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.

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

busy bee's delights

                                                                                                   Author: Alpsdake
Image: Attraction to the Bees (here)

The Haiku
fresh fallen snow
the yellow Chrysanthemums look
more yellowish                                         ©   Chèvrefeuille

The Troiku
fresh fallen snow
fluffy white caressing the ground
thoughts of White Christmas

the yellow Chrysanthemums look
loud and bright hues
busy bee's delights

more yellowish
of monk's colored robes
trending for the moment

Note: A Troiku inspired
by Chev's haiku

Chev's at MLMM's  -  Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Man evolved into brilliance and eminence

                                                                                       Attribution: Andreas Weith
Image: Food is already Scarce with Climate
Change what more with Conflicts! (here)

Let there be light
day and nights
Let the waters gather
and dry land appear
Let there be living creatures
and man rule over on earth.

Thus the soil was tended for sustenance
Man evolved into brilliance and eminence
But man staked a claim
and stamped his mark with his name

Borders were created greed appeared
Erupting in disputes and conflicts ensued
Misguided leaders bent on killings
and accentuating pain and sufferings

Might was right on human conscience a blight
Shouts of sacrilege heard against those privileged
Man had gone insane and it never seemed the same, again

Bjorn at d'Verse's  -  soil poetics

wedged within a smallness of space

                                                                                              Attribution: Unknown
Image: MLMM's Photo Challenge (here)
(drowning in a teacup)

12 given words:
shed primitive wedge nasal
pâro ((n) the feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong)
smart mash pile witch  scrawny disagree
vicarious (received, or suffered in place of another)

shed the fears in a primitive sense
wedged within a smallness of space
making nasal sounds from underwater

a paro a defeatist in a way unfair to his
own being for he took himself to be smart
why mashed in, thrust like a pile driver?

was this a vicarious punishment where
karma was seen rearing its ugly head
a witchy imposition on a scrawny lad?

disagree on certain principles but not to
be nasty to one so vulnerable and helpless

Yves' at MLMM's Wordle #154
Marian's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform
Nekneeraj at MLMM's Photo Challenge #164

A voice so sweet to echo a treat

                                                                        Attribution: East Riding Archives
Image: Contented and no more Hungry (here)

Voices so sweet
To echo a treat
Generously given
With shouts from heaven
One good turn
Not expecting a return
Warm and tender
Forever more

Favors are extended
But not obligated
From those helpful
To those who are needful
Not ever expecting a return
(44 words)

De's at d'Verse's Quadrille #32

Sunday, May 7, 2017

radiates with the pioneering spirit

                                                                                        Attribution: Student Art
Image: Courtesy of Margaret's pics taken
at the Children's Art Museum (here)

the 12 given words:
ash born cave origins radiates spirits 
snapped rings stories rain thin limbs

ash-colored born of a young mind's ingenuity
chugging out of a cave contending of simple origins
radiates with the pioneering spirit of the Wild West
snapped out of oblivion with rings of adventure
and stories befitting of the land of opportunities

rain or shine heavy on efforts and thin on leisure during
the gold rush frenzy but where limbs were in short supply
hard labor and loads of luck determined success

Note: Pic borrowed from Margaret's
of the previous posting (here)

Kerry's at Real Toad's -  Play It Again Toads!
Brenda's Sunday's Whirl Wordle # 298
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #352

Friday, May 5, 2017

nature extends its beauty

                                                                                                       Attribution: Nieuw
                                                     (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)
Image: A Window of a Bed & breakfast suite (here)

Jane Reichhold's Haiku for A Tan Renga
morning breeze
coming in the window
surf sounds                                     -   Jane
sweet tingling to the longings
for a dear one far away                  -   Hank

without lights
the brightness of a blue sky
full of stars                                      -   Jane
nature extends its beauty
Providence's blessings as seen      -   Hank

Grace's at d'Verse's OLN #195

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Early Spring's striking Violets

                                                               Attribution: Fanghong (GFDL and CC-By-SA-2.5) 
Image: Paulownia fortunei flowers  (here)

The Haiku for a Tan Renga
from the paulownia
without a breath of wind--
falling leaves                           © Nozawa Boncho

early Spring's striking violets
colors for barren branches      © Hank

accentuates a beauty
breaks Winter's monotony      © Hank

Chev's Carpe Diem Tan Renga
Challenge - from the Paulownia

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New day accords hope

                                                                                            Author:Jessie Eastland
Image: Beautiful  sunrise (here) 

The deprived pleading
Sunrise reflecting a change
Sufferings for too long

Mental strength stalls the
unfair treatment meted  out
New day accords hope

Haiku with Chèvrefeuille and MLMM's -  a new day 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

normal life as before

                                                                                         Author: George Chernilevsky
Image: Northern white-breasted hedgehog  (here)
(has come out to play again)

