Monday, February 19, 2018

she contended to outshine the other pupils

                                                                      Artist :Alexei Harlamov  (1840–1925)
Image: She was just eight going to nine
(oil on canvas) (here)

the 12 given words:
pupils sultry fragile  eyelashes whispers 
sway close butterflies sweat veranda 
mocha (a high quality type of coffee)
Moment of Tangency (a glimpse of what might have been)

she contended to outshine the other pupils
sultry much to the point of being fragile
with eyelashes accentuating doe-like eyes
speaking in whispers in flagrant sexiness
born to be on the catwalk

held sway against all competition
'keep your feet close to the ground'
that she had been told
lest she had designs of her own

with butterflies tingling in her stomach
she had to sweat it out
careful not open to view at the veranda

avoid mocha she was advised
caffeine was a bad word

she had her Moment of Tangency
when a beauty pageant was staged in town
she just could not wait
but her time would come

MLMM's -  Bonus wordle 
- moment of tangency 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

hailed from a strong Chilean upbringing

                                                                                    Attribution: Sascha Darlington
Image: Private Property (here)

The 2 homophone sets are:
hail – frozen rain
hale– robust health
Chile – South American country
chili – dried pod of red pepper
chilly – uncomfortably cool

hale and hearty
attributed to a generous diet
of chili so it seemed

hailed from a strong Chilean upbringing
from high on the Andes
chilly in the cold months but tolerable
often subjected though
to blizzards of hail-stones

through sheer hard work and frugality
he managed to amass
wealth beyond his wildest dreams
invested heavily in landed property
acres and acres of rolling plains
greenery as far as the eyes could see

but what happened that day got him mad

on his inspection rounds but his assistant
had forgotten to bring the keys to the gates

he summoned his workers who were
on the field at the other side to bring
the pick-up close to the fencing

though appearing ungentlemanly
he had to do it accentuating full justice
to his Chilean stock

he had no time to waste
he had to climb over!
(143 words)

MLMM's Saturday Mix Double Take
Saturday Photo Fiction
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #391

Friday, February 16, 2018

Got us wondering why the need to be fast

                                                                                                     Author: old bacon
Image: Sadly Smashed not after an
Accident but After an Earthquake (here)

Chased by the wind and they zoomed pass
Got us wondering why the need to be fast
We might just meet them
At the very next turn
Curled and smashed for they just don't last

Frank's at d'Verse's MTB  -  brevity

So rich in bright yellow spurts of Spring

                                                                     Attribution: Adventures in the Wild     
                                                                                            (Used with Permission)
Image: Insisting to Show Itself (here)

10 of 12 given words:
wrong, know one strength, rich 
makes long measures length love 

It is not wrong to know one's strength
So rich in bright yellow spurts of spring
It makes long measures of wanting to extend
The season's beauty to flaunt its bidding

Length of words to hide the blushes
The young gallivanting with their innocence
The main players snapping up red roses
Love pushing its luck for the occasion

Hoping to get out of the dark
To invoke love's annual exuberance
Happy Valentine!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #149 - Valentine Day's Edition
MLMM's Tale Weaver – #159 –
February 14th – The Coming of Spring
Sumana's at PU's  Midweek Motif  - words
Rommy's at Real Toad's  -  love hurts

Monday, February 12, 2018

was a better bet to win over

                                                                                                    Author:Clay Heaton
Image: Always so Alert (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
process transfix urge twist visitor
profane (deeply offensive and lack of respect for someone's religious beliefs
smirk (smile in an irritating conceited or silly way)
compunction (a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety) .
updraft (the movement upward of air or gas)
Wabi Sabi- In traditional Japanese aesthetics jt is sometimes described
as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”

a process transfixed
in minds of those who hate
preaching to a selected mix
wishing damage so great

invoked with profane intensity
sporting a smirk so plain
instead not urging common courtesy
brought a twist of expectations in vain

a visitor with compunction
was a better bet to win over
an updraft of sympathetic concern
facilitated a Wabi Sabi of wonder

MLMM's Wordle #186
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Saturday, February 10, 2018

a home without windows

                                                                                  Author: J Hardy Carroll
Image: House of Many Doors (here)

