Wednesday, 20 May 2020

SINGABLE SATIRE: "ICELANDIC SAGA 2015"

WORDPLAY POST #219

ORIGINAL SONG: The melody for the spiritual ballad "Summertime" from the George Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess".

PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, August 2018. 

EVOLUTION of the LYRICS: The song-lyrics originated as limerick verses composed by Giorgio Coniglio 2017, and compiled in January 2018. The details of the lyrics were based on GC's family trip to Iceland in June 2015. Most of the verses also appear, mildly modified, in the online limerick dictionary OEDILF.com. They were subsequently adopted as a parody-song collage, and posted on GC's blog, at that time known as 'Ukable Parodies'. 

SONGLINK: A calypso-style song derived from the same visit to Iceland in June 2015 can be found on the current lyrics blogsite 'SILLY SONGS and SATIRE' under the title "Nordic Journal: Island in the Sun".                                  

CONTENTS: titles (OEDILF listing)

1. Iceland / Ísland  (#T461286 - 'dry land')
2. Geysir: OEDILF (#95658)
3. Eyjafjallajökull / E15 (#101241)
4. Second-Hand Geyser (#102300 - 'displease')
5. Stopover in Reykjavik 

ICELANDIC SAGA

(to the tune of "Summertime") 

1. In the far North Atlantic there’s dry land:
Friendly Iceland – it’s my kind of island.
You’ll be welcomed in Ísland *; cool and damp but at-peace land
Summer-sun-all-day-but-you-won’t-fry land.

2. Tourists learn the Norse thermal god plays here;
The Icelandic locale known as ‘Geysir’.
From hot pools steam erupts - belching after he sups.
Then they head for the sign (that says),“Tour Bus Stays Here.”

3. E15, Iceland stratovolcano,
Spews out fog that can clog up your plane, Oh
If explain it I must - it’s just ashes and dust;  
Can’t they flush it away with some Drano?

4. A cheap gift: though Björn thought he’d surprise her,
Björg rejected his second-hand geyser,                                              
“What I’d prize is a freezer. Your poor wife, why displease her?
It just proves you’re a nasty old miser.”

5. If you’re planning an Iceland stopover:
Avoid months with an 'R', like October;  
And a Reykjavik warning! Bars open til morning  
With patrons not prone to stay sober.

* pronounced as EES-lahndt.
















Friday, 15 May 2020

HERPETOLOGIC VERSE: More Limericks About REPTILES

WORDPLAY post #218, a continuation of post #170    

 Readers who enjoy poetry describing the natural world around them with illustrative images and informative text, might also enjoy these blog-offerings, each a collage of verses on a wider topic...

Verses about Geysers, Sep '18
Verses about Frogs, Jan '19
Verses about Trees, Apr '19
Verses about Reptiles, Jun '19
Verses about Waterfowl, June '19
Verses about Waterfowl (part #2), July '19
Verses about Waterfowl (part #3), July '19
Verses about Trees (part #2), Aug '19

The earlier post about reptiles in June 2019 included the following illustrated verses:
Carolina anoles
American alligators
Brown anoles
Amphisbaenians
Painted turtles
Snakes of South Carolina
6 links to limericks by other OEDILF writers

        
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, April 2019. Today's verses are under review, or have have been finally accepted for web-publication at OEDILF.com, an online humour dictionary that has accumulated over 105,000 carefully edited poems. 

PHOTOS: Unless otherwise noted, embedded photographs were taken with and transferred from Giorgio's cellphone, then formatted using  Powerpoint software. No photographic subjects were reimbursed for participating in this undertaking. 

BACKGROUND:  "herpetology" - the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians. Readers should note that snakes have intentionally been given short shrift in this poetic idyll owing to the marked aversion by the editor's life-partner. 










See this earlier post for Giorgio's rehash of Ogden Nash's verse (The Purist) about the important differences between crocodiles and alligators.










































Sunday, 10 May 2020

VIRAL VERSE: Limericks about the PANDEMIC

WORDPLAY post #217



SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH, March and April, 2020. Many of this group of terse verses has also been posted on Twitter, and most have also appeared individually as entries on our blog 'Daily Illustrated Nonsense' during the interval of March and April 2020.


Hello! I'm your social 
distancing trainer!

SOCIAL MEDIA: Giorgio has responded to the current crisis by sticking his toe in social media, and if you look hard you may be able to find him intermittently on Facebook and Twitter (#ScHurwitz - 16 'tweets' so far).  






GOING VIRAL!







































For physicians who follow this blog as part of their ongoing educational activities, please check out the Lancet article on the use of anti-malarials to treat severe respiratory manifestations of COVID-19 at...





Tuesday, 5 May 2020

ATTRIBUTION to OGDEN NASH - a) LIMERICKS

WORDPLAY post #216

SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH, March 2020, updated May 2020.

 Ogden Nash, the prolific humor contributor to the New Yorker, and author of many compendia of humorous poetry, has inspired countless wannabe authors, including the present editor. His short poems, often anthropomorphic comments on the lives and habits of animals, have been imitated, but seldom equaled.  Today's poetic offering by GC and Dr. GH relate to a popular near-limerick, whose authorship has been attributed incorrectly to ON. But, Nash did contribute a number of classics to the limerick genre, and these are displayed further down in the post.


SOCIAL MEDIA: Giorgio has recently stuck his toe in social media, and if you look hard you may be able to find him intermittently on Facebook and Twitter (#ScHurwitz - 16 'tweets' so far).