Friday 15 May 2020


A continuation of a previous post on this topic 

 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 Trees (part #2), Aug '19
Verses about Waterfowl (part #3), Apr '20
Verses about Reptiles, (part #2), May '20, as above.
AND, continuing into the future ...
Verses about Waterfowl (part #4 - Loons), Aug '20.
Verses about Waterfowl (part #5), Dec '20. 

The earlier post about reptiles in June 2019 included the following illustrated verses:

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, 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.

previous poems posted (original collection)
beneficial snakes
broad-headed skinks
brown anoles
Carolina anoles

Eastern glass lizards
Eviction notice
Fence lizards
Five-lined skinks
Geckos (on the ceiling)
Gila monsters
Going green

Authors' Note: A profusion of tiny setae (filament-hairs) on the lizards' palm-pads, as shown by electron microscopy, explain the gecko's unusual gravity-defying mobility.

Gila monsters are found in southern California, Arizona and northern Mexico. They should enjoy ongoing changes in our climate.

green anole, appearing gray, climbing down fencepost

same anole, 2 minutes later

Nature-lovers , academic herpetologists, wordplay enthusiasts, wildlife photographers, Giorgio's relatives, and just everyday folks have united in their demand for more verses on this topic!
So, please follow this link!

If you want to resume daily titillations on our blog 'Daily Illustrated Nonsense', click HERE. Once you arrive, you can select your time frame of interest from the calendar-based listings in the righthand margin, and check the daily offerings for any week in the years 2020 and 2021. (There are now, September 2022, almost 1000 daily entries on the Daily blog, and most of these are also presented here on 'Edifying Nonsense' in topic-based collections.)

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