Sunday, May 27, 2018

insects and bugs do bug me

                                                                                                         Author shankar s.
Image: A Good Solution - Fried Bugs
for the Untried Palate (here)

11 of 12 given words:
hiding close invisible cardboard black 
corners belong laugh put strip home  

insects and bugs do bug me
hiding but still close by
invisible yet they scurry along
even under cardboard boxes
black dark corners are game
their domain where they belong

not to laugh it off
besides the nuisance
health is put into question
heath is on the line

what then is the solution?
not to strip the abode of fittings
nor to share the peace of home
with such unwanted distractions

they don't read of any 'shooing'
perhaps blow them off to kingdom come
'cruelty to living creatures' may have to be sacrificed

it all boils down to a matter of 'choices'
the choice of unhealthy surroundings
of doing nothing or
the array of spray insecticides
which health-wise is of a lesser danger

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle #353
Kim at  Real Toad's Weekend Mini Challenge  -  insects and bugs

Friday, May 25, 2018

it bared its fangs when approached

                                                                      Author Hugo.arg at Lithuanian Wikipedia
Image: Looking Innocent (here)

The thieves took everything except the dog,
perhaps because:
they dislike dogs
it bared its fangs when approached
it barked incessantly
hid behind the cupboard
too big to carry
or too timid
unkempt and neglected
it bit one of them
or looked to be a big eater
in the family way
well..... just as well!
(55 words)

Sherry's at Real Toad's - wordy thursday 
Joy's Friday 55
MLMM's -  first line friday
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #405

Thursday, May 24, 2018

is there no regret? - contrapuntal poetry

                                                                                                      Author Khunkay
Image: Looking for a Group Solution (here)

set in motion                                      tendency of a tell all
what is the hurry                                why to be in such fury
is there no regret                                from the expected fall-out
revelation galore                                not to provoke
but really?                                          isn't there something missing?

the conscience is clear                        so why the bother
it is just among the family                    can be brushed off easily

mindful of the consequences               if it is to be retracted
as long as it is not material                  as long as it is not complicated
the impact is not long lasting               to live with it is acceptable
some secured tact will help                 relationships balanced with loving care
a short route to repair                         perhaps beneficial to the learning curve
to be exposed early in life                   on needs to be prepared
that on looking back                           it is not a bad experience after all
a silly mistake perhaps

Paul at dVerse's MTB  -  contrapuntal poetry

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Selfishness grew out of deprivations

                                                                             Attribution: delphine gemini
Image: Seeing double (here)

10 of 12 given words:
daughters pure pockets shakes trust moves
welter (a large number in no order; a confused mass)
bedside wisdom blossoming,

Having lovely daughters in reality
Growing from pure dainty little darlings
Pockets of innocence in sibling rivalry
That shook trust into petty bitching

Moves of wants unfairly imposed
In a welter of confusing house rules
Contrary to belief often supposed
Smacked into unnecessary ridicules

Envious tendencies were often inborn
Had beginnings from bedside of infants
Selfishness grew out of deprivations
Held tenaciously by elements of favoritism

Fortunately blood seen thicker than water
Wisdom and tact ultimately prevailed
Blossoming into sophistication perhaps later
A tribute to sisterly feelings rightly entailed

Photo at Pintrest Sunday Muse #5
MMT's Sunday Whirligig Wordle #163
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  tribute poem

pocket wipe

Monday, May 21, 2018

April showers bring May flowers - a Quadrille

                                                                                           Author Korona Lacasse
Image: April Showers (here)

10 of 12 given words:
beast escapist negatives untoward 
mellow material rapid sequence 
amaryllis (stunning red flower)
neurochemicals (a drug that affects the nervous system)teri

rain or shine
appreciating nature's blessings
is not beastly but more escapist
than a negative stance

an amaryllis neurochemical
there has to be some good
April showers bring May flowers

nothing untoward mellowed
nor material but consequential
to rapid thinking

sequential take is recommended
(44 words)

