Wednesday, June 28, 2017

wonder of wonders as a housewife

                                                                                                       Author: Unknown
Image: Housewife Washing Clothes
in a Third World country (here)

the 12 given words:
lipsticks hairspray wisp willing chores walk boxes
smock (overgarment to protect the clothing while working)
hips wonders seldom clerking

busy lady of the house dressed
with neither lipsticks nor hairspray
but just a hairpin to keep the wisp
of hair in place ever willing and happy
with 'simple' household chores

she has to walk all over the house 
often carrying boxes without help 
garbed in a loose smock at the hips

wonder of wonders for as a housewife 
it is a full day's job every day including 
weekends and seldom complaining or is
adequately rewarded, nothing compared 
to a 9 to 5 clerking job and all without 
pay  -  blessed be for being so!

Paul's at d'Verse  -  blessings
MMT's Sunday Whirligig #118

Monday, June 26, 2017

Self-administering insulin is not playing doctor

                                                                                           Attribution: Eric Wicklund
Image  Diabetics Can Look Out
to the Outside World. (here)

11 of 12 given words
insulin posture shake suffer radiate restaurant hereafter 
immure (v) (to enclose within walls. to shut in; seclude or confine)
galimatias(n) confused or unintelligible talk; nonsense)
slovenly(adj) (untidy or unclean in appearance or habits)
cloudburst (a sudden and very heavy rainfall).

Self-administering insulin is not playing doctor
but to regulate glucose in the blood for those deficient
Still, it allows control, dignity and acceptable posture
Unlike Parkinson's shakes that reduce self-reliance

Still not immured nor rendered to a blank staring galimatias
Of those who suffer dementia without any recollections
Diabetics can be expected to radiate confidence unbiased
Not slovenly of those forgetful but immaculate if they want

Not known for cloudburst reactions nor embarrassing actions
But be seen as a loving person, father or a dignified personality
Known to enjoy normal life's pleasures dining in restaurants
Hereafter a well-respected senior citizen in the community
(103 words)

For MLMM's Wordle #161
Sunday's Photo Fiction - June 25th
Marian's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sheer tough luck all in a single file

                                                                                            Author:Brocken Inaglory
Image: Move over, will you? (here)

the 12 given words:
sheer single blink rooted drunk tattered 
lash dust snatch sly spin curved 

Sheer tough luck all in a single file
In a blink there were four in a row
Seemed inclined to test the waters
Rooted along their narrow domains

Not moving neither were they drunk
Tattered in thoughts a duck's dilemma
To lash them to dust to snatch victory
Or throw a sly spin to make them retreat

A curved passage could offer alternatives
But caught in the middle of a problem
and embroiled in a pack of nerve-wracking
intrusion, freedom was no free holiday  

Brenda's Sunday Whirl wordle #305
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #359

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ever remembered when one was in nursery school?

                                                                               Attribution: Pierce, C.C.(1861-1946)
Image: Seven young
Japanese girls ca.1900. (here)

Sunday's Whirligig's 12 given words:
nursery school stories lost middle upset 
older, lunches wait dance week treatment

3WW given words:
treatment unruly veiled 

Ever remembered when one was in nursery school?
Of stories good and bad of concern to worried parents
Lost in the middle of the crowd of young  friends
Getting upset many times over for no apparent reasons

Ever remembered when older had to bring lunches
Had to wait in line for popular events that one fancied
Tea dance on weekends as a prelude to formal ballroom
Of cold treatment given for unruly behaviour as teens

Ever remembered all these goings-on as strategised
Of the veiled attempts mostly to hide the real intentions
Of trying hard for the attention of the teenyboppers

Ever remembered the carefree days of innocence!

MMT at Sunday's Whirligig #117
Thomg's 3WW week#537

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Who to nudge to get some attention?

