November 30, 2023

NOV 30, holidays and celebrations: Advent #1 (DTcc)

 

a) reprise from November 2020

NOV 30, holiday verse: Advent #1






b) Decorative Touches 

November 29, 2023

NOV 29, postal places, Canada: Whistler, BC






Authors' Note: BC is the official abbreviation for the Canadian province of British Columbia in which the resort-municipality of Whistler, permanent population 14,000, is located. Two million tourists visit Whistler annually for winter alpine sports, and for the summer pastimes of hiking and mountain biking.

Prior to European settlement, the site was the shared territory of the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations. Trappers and prospectors were gradually attracted, but completion of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in 1914 provided easy access from Vancouver, and brought logging and escalating tourism. The resort-city is named for the call of the hoary marmot, a ground squirrel dwelling at high elevations. The Whistler-Blackcomb area served as a major venue for "Vancouver 2010", the twenty-first Olympic Winter Games.

 


You can read more about the hoary marmot in another of our verses HERE.



At one swell foop, you can review all our postal poems about intriguing places in the USA and Canada, by proceeding to the encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE !
 

November 28, 2023

NOV 28, savoir-faire: franglais (DTbb)

 

a) reprise from November 2020


NOV 28, savoir-faire: franglais



Authors' Note:

en visite (ahn vee-ZEET): ‘while visiting'

les touristes (lay too-REEST):  'the tourists’

non-français (non frahn-SEH): ‘not French (speaking)’

ils causaient (eel koh-ZEH): 'they chatted‘

Québécois (kay-bay-KWAH): ‘resident of Quebec (province)’

franglais (frahn-GLEH): ‘Franglais, a mixed lingo’




 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


b) Decorative Touches 


 fabric art by R.C.H., presented with thanks

November 27, 2023

NOV 27, defining opinion: Haversian canals



 

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.

November 26, 2023

NOV 26, portraits of couples: turkeys

 


reprise from November 2020

NOV 26, portraits of couples: turkeys, domestic and wild



HAPPY AMERICAN THANKSGIVING TO ALL !!!




Enjoy an illustrated poem about domestic turkeys by clicking HERE.







 You can view these samples from our portfolio of 'Couples' portraits in a wider context on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

November 25, 2023

NOV 25, pinkos (forward thinkers): the Communist Church



                                                                            
Authors' Note: Liberal thinking seized Europe towards the middle of the nineteenth century. Emboldened by the partial successes of the politically-targeted Chartists, intellectuals were drawn to idealistic social movements such as communitarianism. According to Wikipedia, John Goodwyn Barmby (1820 – 1881), one of its principals, introduced the term 'communist', based on the French le communisme and founded a revue called The Communist Chronicle. Seeking a spiritual path, he later founded the Communist Church, a sect that had congregations numbering in the teens at its peak. When the church folded in 1849, Barmby became active as a Unitarian minister.
You can review all the poems in our collection "Pinkos: forward thinkers" by clicking HERE.

November 24, 2023

NOV 24, 2023, waterfowl: great egrets

 

 reprise from November 2020


 

NOV 24, waterfowl: great egrets







great egret, stalking slowly




great egret, striking



takeoff  from railing,
Shem Creek Park, Mt Pleasant SC



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'. 


November 23, 2023

NOV 23, palinku: global warming

 

 In this post, we continue with our novel form of poetic wordplay. Inspired by Japanese haiku poetry, this new form is used for a terse verse with a total of 17 syllables displayed on three lines. Unlike its classic Japanese analogue, 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 in English (i.e. one that can be read either forwards or backwards). 

   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



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






November 22, 2023

NOV 22, birdlore: desnooded

 

reprise from November 2020


NOV 21, birdlore: turkeys, desnooded (pre-holiday fling)









 You can view an encyclopedic collection of illustrated poems on this topic by proceeding to the post 'Poems about BIRDLORE' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE

November 21, 2023

NOV 21, defining opinion: hover






 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.

November 20, 2023

NOV 20 (2023), singable satire: Muddy Waters Sings "CRAYFISH ETOUFFEE (Inferno, Canto 6)

 PASTICHE WITH PARODY SONG-LYRICS

ORIGINAL POEM:  Canto#6 of "Inferno" by Dante Alighieri, the first book in the triad, "The Divine Comedy", written in the early 14th century.
ORIGINAL SONG: "Baby, Please Don't Go", Big Joe Williams 1935, popularized by Muddy Waters, used here primarily for music and meter.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, November 2015.


