Definitely Limericks: Ci-Ck
The ciliary ganglion sits
At the back of the eye-socket—it’s
Like a relay that serves
Eyeball muscular nerves
And some other misc. optical bits.
What to frame, and how much to expose;
Which particular sets to disclose;
When to pan or to zoom
To make sense of a room:
What a cinematographer knows.
A circle is perfectly round,
With no corner or break to be found:
As a consequence, great
As a shape for a plate—
Makes ’em easy to roll on the ground.
All the words that we prefix with “circum-”
Have a round/about, what is it, quirk, um,
In meaning, that is,
To be circum- — gee whiz! —
Is it “locutory”? (See why I shirk ’em?)
The citizen’s role is to vote,
To sing anthems from first to last note,
And to carry out deeds
The community needs,
Though the odds of all that are remote.
If your lab has an under-suppliance
Of scientists, citizen science
Can provide you with many
More colleagues than any
Recruiter: a public alliance.
Citizen science is scientific work undertaken by members of the public, usually in collaboration with professionals: for example, reporting wildlife sightings, measuring rainfall, or helping analyse large astronomical or genetic datasets as part of an open, distributed effort online.
We are French revolutionaries! We’re
Equal citizens now. If you care
About liberty, then
Is the way we’ll address you, mon cher.
These French terms for male and female citizens have made their way into English, chiefly via accounts of life in historical and contemporary France. During the Revolution they were used as forms of address.
Life in a really big city
Is urban and streetwise and gritty;
You’re never quite sure
If a mugging’s in store,
But at least the reporters are witty.
The eyes of its freshers are gleaming,
The faces of graduates, beaming,
As the life of each don
Here in Oxford goes on:
This city inspires much dreaming.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease kills the brain
By destroying its nerve cells; complain
Of dementia, and you
Could have CJD too!
Either that, or you’re simply insane.
CKD, chronic kidney disease,
Brings a sufferer lifelong unease.
“Will my kidneys give out?”
Is the nub of his doubt,
Brought to mind every time that he pees.