Happy National Limerick Day!
Welcome to a special Tuesday edition of “Monday Musings” in celebration of National Limerick Day.
Edward Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose, and limericks, so the day also observes the Limerick Poem, popularized by Edward Lear’s “Book of Nonsense” published in 1846. While Lear is credited with popularizing the Limerick, the poetry style existed long before the publication of his book.
As you may (or may not) recall from high school English classes, a limerick is a short, humorous, nonsense poem. Within a limerick, there are five lines, the first two lines of which must rhyme with the fifth, and the third and fourth lines rhyme together in the middle. The proper Limerick poem should also have a particular rhythm which is officially described as ‘Anapestic Trimeter.’
The Limerick Poem celebrates amusing turns of phrase, rhythm, and humor in a short, prescribed format. It also plays with words and peoples’ expectations.
Regular readers will recall that I started a new feature a few weeks ago entitled “Monday Musings” based upon the Monday thoughts I share with residents of the seniors’ community where I am Resident Manager. You can find the first ones here — Stay At Home, Wearing A Face Mask To Protect Others, Never Ask For a Second Opinion and Useful and Proven Advice From An Old Farmer.
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In honor of National Limerick Day, I have penned my own Limerick of sorts which I would be honored to share with you now. (Hope you like it!) . . . . .
There once was a lady named Spicer,
Who when outside with others just couldn’t be nicer.
But at home, she was spiteful, nasty, and mean,
To her gentle, kind, and loving husband named Gene.
Until, alas, he tossed her into a woodchipper and diced her.
It is my sincere hope and wishes for you that this message finds you and your loved ones well and in good health today and that everything continues the very best.
As restrictions loosen and many areas begin to open up again soon, even in a limited fashion to start, I encourage everyone to wear a Facial Protection Mask to stop the spread of the COVID19 virus, keeping in mind that wearing a mask is not really about protecting ourselves, but others. Wouldn’t you like others to wear a mask to protect you?
After sheltering in place for some weeks now, and with many suffering enormous budget and financial difficulties being out of work or with businesses shut down, stress levels are running high for everyone. Gentle words of kindness and compassion during these times help us all to get thru it. And that is what it has always been about — getting thru this together.
In a world where we can choose to be anything, please choose to be kind. It can be life-changing for someone and will come back to you in kind. Because that is how it works.
Best wishes for continued health and wellness! — Jim (and Red!)
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“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.” – Leo Buscaglia
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