Stage Door Clerihews
lived before Pfizer or AstraZeneca
but in his plots
he took plenty of shots.
had a tall order
writing sex comedies after the Hayes Code stole theater’s soul;
there’s no such thing as clean Cole.
couldn’t help but smile
when Brecht said “Don’t be tense—
We won’t really charge three cents.”
while shopping at Tesco
found it prepoceros
that his cashier kept turning into a rhinoceros.
could seem genteel:
He smiled humbly when dubbed “the Irish Chekhov”
but if asked “Are you f’real?” answered “Feck off.”
is shown in opera houses and civic centers from Trondheim
because he can straddle being clever and being catchy.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
like the wife of Heber
can hammer a tune into our brains
even if it’s about metaphysical cats or roller-skating trains.