January 31, 2020

JAN 31, American satire: the "Mooch"






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January 30, 2020

JAN 30 (2020), singable satire: The Beatles sing "RELIC SUBMARINES"

 PARODY SONG-LYRICS


ORIGINAL SONG:  "Yellow Submarine", The Beatles 1966, with lead vocals by Ringo Starr.

U.S.S. Clamagore at Patriots Point
(background: Arthur Ravenel Bridge, in fog)


BACKGROUND: Giorgio's substitute lyrics draw on his personal experience as an occasional denizen of South Carolina. With prominent tourist sites for the display of submarines from the Civil War, World War II and the Cold War, Charleston SC and the adjacent suburb of Mt Pleasant seem like a grim version of The Beatles' fantasy "land of submarines" - see the photo collages and explanatory details below.
SATIRE COMPOSED: Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2018.

PARODY-SONGLINK: To find ukulele and guitar chord-charts to help you accompany "Relic Submarines" on your favorite instrument, click HERE.
[Giorgio's other satire lyrics substituted to Beatles' songs include "Vonnegut" (Imagine); "Saturday Night" (Yesterday); "Brennan's Tweet" (Let It Be); "Jake" (While My Guitar Gently Weeps)].



RELIC SUBMARINES

(to the tune of "Yellow Submarine")


In the town where I’ve retired
A Memorial’s awfully near.
And it tells us of the time
When the Cold War engendered fear.

Sailors sailed, to keep us ‘safe’ --
Secret missions ‘neath the waves.
Soviet strike? Well we’d respond.
They could never make us slaves.

Nuclear power transformed the submarine --
Submerged months in between, with missile launch unseen.
Trident warheads, a payload that’s obscene,
A missile-launch machine, nuclear submarine.

No recourse, all mankind’s caught
In the path of the juggernaut.
So give Gor--bachev our thanks,
(nautical tune)

We all live near a nuclear submarine,
Missile-launch machine; we’re all trapped in between.
We all live with nuclear submarines.
Missile-launch machines blow Earth to smithereens.

Cold War’s thawed – a time of peace.
From a gruesome fate, we’re now released.
A Memorial down the street --
Tourists gripe about the summer heat.

We all live near a nuclear submarine,
Missile-launch machine; we’re all trapped in between.
Live or die with nuclear submarines.
Missile-launch machines blow Earth to smithereens.







January 29, 2020

JAN 29, magical palindromes: introductory poem and examples#1 to #5








wordplay; palindromes; magic palindromes; Giorgio Coniglio




You can become an expert fan of our wordplay concoction 'magical palindromes' by reviewing the explanatory material found in ancient days on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense" HERE; then, you could check how we applied this technique to 'canal palindromes' by viewing this more recent post.











January 27, 2020

JAN 27, insects: bumblebees

Keep more to yourself for a while, wash your hands frequently, remember to laugh on occasion, and stay well!







Author's Note re the photo: One week ago, this fellow seemed to land for a rest on the roofrack of our car, parked in our lowcountry driveway. He stayed for a while, not seeming to mind posing for photos, and then took off again. Pictures were taken with my i-phone 7 camera.)


You can review Giorgio's other verses about pesty and occasionally beneficial insects, as  collected in 'Buzzwords: Verses about Insects' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.


January 26, 2020

JAN 26, waterfowl: great blue herons



  


great blue heron; snowyegret;; great egret; Mt. Pleasant; South Caro.ina







You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Immersible Verse: Limericks about Waterfowl' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. (Or, if you prefer, you can view them on Facebook in Giorgio's photo-albums).


January 25, 2020

JAN 25, fabric art: the fabric artist



the arts; textiles; limerick; Giorgio Coniglio





textile art; landscapes; South Carolina


You can find other examples of awesome illustrative fabric art on this blog in posts for the dates January 27February 20, and March 19, 2020.
You can also review these illustrated verses in "In Stitches: The Fabric Artist", as posted on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. 



WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE POETRY ON THIS SITE?
POEMS: Poetry appearing on this site was written (unless otherwise indicated) by Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym), and for the most part contributed to the online humour dictionary-site...
OEDILF (Omnificent English Dictionary iLimerick Form). In its 15 years of existence, OEDILF has worked its way alphabetically from Aa- to Gr-, with the goal of accumulating a verse defining every meaning of every word in the English language. This co-operative project has  accumulated over 107,000 carefully edited limericks, with completion date estimated to be around the year 2065. In the past three years, Giorgio has contributed over 300 poems to the project; the site's accession number for the verses is indicated at the bottom of the relevant slides in our presentations.


January 24, 2020

JAN 24, wordplay maps: new world palindromes (#3,#4)

TO ENLARGE any slide or stand-alone photo on this blog, just click on it. To reverse the process, and return to this standard view, find the little 'x' in the upper right corner of the black field and click there.












You can view the entire collection of these 50 wordplay maps, by accessing the collection 'Tourists Palindromic Guides: The Americas'. Start by clicking HERE

January 23, 2020

JAN 23, wordplay maps: sister-cities anagrams (4-6)












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January 22, 2020

JAN 22, American satire: laying blame






 The author reveals that he was influenced in this formulation by TV interviews given by his niece, the clinical psychologist Mary Trump.

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January 20, 2020

JAN 21, American satire: "First Term on the Range"

PARODY-ORIGINS: These verses were originally conceived as poetic lyrics. However, they can, like almost all limericks, be easily sung (sometimes with minor modifidations) using  certain well-known tunes; in this case, the classic American western ballad "Home on the Range", 1872 (lyrics that also underwent a transition from poetry to song) -- the best known recording is by Bing Crosby, 1933.

LIMERICK VERSE:  Original poetry, the limerick "Hillary Pilloried" was written by Giorgio Coniglio in November
 2017.
Many of the other constituent verses have been published at the OEDILF website (Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form) by  Giorgio. You can review some of these poetry verses by proceeding to a collection on our topic-based blog "Edifying Nonsense" HERE





Author's Note  The results of the acrimonious U.S. presidential election in November 2016 caused despondency and resentment in some segments of the population. Donald J. Trump ran a successful campaign under the slogan "Make America Great Again", and won the electoral college majority. After the election, there was considerable distraction by unproductive disputes over the popular vote, possible voter fraud, and the size of crowds at inaugurations.

PARODY-SONGLINK:
Click HERE to proceed to our blog "Silly Songs and Satire" where you can access ukulele and guitar chord-charts to help you accompany "First Term on the Range" on your favorite instrument. Otherwise, you can follow along with the poetry lyrics, as given above. 
 

INTRODUCTION: a) Lead-off Verse "Hillary pilloried"
                        b) Chorus (the largest group of voices ever assembled)

ADDED VERSES: (YOU SHOULD SING THE CHORUS AFTER EACH VERSE, for FAIRNESS)
1. Covfefe
2. White House Communications
3. Pardoning "Sheriff Joe"
4. Second Amendment
5. Trade Renegotiations
6. Male Accountability
7. Morning Tweetstorm
...


FIRST TERM on the RANGE:

  (to the tune of Home on the Range)


Introductory Verse:
Now that Hillary's pilloried, Donald J. Trump
Is our president (like it or lump)
America grated,
Our allies frustrated,
Seems America's slated to slump.  
Chorus:
With Hillary pilloried, Trump
Is our prez (Libs might like that or lump).
America grated,
Our allies frustrated,
Revenge? Twenty-twenty, we'll dump.   

VERSE #1:
Spicer thought that today, we should best play it safe, eh?
(Covert intel was leaked by El Jefe.)
"Constant negative press"?
We can clean up that mess
With a weapon Vlad calls "the covfefe".

VERSE #2:
"No attack dog, more scary than poochy,
Nor sex scandal that screams, 'Hoochie-coochie'
Could match the release
Of that New Yorker piece:
My profane rant." The Mooch Scaramucci

VERSE #3:
Though Trump's base found the concept beguiling,
Old Joe's pardon flouts justice, defiling
The Court's verdict: "Contempt".
Worse, this scoundrel's exempt
For bad
 outrages he's been compiling.

VERSE #4:
 A consortium of ursine arms-vendors
Struck gold when they sold ClawExtenders,
Thus fulfilling the prayers
(And the right to arm bears) 
Of good Second Amendment Defenders. 

