Fun In The Big Tent

30 Jul

I decided not to be serious for this prompt: This week, start with a list of pop culture icons that interest you. Imagine one of them in a mundane setting: Marilyn Monroe doing the dishes, Elvis mowing the lawn, Lady Gaga carpooling the kids to soccer practice. Poem an icon into a situation they may never, in real life, appear.

Listening to Quote…Unquote yesterday, I was interested to learn that Florence Nightingale coined the phrase, ‘First, do no harm.’ And that she had a sense of humour. That set me thinking about her letting her hair down; I also tried to think of the opposite of clean and hygiene, which is how I arrived at Miss Aguilera. I was in the mood for a little fun and what better reason is there to write a limerick?

That’s a lot of introduction for one short poem but that’s the advantage of being the blog’s author: I can waffle on as much as I like.

Interesting fact: according to Wikipedia, Dirrty wasn’t a hit in the States, only making it to number 48. I guess America doesn’t like rude Mickey Mouse Clubbers.

Ladies Excuse Me

Flo Nightingale got dirrty with Christina
The naughty nurse was usually pristiner
Her dancing became bolder
Because the soldiers told her
‘Do what you like, miss, for it’s not a crime ‘ere.’

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I have an Auntie Flo. She is famous in our house for offering my Mum a piece of cake in her hands and saying, ‘Don’t worry, Anne; my hands are clean: I’ve just been to the toilet.’

32 Responses to “Fun In The Big Tent”

  1. vivinfrance July 30, 2010 at 08:25 #

    very punny

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    • tillybud July 30, 2010 at 21:16 #

      Two smiles for you today šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

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  2. Stan Ski July 30, 2010 at 09:35 #

    Great flow to Flo – and your auntie… love the humor…

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    • tillybud July 30, 2010 at 21:16 #

      Thanks šŸ™‚

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  3. Rallentanda July 30, 2010 at 12:59 #

    Gee Aunty Flo sounds like a bit of a Galah!

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    • tillybud July 30, 2010 at 21:19 #

      Just Googled the word and if you are calling my aunt a loud-mouthed idiot then that’s a bit rude. I hope it has another meaning!

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      • Rallentanda July 31, 2010 at 05:59 #

        Galah is not nasty…means a bit of a looney, sort of like you and Viv.

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        • tillybud July 31, 2010 at 08:33 #

          Proving you should never the trust the internet to explain idioms. Thanks for the explanation šŸ™‚

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  4. mark July 30, 2010 at 14:19 #

    A morning chuckle…well done.

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    • tillybud July 30, 2010 at 21:19 #

      Thank you šŸ™‚

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  5. Mary July 30, 2010 at 15:15 #

    Excellent limerick. Love your humor. Nope, never heard of “Dirrty.”

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    • tillybud July 30, 2010 at 21:20 #

      Check my next post for the video.

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  6. pamela July 30, 2010 at 15:33 #

    Tillybud this made me laugh this morning
    very funny!
    Pamela

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    • tillybud July 30, 2010 at 21:20 #

      Thanks Pamela šŸ™‚

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  7. Cynthia Short July 30, 2010 at 16:12 #

    Very witty! Gave me my first laugh of the morning!

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    • tillybud July 30, 2010 at 21:20 #

      I’m glad šŸ™‚

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  8. 1sojournal July 30, 2010 at 16:23 #

    Can’t decide what I liked best: your intro and the declaration of freedom therein; the limmerick itself which is a great take on the prompt; or Aunt Flo who made me glad I hadn’t picked up my glass of water before reading. I hate that when it happens.

    Thank you for my share of sunshine this morning,

    Elizabeth

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    • tillybud July 30, 2010 at 21:22 #

      I had to go back and read the post myself after your kind comment. šŸ™‚

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  9. systematicweasel July 30, 2010 at 21:18 #

    Wonderfully written! Great post!

    -Weasel

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    • tillybud July 30, 2010 at 21:22 #

      Thanks Weasel šŸ™‚

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  10. twitches July 30, 2010 at 22:30 #

    Very funny! Great job!

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    • tillybud July 31, 2010 at 08:35 #

      Thanks Twitches šŸ™‚

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  11. Linda Frances July 30, 2010 at 23:29 #

    Love the humor.

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  12. wayne July 31, 2010 at 05:17 #

    Im off to bed……with a giggle….thanks for this

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  13. b_y July 31, 2010 at 05:25 #

    chuckle.

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  14. brenda w July 31, 2010 at 05:28 #

    Tilly, I love the intro to the piece as much as the limerick itself. Your voice is friendly and chatty, and the little tidbits of info are great. I lift my cup of Earl Grey in your general direction. šŸ™‚
    ~Brenda

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    • tillybud July 31, 2010 at 08:36 #

      Make it so!

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  15. Dick July 31, 2010 at 09:55 #

    Infuriatingly clever!

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  16. Dick July 31, 2010 at 13:55 #

    Sorry – that reads very tersely. It really is a very neat piece of versifying.

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    • tillybud July 31, 2010 at 16:27 #

      No, it’s fine; I never object to being called clever.

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  17. EKSwitaj August 2, 2010 at 17:29 #

    Ha! “Ladies Excuse Me” gave me quite the mental picture…

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  18. Tumblewords August 2, 2010 at 19:21 #

    A gaggle of giggles – what a fun limerick and such clever asides!

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