July 18, 2024

JUL 18: the start of a hiatus


PLEASE NOTE THAT GIORGIO WILL BE TAKING A MUCH-NEEDED VACATION.

REGULAR NEW POSTINGS ON THIS BLOG (as well as our related blogs "Edifying Nonsense" and "Silly Songs and Satire") WILL LIKELY RESUME AFTER LABOR DAY. 

PLEASE CHECK BACK THEN, FOR NEW MATERIAL (although the old stuff, as detailed in each post's righthand column, remains available for nostalgic review). 

HAVE A GOOD SUMMER !!!  

(Disappointed readers may be partly cheered by an exception: the submitted palindrome thread on "Edifying Nonsense" has been honored by our contributors, and prepared new posts will be automatically displayed starting on the 25th of each month until the end of the current calendar year.)  


July 17, 2024

JUL 17, palinku (poetic novelty): 45th prez, 2/7




 You can readily view all our verses of this type if you proceed with a single click to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE. (Or if you prefer, you can stay on this particular blogsite and look for the offerings for the 17th day of each month -- there are now more than 60 of these.)
 

July 16, 2024

July 13, 2024

JUL 13, special events: Cirque du Soleil's "Echo", jugglers



 
















Stay tuned for more views of this activity later this week!




July 8, 2024

JUL 8r, bi-lyrical limerick: dual-rhyme schemes

 

reprise from June 2020

JUL 8, bi-lyrical limerick: dual-rhyme schemes



Authors' Note
  Despite the message of the verse, the author has taken pains to construct a slate of dual rhyme scheme, or bi-lyrical limericks, including the above instance; the rhyme scheme can be characterized as: 

line 1:  C...A
line 2:  C...A
line 3:  D...B
line 4:  D...B
line 5:  C...A.  

In the above verse, the additional C- and D-pattern rhymes are distinguished using green font. The scansion (pattern of beats), usually involves stressing the third syllable in each line (as indicated by underlining). In this instance, this pattern is broken in the third line of the verse.


Be sure to check out the whole collection of 'bi-lyrical limericks' by proceeding to "Edifying Nonsense." CLICK HERE ! (Or, if you prefer, you could look over this stuff on Giorgio's Facebook photo-albums.) 


July 3, 2024

JUL 3, photo-collage: bunnies on the trail (Toronto's Brickworks)

 


                                                                                                








July 1, 2024

JUL 1r, Canadiana: Canadian defined

reprise from July 1, 2020

In honour of Canada Day (July 1), 











You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Reverse Strokes: Limericks About Canoeing' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. 




June 30, 2024

JUN 30, singable satire: a 'pair-ody' --- "ADENOMA"

 

PAIR-ODY-LYRICS, subbed into two songs (pair-ody is a neologism for a parody using a pair of original songs) .
ORIGINAL SONG#1: "Mona Lisa" , Nat King Cole, 1950 
ORIGINAL SONG#2. "Buona Sera", Louis Prima1956
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, December, 2014.

EXPLANATORY NOTE: Rudolf Virchow, 1821-1902, is regarded as "the father of modern pathology".
Benign tumours are discussed in various other short poems by the author, including "Benign tumours, a guidebook", and "Pat's adenoma". Facial nerve malfunction, including Frei's syndrome, after resection of benign or malignant salivary tumours is discussed HERE.
PARODY-SONGLINK: See the version of "Adenoma" designed for ukulele and guitar players on "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE" HERE.




ADENOMA

(to the tune of "Mona Lisa")

Adenoma, Adenoma, Virchow named you;
You’re a common lesion in the neck and face -
Presentation with an endocrine secretion,
Or a painless little lump that’s out of place.


pleiomorphic adenoma
     of the salivary gland
           

We don’t understand your motives, Adenoma.
What strange factors make you spurn control and grow?
But your schemes don’t require exploration,
They’re revealed by needle aspiration.

Are you truly benign, Adenoma,
Or just an irksome Neoplasia’s little bro?
Are you truly benign, Adenoma
Or just an irksome Neoplasia’s little bro?
Adenoma, Adeno-o-ma.

(to the tune of "Buona Sera")

Sayonara, salivary Adenoma
I’ve engaged a surgeon trained in ENT.
In the morning, he’ll resect you from your bed there
For removal of the specter of malignancy.

By next evening, Adenoma, we’ll be separate -
You’ll be sliced and spread on slides for full review;
And my mouth-droop from that nerve you’ve cruelly damaged -
With its fibers freed, my smile might yet be salvaged.

In the long-term, I am better off without ya’
Sayonara, Adenoma, kiss me goodbye.
Hasta mañana, Adenoma; kiss me goodbye.

June 29, 2024

JUN 29r, sleek Greek prefixes: AN-

reprise from June 2020 


JUN 30, sleek Greek prefixes: AN-







Clicking HERE will introduce you to our entire collection of verses about the Greek prefixes!

June 23, 2024

JUN 23, ambulatory verse: strut

 


 You can review all our verses on this topic, accumulated for you on two posts (eight verse each) on our companion blog "Edifying Nonsense", by clicking HERE.


