Thursday, September 21, 2017

Peace is a rare commodity

                                                                                               Attribution: Allyn
Image: Light of Peace on a Shawl (here)

Having peace of mind is not a fancy
Individuals wrought by lots of worries
Wanting to prove
One may just goof
Convincing others will not be easy

Peace is a rare commodity
It impinges on everybody
On a macro scale
Not easily availed
Clamorings heard from many

Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  peace

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Do not answer a question.....

                   Author: Liftarn
Image: A Bold GNU Head with a question mark (here)

Why is it difficult to get an answer?
Is there a need?
Is there a reason not to blabber?
Is that all you seek?

Yes, but why must it be under wraps?
Is it inappropriate that I don't budge?
Yes, but why are you holding back?
Is it necessary that I should be pre-judged?

Yes, don't you think you are being difficult?
Do we have to go through all these again?
Don't you think it might lead to an argument?
What then is the solution?

Don't you think it is better
not to answer a question with a question?

Bjorn at d'Verse's Poetics -  the answer is 42
(a poem comprising only of questions)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This was what they saw

                                                                                                    Author:Mark Harless
Image: Keep Trying! (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
mollycoddle (a pampered person)
goose-neck lamp (a desk lamp having a flexible shaft)
jejune (naive, simplistic, and superficial uninteresting)
angst (an acute but nonspecific sense of anxiety or remorse)
vexatious (causing or tending to cause annoyance, frustration, or worry)
vermilion lipstick (vermilion: a brilliant red pigment)
pernicious (having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way)
monkey wrench (something that interferes with functioning; an obstacle)
dust bunny (tangled ball of dust found under a low piece of furniture)

I'm no mollycoddle
No one's gonna see me as goose-neck lamp like
Sure I might find myself on a slowboat to China
A rowboat at that but I'm no browbeat

Honest to goodness I'm a good gal
Jejune perhaps but still a good girl
Angst at times certainly not in the throes of dementia
Nor vexatious and trying hard to avoid undue anxiety

Perhaps the vermilion lipstick was the culprit
A false impression most pernicious in intentions
A monkey wrench thrown into the works
A dust bunny unwittingly revealed
This was perception at its worst
This was what they saw

How do I wash this off?

MLMM's Wordle#172
Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge#181
Marian's at Real Toad's -  the tuesday platform

Saturday, September 16, 2017

we could not imagine the strange logic

                                                                                         Author: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
Image: A Mahout's Power Over a Big Fella (here)

the 12 given words:
plague imagine no swing word thump tap
spry (active; nimble; agile; energetic)
forget spray tub sucks  

it plagued our wise ones to no end
we could not imagine the strange logic
big trees could be uprooted
no big deal

a swing of our big trunks could kill a big lion
my word, we could just thump them over the head
in fact just a little tap would do

but instead spry and strong we were made to work
by little fellas who sat across our shoulders
shouted at, poked our ears, dug their heels
into our hides (we did not feel it)
we moved as we felt insulted by these mahouts
wee guys who wielded so much power over us

we would not forget easily
we could shoot a big spray to knock them over
this we could do when let out in the 'tub'

it isn't fair, it sucks!

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle 317
Brendan's at Real Toad's Weekend Mini-Challenge
  -  juice (to write about power)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

a measure of psychedelic forms

                                                                              Attribution: Google labelled for re-use 
Image: 1080p - Opening (here)
(1080p (1920x1080 px; also known as full
HD or FHD and BT.709) is a set of  HDTV high
-definition video modes characterized by 1080
horizontal lines of vertical resolutions (here)

the 12 given words:
measure skirt clutch reverse loop socket
arabesque (foliage and figures represented in a fancifully combined pattern)
simmer (in a state of subdued or restrained activity)
granny knot (a binding knot to secure a rope or around an object)
dawdle (to waste time)
pistil (the female reproductive part of a flower)
stamen (the male reproductive part of a flower that produces the pollen)

a measure of psychedelic forms
skirting the imagination extending
an arabesque kind of presentation
in a state of suspension simmering

very fluid with no granny knot
to interfere or to clutch onto tightly
a reversed loop might be sought
without having to dawdle unwittingly

such images may test the visuals
where pistils and stamens are set
to be fused in patterns very unusual
but safely into wide opening sockets