The 12 given words:
earth frozen home hazy crazy 
poverty rope folded saint holy gusts
rasping (a harsh, scratchy sound)

what on earth could it be
an intrusion frozen in time
a home without windows
it was hazy
it was crazy

but he remembered it well
poverty imposed certain restrictions
and he learnt the ropes fast

folded into a saint, a holy soul
he stayed put in a house of many doors
gusts of wind had no say
but to bid their time

only rasping noises in the night
convinced him that the wind
was bent on escape

Sunday's Photo Fiction February
Brenda's Sunday's Whirl Wordle 338
Mary at PU's Poetry Pantry #390

a person must heave with such big shoulders

                                                                                                    Author: Artaxerxes
Image: A Fascinating Red Big Harley (here)

Terza Rima -  interlocking three-line stanzas in
which the end rhyme in the second line provides
the rhyme for the first and third lines of the next,
ie  A-B-A, B-C-B, C-D-C

memories of those days still lingered on
when I chanced upon the red two-wheeler
never did I think one was still around

but there it was parked  beside the boulder
wonder who would want to own big machines
a person must heave with such big shoulders

how i loved it cruising with the young thing
lucky none riding pillion wihen I fell
those were the days of freedom of being

Marian's at Real Toad's  -  fuzzy little forms
the Terza Rima

Friday, February 9, 2018

Why must conscience be abandoned?

                                                                                            Attribution: Dillon Davis
Image: Feeding an Abandoned kitten (here)

What had become of life
Moments together all happy
But amid whispers brought by the wind
Of human weaknesses
Of human unfaithfulness
Not believing these were true

Rumors invoked of ulterior motives it seemed
Could not possibly be gulped down at face value

She stood him up once, only once
He felt slighted, all smiles, all forgotten
Contrary to expectations all not forgiven
Why must conscience be abandoned?

So relationships were always on the line
Forgiveness sold but not bought

Hurt stabbed hard on the jugular
Potent and fatal
No turning back

It was that easy to have it all ended

MLMM's Tale Weaver #158  -  abandonment
Kim's at d'Verse's OLN #213

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A pretty face was envisaged as of good assets

                                                                                                   Author: Alvesgaspar
Image:  Granite stairway in the
Castle of Monsanto, Portugal (here)

A stairway was seen as a visual challenge
The way up would engage on many perspectives
Touching on lots of nerves way up to heaven
Audacity of back-stabbing even among cronies

Where one was perceived as a stumbling block
Targetted as easy meat by those ambitious elements
Walking dead could be the balance expected
Staying alive would draw on having good friends

A pretty face was envisaged as of good assets
Same-sex would hardly make a difference
Culture shock before but now readily accepted
At expense of fairness and human development

The stairway towards  rightful achievements
Wound through a maze of winding permutations

Susie at Real Toad's Bits
of Inspiration  -  stairs

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

creativity would necessarily draw on talents

                                                                     Artist: Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky  (1868–1945
Image: Portrait of Artist Konstantin-korovin 
at Work In the Wilderness (here)

the 12 given words:
numb longer soften still coffee mountains 
buildings sad painting each hand even

Midweek Motif  -  shoes

Numb with fear he no longer cared
Softened his attitude but not by choice
Was still caught in a web ensnared
Sipped his coffee devoid of voice

Would it be 'mountains' or 'buildings'?
To get a general theme decidedly hard
Debating on a rural or urban setting
Sadly a dilemma for a painting to start

Each would impose peculiar restrictions
Ideas and colors hand in hand ran counter
Saving device was modern art and 'impressions'
'Writer's block' for an artist was less of a bother

To be in the shoes of a poet would make it even
As creativity would necessarily draw on talents

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #148
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif   -  shoes

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

a lonely figure not quite vanquished

                                                                                       Attribution: Justin Peters
Image: A Ritual before Dawn (here)

11 of 12 given words:
lonely vanquish before dawn glass wall city safeguard fly
malefactor (n.)) a person who violates the law who causes harm to another)
prevaricate (v.)) to speak falsely or misleadingly)
peccadillo (n)) a minor offence, a trifling fault)

a lonely figure not quite vanquished
but subdued found contemplating
on the beach alone

a ritual before dawn freely drawn
not confined within glass walls

sought solace outside city limits
accompanied only by a lighted globe

with safeguards compromised
open to dragons with fiery breath
ghosts with fangs and sneaky
malefactor elements who could
easily prevaricate to gain access

what peccadillo faults
contributed to this state of affairs
- to let fly caution to the winds
perhaps a jilted lover