June 22, 2024

JUN 22r, classic palindrome: 'flee to me, remote elf'

 

a) reprise from June 2020


JUN 24, classic palindrome: 'flee to me, remote elf'




Authors' Note: 

pelf: wealth, especially if dishonestly acquired

The verse honours, in neologistic fashion, two palindromes from the classic repertoire...
Flee to me, remote elf;
Ma is as selfless as I am;
and one which the author appears to have concocted...
Tip-top pot pit.

You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Reversing Verse: Limericks About Classic Palindromes' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. 

 




June 21, 2024

JUN 21, defining opinion: haunch





 Our blogpost "Defining Opinion" on the topic-based blog "Edifying Nonsense" shows a selection of similar verses submitted to OEDILF (the online Omnificent English Dictionary iLimerick Form). You can see all of these on one visit by clicking HERE.

June 20, 2024

JUN 20, singable satire: Oscar Brand sings "SOMETHING TO GROAN ABOUT"

PARODY COMPOSED: Dr.G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, April 2018, in preparation for upcoming Canada Day 2018.

PARODY SONGLINK (ukulele and guitar-friendly): All our songs (Giorgio's parody-lyrics and the originals that gave rise to them) can be found, along with suggested chord sequences in a friendly format for ukulele (and guitar)-players on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". Click HERE to proceed to that site.  


SOMETHING TO GROAN ABOUT


(to the tune of "Something To Sing About")


I have asked Kim Jong Un, if he please would come visit soon,
Climate up here's 'bout the same as Pyongyang.
There'd be Raptors to watch, as he'd ratchet things up a notch;
And it's close to D.C. He replied, and he sang...

KIM's CHORUS#1: "Your mistake was to shelve war, way back after 1812
(Conflicts North-South helped my clan get ahead).
An armed border zone keeps two entities on their own.
When Yanks ask 'DMZee?', you demand 'DMZed'." 

Great Leader, don't send missiles  to our Queen Charlotte Isles,
Misty mystical place natives call 'Haida Gwai'.
We hope you and Don work things out, no need to rant and shout.
Diplomacy's tough, but please give it a try.

 KIM'S CHORUS#2: "From the wheat on your Prairies to the cheese from your dairies,
Metal tariffs in place on U.S. border fence.
You should follow our music score, as played in Singapore.
Hide heavy weapons, cozy up to Trump-Pence."

Kim, don't plant any nuke on, our territory called the Yukon.
The soil there's quite poor --  permafrost, rocks and scree.
It's too cold to grow a cuke on; you'll need to keep your tuque on

When you visit with Dennis. Bring extra kimchee.

KIM's CHORUS#1 (reprise): "Your mistake was to shelve war, way back after 1812
(Conflicts North-South helped my clan get ahead).
An armed border zone keeps two entities on their own.
When Yanks ask for 'DMZee', just demand 'DMZed'."  



 

June 19, 2024

JUN 19r, geysers: British geysers

 

a) reprise from June 2020


JUN 19, geysers: British geysers







Authors' Note: In 1894, the wealthy British distiller, James Craig of Ulster, later Lord Craigavon, purchased from a local Icelandic farmer the land around the iconic geyser, Geysir (or the great Geysir). Fences were erected, and admission charged for a brief period. Several changes in ownership were in fact required, but eventually the site was donated in perpetuity to the Government of Iceland. Lord Craigavon, subsequent to his Icelandic adventures, became the first prime minister of Northern Ireland.
 The geyser spout itself, apart from a single event in the 1930s, has remained dormant since 1916, although adjacent spouts have taken over the fanfare.

You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Poetry that Spurts: Verses about Geysers' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense".
 






  

June 18, 2024

JUN 18r, bi-lyrical limerick: 'E.M.S.'

 

 reprise from June 2020






The original classic limerick:




Be sure to check out the whole collection of 'bi-lyrical limericks' by proceeding to "Edifying Nonsense." CLICK HERE ! 


 


June 17, 2024

JUN 17, palinku (poetic novelty): 45th prez, 1/7

   In this post, we continue with our novel form of poetic wordplay. 

  Inspired by Japanese haiku poetry, the "palinku" is a terse verse with a total of 17 syllables displayed on three lines. Unlike its earlier English-language forerunners, this concoction does not mandate the precise distribution of the syllables among the three lines, but does stipulate that each word in the poem be included in a palindromic phrase or sentence  (i.e. one that can be read either forwards or backwards). 

  To help the reader discern the origin of the lyrics, each palindrome, generally occupying one of the three lines of the poem, has been color-coded. Readers will note that we have been publishing verses of this type on the 17th of each month.  

   And, just in case you have forgotten what palindromes are about, your blogsite hosts have arranged a serial set of brief lessons on the topic ('Political Palindromes') which you can review by clicking HERE






Stay tuned, as we have more example of this startlingly terse wordplay in store for you! (It is in the "to be published" queue, and unless it is leaked first, it will appear in unredacted documents timed for release in July through December 2024.)















 You can readily view all our verses of this type if you proceed with a single click to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE. (Or if you prefer, you can stay on this particular blogsite and look for the offerings for the 17th day of each month -- there are now more than 60 of these.)