MLMM's Wordle #197
Kim's at d'Verse's Quadrille #57 - don't rain on my parade

Sunday, May 20, 2018

a second home invariably is set at happy hours

                                                                                           Author Dwight Burdette
Image: The Happy Hour as yet to Commence (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
family wait drunks hearts loud win 
laugh animated eagles check bar

a second home invariably is set at happy hours
a family of strangers to start with but not for
long for it is not necessary to wait to make friends

contrary to contention and a belief that drunks
are unruly and found to be rowdy they are not

eat your hearts out for they are overly friendly
ready to help and even to part with their money

the wildness may be tempered down in a crowd
and loudness is not a virtue but instead they can
win over each other with just a few laughs

like animated eagles ready for a swoop
they check the options still very much in control
if they get to meet their heroes usually they do for
life-long friends do often begin at the long bar

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #342
Brendan's at Real Toad's  - if you meet your hero

Saturday, May 19, 2018

a split in opinions in a dichotomy of ideas

                                                   Author: Dietmar Rabich / Wikimedia Commons / “Nordkirchen, 
                                                   Naturschutzgebiet Ichterloh -- 2018 -- 2094-99 (bw)” / CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: A Bulwark Against Intrusions (here)

to use the synonyms in a poem:
fork  - diverge split dichotomy
cushion -  buffer bulwark
time - duration era occasion
roof  - ceiling palate
water - saliva tears spray sprinkle

a split in opinions a dichotomy of ideas
to buffer divergent views in a diverse crowd
an occasion  to ponder without fears
that's democracy palatable for a shout

perhaps a sprinkle of dissension 
as a bulwark to buffer a raucous reaction
in an era of progressive governance
for which tears shed are an indignation

MLMM's Saturday Mix  -  same but different
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #404

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

revelation of untold Midnight Poisoned surroundings

                                                                                                  Author Ian Norman
Image:  Happiness is Elusive (here)

16 of 18 given words: Perfumes Category
insolence obsession reveal untold Midnight Poison 
ambush beautiful White Linen Red Doom allure Romantica 
My Sin  diamond opium English Leather taboo 

insolence of an obsession crazed being
revelation of untold Midnight Poison feelings

to get away but preempted by ambushed leanings
put paid to beautiful thoughts of White Linen longings

but happiness is an elusive Red Doom to an allured soul
caught in a Romantica of sorts but still showing them bold

My Sinner's diamond thoughts are opiumed English Leather
taboo to any hopes of achieving and satisfying the desire

Note: Hank trying to put some sense into
using as many words instead of just 3 words

Lillian's at d'Verse's  Brand Name Noodling  - perfumes

Sunday, May 13, 2018

beating around is a technique of deception

                                                                                                  Author PumpkinSky
Image: Secured in Soft Colors (here)

the given 12 words:
game streak simple rattle
sheen (shine or cause to shine softly)
beam beat seams list string still fasten  

it is a game with a streak of delusion
appearing simple but they are not rattled
though a beaming sheen on faces of innocents
much concerned of the impending battle

beating around is a technique of deception
knocking off confidence at the seams likely
a listing ship is easier all the more convenient
string of repressions imposed incessantly

big brother image is still tactfully extended
greed the push factor that will readily fasten
onto the weak minds of those targeted
reduced to hordes of the forsaken

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #351
willow's at PU's Real Toad's -  tuesday platform

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Utterly wrong to pin down the blameless

                                                                                       Author: Failx
Image: This is wrong* (here)

the 2 given sets of homophones:
cedar (an evergreen tree)
seeder (person connected to a peer-to-peer network
who has a given file and makes it available for downloading)

days (more than one day)
daze (to bewilder)

Dare to be different
Where is the allotment of shame?
Sifting through the claimants
Contending to shift blame

On days of unsolicited meanness
Leaving one dazed with a given choice
Like a cedar pleasing with its greeness
Be a seeder extending a fair voice

Faces may be nameless
Fairness is still to be maintained
Utterly wrong to pin down the blameless
For which one is expected to explain

Sincerity is not just a virtue
When righting wrongs with reasons
Bless be the soul to seriously view
Divine rights of innocents

* dividing 19 into 4

MLMM's Saturday Mex Double Take  - homophones
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #403

Friday, May 11, 2018

Off guard she groped for answers - a Friday 55

                                                                                                    Author: DeFacto
Image: Wings of Windmills would
indicate 4 Possible answers (here)

The crash of wave and snap of sail sung to her
Off guard she groped for answers

Life-line needed but what to trim off
Knowing the extent first
Would solve half the bother
Damage control would then be clear

Not to turn manic
Avoid panic

A clear path invariably loomed
Otherwise muddled minds were doomed
(55 words)

MLMM's First Line Friday
Joy's Verse Escape Friday 55 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

we will see, it is a deal!