                                                                                  Attribution: George Chernilevsky
Image: Left to Fend for Itself  (here)

11 of 12 given words:
mundane neat vent spine wrapper nudge
partial tentative backwards oppose smile

Left to myself in this mundane existence
It is neat, sure but how do I vent my frustrations
It is not spine-chilling nor spine-breaking
But it is a wrapper around my initiatives

Who to nudge to get some attention?
Even a partial response is enough
Even a tentative attention to start with
I can go backwards to create space

It is better as opposed to being neglected
I can still afford a smile though but for how long?

Kerry's at Real Toad's -  the tuesday platform
MLMM's Wordle #160

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mother's love equates to mother's burden - a Quadrille

                                                                                           Author: William Warby
Image: Mother's burden (here)

Mother's love equates to mother's burden
To see to the success of succession of siblings
Raw in their quests of comforts and motherly protection
Peppered along the way with thorny issues

Often a good word of appreciation
is not adequately verbalised by those privileged!
(44 words)

Kim's at d'Verse's Quadrille #35
and to include the word  -  pepper

Sunday, June 18, 2017

It gnaws at his conscience

                                                                                            Author: Superbmust
Image: Sad Man Reflecting (here)

11 of 12 given words:
gnaws touch prints fall wheel whistle 
broken apart thread ring echo

It gnaws at his conscience
Befitting of the hurt meted out
Touch of class is a rare lesson
Leaving prints in the clouds

Fall from grace a damning start
Wheel of fortune hard to discern
But in a whistle, it is broken apart
Not careful in extending concern

Thin thread that intrudes emotionally
Ring of sadness through her heart
To echo a similar occasion recently
So tactless not being smart to impart

Brenda;s Sunday Whirl Wordle #304
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #358

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fresh from sweet sixteen

                                                                                                      Courtesy of Teresa
Image:  Sweeter 17 (here)

Frightful of ‘heptakaidekaphobia’
Coming of age comes responsibility
Whole new world opens up no fear
Lots to look forward to in reality

Fresh from sweet sixteen
Discovery of new experiences
Stepping into adulthood
(17 x 2 = 34 words)

Note: ‘heptakaidekaphobia’
is fear of the number 17

Teresa's at MLMM - Saturday's Mix
-  to write on things 17

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Elegant Mode of OP Yusuf Hashim.

                                                                                       Attribution: OP Yusuf Hashim

Image:1 The Man himself, the elegant Male model OP Yusuf Hashim.

Last year OP Yusuf was invited to be Wardrobe's Man of the Year 2016 (Wardrobe is an upmarket bespoke tailoring store. Its tailors and cutters are trained in Saville Row)

Confirmed with OP Yusuf the Billboard featuring the above is still there intact, at the intersection in Bangsar. In fact there's also a bigger one at the VIP Car Park IOI Mall Putrajaya.

Altogether 8 suits were tailored. A New York trained photograper was commissioned to shoot the photos. OP Yusuf was also featured on the cover of THE GRID the upmarket magazine (that's for another day!)


The Modern day Explorer
We've seen OP Yusuf as the Modern day Explorer with his intrusions into many corners of the globe as a gypsetting traveler and photographer. A glimpse of a guy who is now touching 71 years but accomplishing exploits of those of a younger age.

                                                                                        Attribution: OP Yusuf Hashim
Image:2  OP Yusuf the Photographer


Image:3 A youthful OP Yusuf crossing the Topic of Capricorn Marker years ago in Africa


The Haiku
Boundless energy
At home at many places
All in a package

Grace's at de'Verse's OLN #198

Monday, June 12, 2017

With idiosyncrasies of a genius

                                                                                           Attribution: © A Mixed Bag
Image: The War Machine (here)

SW's 12 given words:
ignite miracle pin rancid ripple touch 
shadow trance walk water within whisper 

Is it most opportune to again ignite
The unforgettable Fischer-Spassky miracle
Not to pin down on something infinite
But on an occasion rancid with ripples

