Light Verse 1 – The Clerihew

The Clerihew, like most light verse forms, is an excuse for an intellectual type to be clever. Its thrust is biographical – it begins with the name of a famous person and proceeds, in two rhyming couplets of unequal lengths, to say something comical or satirical about him or her. Here is an example of my own composition:

Robert Frost
Strolled through the woods and found himself lost.
Said he: “Unless I am mistaken,
“I’ve traveled down the Road Not Taken.”

(For those of you who don’t know, The Road Not Taken is the title of one of Frost’s most famous poems.)


People like to back a winner. Sports fans are much more likely to attend a game if the home team has a winning record. Politics is also a sport, and voters are much more likely to back a candidate if they think he or she is likely to win.

I’ve always thought of politics as a team sport; one of my guiding principles has always been to back my friends to the hilt, whether or not they were considered likely to win. Some of my greatest political triumphs have been to come close when winning was considered impossible.

I’m proud of that.