Today is World Laughter Day; and while it does seem so very tough to even smile with all the grim news everywhere, it is hard to deny that laughter has its advantages. Especially as we all continue to be in quarantine or lockdown or isolation or any other stage of social distancing mode. This news article for World Laughter Day talks about how laughter is the best medicine; and I also read this other article that, like the title suggested, left me feeling a little lighter.
Poetic Sundays: Laughter is the Best Medicine
The Clerihew Poetic Form
What is the Clerihew Poetic Form?
A clerihew is a poetic form of four lines, biographical, nonsensical, with no specific line length and an AABB rhyming scheme. The first line includes the name of a famous person who the poem is about.
The Clerihew’s Characteristics
So the clerihew’s elements are that it is:
- a single quatrain (or stanza of four lines)
- rhymed: rhyme scheme of AABB
- biographical, and pokes fun of people, usually someone famous or popular [not abusive or derogatory, but simply in a humorous way]
- a poem whose first line consists of just the subject’s name; and whose four lines are of irregular length and meter for comic effect
My Examples (from my previous post)
Robert Louis Stevenson, at the grand old age of forty-one, decided didn’t need a birthday, and simply gifted it away!
-Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites
Paul Bunyan the Lumberjack, created the Grand Canyon and the Hills, Black. When he was but a baby bloke, he clapped all the windows broke!
-Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites
On My Blog
Last week’s posts
- Poetic Journey From Alliteration to Zeugma
- Zip Zap Zooming My Way to Zeugma
- You Can Never Tell the Many Ways You Matter
- The ‘X’ Poet and Something eXtra -Ordinary?!
- Word Play and its Wonders
- Virtual Tours, Events, and More to Celebrate Poetry
- Sunday Scribblings #69: It Was Supposed To Be Super Seventy
On the Home Front
We finally clicked the button and made the choice; it was tough deciding between the final four we had narrowed down our list to (including a couple of the UCs – University of California options). But it is now decided, and our older one is headed to college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall to major in Electrical Engineering.
Here is a mashup of songs he played on the piano simply to accompany his college news to friends and family. Note that a couple of the songs are from movies in the Tamil language (but isn’t music universal?) And feel free to let me know if you figured out the songs he played in the comments!
On My Blog and Home Front
The UBC is the next challenge; and I am hoping to take things a little more easier this month though I hope to post everyday.
This Week’s Celebrations
The Literary and Close-to-it Celebrations
- The Birthdays: May 4th celebrates Robin Cook’s birthday; Orson Welles’ birthday on May 6th; poet Robert Browning on May 7th; J. M. Barrie on May 9th; May 9th birthdays also include those of poets Charles Simic and Joy Harjo (both of these poets are recent discoveries for me, as a result of my Poetic Potpourri!)
- Not sure if literary fully, but May 5th is National Cartoonists Day
- And May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day
- [Update] It is Children’s Book Week May 3 – 9 !!! So I will be sharing a few books either here or on IG..Check out events and resources on the Every Child a Reader website here.
The Foodie Celebrations
- May 3rd is National Chocolate Custard Day and National Raspberry Pop Over Day
- And the 4th of May is National Orange Juice Day and National Candied Orange Peel Day
- May 5th being Cinco de Mayo is National Totally Chipotle Day
- The 6th of May is National Crepe Suzette Day
- May 8th brings another cool item to enjoy with National Coconut Cream Pie Day
- And top off the dessert-ness with National Butterscotch Brownie Day on May 9th!
The Other Celebrations
- May 3rd apparently is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day (while I am not entirely sure if both ‘two’ and ‘different’ were needed, it is something that is kind of fun anyways!)
- And May the 4th Be With You on National Star Wars Day
- African World Heritage Day is celebrated on the 5th of May each year
- While World Red Cross Day is on May 8th
- May 9th is of course Mother’s Day here in the US (being the second Sunday in May); but it is also another much needed holiday – National Lost Sock Memorial Day
- The first full week of May is National Wildflower Week; so head on out to nearby hiking trails, and take some time out to pause and see those flowers everywhere..
- It is also National Hospital Week in the First Full Week of May; and hats off to all the hospital staff everywhere.
- Take a moment or two to send thanks to teachers this coming week; it is Teacher Appreciation Week
Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, this was it for this post. As always, appreciate and totally welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions on these scribblings on Sunday! And which of these days in this wonderful week do you plan to celebrate?