Pick one, two, or all of the following prompts:
- Write a form poem. Sestina, sonnet, haiku, clogyrnach, golden shovel, etc.
- Write an anti-form poem. Don’t like forms? Vent about it. Or just bust free verse.
- Write a birthday poem.
…So I actually plumped for No. 1, quite out of character for me (I previously went for the ‘anti-form’ option when posed with a similar prompt a while ago) , but was inspired to write a clogyrnach this time (explained in the link), a form I had not attempted before. I was also inspired by the post author’s example of a Sestina in the post for this prompt, with the woes associated with his first name, so thought I’d write one about the struggles of people attempting to spell the name ‘Stuart’/’Stewart’. Maybe any fellow Stu’s/Stew’s reading this can relate! Any way, see what you think of my attempt at a clogyrnach…
The Struggle of Stuarts (or Stewarts)
People always seem to struggle
Or get the letters all muddled
When spelling ‘Stuart’,
Thinking they knew it
But blew it, befuddled.
Are you ‘u’ or ‘e-double-u’?
Is the question first asked of you
So you state which one
Thinking it’s said, done,
But then shown error anew…
‘Stewert’ is what’s seen, in horror,
Offending both spelling’s honour,
But yet, a mistake
Bold in its own take
As to make some laughter.
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