Thursday, 15 December 2022


HAREDIM  (charedim)

In Israeli locales they're assembling,

Nineteenth-century forebears resembling.

Modern scene? They're seceding,

Other groups they're outbreeding.

Haredim: at God's word they are trembling.
Dr.G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022
Authors' note: 

Various groups of strictly Orthodox or haredi (khah-RAY-dee) Jews represent an expanding demographic in Israel, assembling in particular neighborhoods (such as the suburbs of Jerusalem) where they carry out their lifestyle, rejecting and disdaining the secular environment, preferring a world characterized by observance of laws derived from the Torah (Old Testament). Their traditional dress reflects the groups' roots in 19th century Ashkenazi religious communities in northern Europe. The name (the plural noun form) originates from a biblical reference to those who tremble at the word of God.

With large families (averaging 7 children per female), these groups made up 4% of Israeli citizens in 1980, and 13% in 2021.


"While you carry around that lacrosse stick,

I'll predict that most folks will be caustic.

They'll be prone to perceive

Of your sense you took leave;

Little chance they'll believe that you're gnostic."

That was Doc's formulation prognostic.

Authors' note: 
gnostic: adjective derived from the Greek noun gnosis; pertaining to or possessing spiritual knowledge or insight

reincarnation(Kermit?, Ogden Nash?)

Saturday, 10 December 2022

A Particular Corner of the Poet's World: LIMERICK VARIATIONS

Authors' Note: 
Ka-pow! (variant kerpow!): comic-book type interjection for a noise emitted when a blow is landed in a fight (often involving a super-hero)
Line 6: occasionally used sixth line of a limerick, unheard of in the early days of the modality, finding some currency among modern authors. See our poem 'Addendum-icitis'. 
The limericks written by Edward Lear and his contemporaries a century ago often included repetition of the poem's key word at the end of the final line.


Poet laureate, Seamie O'Malley

Wrote his opus in Limerick Valley,

Quote recorded in history:

"I've found, there's no mystery,"

A- and B-rhymes are boring

(New formats exploring).

An adventure worth mention

Is C-rhyme extension,"

Cry around which disciples would rally.

Dr.G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022
Author's Note:  Well, yes. This verse does go on at length (including a D-rhyme extension), but in a highly regulated fashion that would have been applauded by the famed lyrical seer and his followers. Support by a cadre of Irish disciples had materialized initially, but to O'Malley's bitter disappointment, was unsustained globally.


To epitomize what could be boring:

Poets' website where pedants are storing

Half a million short verses,

Non-diverse. Mouthing curses,

Readers leave, or are silent, or snoring.

 Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 202

And, we have a complete post (10 verses or so) devoted to limericks with dual rhyme schemes!, as introduced here ...


Monday, 5 December 2022

For the Love of Greece: HELLENOPHILIA



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