June 30, 2023

JUN 30, brief saga (national verse): Canada

Authors' Note:
les États-Unis (lay zay-TAH-zoo-ee, or as here, lay ZAY-tah-zoo-nee ): French for '(the) United States'
Au Canada: (O Ca-na-DUH), a tiny spoof on the title of our national anthem ("O Canada") in both official languages; the heavy emphasis on the final syllable in the English version seems artificial to those of us more accustomed to pronouncing our homeland as CA-nuh-duh.
pays (peh-EE), province (pro-VEHnS), compris (cohn-PREE), Québécois (kay-bay-CWA), chez nous (shay NOO) and au (OH): the French words for 'country', 'province', 'understood/included', 'Quebecker(s)', at home' and 'in/at (the)', respectively
(from) sea to sea: Canada's official motto is the Latin phrase A Mari usque ad Mare
This verse was inspired by speedysnail's "country" verses, including The Gambia. 

You can review our collection of verses about various individual nations, and about the groupings to which they belong, on our topic-based blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE

June 29, 2023

JUN 29, excursion: animal displays and animation

Despite the chain-link fences at the viewing interface, the animals at Toronto's old High Park "animal display area" seem to have been given lots of room to move about, and nice shelters. A visit is worthwhile for those aged 2 to 92. 



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June 28, 2023

* JUN 28, political palindromes D

reprise from 2020

JUN 28, political palindromes, D

Authors' Note: Any collection of palindromes, such as the above assemblage, is likely to present a mix of the various architectural formats discussed so far. 

From this point, you can proceed either forwards or backwards.
For FORWARD, proceed to the next set of 'POLITICAL PALINDROMES' on June 30.
For BACKWARD, return to the previous set on June 21.

OR, return to the ORIGINAL POST on this topic on May 17.

June 27, 2023

JUN 27, (re)duplication: hodge-podge


Readers willing to go down an internet rabbit-hole HERE can easily get to a collection of more than a dozen other short verses in which we have dealt with specific reduplications, as well as three fairly lengthy patter-songs about this fascinating linguistic phenomenon. 

June 26, 2023

* JUN 26, a-very-stable-genius, #8

reprise from 2020

JUN 26, anagram swarm: A-VERY-STABLE-GENIUS, #8

Bonus wordplay concoction:

You can review an amazing number of anagrams based on this book title on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. There are two posts to view:  ’A Very Stable Genius': Theme and Variations (97 anagrams), and 
'A Very Stable Genius': additional funky anagrams

June 25, 2023

JUN 25, excursion: High Park's peacocks strut their stuff


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June 24, 2023

JUN 24, terminal exclamation: EGAD!

 Authors' Note: The author apologizes that the above verse conjures a nightmare of sado-masochistic behavior. It must be admitted, however, that the sensitive dominatrix and the vengeful masochist do not fit the stereotypes (see the relevant poem by SheilaB.)

Egad, no bondage! and Egad, a bad age! are found in lists of classic palindromic phrases.

You can review our collection of poems on the topic of "Terminal Exclamation (Limerick Variations)" as it evolves on our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense"; click HERE.  

(You can also review a collection of verses dealing with this type of wordplay by proceeding to 'Reversing Verse: Limericks About Classic Palindromes'.) 

June 23, 2023

JUN 23, national and multinational verse: Haiti


You can review our collection of verses about various individual nations, and about the groupings to which they belong, on our topic-based blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE

June 22, 2023

* JUN 22, waterfowl -- great blue heron


reprise from 2020

JUN 22, Toronto ravines: great blue heron


Authors' Note: Both of the above views were obtained by Giorgio Coniglio in Toronto's Don Valley ravine using his i-phone 7 camera.

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

If you are interested in winding your way through an encyclopedic collection of four blogposts stuffed with photo-collages on Toronto ravines, click HERE.

June 21, 2023

JUN 21, waterfowl: tricolored (Louisiana) herons

The tricolored heron is known in some parts as the 'Louisiana heron'. See Feb 14's blogpost for some more images of this bird.