                                                                              Author: Slav4|Ariel Palmon
Image: Gold bullion (here)

the 12 given words:
swarms fly masked worry, open stolen 
need get valuables, moan deal woods

swarms of flies
even unmasked to get at the spoils
a worry any winner to contend with
following a bruising battle

it is an open secret
worst when the these were
reputedly and largely stolen

it need not be 'big'
but to get their crummy hands
on valuables worth billions
will come to something substantial
though getting less than the next
guy will still be accompanied by a moan

talk is cheap
let us see how their eyes
will pop out seeing all those
within their easy reach

they will react just as those earlier
who were accused of staining
their hands with such superlatives
as 'corruption, money laundering, etc etc'
we will see when it gets out of the
woods into their dirty hands now

greed has a potential to legitimize
many wrongs and this had been
proven true  through time

we will see, it is a deal!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig Wordle #161

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

to swagger bikini clad

                                                                                       Modifications by Aditya Kabir.
Image: Bikini clad in Bright Orange (here)

the 12 given words:
swagger bikini orange Hawaii waves 
nene (a gray-brown wild goose, state bird of Hawaii)
surfin' escalate 
propinquity (n)) nearness in place; proximity relation; kinship,time etc)
sempiternal (everlasting, eternal)
clutch driftwood  

to swagger bikini clad  in bright 
orange then to swim in the Hawaiian 
waves was akin to a nene in the water
which could command lots of attention

surfin' within the proximity of shore
ensured visual prominence 
which invariably could escalate
into a propinquity of relationships
with the array of beach-boys
a kinship often sempiternal in nature

this had been the experience 
of a sprinkling of socialites 
and successful urban ladies 
caught in the clutches of good 
times who desired and longed 
for a diversion

it was not driftwood either
but a catch of a lifetime for some 
wayward but good-looking hunks

MLMM's Wordle #195
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  water

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

there is an opposing element

                                                                                         Author: Nicolas Bruno
Image: Life Open to Disruptions (here)

for all the troubles
with a living soul
smacks with a double
playing a role

across a divide
emulating a Graham Bell
on the side
but wait for a spell

there is an opposing element
intruding on the sly
wanting to disrupt moments
best left for two to rectify

that is life to choose
for others to interfere
hoping for but a boost
with a loved one yet so near

MLMM's Photo Challenge #213
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Monday, May 7, 2018

Tickles your desire - a Quadrille

                                                                                                  Author: Charlesjsharp
Image: Waiting for the Right Moment (here)

What is the haggle?
All befuddled?
Out of the muddle
Spread in the middle

Can you recall?
Anything at all?
Try not to fall
For a spamming 'doll'

Throws an offer
Tickles your desire
Wait for the blabber
And get caught in their power
(44 words)

De Jackson at d'Verse's  - Quadrille #56

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Not soupy enough?

                                                                         Adolf de Meyer (1912) Fair Use 
Image: A Cup (here)

What did I do wrong
Not soupy enough?

I spent the last hour
Surfed the 'Net
for the 'best soup of the day'
Done everything
Perfect list of ingredients

Not soupy enough?
Not just an outright , no!
You can do better than that

No honey!
not that, remember?
My gosh, our anniversary!
Let's eat out!
(55 words)

Joy's at Verse Escape  -  friday 55
Kerry's at Real Toad's  -  camera flash

Friday, May 4, 2018

Cannot push your luck too far

                                                  Author Roxana Bouwer, Sarah Bouwer, and Emma Hearne
Image:  That is the Question (here)
Do you
wonder why

It is elusive
That is the way it is
Cannot push your luck too far

" Knowing why will create but sadness"

A Clarity Pyramid (with a 1, 2, 3 5, 6, 7,8 syllable count)
A poem consisting of two triplets and a single line (7 lines in all).
The first triplet has 1, 2, and 3 syllables. The title of the poem is the one-syllable word of the first triplet, which is displayed in all capital letters. This line is followed by a two-syllable line, and then a three-syllable line, both of which clarify the definition of the poem, or are synonyms for the title.
The second triplet has 5, 6, and 7 syllables. Its design is based around a life event contained within the triplet which helps give a poetic view or outlook on the first line (title).

The last line is 8 syllables, and is in quotations as this line contains a quote that defines the first word (title).