MLMM's Bonus Wordle - super heroes
Magaly's at PU's Real Toad's- the tuesday platform

Monday, February 5, 2018

Retracing old steps

                                                                                                   Author: Axaqamer3
Image: The dark black line
is the Old Silk Route linking
Indo-Pak to China. (here)

Retracing old steps
Through some countless trading routes
Push for Buddhism
Old Silk Road convenient way
Salvation for the masses

Chev's Carpe Diem1362 -

Sunday, February 4, 2018

a good rest in manageable poverty mode

                                                                                             Attribution: Dawn Miller
Image: Toils of the Farmer (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
bend post missing sense  spectacle 
gentle inject message ink mint spin 

force of habit at the bend of the road
a breather mindful of the inner voice
a good rest in manageable poverty mode
and deserving of the luxury of choice

reminiscing on the strong oak post
used to be there guarding the gate
now gone missing otherwise as host
now not comforting to visitors of late

a spectacle, a gentle intermission
not witnessed by any soul each morning
to inject a message of satisfaction
a lone farmer inked a ritual pleading

a similar episode minted the next day
a spin of wry feelings to the farmer
blessed him in many different ways
grace of Providence provided the honor

Sunday Photo Fiction - Feb 2018
Brenda's Sunday's Whirl  Wordle #337
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #389

Friday, February 2, 2018

Waiting to be enticed by the Prince wannabe

                                                                                                 Author: Charlesjsharp
Image: Prince Wannabe - Before the Transformation (here)

the 12 given words:
beauty, pretend, stars, moonlight, sing 
pass frog flashing,see, taste, clear, air

A thing of beauty, the sleeping beauty
To pretend anxiously waiting in the wings
Waiting to be enticed by the Prince wannabe
A great pretender a star in the making

Blue Moon eclipsed coyly by the clouds
Rare encounter reputed 150 years in waiting
A stranger in the sky anticipating a shout-out
Moonlight bright open for a sing

To pass off as a gentleman, frogs galore
To see flashing in attire a novelty in action
A taste of the Prince in all of its wonder
To clear the air invoke the transformation

Prompt: Pick one stranger and write their eulogy. 
Imagine their triumphs, the funny little stories

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #147
Isadora's at Real Toad's -
eulogy for a stranger

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Aspects of lifestyle revealed

                                                                                      Attribution: Tangopaso
Image: Golden Mirror on the Wall (here)

Through the looking glass
Aspects of lifestyle revealed
Much of hard facts in the past
Recounted seen and sealed

Through the mirrored images
Dorian Gray set to gradually age
Not seen by eyes but set to amaze
Wonder of living picture in its place

Through mirror, mirror on the wall
Arrogance of beauty stamped its mark
Who was then the fairest of them all
Humility invoked spiced with lots of luck

Bjorn at d'Verse's: Poetics -
through the looking glass

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Buried in Mind - a Quadrille

                                                                                             Attribution: Andrea Torres
Image: Buried without Recourse (here)

immersed right up her neck
not an even chance
life's problems clinging
on to her tenaciously

they were not about to leave
she wanted to know why

which could lead to
knowing the reasons

was it a karmic curse
meted for an earlier poem?
(44 words)

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #199
Victoria's at d'Verse's Quadrille Monday
- poem one for me

Sunday, January 28, 2018

I aim to write, anything at all

                                                                                     Author: Kabelleger / David Gubler
Image: A  train hauled by an "Allegra" EMU, 
pushes a plow to clear the snow (here)

11 of 12 given words:
aim trample dense band ransom 
change dangerously tale rain day magic 

I aim to write, anything at all
it does however, encroach unto self-pity
to be trampled or to be catapulted into
the air my mind seems to side-step many times
and gets into a dense band of objections
playing hard to get, making it hard to start

holding my creativity to ransom
change seems dangerously a risky effort
a tale playing against logic and sanity

then the rains appear and awash with ideas
I reach out to snowflakes that float by
ensnared ideas are set to develop
by the day to the long-awaited poems
to support a train of thoughts
pulling through the thick snow
It's magic!

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #336
Magaly's at Real Toad's with  -
weekend's mini challenge

pushing on years - a Cherita

                                                                                             Author: bayral  
                                                                                                                  CCA2.5 Generic license.
Image: An Old Elephant (here)

labelled a rogue

testing the waters again
last fling as a tryout

experienced cold feet
pushing on years
but forgetting wasn't easy

Note: Cherita
A cherita comprises one-line 
verse, followed by a two-line 
and three-line verse.