In the Third Circle, Dante sees the fate of gluttons like his friend from Florence named ‘Ciacco’ (the equivalent of ‘Piggy’). No fire used for torture here; the climate sounds like Toronto in March. The poor souls confined here in the freezing mud are tormented by a demonic three-headed dog, Cerberus. I took some liberties with Ciacco’s tale; in the original, he discusses the complex politics of 14th century Florence. The details I provided re Ciacco's gluttonous exploits are imagined. Eschatology is the part of theology concerned with final judgment and the destiny of the soul.  Étouffée is a delicious Louisiana dish of seafood, usually crayfish, in a Cajun roux sauce.



"Cerberus", W. Blake
New Orleans style crayfish etouffée














DANTE, GO AND SEE 

(to the tune of "Baby Please Don't Go")

Sono al cerchio terzo,
Dov'è'l crudele Cerbero

La pena di golosi; mi veggio intorno
Novi tormentati.

Dante go and see
Dante go and see
Dante go and see what’s in Circle Three - 
They punish gluttony.

Virge led me way down here
Virge brought me way down here
Another Ring of Fear, fiend in charge appear
Be a three-headed dog.

Thermostat set low
Pelting rain, hail, snow
Sinners grovel, sit in freezing mud, like sh*t
Hounded by that cursed dog.

Guy who waves hello -
Dante used to know,
‘Ciacco’, brought so low; he’s a Florentine
He tells his story, so …..

'ALL YOU EAT - ' , sign say - 
'CRAYFISH ÉTOUFFÉE'
Stayed all day and ate food from New Orleans
Now Circle Three’s my fate. ”

Virgil’s prophecy:
Eschatology -
Our friend ‘Piggy’ sit in that freezing sh*t
‘Til final trumpet blow.

So baby, please don’t stray
Don’t pig out that way
Don’t eat étouffée down in New Orleans
Or Circle Three’s your fate.

Dante go and see
Dante go and see
Dante go and see what’s in Circle Three - 
They punish gluttony.





November 19, 2023

NOV 19, exemplification: house





 To review our whole collection of "exemplary exemplifications", click HERE


 

November 18, 2023

NOV 18, portraits of couples: broad-headed skinks, llamas


reprise from November 2020


NOV 18, portraits of couples: broad-headed skinks, llamas




 

Enjoy an illustrated poem about the broad-headed skink, Plestiodon laticeps by clicking HERE.




You can view these samples from our portfolio of 'Couples' portraits in a wider context on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

November 17, 2023

NOV 17, Canadiana: urban portaging

 

a) reprise from November 2020


NOV 17, Canadiana: urban portaging

 

From the Archives: An Illustrated E-Mail about Urban Portaging, 2017

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AttachmentsNov 13, 2016, 7:50 PM
to MikeJoshPaulDrAlecArtMarnaEric

I encountered this on my late afternoon cycle-ride through trendy Rosedale on a rainy autumn afternoon. In its second year, 

this festival, I found out, brings together people portaging canoes across a 17 km ancient aboriginal trail between the

Humber and Don watersheds. At this point, the portagers had just crossed the Mt Pleasant Expressway.



b) current birdie-pic

                                         


               




November 16, 2023

NOV 16, sleek Greek prefixes: DIA- or DI- (DTaa)

 

a) reprise from November 2020


NOV 16, sleek Greek prefixes: DIA- (and DI-)





Authors' Note: Click HERE, for your entertainment, to review a verse about diarrhea; and HERE's another one, about diaphoresis (sweating).

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



b) Decorative Touches 



 fabric art by R.C.H., presented with thanks

November 15, 2023

NOV 15, patients and their maladies: gluten-sensitivity





You can view these verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Nurse-Verse: Patients and their Maladies' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!

November 14, 2023

NOV 14, pandemic poetry: social distancing (DTz)


a)v reprise from November 2020


NOV 14, pandemic poetry: social distancing






You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Pandemic Poetry' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense".





b) Decorative Touches



 fabric art by R.C.H., presented with thanks

November 13, 2023

NOV 13, terminal (poetic) exclamation: KERPLUNK!




Authors' Note: Kerplunk is an onomatopoeic expression for the sound produced as a non-buoyant object suddenly sinks below the watery surface.

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.  



November 12, 2023

NOV 12, Toronto ravines: art installations


a) reprise from November 2020

NOV 12, Toronto ravines: art installations 


 




 The sculpture is the work of the renowned Canadian innovator, naturalist and artist William Lishman.


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