MLMM's Wordle #171
MLMM's image at Tale Weaver # 137– 14/9/17 – opening
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  -  of muse and me

reunions of strange bedfellows

                                                                    Author: Federico Andreotti (1847-1930)
Image: Looks Like Someone Famous (here)

the 12  given words:
long look writing see you tell flat think
enormous, drawing elsewhere jacket

time to take a long hard look
the writing is right on the wall
some may see it as a fluke
but you can tell they're having a ball

flat out it attracts enormous
drawing power but elsewhere
a shade of someone famous
to think it looks all like a dare

reunions of strange bedfellows
in evening dress or leather jackets
or whatever that they can show
trying to look like young starlets

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #129
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  reunions

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

nature awakened with harrowing scenes

                                                     Author: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Image: Fury of the Angry Oceans (here)
(satellite sourced)

the 3 given words:
rain, reign rein 

nature awakened with harrowing scenes
it had happened before but not as worrying
caused concern then but in more localized routines
recent ones affected many countries with lots of  ruins

rain-lashed coastlines by forceful hurricanes
floods and tornadoes brought misery inland
the heavens disturbed and for a few days reigned
in their uncontrolled and unimpeded domains

how to rein-in the madness from occurring again
divine help to appease Mother Nature was obvious
unwittingly slighted confidence was to be regained
Providence pointed out the wrongs in our choices

Lillian's at d'Verse's  -  rein them in

Directions set never straying

                                                                    Photo by Michael Maggs, Wikimedia Commons
Image: A Twosome in Flight (here)

Outright purpose with freedom to choose
Pairing convenience is given a boost
Some movements of overhead flights
Set in motion at accepted heights

Directions were set never straying
Flying behavior naturally by instinct

V-formation arrow-head pointed
Birding migration of seasons expected
Follow the leader and never doubted
(44 words)

De at d'Verse's Quadrille Monday #40
-  to include the word - freedom
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Sunday, September 10, 2017

An artistic impression

                                                                                                Attribution: Jackie Ley
Image: New Forest (here)

Vibrant new forest
Juxtaposed against jagged
intrusions of old
Turned out to be beautiful
An artistic impression

juxtapose (to place close together or side by side,
especially for comparison or contrast)

Chev's Carpe Diem 1252  - 
imagination without limits

in the wake of the impending cold

                                                                                           Author: Gerardo Noriega
Image: A Mexican gray squirrel  (here)

the 12 given words:
shelter map path sweep ground push 
beach funnel power surge wake spin

a sheltered life
she needs to map a path
as all mothers do

for a sweep of the battle ground
to push from a beachhead 
in a funnel formation
powered by sheer determination
to survive the winter

a surge of elements
in the wake of the impending cold
where a spin of strategies
relevant to little animals
in their hibernation prospects
are to be adopted

Brenda's Sunday's Whirl Wordle #316
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #370

Friday, September 8, 2017

what a Book of Words invoked

                                                                                           Author: Томасина
Image: Just conveniently blessed (here)

9 of 10 given words:
cool dachshund testament
cherubim ( a member of the second order of angels)
serendipity (good fortune; luck:)
infinitesimal (indefinitely or exceedingly small)
mimicry (the act or art of copying or imitating closely)
heretic convenient

cool dachshund
cherubim little fella
testament of serendipity in life
when good fortune struck

infinitesimal it might appear
but still mimicry of warm blessings
what a Book of Words invoked

nothing unruly nor heretic
nothing religiously inclined
nor surreptitiously concealed
just conveniently blessed

expected good returns
it usually worked that way
to one with a good heart
devoid of bad intentions
(60 words)

Mama Zen at Real Toads's  -  words count with MZ
Grace's at d'Verse's OLN #203

Thursday, September 7, 2017

poppies are now tolerated with dread

                                                                                                    Attribution: MLMM
Image: Poppy Panaver Plant (here)