VERSE #5:
"Can you think of a policy dafter
Than to scuttle good trade deals like NAFTA?
Xenophobic old goat!",
Offshore car-makers gloat.
North American job loss comes after.

VERSE #6:
Half the populace sadly keeps coping.
As elected old lechers keep groping  
Here’s a sobering thought: 
At the top starts the rot – 
Let’s have Congress impeach them– here’s hoping! 

VERSE #7:
Boast! Roast! - morning tweetstorm
"What a child!", gloat detractors, "an effete storm"
He's America's First
(His own enemy, worst)
A self-centered and 'sad' Self-Defeat-Storm.  

OPTIONAL ADDED VERSES (MAKE UP YOUR OWN!)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
At THIS POINT, you can REPEAT the introductory verse and chorus.  


(Editorial Note): We hope that you, even if you are a RINO, enjoyed these lyrics. BTW, You can find 40 poetic verses on this topic in 5 collections on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE to start!  







8. Reckless Trump wrote this lim'rick, "Jerusalem:
Former allies Islamic, cut loose..." A lim 
That was sure to start riots; protesters might die. It's 
Diplomacy? His poor excuse-a-lim.

9. With judgment hard-headed, outrageous and poor,
He pulled hard for the dubious Roy Moore.
Down in ol’ Alabama, child-molesters to slammer 
Should proceed, not U.S. Senate floor. 

10. George Orwell imagined his 'Newspeak'-
In that world, it’s what peons must/do speak.
But the administration that's controlling this nation
Now mandates what words staff eschew-speak.

11..What could menace ambassadress Haley?
She's a hawk who will dress down foes gaily.
Her boss? Slippery as fish — headline-grabbing his wish.
Has he sacked her? She should assess daily
.




JAN 20, holidays and celebrations: Robbie Burns' Day

 





The mathematical expression in the second line of the fourth verse should be read as "sine-over-cos", cos being the mathematical abbreviation for cosine. The mathematical abbreviation for tangent is tan.





January 19, 2020

JAN 19, personal and family history: relations



limerick; relationships; Giorgio Coniglio


  This nostalgic photo was taken June 13, 2004 by SJBH, who kindly provided permission for its use here.
 (The editor admits that the scansion of 'relatively' in the final line of the verse is skewed, and that the mildly cynical verse is not suited to the upbeat nature of the picture. Sometimes, the constraints of verse-writing seem to lead things off in a direction of their own. - SORRY!)


January 18, 2020

JAN 18, trees: Norway maples




 


You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Uprooted Verse: 'Poems about Trees' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". 

January 16, 2020

JAN 16, American satire: borscht






We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 30 more on this topic in 5 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 






January 13, 2020

JAN 13, Carolina lowcountry: oyster clusters



seafood; oyster clusters; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina; Giorgio Coniglio

Elegant table service at an outdoor charity event:
 Steamed oyster clusters




posted sign; Sullivan's Island; South Carolina; offshore drilling; political opposition



You can review this illustrated verse in a wider context by proceeding to 'Lowcountry Version: Walrus and Carpenter' on the full-service blog Edifying Nonsense



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January 12, 2020

JAN 12, Carolina lowcountry : Ravenel Bridge






Arthur Ravenel Bridge,
 joining Mt. Pleasant to the downtown Charleston peninsula








pizza delivery boxes in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina,
touting service to 'the Lowcountry'












January 11, 2020

JAN 11, American satire: impulse control



 
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January 10, 2020

JAN 10, a brief saga (exotic destination): Chemainus, B.C., part #1












Authors' Note:   For ecological reasons, the mining of uranium has been banned in British Columbia for several decades. Uranium has been extensively extracted from pitchblende ore at sites elsewhere in Canada, and is present in the reduced or 'uranous' chemical state.
   In the late 1890s, copper, gold and silver were discovered at Mt. Sicker on Vancouver Island. A gold-rush ensued, and mines were operated profitably in the area until 1909.   
   Today, the town of Chemainus (sheh-MAYN-uhs) is best known for its extensive exterior wall-murals which depict the history of its once-thriving resource extraction industries.
   The Dominion Astrophysical Laboratory, site of many important discoveries about the Milky Way, is located 70 km south, in Saanich BC.

The saga  continues ... See part #2 for the second half of this intriguing adventure. Click HERE.