 Chevrefeuille at Carpe Diem 
- weekend-meditation-17

Thursday, January 25, 2018

now they were still in tears

                                                                                                 Author: SAM Nasim
Image: A new-born (here)

Get Listed words:
pause reflect unfolding years

as he eyed junior's presence
he could not hide his excitement
it brought tears to his eyes

they were in the midst of an anticipation
much maligned to a point of confusion
yes, that was how he felt
he paused for a moment
his thinking took a backseat
looking blankly at the wall
to reflect on the situation
he remembered

unfolding in front of his eyes now
all the years of frustrations and hurt
of anger and feelings of a let-down

his 'emo' now took charge
he was 'emotions-charged'
that was how he explained
to his ever smiling wife

she was at a loss for words too
just sporting big grins
as she acknowledged
the congratulations of those around
with an occasional nodding of her head

it had been a success after all the tears
now they were still in tears
but tears of joy
absolute joy!

she was cradling in her arms
the result of the in-vitro

their most precious and first
bundle of joy, a new beginning!

angie's  Get Listed at Real Toad's  -  new beginnings

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

desiring to peel off some from the rich

                                                                                           Author: Maksym Karmazin
Image: The Snow-topped Matterhorn:
By the Dawn of the Night  (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
peel rich tangerine flames think palms 
spiteful pink tongue fancier snow

desiring to peel off some from the
rich as one would do to a tangerine,
flames of envy on how to make a kill
and with what weapons kept
playing in his mind

to think all the wealth of the rich
just came by easy into the grasp
of their palms was a mistake
a simplistic kind of thinking
 spiteful and even idiotic.

one felt tickled pink, hearing
 from his tongue of fancier ideas
that ran into realms of imagination
where seeing snow at the equator
seemed far more believable

MMT's Sunday Whirligig #146
Sumana'`s at PU's Midweek Motif  - weapons

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

every ailment on Earth has a remedy

                                                                                            Author:  Leisurelyscientist
Image: The Bittersweet Nightshade (here)

Extending a helping hand a friendly gesture
In answer to a cry for help

Its toxic properties converted to medicinal value
Often destructive otherwise

Where it had been said every ailment
on Earth has a remedy.
It was a question of discovering them more
often by accident or guided by traditional knowledge
The nightshade family of plants offered such a solution

One never could imagine its lethal nature
That could kill an invading army given as a trick
Belladonna was supposed to have been the plant
'that poisoned the troops of Marcus Antonius
during the Parthian wars'

Its medicinal value, varied and many
lessens irritability and pain
as a lotion, plaster or liniment
welcomed with glee and relieve
for those with gout and rheumatism
among others

Yet Bittersweet Nightshade in its innocence
is a member of the same family as the potato and tomato

This brings to mind the Poppy revered before for fallen heroes
but now a curse to mankind

Bjorn at d'Verse Poetics - with poisonous plants

Monday, January 22, 2018

yet to be filled to the brim

                                                                                                   Author:Dick Culbert
Image: The Calabash (here)

empty calabash
reflecting the fading sun
a beggar sits in gloom             © Celestine

empty calabash
yet to be filled to the brim
parched lips a-begging

reflecting the fading sun
day is done aptly
rat race ends meekly

a beggar sits in gloom
shadow of rich self
karma's sad judgement              ©  Hank

Note: the hard shells of the calabash fruits are
useful as water containers when hollowed out.

Chevrefeuille's Carpe Diem.a troiku
A Celestine Nudanu (special feature)
Magaly's at Real  Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Saturday, January 20, 2018

a band of crooks bent on a mission

                                                                                     Attribution: Nasa
Image: Crooks can Drop from
the Sky to Infiltrate (here)

The homophone sets this week are:
band – a musical group
banned – forbidden

cent – one hundredth of a dollar
scent – an aroma
sent – dispatched

A band of crooks bent on a mission
Individually they were not that destructive
Believing in unity as a call for strength
Courage in numbers proved effective

They managed to hoodwink some initially
Moles were sent out fast to infiltrate
Few organisations vulnerable with their folly
Tumbled unceremoniously by the wayside

Recruitment then banned at certain events
Measures put in place to reveal their presence
Human Resource easily traced their scents
Foul means for a living not worth a cent