To touch even a shadow of the blotches
Where spectators came face to face
With all the idiosyncrasies of a genius
Who held them in a trance in every match

Fischer led them through some 'disproves'
He walked them in like fish through water
Some were plainly psychological moves
Emerged victor within whispers of the Cold War

Sunday Photo Fiction June 2017
Brenda's Sunday Whirl's Wordle #303
Marian's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Enough pageantry to set the mood

                                                                                           Attribution: Stephen McKay
Image: Loving Couple in for a Stroll (here)

Enough pageantry to set the mood
Likely to overwhelm an awaiting soul
Anticipating an evening's likely prude
To accept good company for a stroll

Innocent lass meant to be adored
To shower sweet nothing's all evening
Some excitement lest she got bored
Measure of gentleness all ensuing

Great respect for beauty and elegance
Spare efforts though to present an interlude
Still to pare off any untoward insistence
An evening sane and collected to exude

Magaly's at Real Toad's  -  what am I made of
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #357

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ends late most nights in the preceding days

                                                                                      Attribution: Veronidae
Image: Bashful June bride (here)

S Whirligig's 11 of 12 given words:
end late, nights, spill, 
way, dawns carries, each,
scintillating (witty; brilliantly clever)
nonchalant (coolly unexcited; casual)
flagrant (shockingly noticeable or evident)

Ends late most nights in the preceding days
Beers to spill generously by those not involved
However, they initiated on the splitting of ways
Right through the dawns with much to resolve

Some scintillating conversationalists who kept
others spellbound with their spectacular tales
Some nonchalant ones happy to just have slept
through unconcerned or indifferent in the days

Satisfied with just empty talk to keep company
Sitting around who carried themselves right
Extended family members who had to come early
Each with their speciality to help out the bride

To ensure no flagrant errors for the preparations
For a June bride on with the impending pageant

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #115
Lorraine's at MLMM's Tale Weaver  -  the June Bride

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Expected to be dainty and quick - a Quadrille

                                                                                                Attribution: Cetrobo
Image: Treading in the Heavens (here)

3WW given words:
murky navigate organic

Expected to be dainty and quick
Negotiating this terrain so uncertain
Murky in many parts mainly organic
Devoid of artificiality stormy and uneven

To navigate life in heaven's name
Much too unfriendly and unfamiliar
Getting over obstacles unplanned
Test of endurance with no waiver
(44 words)

De at d'Verse's  -  Quadrille #34
Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #168
Thomg's at 3WW week #535

Monday, June 5, 2017

None to merit the desired attributes

                                                                             Attribution: © C E Ayr
Image: It Had been a Long Time (here)

the 12 given words:
bind cost empty forever groove sign gift spare jar free mercy 
flighty (slightly delirious, mildly crazy.)

He was in a bind
Not forgetting the good times
They used to be together
It had cost him plenty of bother

His life was empty without her
Should not be allowed to go on forever
He was dangerously getting into the groove
Looking for signs to invoke and prove

A gift should do the trick it would seem
Could not spare a thought in the interim
The inability of getting a good idea
Was too flighty to make him think proper

Probabilities all in a jar of junk inputs
None too free to merit the desired attributes
Should act fast on the redemption of mercy
For she was expected at the airport in a jiffy

Could there be a compromise
On all things nice
Or would there be a semblance of turbulence
With the meeting of two hard-headed elements

Perhaps the long absence
Would be ideal as a test of patience
Enhancing compassion and charm
It could very well be a false alarm
(164 words)

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #302
Sunday Photo Fiction - June 2017
- in not more than 200 words
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #356

Sunday, June 4, 2017

How I love it here

                                                                                 Attribution: Cesar Tort
Image: Ghostly Shadows in the Dark (here)

How I love it here
Bonds of friendship
Overflowing with love
Trailing in the dark
Most times invisible
to the human eyes

Acceptance of the highest order
We just need to creep in
through any doors
even without knocking
We are immediately accorded
pride of place
everyone are friendly

I love it!
A Ghost Town
(55 words)

Kerry's at Real Toad's - Flash 55
with the theme -  a ghost town 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

dreaming of the good life!

