Tri-Quaternary December Magazine

Contents: TWO POEMS, A SALUTE TO THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, A SALUTE TO THE NUMBER TWELVE including some Duogesimal Meanderings, plus another stirring rendition of my LOWDOWN BLUES,

                A SCIENCE POEM


Nothing is faster than lightimages-1

It’s true

They had a race

And Nothing won


Nothing is faster than light

E = mc­2




Fat and Skinny had a race

All around the pillow case

Fat fell down and broke his face

Skinny won the race

images-1Now that’s a real poem! Better than that science one I just made up about Nothing. I remember the Fat and Skinny Had a Race poem from the distant depths of my childhood. Apparently, my brain – and I suppose everybody’s poor, old,  brain – is sprinkled with these little electrical traces. Our spongy grey matter (don’t think about it too hard) is chock full of childhood songs, nursery rhymes and ditties. They’re nearly “cultural imprints” because they remain with us for life, just sitting there, hanging out inside our crania, all electrically coded into the grey and white matter of our poor, over-evolved brains. They occasionally rise to the surface (the ditties, not any of the grey matter, thank goodness) and we call that “remembering”. Anyhoo, the rhyme about Fat and Skinny is one I can clearly recall knowing and singing at a very early age. I recall that, as a toddler I pictured Laurel and Hardy running around a bed, racing in circles. I associate the song with my grandmother – I’m sure she recited it to me – which gives the silly poem a very warm glow for me – not to mention the Laurel and Hardy image.

Fat and Skinny had a race

I thought I said not to mention Laurel and Hardy image!

All around the pillow caseimg_0099

Fat fell down and broke his face

Skinny won the race



Hail December! The Twelfth month!



Hail to the number twelve. Three cheers (four times) for the ol’ 12, the number with so many easy factors: 2,6, 3,4. Twelve is the number on the top of the clock! images-1Hurray for the Twelve! Hurray for the end of the Julian year, and the beginning of a new one. Twelve more months! Twelve more reasons to celebrate. Hurray (12 hurrays) for Marina Kanavaki for creating such a beautiful calendar for us!

The word twelve, whose early English-Germanic roots derive from “two left”, or two left over after counting to ten, completes a certain cycle for us. After twelve o’clock we start counting the hours again. Every day (actually twice a day) we count twelve hours. And you know, of course, what time it is when your clock strikes thirteen? That’s right! Time to get your clock fixed!

Happy Holiday Season to all! Dozens of long-stemmed roses for the twelve days of Christmas. Twelve songs of praise from the Twelve chromatic notes, Twelve songs of praise from the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Hurray for the Twelve signs of the zodiac!

Hail the 12 and Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!


The Low Down Blues

Here’s a blues I’ve been working on for a while. I love to play it. It’s very simple, nay elegant. Anyway, I only used two chords (most if the song anyway).  Low Down Blues in the key of D.


And here’s another, more cheerful song to cheer you on your way, to sing along with perhaps. Not only did my grandmother sing me the song about Fat and Skinny, she also sung Irene Goodnight. It’s a beautiful song, credited to the great Hudie Ledbetter.

15 thoughts on “Tri-Quaternary December Magazine

  1. 12 Monkeys was delightfully depressing, which always seems to work well at Christmas in films and TV if soap operas are anything to go by.

  2. Wow!!!!!! Happy December, my dear friend. 12 hurrays and 12 cheers to you and thank you for being so kind and supportive …always! 12×12 cheers and hoorays for your Low Down Blues. I raise my glass to you: Cheers! 😉

      1. grrrr…. I’m nearer to the beginning of 2017 rather than the end! Holidays sound exotic at the moment! 😉 Happy December, my friend and Happy Holidays [Christmas… unbelievable!] 🙂

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