What I want are memories of old
None annoying even remotely interfering
Not segregated or isolated but bold
Unlike a jury sequestered before reaching
a verdict who are strictly seen as free
from influence and interference
That is how a poppy is deemed to be
But not what it is at the moment

Poppy Day memories with a proud disposition
Where replica red flowers were pinned
at the breast pocket in remembrance
of fallen heroes who had left us since

Instead poppies are now tolerated with dread
Associated with drug lords of vicious atrocities
Living it up with a price on their heads
While in its wake the helpless junkies

Strewn in a 'drunken' stupor in back alleys
Condemned as living skeletons for all to see

MLMM's Tale Weaver #136 -  what I want
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif -  memories

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

pursued by city folks

                                                                                    Author: Kyle Bonallo
Image: Autumn Colors (here)

rustic abode
unspoiled hideaway
remote dream-like
pursued by city folks
idyllic tranquility

golden brown
season's exotic shades
swept by cool winds

rustic (adj. relating to, or living in the country, rural)

Note: a tanka and haiku in experimental micro-poetry
(not restricted by the conventional syllabic count of tanka's
5-7-5-7-7 or haiku's 5-7-5)

Chev's Carpe Diem #1250  -  autumn colors

set to face the firing squad at dawn

                                                                                        Attribution: Maksym Kozlenko
Image: Jailhouse Accommodation Hostel (here)

the given words:
firing squad dawn dungeon starlight sibling rivalry goldfish
rock opera (that had elements of storytelling in the tradition of opera)
dealings compose clamor smelter raspberry jam toast

set to face the firing squad at dawn
on the morrow, the dark night seemed
saddened at harboring a condemned
soul in a dungeon far below

as a consolation, though moonless,
it was blessed with the starlight's
brilliance over the snow crystals that
glistened in the shadows

the vanquished in a sibling rivalry
now reduced to a goldfish in a bowl
awaiting justice

it would fit a rock opera of how their
dealings went asunder even though
composed of near perfect awards of ideas

to clamor for an answer was futile even
after having to smelter the arguments
into acceptable justifications

he was content with just a simple raspberry
jam toast as the last meal

MLMM's Wordle #170
Marian's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sins of the father - a Tanka

                                                                   Author: Barnard, Frederick, 1846-1896
Image: The Moment of Truth (here)

The moment of truth
Sadly on reflection, why?
Sins of the father
Squarely borne by a sibling
Who took over the burden

Chev's Carpe Diem #1249 - despair

Saturday, September 2, 2017

innocent teenager out on his first fling

                                                                                      Author: Globetrotter19
Image: A Young Couple (here)

the 13 given words:
tactics energy alliance attack fire ardor tenderness 
capture scheme treachery neglected art war 

from a page secured of the tactics of old
innocent teenager out on his first fling
energy at its fullest who sought let it be told
an alliance with a sweet-young-thing

targeting an attack at the trio of beauties
three in his line of fire ensured good balance
the ardor of tenderness a measure of reality
to capture the heart of any one of them

in the scheme of things a treachery, a curse
to be avoided, faithfulness not to be neglected
the art of war one very much to deserve
an affirmation of those who had just started

Kerry's at Real Toad's  -  Play it again Toads (get listed)
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #369

Friday, September 1, 2017

Even lowly animals fared better

                                                                               Author: Antony Stanley
Image: Mother and baby (here)

Mothers showered love naturally
Offering mental and physical support
Their lives and souls at others' whims
Highest of sacrifices without question
Exceptions though turned them into monstrous beings
Remember Cinderella (step-mother no doubt)
Little boy neglected at home by his own mother, undernourished
swirling in muck and slime for she was at her workplace
Yet she was just admonished and freed by the court

Love denied in other cases, a few maimed even death ensued
Other than in the house where else could solace and salvation be expected
Very unlikely elsewhere though
Even lowly animals fared better

Frank's at d'Verse's MTB  - acrostic
Kerry's at Real Toad's  -  skyflower friday  - monster

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Not to bow to seemingly little irritations

                                                                                      Author: Massimilianogalardi
Image: A Farm in the Countryside (here)

11 of 12 given words:
press farmer ravaged palms, flows bow   
songbirds butterflies munching tomatoes fox  

