Judas hanged himself from a bough
A curious use for trees….
What use to perish, no more to cherish
WIDOWERS WONDERFUL PEAS
Elderly maids who blush deep red
At the mention of phallic symbols
Display no shame when they acclaim
WIDOWER’S WONDERFUL THIMBLES
These are by British fan Eric Needham, who created the form.
Widowers is a fictional Manchester, England, department store (no doubt inspired by Batchelors) for which ersatz rhyming advertisements became a fannish fad after Needham instituted them in Now & Then, Harry Turner’s apazine for the Off-trail Magazine Publishers’ Association, in the mid-1950s.
The best examples of these four-line verses have a completely absurd counterpoint between the first couplet and the product advertised in the last, a rhyme scheme of abccb, with an internal rhyme in the third line, and do not rely on a preposition to begin the final line. (Many examples, even by Needham, do use a preposition, because it’s very difficult to achieve both of the final rules, but a perfect Widowers is a thing of beauty.)
Here are a few of mine:
A future filled with awe
Would that he knew of how it came true of
WIDOWERS CIRCULAR SAW
Arthur and fickle Guinivere
Might have turned their tragic fate
To happy pairing had they been sharing
WIDOWERS SALAD PLATE
Sherlock Holmes gave up detecting
And took up keeping bees
That raised quite a buzz, but no more than does
WIDOWERS WONDERFUL CHEESE
Socrates, so wise, drank hemlock
And that was the end of him
So much for high thinking, you’re better off drinking
WIDOWERS LONDON DRY GIN
Can you write some? I dare you!