                                                                                      Attribution: Maxine Simpson
Image: Luxury Yacht, Christina O. (here)
(of Onassis fame)

the 12 given words:
window sailing crammed small bare ancient 
rising hummimg light falling friend breast

3WW given words:
intentional
kaleidoscopic (adj: multicolored psychedelic)
lacerate (verb: gash slash wound)

definitely a window of opportunity
not to pass off the joys of sailing
though crammed in a small boat
bare of any pretences of luxury
and seemingly ancient by any standards
but lots of fun to a teenager

that was a long time ago
when given the chance
what a thrill!

rising to the occasion
humming a light little tune
head over heels like falling
in love with a special friend
and heaving a heavy breast
with the first kiss

it was a lucky break not intentional
but with kaleidoscopic hallucinations then
on how it could have been a luxury yacht

lacerated in thinking perhaps
but dreaming of the good life!

MMT's Sunday Whirligig 114
Thomg's 3WW #534
Gayle's at d'Verse's OLN 3197

art was not the same again

                                                                                Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Image: Three Sunflowers in a Vase (here)

in the light of dawn
sunflowers reach to the blue sky
praising their Creator                          © Chèvrefeuille

when van Gogh spied its beauty
world of art not the same since           ©  Hank

Chev's Carpe Diem  -  last episode of
the Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017
-  in the light of dawn 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

He had no recourse but to proceed

                                                                                             Attribution: MLMM
Image: Branches (here)

the 12 given words:
breathe cold blue crack  limb seep
crimped (to check, restrain, or inhibit; hinder)
snapped grass stones overlapping season 

Whispers in the Willow Trees
That breathed hot and cold
Feeling blue he had dark designs
To crack his brains and to
pull out limb by limb

Some workable solutions
seemed to have seeped through
But like the bent branches some
crimped back from the efforts
and they snapped

The grass was greener and the
stones were polished shiny
but always on the other side

His mind was cluttered very much
like an overlapping season to mess
his thinking process

He had no recourse but to proceed
There was nothing to be cautious
about but to weave in and out
between the branches

Hopefully the psychic disconnect
could be resolved and the strange
yellowish hues could be green again.

Note: MLMM's choose a title to construct a poem
around it  -  title chosen: Whispers in the Willow Trees

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #301
MLMM's Writing Prompt #209
- It's All in the Title
Kerry's at PU's - the tuesday platform

Seconds ago she was walking on air

                                                                                            Attribution: Eden Hills
Image: Tears of Joy (here)

Seconds ago she was walking on air
Now tears flowed freely, was she unhappy?
Caught on camera but not in despair
Her beau hanky in hand on the ready
Such were strange antics of a happy pair
Newlyweds on photo shoots turned funny
Distractions ahead would be more serious
Cool heads could well be seen delirious

Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #355
Teresa's at MLMM's Saturday's Mix
-  an ottava rima

Friday, May 26, 2017

Brilliance had luck to play its pittance

                                                               Attribution: Seaman Shannon Heavin
Image: Looking through the Spyglass (here)

No spyglass held to view the distance
Life an open book set to differ
Some made a name in all innocence
Some ended the day a sad failure
Brilliance had luck to play its pittance
Most drifted along to remain poor

So success did not discriminate
Some plainly luckless not got it made

Note: Not given thoughts to the 
iambic meter. Not really sure if 
this is an acceptable ottava rima                            

Frank's at d'Verse's
Form for All  - ottava rima 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A maze of innocence to sustain the progeny

                                                                                          Author: Suzanne M. Day
Image: Awaiting the Big Day (here)

the 12 given words:
huffing, pursuing picture maze innocence full
marriage confining capable traces find edge  