To press his luck a farmer reaffirmed to set his sights
Ravaged beyond contention a land deluged
His face buried in his palms somewhat in fright
Not giving up he steadfastly refused

The flows of ideas accentuated to his woes
Not to bow to seemingly little irritations
The songbirds would reappear in droves
Butterflies and little creatures would certainly return

Munching tomatoes and cooking all the other edibles
He would be back where he started he reminisced
To outfox nature was not to oppose but to respect and dribble
The ball would find its target and that would be nice

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #127
Susan's ae PU's Midweek Motif  - respect

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Invariably stifled by the rainy bleakness

                                                                                         Attribution: Barbara Florczyk
Image: A Little Discomfort (here)

Had been through this before
Assertiveness prompted by stubbornness
As true as the sun's appearance to the fore
Invariably stifled by the rainy bleakness

Positive thinking had been known to be good
The sky was a little drowsy but worth a risk
On stepping out of the house into the neighborhood
All wet and cold but still walking brisk

A little discomfort could be expected
When luck did not favor had to be tolerated

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #178
Kerry's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Monday, August 28, 2017

Wise and talented stood to gain - a Quadrille

                                                                                            Author Michael Coghla
Image: Leisurely (here)

Blessed be the young hearts
In blissful wonders of innocence
Time and opportunities would intrude
Presented but in fleeting moments

To exploit fully lest left behind
Wise and talented stood to gain
Never a dull moment the chosen ones
Side-lined the evil, the unconcerned
(44 words)

Apologies: Bjorn, Hank finds it difficult to access WPress

Bjorn's at d'Verse's   -  a Quadrille#39

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A real fight to the finish

                                                                     Artist: Anton von Werner(1843–1915)
Image: A Cavalry General in battle (here)

10 of 12 given words:
retreating saber one-eyed hair 
clothes cut lined mud waving road

A real fight to the finish
It represented a rare opportunity
Retreating hordes to be vanquished
A rattling saber at the ready

The Cavalry General had the upper hand
But there was one unfinished business
The one-eyed leader of the gang
To be done in first in all absoluteness

His hair, clothes a cut above the rest
To engage the enemy in personal combat
He lined up his personal being at his best
Immaculately dressed to drag him in the mud

Waving and ranting in wild derision
The one-eyed leader not to be outdone
Road to victory not easy with good reasons
The duel on the cards due to be a long one

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #126
Gayle's at d'Verse's OLN #202

beginnings of precious life

                                                                                      Artist: Paul Klee
Image: Spiralling Energy Emerging (here)

rising up softly
eternal light emerging
push of energy
beginnings of precious life
Providence’s power intact

Chev's at Carpe Diem #1243
 - in-the-beginning
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif - nature

Monday, August 21, 2017

Who were there to fight on their behalf

                                                                                         Attribution: Robert Stansfield
Image: Refugee camp for Displaced Persons (here)

12 given words:
left evil hood right sad torches march 
stability statues facts orange lies

Surreptitiously left abandoned
Aftermath of disagreements and clashes
of warlords and mercenaries
whose evil intentions were masked under a hood
Right under the very eyes of authorities

Sad sight seemingly as though torches
were run all over their meager huts
They were made to march aimlessly
Away from the stability of their homes
They remained statues-like in camps

How they suffered alone
Where facts were jumbled with fiction
Regarded as bothersome 
Who were there to fight on their behalf

They having shouted themselves hoarse
were orange with rage
While the world stood by
Waiting and waiting

What lies ahead no one knows
and no one cares

Brenda's Sunday's Whirl Wordle #313
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #367

Sunday, August 20, 2017

uncomplicated things present lots of opportunities

                                                                                                        Author: NASA
Image: Very Unlike Uncomplicated things (here)

uncomplicated things present lots of opportunities
one allowed a free way not restricted by priorities
take a plunge do your own thing and see what gives
just take a respite with nothing specific to achieve

it is necessary to lay back once a while to reflect
creates a non-taxing situation allowing one to relax
dividends forthcoming to a fertile mind quite easily
if it can be broken up into simple terms of A-B-C

beware though not to be too luxuriously anticipating
expect a damper to the leisurely pace when reality sets in

Kerry's at Real Toad's  -  micro poetry 
uncomplicated things

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Sara Ayesha!

