Archive for the ‘Odd Holdays’ Category

Celebrating The Bagel? (Limerick)

Tuesday, December 12th, 2023

“It’s Bagel Day. Buy one! Don’t dally!”
That order did NOT cause my sally
To a favorite store;
Such commands I’ll ignore,
For I always prefer a bialy.

(“National Have A Bagel Day” is celebrated on December 11th, and National Bagel Day is celebrated on January 15th.)

Drumming Up Decadence (Limerick)

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

What’s my excuse for posting this limerick? It’s November 15th, National Drumming Day.

A drummer had hoped to ensnare
An au pair in a sordid affair:
“Your breasts are so sweet.
May I fondle each teat?”
“You’ve some pair,” she said. “Beat it! No! Ne’er!”

Haiku for “Big Word Day”

Friday, April 21st, 2023

Applaud or compose
Sesquipedalian prose?
Today is YOUR day.

Happy “Big Word Day!” (April 21)

Are Drums Humdrum? (Limerick)

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Just in time for “National Drummer Day!” (November 15)

A kazoo’s used to alter your humming
With a dull, buzzy drone that’s mind-numbing.
So I’m NOT a big fan,
But won’t call for a ban,
Cuz at least it’s less irksome than drumming.

Limerick Ode To The Thumb

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Thumbs are handy for women and men;
So convenient when we have a yen
To shake hands, hitch a ride,
Grab and lift, move that slide.
I just wish I had fewer than TEN.

Happy Thumb Appreciation Day. (February 18)

Stop Badgering Me! (Limerick)

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

You can stop badgering me: I’ve written a National Badger Day limerick.

Though I don’t mean to badger or nag,
Your attention has started to lag
When it comes to my craze
For animal days.
My proof? Where’s your “Badger Day” flag?

Limerick Ode To Pluto

Monday, July 13th, 2015

With all the renewed attention on Pluto, I’m hoping it will be re-designated a planet instead of a measly “dwarf planet.”

I often like staring at stars
And at planets, like Venus and Mars.
How I pity poor Pluto–
’Twas given the boot — oh
To be “plutoed” must surely leave scars.

Pluto Day is February 18th, in honor of its discovery on that day in 1930 at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh.

Hug A Plumber Day? Why?!? (April 25)

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Hug A Plumber Day? Why?!? (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Whenever I deal with a plumber,
It’s rather a strain and a bummer.
As problems keep flowing,
My agita’s growing.
I’ve a leak that’s seen more than one summer.

April 25 is Hug A Plumber Day.

Happy “Stress Awareness Day!” (April 16)

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

I’m sensing the usual stress–
Nothing more, but alas, nothing less.
“Stress Awareness Day’s” here–
Not a day that I’d cheer.
Screw “awareness!” I’d rather repress.

“Absurdity Day” and “Air Your Dirty Laundry Day” Haiku (Nov. 20)

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

In honor of “Absurdity Day” and “Air Your Dirty Laundry Day,” here’s a pair of haiku:

“Absurdity Day”
How is this day different
from all other days?


I don’t celebrate
“Air Your Dirty Laundry Day”
Because it’s a wash.

Limerick Ode To “International Skeptics Day” (Oct. 13)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Limerick Ode To “International Skeptics Day”
By Madeleine Begun Kane

They say that it’s Skeptics Day. Why?
It’s a claim that I simply don’t buy.
Why THIS day, not THAT one?
I’ll gladly combat one
And prove that it’s pie in the sky.

And a bonus haiku:

Can it really be
International Skeptics Day?
I’m skeptical.

Limerick Ode To Allen Ginsberg

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Limerick Ode To Allen Ginsberg
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Were Ginsberg alive, how downbeat
Might he be at our nation, replete
With war, greed, repression,
Conformist aggression!
Would he Howl at our abject defeat?

“Beat” poet Allen Ginsberg read his controversial poem Howl for the first time on October 7, 1955 at Six Gallery, in San Francisco. It was the subject of an obscenity trial, but was decreed to be of “redeeming social importance.”

Limerick Ode To “Tell An Old Joke Day”

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Happy Tell An Old Joke Day!” (July 24)

Limerick Ode To “Tell An Old Joke Day”
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Some men seem compelled to keep telling
Ancient jokes. There is simply no quelling
Their need to assail us,
Assault and regale us
With stale, endless tales uncompelling.

Pressing Issue (Limerick)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

October 21 is “Count Your Buttons Day.” But I’m pretty sure these aren’t the kind of buttons celebrated by this holiday.

There are folks with a notable skill:
They can press all my buttons at will.
You would think at my age
That I’d fin’lly be sage,
But I still haven’t learned how to chill.

(Prompted by button over at DVerse.)

Limerick Ode To a Vigorous Old Lady

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Limerick Ode To A Vigorous Old Lady
By Madeleine Begun Kane

An old grandma with spring in her walk
Moved so quickly that people would gawk.
When asked if a gym
Was the source of her vim
She said, “No — Jim, Kim, Henry and Hawk.”

(Posted at this spring prompt and at Poetic Asides’ spring prompt.)

UPDATE: July 23 is Gorgeous Grandma Day.

Belated Apology

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Belated Apology
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“Your apology’s rather belated,”
Said the gal to a fellow she hated.
“Your delay makes me fear
That it isn’t sincere—
You still had your hair when we dated!”


UPDATE: October 14 is Be Bald And Free Day.

Ode To Prosperity

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Ode To Prosperity
By Madeleine Begun Kane

The affluent prosper quite well,
As their savings continue to swell.
It is great to be rich.
Destitution’s a bitch.
You might say that it’s taxing as hell.

(My money and tax humor is collected here.)

UPDATE: October 31 is World Savings Day.