Politics in rhyme? In verse? Inverse? Reverse?
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This is the alter-ego to the Grand Rounds post on my "regular" blog: More Musings (of a Distractible Kind). OK, I guess it's more id than ego. Here are the rounds not so serious There is nothing grand or mysterious It's just posts submitted To limerick committed With poet who's mildly delirious.
1. Swedish Meatball Surgery, Part XVI - Insureblog
If down to the ground floor you're speedin' Here's wisdom that you should be heedin' Your trip may be final If fractures are spinal Especially if you live in Sweden
2. Study Finds Wide Variation in Reoperation Rates after Lumpectomy - Medical Lessons
The next post will make you disgusted If cancer to surgeons you've trusted For those who've been through it May have to re-do it Why can't the bad doctors get busted?
3. UCEM Position Statement On Alcohol And Idiocy - Life in the Fast Lane
A study both shrewd and methodic Reflects upon neurons necrotic To keep your brain thinking You might ponder drinking To guard against words idiotic
4. The Soundtrack of Loss - MS Renegade
A tune born from distant guns' firing Brought praise from a public admiring A gifted musician A fatal condition Ring out with a note most inspiring
5. The Cost of Shopping Around for Health Care - The Colorado Insurance Insider
If you want help for your condition Be careful from whom you petition Advice that they offer May fill up their coffers They may be a doctored physician
6. Mindfulness in Palliative Care - ACP Hospitalist
The doctors who care for the dying The nurses who comfort the crying To face life's unfairness It takes self-awareness Just be who you are without trying
7. "Do Not Resuscitate" Orders as Body Art - ACP Internist
A mark on the skin made for viewing Is what all the cool kids are doing Now some who are older Are getting quite bolder With "DNR" wishes tattooing
8. Channeling Your Inner Aretha Franklin - Advoconnection Blog
The elderly feel disaffected While feeling their needs are neglected They don't find it funny When they are called "honey" They simply want to be respected
9. Letter to an Uncaring Entity - Northwest Transplant
A letter that's filled with frustration Reflects on the mood of the nation For those with the purses are telling our nurses That drugs require authorization
10. Walking the Walk - Life is a Many Zebra'd Thing
Can't count those carbs? You're pathetic! Fall on the floor? Call the medic! You'll never outwit it You just should admit it That horrible name: diabetic.
11. Yacht Medicine - Glasshospital
The lives of the wealthy are fraught With sorrows their money has bought But when health is failing They'll find there's smooth sailing From doctors who'll come to their yacht
12. Friday Reflection: The risks of looking and doing so much - Dr. John M
A doctor with much to be losing Considers the roads he's been choosing For sometimes it's best To forego the test The choices are getting confusing
Thanks to the writers so clever Who made my job easier than ever If you find this amusing Then check out my musings My seriously ranting endeavor
Yes, I got a submission from a REAL LIVE HUMAN named Elizabeth. Here's the back-story on this:
- In 9th grade honors English class, we had a section entitled "Poetry writing" where we had to write poems for class. Someone suggested limericks, and I wrote several off the top of my head that were frankly, very popular, and sometimes humorous. Anyway, Jeff <Last Name Withheld> (a boy in my class) suggested people give me the first line of a limerick, and I had to write one in 30 seconds or less. The first line of this limerick came from Jeff. The resulting poem was very popular. :)
And here is the masterpiece of this very promising young woman:
There once was a frog in the Rockies
He could run; he was a jockies.
One day he ran
straight into a fan,
and bled all over his sockies.
A truly poignant reminder to avoid whirling blades while running. I do wonder if the frog was a jockey, or if he was wearing Jockeys (or both)*. I think that is part of the depth of this piece, creating tension in the reader and allowing us to sympathize with the protagonist.
That last bit was for your English teacher, Elizabeth. I'm showing how to read far too much into something, but to do so sounding like a scholar. Using the word "protagonist" always wins points with English teachers. Remember that and you will go far in Life.
Well done. Thanks for the submission!
*It is also interesting to note that Jockey makes both underwear on socks, so the reference in the last line may allude to the right interpretation.