Birth Stories – Three Clerihews

wells children - Sarah Marie Wells

I’m a few days (okay, like 20) behind on the poem-a-day project for National Poetry Month, but this morning I had so much fun playing with rhyme, I’m dragging my shame over missing my goals out into the open to share these goofy little poems with you and to challenge you to share your own clerihews. Pop ’em in the comments if you’re so inclined.

Thanks to the Cuyahoga County Public Library for their daily prompts! This one is from April 23:

“Write a clerihew, a rhymed four-line poem about a person. The rhyme scheme is AABB, and often the rhymes are ridiculous. The first line is the person’s name. Clerihews are often humorous, but the best are also true.”


Birth Stories


Lydia Rose just couldn’t decide

whether to come out or whether to hide

and as her due date came and went

we sent the landlord to collect the rent.


Elvis Elijah Davis Wells

conquered disease through the power of cells.

When the doctors thought his health was critical

his molecules done gone pulled a miracle.


Henry Delbert, the smallest of all,

arrived on the scene at the last curtain call.

“Don’t be fooled by my birth weight prank,

you’ll soon start calling me Hank the Tank.”

Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others (2022), American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (2021), Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

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