Just in case you were wondering after the debut of Friday’s 40 Photo Challenge last week, Pensieve’s Poetic License is alive and well.  F40PC is a weekly carnival designed to inspire you to write "40 words or less"–prose, poetry, whatevah–in response to a photo prompt; PPL is a monthly poetry Pensieve_button_black_poetic_licenschallenge where you’re instructed to follow a form and theme directive. 

This month’s poetic form is something I’ve never written before but it sounds simple and fun:  clerihew.  My friend Peculiar introduced this form, and since it was new to me, I thought it might be to you as well.  In a nutshell, it’s a short, humorous biographical verse; four lines with an AABB  rhyme scheme.

Poetry4kids.com explains the how-to’s in four easy steps:


  1. They are four lines long.

  3. The first and second lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other.

  5. The first line names a person, and the second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person.

  7. A clerihew should be funny.

As far as theme, let’s go with May celebrations–OF COURSE you know about Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, but did you also know May celebrates Asparagus Month, National Bar-B-Que Month, National Hamburger Month and National Mental Health Month? 

I can hardly wait to see how you write a poem that weaves together a "person" and one of those!

Write them any time this week, and THURSDAY be sure to link your poem to Mr. Linky where you can find all the Poetic License participants.


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