Double-Dactyls for Napowrimo 30

Napowrimo yesterday gave us the prompt to write a clerihew or a double dactyl poem.  They did the same thing last year, so I make no apology for offering these from Napo 2011.  They have been revised, as the originals had the wrong number of lines, which meant I had to find new rhymes for the last lines – see for full instructions.

Double dactyl delight (which sounds like a pudding)

Comedy, tragedy
two sides of history,
rations of one counter-
balance the other.

Dollops of gladness
and portions of badness,
but which is quite which
it is hard to discover.

Double dactyl Disaster

Political tragedy
feminine apathy
historical fight
for the vote was in vain.

continued shenanigans
contemptible avarice
dishonoured in shame.


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11 Responses to Double-Dactyls for Napowrimo 30

  1. I like the first best, Viv. Here is a cheer for napowrimo finally ending! It has been tiring, to say the least.



  2. irene says:

    I’ll go with “dollops of gladness”. You make me glad, Viv.


  3. tigerbrite says:

    These are really good. Sounds devilish difficult form.


  4. nan says:

    Viv, these are great. They were so much fun to read, I had to do a double-take and read them each 2x!


  5. Pseu says:

    Ew, you are good, arn’t you, with all your forms….? I’m quite jealous.


  6. Mary says:

    Excellent writes, Viv. Within the light forms, you speak today’s truth! Nice sharing NaPoWriMo with you this month.


  7. brenda w says:

    I agree with Tilly. They read like a romp, yet the content is glum. Nicely done.


  8. Tilly Bud says:

    Love the contrast of the jolly rhythm with the subject matter.


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