MLMM's Saturday Mix  -  double take
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #387

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

glittering pride to be on one's own

                                                                                         Attribution: Michael Gäbler
Image: Alone but on my Own (here)

11 of 12 given words:
falter under wreath frost hibernate, caves 
rejected whispering, breath mirage glittering 

to falter under a wreath of frost
a mistake to be wandering in the cold
better to hibernate in caves,even though lost
a rejected psyche soul but still able to hold

a guarded but whispering breath
to exhibit the dignity of old age shown
under a mirage of confidence, a wealth
of glittering pride to be on one's own

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #145
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  - psyche/soul

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This was the child-play I had wanted

                                                                                    Attribution: Braedin Toth
Image:It is Child-play  (here)

How I would have loved this
This was the child-play I had wanted
Out from this world, what bliss
Alone to myself unthwarted

I had always maintained
Not to be a nuisance to others
I would do my own thing
Away at the borders

But what I could not comprehend
Why others would want to do otherwise
They took it upon themselves to no end
An untold bother at any price

MLMM's Photo Challenge #197
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Monday, January 15, 2018

To force a game against the grain....

                                                                                                   Author: Jan Pavelka
Image: To Zero in through
any likely Opposition Mercilessly (here) 

10 of 12 given words:
game grain shady sane gravity 
train  taken chicken figure superstition

To force a game against the grain
In a shady venture is just insane
The gravity of the situation
Will be most apparent

When the sights are trained
Taken on something big to maim
On to the poor and despondent
Very glaringly being chicken

To figure against the powerful and strong
To allay the belief in karma and superstition
That what goes around comes around
The downtrodden is easy meat to let drown

The thinking being caught is out of the question
Failure against the poor not likely to happen!

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #334

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Decked with controversy of office

                                                                                        Author Brocken Inaglory
Image: One Must Tow the Line
- follow the leader (here)

He was at the end of his tether
Wither the trouble-maker
Bother to him but not to some
Done without tact
Lack of a purpose
Serve it on a platter
Prefer to maintain the status quo
Blow to the dignity of mankind
Find a sucker
Deter the tendency
Possibility of a fight-back
Decked with controversy of office
Pissed by office politics
Peaked when the boss resigned
Time wasting when looking for a replacement
Even a simple task may adversely create
Dictates of paralysis
Insist on tact and virtues
Choose a matured office culture
Never to be upstaged anymore

Marian's at Real Toad's  -  Fussy
Little Forms: - chained rhyme

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Landlords with Grand Designs

                                                                                          Attribution: Sharon Knight
Image: Linked (here)

Roaming the country-side
Feeling free to observe
Expanse of undisturbed sites
Mystifying a linked reserve

Should not determine a pace
To alter unfettered access
Across the land
Why should there be links in place

To safeguard assets and property
Or perhaps a defiant show
Extent of local power and authority
Strong enough to force an issue

Land is grand
Landlords with grand designs

Grace at d'Verse's OLN #211

Monday, January 8, 2018

Beauty beyond doubt

                                                             Attribution:  Charlotte Gonzalez 
Image: Now you see now you don't (here)

Not readily visible
Beauty beyond doubt
Light and shadows
Did not at all put a damper
Not a subject of scrutiny

One might think it was an
accident of history to be seated
shrouded in the shadows

Not really!

She was a clever girl
She observed the surroundings
when she arrived
She chose a vantage position

Enough to provide mystery
Revealing her better side
To let the lights 'do the killing'

MLMM's Photo Challenge #196
Rommy's at at Real Toad's - tuesday platform

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Her buying binge is turning drastic

                                                                    Attribution: Firefly George Seeley (1907)
Image: In all Innocence (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
sin deny sidekick watch water sprinkle thinner
binge (an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence eg a buying binge)
slick (characterized by subtlety, wily a slick swindler)
staccato whistles

How sinful to deny a 'sidekick'
Of her rightful place by your side
Her buying binge is turning drastic
Watch how she use her new-found pride

Flaunting your wealth freely like water
Not in sprinkles but fast-moving splashes
Impacting towards your thinning coffers
Slick talker with twitch of her eyelashes

Followed by staccato bursts of babbles
With a barrage of unending questions
Ending with a triumphant measure of whistles
To confront the subdued load of a victim

Kerry at Real Toad's - camera flash
Brenda's Sunday Whirl's Wordle #333