MLMM's Saturday-mix - lucky dip
Bjorn's at d'Verse's OLN

music amidst wintergreen

                                                                                      Author: HÃ¥kan Svensson (Xauxa).
Image: River Rimac, Peru.
(Result of restoration work in the 
river basin; the forming of "steps" 
in the river, which provides open water 
areas.(here) )

the 10 of 12 given words:
spin reflection music
wintergreen ( is a group of aromatic plants)
chance next flowers pockets running turn 

spin of reflection
music amidst wintergreen
with talking river
chance sight next to flowers
in pockets of running water

turn for the better
open water is lifeblood
for the populace 

MMT's Sunday Whirligig #160
Chevrefeuille's  Carpe Diem -  the talking river

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

barter trade train ride?

                                                                                                    Author GKarunakar
Image: The train ride of old (here)

barter trade train ride?
home grown produce for tickets?
village riders' fun

tossing and turning
in broad daylight while sitting
the train ride of old

now fast and smooth no
more open but in cool coach
and great sights flash past

Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  barter/trade
MLMM's - heeding-haiku-with-chevrefeuille - railway-trip

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Knock it in though careful not to be rash

                                                                                                  Author Jamen Percy
Image: The Wild One in Peaceful
Contemplation (here)

Wild elements co-existing in the being
Throw it to the winds to designate a potential
Kick the dust and see what blows the stings
Explosions hard to explain harder still as a ritual

Knock it in though careful not to be rash
To preserve the status quo is even better
Monitor the progress and bid for a dash
If it should suddenly erupt to end in tatters

Not to suggest to abandon amid cowardice
But to preserve the strength intact in one piece
Being wild but being smart is then no dice
To fight another day triumphant as one had wished

Jilly's at d'Verse's  - let's get wild

Sunday, April 29, 2018

hands-free with zest and confidence - Z

                                                                                    Author Takuma Kimura
Image: Hands free (here)

the 12 given words:
curl hit laugh kiss lift pass plant
sticky screen spill spin scream

not curled into one around each other
still a hit and  laughed out with kisses
lifted and doldrumed out of a bother
passed the point gnawed with loving bliss

kissed off and planted with a purpose
sticky at times but zested with confidence
even hands-freed and non-rehearsed
ecstasied and boosted beyond endurance

neither subjected to prior screening
natural attraction spilled off good feelings
a pulling to keep the heads spinning
for the young lovers it was a scream

Note: not really sure if these
were verbed out as required

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl #
Tarkabarka's at A to Z Challenge  - Z for Zest
Bjorn's at Real Toad's  - a final with verbs

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Yes, element of responsibility is invoked - Y

                                                                              Attribution: Rob Purvis CC BY-SA 2.0
Image: Repairs to the bank
next to the railway line (here)

Repairs and damages
A contending proposition

Yes, element of responsibility
is invoked as those responsible
ought to pay

It does not matter who
caused the damage

Where action is delayed
it risks further damage

It usually turns out to be painful
as costs will be involved

Tenants who delayed informing
may end up paying themselves
(55 words)

Joy's Friday 55 at Verse Escape
MLMM's Saturday Mix  -  opposing forces - repair and damage
John's A to Z Challenge  -  Y for Yes
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #401

Friday, April 27, 2018

Our X-factor deserving of such splendour - X

                                                                                                Attribution: 6th grader
Image: A Loving Couple (here)

A play on me and my shadow
Shadowed all for some while
A loving given not at all hollow
Openly and not on the sly

Very clearly shades of contrast
Indicative of gender at birth
Extending affections that outlast
The makes of heavens and earth

Our meals are served on a silver plater
By humans slaving on us for favors
Unhampered we often ask in wonder
Our X-factor deserving of such splendour

Jr Vincente's A to Z Challenge  - X for X factor
Margaret's at Real Toad's  - let's join the children 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

waterbed, pillows an array of bedspreads - W

                                                                   Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) 
Image: The Bed (here)

The 5 items for the bedroom:
waterbed pillows perfumeries 
mirror bedspreads

besides having a loving and lovely spouse
bedroom furnishings remain a priority in the house
waterbed, pillows, perfumeries, mirror and bedspreads
about enough to start things going with your mate

a likely 'must' is being trendy and fashionable
not a show-off but confined to things reasonable
being out of bounds to outsiders and none to share
but satisfaction of best moments nothing to compare

pleasurable and sensual settings a bonus to behold
leave it to the good wife to come up with things bold
man is a lucky species with all longings catered for
most unreasonable for man to keep asking for more

