February 27, 2023

* FEB 27, trees -- sabal palmettos

reprise from February, 2020

FEB 27, trees: sabal palmetto 

trees; sabal palmetto; swamp cabbage; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina

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".

February 25, 2023

* FEB 25, American satire -- 'covfefe'

  By the way: Readers may note that for the next while, or perhaps indefinitely,  this 'daily' blog will be published every other day. Except for the very finicky among you, that's probably close enough. 

reprise from February, 2020

FEB 25, American satire: 'covfefe'

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! 

February 23, 2023

* FEB 23, insects -- fire ants

reprise from February, 2020

FEB 23, insects: fire ants

Authors' Note:  Today's opening of the fire ant season is noted by the authors with regret, and tremendous scratching of the ankles.

Even in the winter, they can be activated.
Watch out!

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.


February 21, 2023

* FEB 21, American satire -- revision of NAFTA


reprise from February, 2020

FEB 21, American satire(2): revision of NAFTA

Author's Note: NAFTA is the acronym for the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact formed by the U.S., Canada and Mexico in 1994. The trilateral pact has been the target of invective, and the subject of renegotiations by the Republican administration in 2017 to 2019.

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! 

February 19, 2023

* FEB 19, waterfowl -- Canada geese


reprise from February, 2020

FEB 19, waterfowl: Canada geese

occasional aggressive stance adopted by a Canada goose,
as suggested here 

You can review a collection of illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Immersible Verse: Limericks about Waterfowl' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'.

February 17, 2023

* FEB 17, curtained verse -- octogenarian


reprise from February, 2020

FEB 17, curtained verse: octogenarian

 EDITORS' WARNING: You must be at least 12 years of age to read this post!

You can review other mildly scurrilous illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Curtained verses: Faintly Obscene (Selected) Limericks' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'.

February 15, 2023

* FEB 15, wordplay maps -- new world palindromes, #7, #8


reprise from February, 2020

FEB 15, wordplay maps: new world palindromes (#7,#8)

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

February 13, 2023

* FEB 13, classic palindromes -- 'never odd or even'

reprise from February, 2020

FEB 13, classic palindrome: 'never odd or even'

Authors' Note: 

odd or even: binary classification of whole real numbers, related to basic counting, as in the idiomatic ‘counting sheep’ remedy for insomnia
never odd or even: classic palindrome that seems to revel, perhaps excessively, in the profusion of numbers that cannot be classified by the above simple scheme

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'.


February 11, 2023

* FEB 11, garden intruders -- common moles


reprise from February, 2020

FEB 11, garden intruders: common (eastern) moles

Readers, you are fortunate to have available all our poetic comments on creatures (animal and vegetable), devoted to subverting your gardening plans. To view this collection on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense", click HERE!

February 9, 2023

* FEB 9, American satire: tribute to an American senator


reprise from February, 2020

FEB 9, anagram swarm: tribute to a Senator

Picking up on last week's news (February 2020), here is our tribute to an individual, Senator Mitt Romney, who decided to voice his opinion, even if that would result in invective and scorn being heaped on him by those who hoped to pressure him to toe the 'party-line'.

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wordplay maps; anagrams; American politics; Mitt Romney; political parties; postal abbreviations

February 8, 2023

FEB 8, painterly poetry: Auvers-sur-Oise

Authors' Note: 

Oise: a tributary of the Seine River, just north of Paris

Auvers-sur-Oise (oh-vayr-syoor-WAHS): village on the river Oise, in which a number of prominent 19th and 20th century painters lived

Vincent Van Gogh moved from St-Remy in the south of France to Auvers-sur-Oise to be closer to Paris and his art-dealer brother Theo. The move brought the possibility of supervision by Doctor Gachet, a friend of Cezanne and other impressionist painters. Appearing to be convalescing from his mental illness, Vincent spent 70 productive days there before his unexpected suicide. He is buried in a cemetery in the village beside his brother Theo, who died 6 months later.

February 7, 2023

* FEB 7: brief saga -- Chemainus, BC (part #2)

reprise from February, 2020

FEB 7, a brief saga: Chemainus, British Columbia part #2

You can review the first three stanzas (A through C) of this epic poem, first published here in January 2020, by clicking HERE.

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.

 Curious readers can learn a bit more about 'pluff mud' by reviewing another illustrated verse, HERE.

 For the purpose of this blog, a 'brief saga' is defined as a poem, usually narrative, but occasionally expository, that tell its story in at least 15 lines. Most commonly, the format involves three stanzas in limerick form. Your blogging team has been presenting these concoctions at the rate of one per month, mixed in with shorter poems, wordplay and other general offerings.    
To access the next 'brief saga' on this blog, proceed to 'Walrus and Carpenter (Carolina lowcountry version)' .

February 6, 2023

FEB 6, objectionable adjectives: histonomical

Authors' Note: Around the globe, hundreds of thousands of doctors have learned the microscopic appearance and function of tissues early in medical school through the study of histology. (The corresponding adjectival forms are histologic or histological.)

The role of histonomy, if any, as well as that of its adjectival derivatives, is considerably less certain.

February 5, 2023

* FEB 5, savoir-faire -- Gallicisms


reprise from February, 2020

FEB 5, savoir-faire: Gallicisms

 You can review verses on this topic in a wider context on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Check the post 'Vers Francais: Savoir-Faire' by clicking HERE

February 4, 2023

FEB 4, creative anachronism: the dawning of history


Along the same lines, readers are invited to review the author's poem 'Roget's Roman Thesaurus' by clicking HERE.

February 3, 2023

* FEB 3, American satire -- US intellgence

reprise from February, 2020

FEB 3, American satire: intelligence (Californians)

Authors' Note:  In the midst of the Trump-Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in February 2018, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee issued the 'Nunes Memo', a four-page document that alleged that the FBI had conspired against President Donald Trump.
   Nunes has proceeded in the same vein in his later career, organizing the Republican Party’s role in the politically-charged 2019 House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings, as the Ranking Minority Member.  

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!  

February 2, 2023

FEB 2, palinku (poetic novelty): drinks

(Ed. note:) Verses of this ilk have continued to accumulate. You can view them all at one swoop if you  proceed with a single click to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

If you prefer, you could view most of this topically arranged material on Facebook, in Giorgio's photo-albums. (About 20% of those offerings consist of political satire or adult limericks, and you will have to be a 'friend' of Giorgio's to view that stuff.)

February 1, 2023

* FEB 1, lowcountry excursions

 reprise from February, 2020

FEB 1, Carolina lowcountry: winter afternoon bicycle outing

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Giorgio (on the left) with
Pete the Plastic Pelican

Other Canadian retirees

cycling; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina

At the harbor,
Mt. Pleasant SC
shrimp dock; Shem Creek; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina; Giorgio Coniglio

Lunch: Heron-herring?
No! That's a great egret with a shrimp

lowcountry pizza-boxes