3WW given words:
flinch (to draw back or shrink from)
gape hastily

PU's Midweek Motif  -  flowers

Huffing and puffing pursuing a dream
Picture of life in the fast lane more to do
with love and emotions than financial
stability and flaunting of wealth

A maze of innocence to sustain the progeny
Fully aware that marriage and the confining
thereafter is a responsibility not just of  those
capable but all of humankind to contribute

Traces of failures no more are acceptable
Some may find themselves on edge but they
should not hastily flinch from efforts now
readily available leaving many gaping
at the wonderful wonders of ART**

How then not to marvel at the challenges
facing motherhood and in overcoming them
Beautiful flowers to be ogled at and to be
showered with all the love by their menfolks
Mankind is blessed that mothers are invented

ART** -  Assisted Reproduction Technology

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig Wordle #113
Thomg's 3WW week #533
Susan at PU's Midweek Motif 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Many Rouge Galleries shine in modern times

                                                                                             Attribution: Unknown
Image: Designated Traitor's Gate (here)

10 of the 12 given words:
message flimsy trips line 
stilted (adj.stiffly dignified or formal)
wonder sing shine run trace 

A likely message exhorted loud and clear
Of which nothing flimsy nor of any pretences
Found at the Traitors' Gate behind closed doors
Unfortunate band of souls with known offences

Regular trips to view on some guided tours
Where were lines of stilted visitors feet shuffling
To wonder of intrigues prior to entering the Tower
Or of one-time inmates at Alcatraz and Sing Sing

Many rouge galleries shine in modern times
Run with progressive precision of reformation
There are fewer traces of harsh treatments
Unlike those of old corrective institutions

Sunday's Photo Fiction May 2017
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #300
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #354

Friday, May 19, 2017

it had been a good game

                                                                             Author: Steve Jurvetson
Image: A Few pointers at the 18th
before teeing off (here)

looking down the fairway at the
18th tee with the legs locked up
it had been a good game

for the past two-and- a- half hours
we were pitting our prowess against
each other below a clear blue sky

Much too hot where even the dark
glasses were complaining at the
rivulets of sweat clouding the vision

beautiful flowers though brightened
up to greet the flight where crows
and sparrows kept company in
the bushes darting out occasionally
upon our presence

pairs of black swans at the nearby
lake gliding leisurely while we golfers
were sweltering and thinking of the cool
refreshments at the end of the game

Susie's at Real Toad's - bits of inspiration

Thursday, May 18, 2017

His father was a good man, a forgiving man!

                                                                  Artist: Pompeo Batoni  (1708–1787) 
Image: The Return of the Prodigal Son (here)

the 12 given Whirligig words:
confused insomniac wrong remember soul
lonely dial college defender thief hear cleanses

3WW given words:
crisis embarrassment decayed

Utterly confused and insomniac
Was it wrong to return?
Remembering his father
was the sustenance to his soul

He felt lonely, he was lonely
He kept dialling for his father
in his mind but refrained countless times
Dropped out of college that was bad enough
Squandered his inheritance, so it was but
he should not be labelled a thief

He was defender of the displaced
fought for human rights in many
of their peaceful marches in the streets

He should hear it himself from his father
It would help cleanse his conscience
There should not be a crisis with his brother

An embarrassment to his being initially but
no decayed thinking should muddle the issue
The return of the prodigal son replayed
His father was a good man, a forgiving man!

