Edward Lear was a cat loving, 19th century, British artist, poet and storyteller (The Owl & the Pussycat, anyone?) who lived the last 15 years of his life with a cat named Foss (survivng his going to Rainbow Bridge by only 4 months)...
While Lear didn't invent the poetic form known as the limerick, he took a shine to its possibilities.
According to the book EDWARD LEAR: The Complete Verse & Other Nonsense edited by Vivian Noakes, "Lear himself never used the word 'limerick'...he called them his 'Nonsenses' or 'Old Persons'." Upon being introduced to the form he realized "that he had discovered 'a form of verse lending itself to limitless variety for Rhymes and Pictures'."
During the first month of the life of this blog, Nikita, the original "Opinionated Pussycat", introduced readers, not just to limericks, but several other short forms ideal for what I am going to call, in honor of Mr. Lear and his beloved feline, Foss...Kitty Nonsense Poetry:
So, here's Learing at you, felinity assembled!
I, Elvira Mistress of Felinity, am about to get all nonsensical on you!