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

links for any date: scroll over to the calendar-based listings of 'Past Posts' in the righthand column on this page, choose your month of interest, and then select (by clicking) the post of your choice.

June 20, 2023

JUN 20 (2023), singable satire: Dusty Springfield sings "BEA WANTS TO KEEP HER EYE ON YOU" ( Inferno, Canto 2)


ORIGINAL POEM:  "Inferno" by Dante Alighieri, the first book in the triad, "The Divine Comedy", written in the early 14th century.
ORIGINAL SONG: "I Only Want To Be With You", Hawker and Raymonde, as recorded by Dusty Springfield, 1964.  
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, May, 2015.

KEYWORDS: pastiche, poetry, classics, goldenoldy


(to the tune of "I Only Want to Be with You")

I found that lots of artists pictured Inferno,

Like William Blake, Doré and Michelangelo
Our aim is different- to show you more.
A song to chant each Canto, and there's thirty-four;
To meet this challenge well
We’ll have to sing and play like Hell. 


Io cominciai, “Poeta che mi guidi

Primo che a l’alto passo tu mi fidi
Per che del venire m’abbandono?
Io non Enëa, Paulo non sono
Venirvi, chi’l concede?
Me degno a ciò? - nessuno’l crede."

I started in with Virgil, cause he’s our tour-guide,
“My manhood to those scary depths you plan t’ confide;
What if this adventure I now refuse? 
- Aeneas and St. Paul gave this tour bad reviews.
I’m just a wuss, you’re wiser, 
But I’m online with Trip Advisor."

S’i’ho bene la tua parola intesa
La tua anima è da viltade offesa 
Da questa tema che tu ti solve
Dirotti perch’io venni e di te mi dolve
Tanto mio parlar ti promette
Di tre donne benedette.

Interpreting the apprehension that you’ve shared,
Never mind those apps, I’d say you’re bloody scared
To free you from anguish that you’re wimping out
I’ll tell you why I came and what it’s all about..

Three blessed chicks on high
Sent me to be a friendly spy. 

Una bella donna mi chiamò, e m’ebbe ragionato questo
Li occhi lagrimando volse, mi fece del venir più presto.
Cominciò a dirmi…….

The cutest stopped chez moi, and conned me with this latest scoop,
Her tears said rescue him, and save him from his chicken-coop,
Here’s what she told me….…

O anima cortese mantoana
Di cui la fama durerà lontana
L’amico mio e non de la ventura
È impedito nel cammin, che volt’è per paura
Forse sia già sì smarrito
Per quel ch’i’ho di lui udito.

O, author of the legend of Aeneas
My friend has got himself into a dodgy mess. 
You deserve a Pulitzer, your fame lives f’rever, 

But he’s stuck on a dead-end road, he’s not that clever;
He might be so damned lost
To rescue him’s not worth the cost. 

Temo che sia tardi al soccorso levata
Or movi al suo campare, con la parola ornata
I’son Beatrice che ti faccio andare; 
Amor mi mosse, che mi fa parlare;
Quando dinanzi al Segnor sarò
Sovente di te mi loderò.

To help him after I’ve been dawdling seems a reach,
But you might get him rescued, with your flowery speech.
It’s Beatrice who begs you get your ass in gear.
It’s only love that wants to get him out of there.
I’ll praise you to the Lord,
And hope you get a big reward.

Dirotti prontamente da che tu vuo’ saver a dentro
La vostra miseria non m’assale, non temo di venir qua entro
Fiamma non tange.

I’ll tell you right away, about the facts you’d love to learn
Your blues can’t bother me, Hell’s fire doesn’t make me burn.
I’m flame-resistant.

Donna è gentil nel ciel in seggio beato 
Questa chiese Lucia in suo dimando
“Combatte la morte, il tuo fedele,”
E venni al loco dov’i’era con Rachele;
“Non odi’l suo pianto, e
Non soccorri quel che t’amò tanto?”