MMT at Sunday's Whirligig #112
Grace at d'Verse's  OLN #196

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sea breeze sweeps the shore

                                                                                 Attribution: Steven Fruitsmaak
Image: Taming the Summer Heat
with the Sea breeze (here)

Sea breeze sweeps the shore
Summer heat bids for cool dip
At peaceful white beach

MLMM's Heeding Haiku
With Chèvrefeuille - summer wind

Monday, May 15, 2017

barely thirteen and aware faintly

                                                                                           Author: Flickr user Artem
Image: Teenager Drug addicts (here)

the given words:
never magnitude thirteen
keta (n. an image that inexplicably leaps back into your mind from the distant past)
chair short engulf elusive weed disgrace color
phantasmagoria (a shifting series of illusions, or deceptive appearances, as created by the imagination)
shard (a fragment, especially of broken earthenware)

never a dull moment
the magnitude beyond fantasy
out of this world
barely thirteen and aware faintly
a sad picture of a keta

snug on a chair
short of lying in the morgue
engulfed in throes of ecstasy
in a stupor of recurring phantasmagoria
chasing and clamoring
for the elusive dream

a shard of the child prodigy
he was once acclaimed
it could be weed, grass, ice
anything he could get a hold on
a disgrace to his being
but captured with a wicked smile
defined by a color 
dull of any life

Yves' at MLMM's Wordle #155
Marian's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

sentiments remain intact

                                                                                          Attribution: Velela
ImageYoung Oak standing Strong (here)

The Haiku 
autumn evening
like whispered prayers
leaves float away                                © Dolores

sentiments remain intact
breezy feel impacts on skin                 ©  Hank

Chev's Carpe Diem Tan Renga  - leaves float away

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Shoulder to cry on

                                                                           Attribution: Bundesarchiv, 
                                                                               Bild 183-20728-0003 / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Image: Providing guidance (here)

Shoulder to cry on
Sibling rivalry curtailed
Extols confidence

Thinks 2 steps ahead
Stable home environment
Day for high honors

Chev's Carpe Diem  - Mother's Day

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oscar Night and in walked the glamorous celebrities

                                                                                          Attribution: Isadora Gruye 
Image:1   'School House' 
(use image as inspiration for a 
poem and to include the phrase
'Red Carpet kittens') (here)
                                                                                                   Author Ilya Haykinson 
                                                         GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Image: 2  Preceding the start of
the Oscar telecast. Interviewer is
radio talk show host Jennifer Smart.
(here)

10 of 12 given words:
balanced hopeful picnic scrawny, after nails colds
brittle:(lacking warmth, sensitivity)
finches (birds which have a short, conical
bill adapted for eating seeds)
daubs (to smear, soil)

3WW given words
bit anticlimax violate

Oscar Night and in walked the glamorous celebrities
They paraded in stunning styles of the latest fashions
Made their mark on the legendary red carpet
Sporting beautiful designer dresses

The rich and famous of the entertainment fraternity
Individually in their own right or as couples
Glittering and dazzling to be ogled at

Very balanced in demeanour far from brittle
Talented hopefuls set to bring home the coveted statuette

In the meantime, the Red Carpet kittens were waiting
Hand-picked for the occasion they stationed
themselves at strategic positions
They did their utmost to intercept their
targets along the passage-way

TV cameras were all the while focused
on the interviews, live

It was no picnic nothing scrawny but they
were in their Sunday best
After all they too were in the limelight
to be telecasted back home
Very much like finches they too had to fight 
tooth and nail perhaps to be there

It would be an anticlimax to witness an interviewer
who might be a bit cold in their attitude 
They had unwittingly brought daubs
to the privilege and to their being

It was tragic as it did happen once to a local talent  
She was sent there amidst fanfare back home
but did not get to interview for some reasons
She had violated certain contractual
obligations apparently!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #111
Thomg's 3WW week #301
Isadora's at Real Toad's  -  out of standard, photo finish
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #353

imposing in magnificence

                                                                                            Author Mad.madrasi
Image: Male and Female Pumpkin Flowers(here)

A Tan Renga
The flower of a pumpkin
as well as Mt. Ishizuchi
is great in scale                
                                            © Tomiyasu Fusei

small it seemed to compare
imposing in magnificence
                                            © Hank

Chev's at Carpe Diem  -  flower of pumpkin