Friday, 20 March 2020

SINGABLE SATIRE: "KOOKY PRESIDENTIAL VIEWS"

WORDPLAY POST #211


PARODY COMPOSED:  Giorgio Coniglio, February 2019.
ORIGINAL SONG: "Good King Wenceslas", written by English hymnwriter John Mason Neale in 1853, but often now mistakenly referred to as 'traditional'. Neale's piece (based on accounts of the Bohemian Wenceslas legend and a 13th century 'spring-carol' tune), was highly criticized in the 1920s as "ponderous moral doggerel", but as you all know, has become a seasonal classic.
On You-Tube, you can readily find a spectrum of video recordings of the original lyrics, from the Choir of Westminster Abbey, to Bing Crosby and the Irish Rovers (the last-mentioned is highly recommended for its quirky nature). 
SONGLINK: See the version of this post designed for ukulele and guitar players on our lyrics-blog 'SILLY SONGS and SATIREhere

KOOKY PRESIDENTIAL VIEWS

(to the tune of "Good King Wenceslas")





Kooky presidential views re the southern border 
(As shown on Fox Cable News)… “Source of all disorder.
Rapists, addicts, dealers (drugs): none are denied entry --
Can’t squelch caravans of thugs with a single se-e-ntry.”

“Hither lackies, stand up tall, we must stop this evil.  
Fund a Gulf-to-Ocean wall, barrier medieval.
Let’s proceed my base to please; they need our assurings --
With an immigration freeze, let in no Hondu-urans.”

“It’s a liberal flashpoint: child, orphaned in detention.  
(When my kids have been reviled, gleans no fake news mention.)
Wetbacks we need in plain sight, murderous and cruel.
Even CNN will write, ‘Trump’s Concern Gains Fue-ell’.”

“Scour the penitentiaries, find Hispanic hitmen,                                    
Who’ll admit they snuck across (for them, that’s easy sh**, men).
Let’s get footage of their crimes and their apprehension.
These rude methods fit the times; hence my condesce-ension.”

“Sire, the week is ending now; jet is prepped for Flor’da.  
Golf at Mar-a-lago, thou fret not ‘bout the border.
Next week we’ll identify ‘Pedro’ and ‘Ra-úl’.
They’ll Fox viewers petrify -- home-invaders cru-uell.” 

Sunday, 15 March 2020

More Vers Français: The Grammar of FRENCH DENIAL (LS)

WORDPLAY post #210

A continuation of exploration of French themes following up on an earlier blogpost "Savoir-Faire".
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, December 2019. Today's verses have been web-published at OEDILF.com, an online humour dictionary that has accumulated 107,000 carefully edited limericks, including three hundred or so by Giorgio. The present saga, related to a very specific topic, represents an offshoot of earlier work. OEDILF is not terribly keen on the submission of multiverse limericks, but Giorgio seems to be trying to corner the market on this particular poetic modality. 

'LS' = Limerick Saga. On this blog, we will be using this abbreviation to designate poems whose verses, each in limerick form (5-line AABBA stanzas), number three or more.  These lengthier poetic endeavors give more room for the development of relevant details, and the inclusion of further elements of plot and character, when compared with the single-verse form. Readers are asked to note that for a limerick writer, 15 lines of poetry seems like a lot. 


SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music:  On our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", you can find various singable versions of limerick medleys, including a collection of verses about French set to a novel tune. 











Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Limericks About the CHARLESTON GARDEN

WORDPLAY post #209


SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, 2018. Today's offering has been inspired by Mother Nature's wonderful displays, aided by ingenious garden designers who took advantage of the favorable climate in coastal South Carolina. The author has had the good fortune to be able to serve as a docent for the March 'Glorious Garden' Tours organized by the Historic Charleston Society.
Today's verses have all been through the extensive editing process at the cooperative poetry and humor site OEDILF.com (the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form). The illustrating photographs, unless otherwise indicated were obtained on GC's iphone 7, and processed using Powerpoint software.










limerick; Charleston gardens; South Carolina; shrubs; Farfugium japonicum; shade-loving




















Thursday, 5 March 2020

MAGICAL PALINDROMES About SELFLESSNESS

WORDPLAY POST #208

SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio/ Gil Hurwitz, November 2019.
An extensive series of our recent posts highlighted maps that displayed targets for palindromic utterances about the world and its major cities. And in the process of doing this, we rediscovered our previous concept of 'Magical Palindromes'. You can get into this delightful world or wordplay by checking out the most recent post in that series, "Magical Canal Verses and Palindromes". 
The aim of the current blog is to extend these concepts in the spirit of the holidays, using a word that has been pivotal in the development of palindromes - selfless.

If you need help with the concept of magical palindromes, see the slide at the bottom of the post; it shows some simple examples which help you get the idea.


























Check out the 'FIRST SET' of examples (#1-5) here
Check out the 'SECOND SET' of examples (#6-10) here.
Check out the 'THIRD SET' of examples (#11-15) here.