It all started with a little Garden Gnome, which for many a moon, thru the seasons, has been sitting peacefully, radiating good vibes in my Garden. Bird in its beard reminds me of a quasi- mystical experience, featuring a magic bird, which I claim to have had in the gardens at the  Findhorn community....

Note Bluebird in long white beard












Followed by my "crafty" consort's crotched caricature of newly bearded Chomsky, whom I named Noam the Gnome for fun. Clever Gnomenclature for sure!

 Amigurumi - Japanese word for knitted &/or crochetted doll - /japanese

"Amigurumi (編みぐるみ, lit. "crocheted or knitted stuffed toy") is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. The word is a compound of the Japanese words 編み ami, meaning "crocheted or knitted", and 包み kurumi, literally "wrapping", as in 縫い包み nuigurumi "(sewn) stuffed doll". Amigurumi vary in size and there are no restrictions about size or look." - wiki


I keep finding GNOMES everywhere.

A Locus Classicus for Garden Gnomes must surely be:

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And it's true, they do! All things, that is (or are!), definitely pass. The Impermanence of phenomema is something we know about only too well. Part & parcel of the human condition, ain't it?

A teenager when it was released & looking gnome-like myself, I lived to see & hear the 50th Anniversary Edition of new remix of original.

Incidentally, the Uber Deluxe wooden crate version (a bargain at 'only' $999.98) even contains 1/6 scale figurines of George & the Friar Park gnomes.



Now, many claim to write POEMS. For some reason, some refer to them as Pomes. No less than one of my heroes, James Joyce, J.J. for short, wrote a book of verse called 'Pomes Penyeach' - in that case he was possibly punning on pommes, French for apples. Personally, I think that whether I write poems is for others to judge. I write in both Prose & Verse. I have referred to my Vaudeville Verse & Performing Doggerel. Should I attempt a Gnome Pome? Home, Dome, Loam, Roam/ Rome & Tome provide plenty of rhymes for a truly daring Kamikaze Bard... but in rising to the challenge, I fear I'd sink into bathos.

"Gnomic poetry consists of meaningful sayings put into verse to aid the memory. They were known by the Greeks as gnomes, from the Greek word for "an opinion". A gnome was defined by the Elizabethan critic Henry Peacham as "a saying pertaining to the manners and common practices of men, which declareth, with an apt brevity, what in this our life ought to be done, or not done".
It belongs to the broad family of wisdom literature, which expresses general truths about the world. Topics range over the divine and secular, from moral aphorisms to hierarchical social relationships."
- Wiki

Yep, I do that anyway.

Gnomic poetry is expressed in or is of the nature of short, pithy maxims or aphorisms, difficult to understand because enigmatic or ambiguous.

"Gnomic, adjective: used to describe something spoken or written that is short, mysterious, and not easily understood, but often seems wise." - Cambridge Dictionary.


Other gnomes:

Nisse, (Norwegian), Tomte, (Swedish), from folklore, a sort of Nordic Christmas Gnome

"A nisse (Danish: [ˈne̝sə], Norwegian: [ˈnɪ̂sːə]), tomte (Swedish: [ˈtɔ̂mːtɛ], tomtenisse, or tonttu (Finnish: [ˈtontːu]) is a mythological creature from Nordic folklore today typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. They are generally described as being short, having a long white beard, and wearing a conical or knit cap in red or some other bright colour. They often have an appearance somewhat similar to that of a garden gnome.
The nisse is one of the most familiar creatures of Scandinavian folklore, and he has appeared in many works of Scandinavian literature. With the romanticisation and collection of folklore during the 19th century, the nisse gained popularity". - Wiki


Ain't it high time someone sequenced the Gnome genome?


House gnome, cave gnome, Homeless gnome...


Gnomes - nature spirits, linked with earth, a fabled race of dwarflike creatures who live underground & guard treasure hordes. They mine precious minerals & are  said to be kindly disposed towards mortal miners.

The diminutive beings known as gnomes were first described by the Swiss physician and keen student of alchemy, Paracelsus, during the 16th Century. The short, chthonic gnomes represented earth, alongside the undine (water), sylph (air) and salamanders (fire).


Gnome Watching Railway Train,

an 1848 painting by Carl Spitzweg. 


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Long White Beard




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Enable audio in browser for Bowie's  Laughing Gnome

According to Bowie , not all Gnomes are laughing. In a later song (Little Wonder), he refers to "grumpy gnomes," spoofing the names of the 7 Dwarves

Pink Floyd's The Gnome, written by Syd Barrett is obviously gnome-related too

As is Mussorgsky's Gnomus from Pictures at an Exhibition




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