Yokoi's haiku for a Tan Renga
the well-digger
comes out into the floating world—
the heat!                                        (c) Yokoi Yayū 

just as well challenge over
to normal life as before                (c)  Hank

Note: the A to Z Challenge is now 
over and the heat has subsided

Chev's Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #2
Marian's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Monday, May 1, 2017

To those zealously sincere

Image: Cherry blossoms in full bloom  (here)

Z for Zealously Sincere in the Quest to be Healthy

Tan Renga
on a gust of wind
the cherry blossoms dance through the streets
in praise of the Creator                 © Chèvrefeuille
For extending nature's best
To those zealously sincere            © Hank
Zest of living much maligned
Stay focused was the answer        © Hank
Heather's A to Z Challenge  - Z
Chev's Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge
MMT's Blue Monday

Friday, April 28, 2017

Yay! We're the Champions!

A Pictorial Essay and a Tanka 

The MSSD Inter-Schools Under-15 Rugby Tournament 2017
Petaling District
The tournament was held on April 27, 2017. There were 10 schools that got into 
the final rounds.The SMKDU (Damansara Utama Secondary School) U15 Rugby 
team was one of the finalists. Kimie aka Hezry, Hank's grandee was in the team

The Tanka
The final moments
Of sweat and tears of training
Sweet smell of success
Culminating in glory
The ecstasy of  champions

Y for 'Yay! We're the Champions! for the Quest to be Healthy

Earlier Postings on the Same Subject
1 With a mind of his own  (here)
2.Dedication for the love of the game - W (here)

Attribution of Images: Accompanying Parents
Coach and Friends of Kimie aka Hezry
(fair use of images)

Image:1 One for the Album - Before the kick-off
two of the strong teams the SMKDU and the SMKKD

Image:2 And They're Off

Image:3 Kimie aka Hezry (jersy #20) in a break-out
following a successful throw-in

Image:4 A crazy melee following a scrum with
the referee trying his best to control the madness

Image:5 Ok, let's get organised! - in the thick of things.

Image: 6  Another raised-up strategy in the throw-in

Image:7 A Show of Gratitude after being crowned Champions

Image:8 The Champions proudly with the winner's
medal around their necks - all smiles with the Coach!

Image: 9  Let's have a pose together with Coach

Image: 10 Our School Won! Kimie proudly with
the medal and the coveted Citation Certificate

Heather at the A to Z Challenge - Y
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #351

Back To You For A View!

                                                                           Artist: John William Edy  (1760–1820)                        
Image: View of Rocks in Heliesund (here)

Note: Hank has been writing Limericks
at Pat Hatt's, It's Rhyme Time (here) almost
every day. The first line is always Pat's
title of his posting for the day. Appended
below are some of them (with no regard
to metre or rhyme, though)

Back To You For A View!
No mean feat right on cue
Rounding up fun
The regular ones
Shout out for the lucky few

Hey Diddle Diddle Time To Quiddle!
Perhaps the riddle is in the middle
Questions galore
Going for more
How is best to see one that sizzles

The X Team Isn't A Dream!
Loud colors are a scream
Go get the X-Men
At Superheroes' Den
All tough and looking mean

Welcome Home, There's No Need To Roam!
Interesting array of spectacular homes
Stay in a basket?
Nothing to dread
As long as one is not left all alone

Frank at d'Verse's  -  limericks

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Consumers would have to take remedial steps - X

                                                                                Attribution: Gila Brand  CC-BY-2.5.
Image: Might be pesticide-laden in no time (here)

X is for Xenoestrogens in the Quest to be Healthy

Hormonal balance is important for the proper 
functioning of our endocrine (hormone) system.
Many things can threaten to upset this balance, 
including xenoestrogens (synthetic hormones 
that mimic the ones produced by our body)
Xenoestrogens are the result of high exposure to
environmental toxins from car fumes, household 
cleaners, personal care products, and even food
 and drinks  

Not a question of ignorance or uncaring attitude
They came into being as a consequence of greed
Meat and dairy products, fruits and vegetables
were laced' with pesticides to prevent diseases

They were usually full of growth hormones
and antibiotics, in order to effect fast increase
in production and to also enhance shelf life

The businessmen would push their products
through fair means or otherwise without ever
batting an eyelid just for that extra bucks

Consumers would have to take remedial steps
They have to go organic rather than pick up all
the trash mindful though organically, products
can be relatively expensive

Besides some good habits could be in order
No more microwave ovens to heat up your food.
Cook foods in a stainless steel or glass cookware
instead of non-stick cookware now considered risky
To avoid hot liquids in foam styrofoam cups.

A host of other 'nice to have' steps until recently which
could be real life-savers in the not too distant future

Heather's A to Z Challenge - X

Dedication for the love of the game - W

Image 1: Pep talk during one of the
many training and game sessions.