Our blessed Lady up in Heaven’s Chair was seated;
She called on her friend Lucy, and she thus entreated,
“Your faithful friend Dante’s confronting death.”
So Lucy came and told me not to waste one breath.
“Help the guy who loved you so;
Don’t treat him like he’s just some schmo.” 

Al mondo non fur mai persone com’io ratte
A far lo pro e a fuggir loro danno dopo fatte
Cotai parole.

I put my make-up on, ran down here in my jogging-suit,
To beg, “Please find him in that slum, please help him find a better route
To get to Heaven.”

E venni a te così com’ella volse
Il cort’ andar del bel monte ti tolse
D’inanzi a quella fiera ti levai
Dunque che è? perché, perché restai 
Perché virtude stanca, 
Non sei una persona franca.

And so I beat a path up to this dingy wood,
Where any jerk can see the short way UP’s no good. 
To climb to God’s City might make more sense
But there’s a junk-yard watch-dog and a barbed-wire fence
A detour can be found – We’ll have to go the long way ’round.

“E tanto buono ardire al cor mi corse – 
Le vere parole che ti porse
Tu hai con disiderio il cor disposto
Tu duca, tu segnore e tu maestro”
E poi che mosso fue
Un sol volere d’ambedue.

Bea’s words to you have geared me up, inflamed my heart
And now I feel I’m much more ready to depart
My leader, my teacher, yes, you’re the man!
We’re both in this together, and you’ve got the plan.
So down the path we shuffled,
And both of us felt more unruffled. 

Intrai, intrai per lo cammino, 
Lo cammino alto e silvestro. 
Intrai, intrai per lo cammino, 

Lo cammino alto e silvestro.

I’d started to enter what was hid
And soon we’d wander off the grid.
I’d started to enter what was hid

And soon we’d wander off the grid.

June 18, 2023

JUN 18, personal and family history: Father's Day reminiscence pics xxxxxxxxxxxxx Nate

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all Dads and their families


his folks 50th anniversary,
Nate with Lil at far right 

JJ's Bar Mitzvah

And, here's a reminiscence with a different Dad-protagonist

June 17, 2023

JUN 17, postal places, USA: Duluth, MN

Authors' Note: MN is the official abbreviation for the American state of Minnesota, in which Duluth, a town with population 90,000 is situated. At the western end of lake Superior, the town was transiently, at the beginning of the 1900s, the busiest port in the United States.

The town's unusual name derives from the area's first known European explorer, the French soldier Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut. Duluth is now home to the annual "Magic Smelt Parade" and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Despite the region's French connection, the largest immigrant group in Minnesota has hailed from Scandinavia, accounting for the Swedish name of the verse's protagonist.

"Telephone-booth stuffing" was a short-lived global craze among college-age kids in the 1950s. Of interest, in the UK the activity was known as "telephone-booth squash", and the "rules" required that a phone-call be made from the overcrowded booth.

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June 16, 2023

* JUN 16, boating --- gnu trip


reprise from 2020

JUN 16, boats and boating: g-nu (canoe) trip

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

June 15, 2023

JUN 15, American satire (prolongation): obstruction ... xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDrJJ

This verse was inspired by many previous discussions with DrJJ, centred on a country where most of our offspring, for various reasons, have settled. 

Author's Note

A.G.: Attorney General, a political appointee heading the US Department of Justice   
prez: casual term for president, used in lightweight discussion of the American political situation
Forty-Five: a sequential numbering system is used in the United States for successive holders of the elected office of President; we are currently on number Forty-Six (Joe Biden)
capo: 'head', or 'boss' in Italian, frequently used in connection with the Cosa Nostra (Mafia)

... See also the addendum to the post of June 11.
We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 40 more on this topic in 6 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 


(inspired by a birthday). Dr. JJ would be enjoying his 80th today.

at his younger bro's Bar Mitzvah


surprise party (40th anniversary) for his folks

an iconic 50th anniversary celebration

For several dozen more photos on this theme, please refer to our daily blogposts from February 5th 2022 to March 6th 2022