Saturday, July 10, 2010

SNGF: Clerihew

Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge is to write a clerihew.  I am in the midst of a family reunion weekend, but I had a few minutes to compose a poem or two.  Especially a clerihew -- since that ties so well in with family.

Randy's definition "a four-line irregular poem or verse that follows an AABB rhyme scheme" departs slightly from the traditional clerihew

In addition to the requirements he mentions
  • It is biographical and usually whimsical
  • The first line consists solely (or almost solely) of the subject's name.
(It's also usually about notable individuals, but notability is subjective.  Many genealogists consider all of our ancestors notable.)

Here's my first one.  

Goldfinch, Barnard
or so I have heard
was a maker of sails, in Portsea
and left his children each a thousand pound annuity

I hear the sound of relatives, so I will return later.


Moshe Leyb Cruvant --
our ancestral immigrant
why St. Louis he chose
over Lithuania, no one knows.