 16. 😉 

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21 Responses to A (Very) Few Words for Mr. Edmund Clerihew Bentley

  1. 🙂 Your poems are WONDERFULLY undone!

  2. Brian says:

    Undone is better than well done, although, this poem is well done.

  3. Shawna says:


  4. frankhubeny says:

    I agree these clerihews are too short unless one keeps adding stanzas to them.

  5. Actually there are many deeds that are better undone… though I doubt your poems should be undone

  6. Sherry Marr says:

    And I love how undone they are!

  7. Bodhirose says:

    Really clever, De, even if undone…which it wasn’t…love your cheekiness!

  8. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Cheeky, clever, & fun–I applaud your levity. I did get into the spirit of this prompt, but left to my own devices, like you, I get out there into the “Undone” realm–though I prefer the term “Unfettered”.

  9. Too much fun coming undone. But you’re the one to do it, Hon! And I’m hankering for more triolet play. What does De say?

  10. Mish says:

    But this isn’t a mess, I must confess…hehe
    Love your however its done….or undone.

  11. I think you’ve done a fabulous job with the form. Clerihew would be impressed.

  12. Tongue in cheek sure enough!


  13. Nan Mykel says:

    That’s telling ’em!

  14. A clever response – I know what you mean – I don’t normally write poems of this style, but I enjoyed this one, on the night in question!

  15. Sabio Lantz says:

    Cute. Turn it on the poor chap. A puerile form indeed and only good for party tricks.

  16. lillian says:

    Clever clever! Always enjoy clicking on your name to see your posts! This one did NOT disappoint 🙂 Tipping my morning cup to you, my friend!

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