12 Easy Steps Toward a Stronger, Better Clerihew
forgot where he’d–ah,
then he remembered:
deconstructed need not mean dismembered.
4. Relax, it’s still morning and half your work has already been done by Henry Taylor.
5. Read Henry Taylor’s book in its entirety. Twice. Memorize Taylor’s clerihew on Preston Sturges:
was subject to urges
whose nature and history
remain shrouded in mystery.
6. Relax. The day’s not half done and all you’ve got to do is write a clerihew on Willy Loman.
kept his libido astir
by pretending to disrobe
in the presence of a microbe.
8. Notice that Latour and Pasteur might be solid clerihew material. Jot that down somewhere.
9. While still pondering, entertain thoughts of grandeur (Latour-Pasteur-grandeur and ?)…Write a proposal for a book of clerihews, one for each of the knights mentioned in Mallory’s Morte D’Artur. (At least we’d find out how many there really were.)
10. Now it’s getting late. Begin to panic on the Willy Loman clerihew.
11. Scale down the book idea. One clerihew. About a man named Skarphéðinn.
12. Time’s up. Don’t give up. Feed the cats. Then write:
a broken showman,
quietly died and barely knew
how fit he was for the clerihew.
Right. OK, your turn.