Image:1 Setting up the Birthday
Goodies from the Chef's Galley
Image:2 There you are! I've Turned 10, hooray!

Image:3 Norman took time off to
sketch as he normally does

Image:5 Norman's 'The Defenders" in just a jiffy!

“And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”  ~ Louis Armstrong

And I think to myself 
what a wonderful world
Now that my dear self
is seen to transcend the divide
From the innocence
of a baby to a young lady
Where age is just a number
but more than that
A double digit
Can you imagine that?
Mum says it comes too fast
But I thought it was dragging its feet!
Achieved in all of its wisdom
Yes, I've now turned 10

Biologically there are changes
I am all prepared
I have to!
It's so inspiring
Have to keep on dancing
into my teens!

Next, a Driving Licence!

Susie's at Real Toad's
-  bits-of-inspiration-keep-dancing
Mish's at d'Verse's -  Poetics (apologies,
too late in posting this!)

Monday, August 14, 2017

looking lost pressing for a respite

                                                                                                          Author: Epop
Image: Gulping on the Bait! (here)

11 of 12 given words:
malformed torn left embed look 
press feign natural gait gritty
dead-reckoning (a process of calculating one’s current
position by using a previously determined position)

malformed in body and mind
dead-reckoning malfunctioned
torn to pieces all in a bind
left embedded in utter confusion

looking lost pressing for a respite
feigned fully alert pushing for a bid
his natural talent took control despite
a gait a model was proud to exhibit

a gritty soul no less likely to endure
gulping on the bait even without a lure

MLMM's Wordle #168

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Be aware of the clue-bearing Magi signs

                                                                                             Author: Begumrubina0786
Image: Present Day Astrologer (here)

“Why does the mind compose this 
music well before the words occur?”  ~  Jim Harrison

Is there an urgency to unravel the plot
Or perhaps to be prepared in case it gets hot
The mind moves fast in the blink of an eye
Waiting for the words to form at the lay-by

Be aware of the clue-bearing Magi signs
Sneaking in to tickle the inquisitive minds
Grab at its throat to ward off the blows
Then triumphantly walk away in the shadows

To duly acknowledge why the mind works
earlier before the words blurt out their quirks

Magi: an astrologer, sorcerer, 
or magician of ancient times

Jilly's 28-day Prompts Day28 -  the-magi
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #366

Flutter in the wet

Image: Sharing an Umbrella (here)

“The river can’t heal everything”  ~ Jim Harrison

Cinquain - a five-line poetic form from Adelaide
Crapsey comprising 2 syllables in the first line, 4
in the second, 6 in the third,8 in the fourth,
and 2 in the fifth.

Young hearts
Flutter in the
wet but so forgiving
Never a dull moment learning
the ropes

believe in it
Water a survival
factor, yes, but not to expect

Jilly's Day 27 – Cinquain for My Love

Friday, August 11, 2017

Heavenly in the heavens

                                                                                     Attribution: ESO/A. Fitzsimmons
Image: Admiring Starry Nights Alone (here)

“On some clear nights in the country, the stars can exhaust us”  ~ Jim Harrison

Emotions enhanced
Memories took center-stage
Longings inwardly

Expanse of twinkles
Heavenly in the heavens
But warm nights turn cold

Jilly's Day 26 – Haiku ~ longing for stealth

Thursday, August 10, 2017

An array of classics

                                                                                                Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Image: The Head of Leda (c. 1505 - 1507) (here)

12 given words from "Brown Penny" by W B Yeats:
young brown stars loops, hair thinking
shadows, wise begin enough crooked penny

A glimpse into history
An array of classics
Of a likely young beauty
Round brown eyes frolic

Like current stars of fame
Loops in the hair
Entangled hearts gain
In picking out a dare

Thinking of shadows of success
Wisely to begin early in life
Enough to give access
To crooked agents who thrive

On those unsuspecting lasses
Handing out pennies around
Rather than what they are worth
Measured in diamonds

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #124
Grace's at d'Verse's OLN # 201