John's A to Z Challenge -  W  for water-bed
Isadora's at Real Toad's a list with a twist

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

varied with vestiges of honor - V

                                                                                                             Author Jef132
Image: An Afternoon of Heavy Showers (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
praise spirit singer song more road 
path dignity rain cloud, forget 

in praise of the spirit
accentuating the singer
and not the song

more than anything else
was the road to excellence
a beaten path dutifully taken

with dignity impacting on
an outright spoiler
virtues of summer
rain varied with vestiges 
of honor kept falling
in abundance

it came under a cloud that 
one was wanting to forget 
for the threat of rising 
waters was ever present

Lenni's at A to Z Challenge - V for Varied Vestiges 
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  - summer

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

who says the bear hug is risky - U

                                                                                   Author: Olga Barantseva
                                                                                          (fair use here)
Image: The Bear Hug
Much talked about (here)

a bear hug is not risky with the upside
of added warmth thrown in but not the
WWE kind though that ends in a throw
down with a big thud!

(140 characters)

MLMM's Photo Challenge #211
Sanaa's at Real Toad's   - the tuesday platform
Arlee's A to Z Challenge -  U for upside

Monday, April 23, 2018

Not becoming to gather in a rathole - A Quadrille

                                                                                                            Author: Fastily
Image: Disarranged Kitchen (here)

the 12 given words:
rathole(a cramped or squalid room)
desuetude (n.)) a state of disuse)
debauchery(excessive indulgence in sex, alcohol, or drugs)
stench decompress
insipid (adj.)) lacking flavor,lacking vigor or interest)
hatpin (a long pin for securing a woman's hat to her hair)
spruce rinse steer crematorium

Not becoming to gather in a rathole
in desuetude of overpowering stench
Plain debauchery, as it tends to decompress
insipid thoughts further

Hatpin jab needed to spruce and rinse
the mind so as to steer clear to avoid another
gathering perhaps at a crematorium
(44 words)

MLMM's Wordle #193
LIllian's at d'Verse's - shall we gather

Sunday, April 22, 2018

top of the morning - T

                                                                                                    Author: Charlesjsharp
Image:  Cool Clouded Yellow
(Colias croceus) (here)

ah, for coolness,
it rivals the water's depth -
this autumn sky                            Sogi

abandoned house
the garden taken over -
butterfly home                              Sogi

wet autumn morning
attracts little creatures home
butterfly flutters                            Hank

top of the morning
cool butterfly sought refuge
savagely pursued                         Hank

Note: Hank's two fused haiku 
inspired by Sogi's poems

Tarkabarka's at A to Z Challenge  -  Top of the morning
Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem  -  crossroads 7 this autumn sky

Saturday, April 21, 2018

bright and shiny colors - S

                                                                                                   Author: Zidian321
Image: Reflection of bright colored outfits
on the lake surface of people on a boat (here)

Synonyms from the thesaurus:
paint - acrylic color dye
fan - blade propeller
release - freedom discharge freeing
light - bright luminous shiny aglow
clothes - attire garb regalia dress outfit

Note: The five challenge words are not 
to be used in a poem but their synonyms

dabbling in acrylic can be
most rewarding

it is akin to sliding the colors
onto a static surface from
blades of the propeller

it allows a freedom to discharge
images in the mind onto canvas
freeing the clutter in the imagination

bright and shiny colors are aglow on
the water's surface making one appearing to be
garbed in an attire dressed to kill

Jr Vincente's at A to Z Challenge S for shiny
Kerry's at Real Toad's   -  antic disposition

Friday, April 20, 2018

To facilitate remembering - R

                                                                                   Author:Andrew Howard Daley
Image: The Three Sisters, Katoomba (here)

The Three Sisters is the Blue Mountains’ most spectacular landmark
The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and 
throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colors.  

Say it loud
Got it made
Contending up the clouds
That is fate
Sorted out
To facilitate remembering
Made it easy no doubt
What can be amusing

Humor at a glance
To whet the appetite
Strange places at an instance
A wonder to behold on site!

Jr Vincente's The A to Z Challenge  -  R for Remembering
Sherry's at Real Toad's  -  say name of places