NAPOWRIMO- 2017: #14

National Poetry Writing Month- 2017


REQUIREMENTS: Today we were asked to write a clerihew. This is a four line poem biographical poem that satirizes a famous person.

(Yes, I took some liberties with the rules…. That’s what poetry is all about?)

February 22, 1732

Founding Father, Washington

Birthdays’ not easily forgotten

Though the facts may have strayed

Was not born on this day

Important Note: Washington was actually born on February 11, 1731, but when the colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar from the Julian calendar, his birthday was moved eleven days. Since his birthday fell before the old date for New Year’s Day, but after the new date for New Year’s Day, his birth year was changed to 1732. (Mental Floss)

The Death of George

Smallpox, malaria, dysentery, pneumonia

And dozens of others… shear pandamonia

But none of these attacked us

He died of malpractice

Important Note: On the day he died, Washington was treated with four rounds of bloodletting, which removed 5 pints of blood from his body. It seems that it proved to be too much. (Mental Floss)

Written for The National Poetry Writing Month- 2017.


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