Image 2: Raring to go!

 Image: 3 Kimie, in between takes - a Spot of Reading

Image: 4 There they Are
(Kimie at the front row extreme left)

Image 5  Chow Time at the End
of  one of the Games in K.Pilah
(Kimie - second from left in the background)

Attribution for Images: Coach, 
Accompanying Parents and Friends of Hezry
(fair use of images)

W for Warming up to be Winners in the Quest to be Healthy

Young boys barely 15 years of age
Hezry a.k.a Kimie being one of them
Making a beeline to the training grounds
In the wee hours of some mornings
or every so often in late afternoons
To be where the action is

Dedication for the love of the game
The underlying motivation
That push them on!

Answering the call
In their own little ways
Enhancing community development
Actively participating in the vicinity
Preparing for the big games

Note: Kimie, Hank's younger grandee
has been into Rugby playing at Tight
Head prop on the left side at scrums

Paul at d'Verse's -  community
Heather at A to Z Challenge - W

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Big challenge to all 'peace-loving' Mums

                                                                                      Attribution: Andi Abdul Halil
Image: Peek- a- boo!  (here)

Food is served but make no mistake
Big challenge to all 'peace-loving' Mums
Doting Gramps is their accomplice
They are still in their playful mood with him
Not the best of chocolates can move them

Kids these days get their way
bullying them all!
(44 words)

Grace's at d'Verse's Quadrille #31
and to include the word - still
Nekneeraj's at MLMM's
Photo Challenge #162

Monday, April 24, 2017

its regal being key to holding court - V

                                                                                      Attribution: Margaret
Image: The Most Beautiful Bird  (here)

V for Valiant Defense of its Esteem in the Quest to be Healthy

the 10 of 12 given words:
key court deck fight lethal
hollow row stay split strip 

its regal being key to holding court
decked in the finery of myriads of
colors to fight for its place designative
of its lethal dominance

hollow of others to present themselves
as pretenders to topple or cause a row
over matters with a staying power
of royal eminence

a split of elements from diamonds
to glass or perhaps of a peacock to
a sparrow being indicative of a
challenge to strip off the esteem
of the most beautiful bird there is

Margaret's at Real Toad's - Artistic
Interpretations - Beauty
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #296

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Must I police you like a criminal? - U

                                                                           Author: Burrows-Ackerman/Allied Artists
Image: Rod Steiger in Al Capone
from the trailer for the film. (here)

Note: Yves at MLMM says,
For this week, I would like you to write a dialogue piece
- by making two different characters talk (here)

U for Ultimatum Issued in the Quest to be Healthy

Don’t you dare mess around with me
I’ve had enough of your kind
Must I police you like a criminal?
I mean….I know that fits you
But must you make me say it?

No buts here
You’re either with me or you are not.

I know..Boss..but
I’m not your boss
I’m your brother-in-law
You forgot you married my sister, huh?

No, I mean yes, that’s a fact. 
Everyone knows!

Why it takes you so long.
Say so, say it right

We tried everything. 
Many specialists

Come on..make it fast!.
The best there are?

Yes, the best!
I’ll pummel your face!

But we did!
You mean my sister is barren?

Yves at MLMM's  - dialogue pairings
Heather at A to Z Challenge - U
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #350

Saturday, April 22, 2017

geometric forms in a kaleidoscopic insistence - T

                                                                     Attribution: Artist Mi Young Lee
Image: Bits of Inspiration (here)

T for Tantalisingly Appreciative  in the Quest to be Healthy

geometric forms in a kaleidoscopic insistence
the various calling of colors sebaceously conveying
a flow of energy safely insulating its perversion
but in the mind of an artist pregnant with musings

it is open to varied hues of interpretations
that is the beauty of skills bursting unimpeded
rare in its perfection of priceless appearance
affecting viewers unwittingly left sedated

can one be faulted then clawing to understand
but tantalisingly appreciative of the show of talents!

Susie's at Real Toad's  -  Artist Mi Young Lee
Heather's at A to Z Challenge - T

Thursday, April 20, 2017

salacious in a form as maidens do trite - S

                                                               Attribution:Jack Versloot
Image: Belly-dancing in Cairo (here)

S for Salubrious in the Quest to be Healthy

the 9 of 12 given words:
soft, blind, peacetime midnight 
lilting (to sing or play in a light, tripping manner)
seldom maidens candy moon
salubrious (health-giving)

soft landing blind to any compromise
peacetime culture that creeps in at midnight
playing to a lilting rhythm that seldom varies
salacious in a form as maidens do trite

to knock a salubrious bash in guarded ways
akin to taking candy from a kid that easy
not a sentinel on guard duties like the old days
but very much a dignified soul forthrightly

moon's glow lighting the path to freedom
sensational dancing gyrating true to form

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #108
Grace's at d'Verse's OLN #194