Monday, October 23, 2017

a beautiful queen without its king

                                                                                      Author: gogo (GFDL License)
Image: Lonesome Queen of the Night (here)

11 of 12 given words:
drizzle blind middle sticky two 
trim knock king hill know dream 

trudging wearily through the drizzle
blind to all the world's unending woes
walking zombie-like in the middle 
of nowhere not caring feeling hollow

sticky situation when two gets trimmed
to a solitary self, knocked senseless 
a beautiful queen without its king
trending down-hill all the way breathless

being out of love is to know the emptiness
of unfulfilled dreams with much unhappiness

Brenda's Sunday Whirl 
Wordle #322

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A killing machine

                                                                                                   Author:Juan :Lacruz
Image: A Lone Hunter (here)

Circling up the sky
Spied a lone chicken below
Game of speed ensued

A killing machine
Conqueror with its own strength
Eagle fights alone

Chev's Carpe Diem #1285 -
conqueror of the sky\
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry - #376

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn begging to be appreciated

                                                                                   Author: Scan by NYPL
Image: They Didn't Know What was Coming (here)

Autumn begging to be appreciated
Did well as a transition from warm to cold
To accord succulent fruits to be harvested
With perhaps a whole turkey into the fold

Chill of winter waving, blue of sky greyish
Many resigned to less hectic of activities
Halloween invented to liven up as a wish
Perceived melancholy seemed unhealthy

Holidays ended back to school for young ones
Lively sporting season built up to a crescendo
Major league games wrapped up within the months
To be mentally prepared for 'hibernation' woes

Kim's Poetics at d'Verse's - 
the-smell-of-chrysanthemums

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

dicing with rush hour traffic

                                                                                       Attribution: Gerald Larocque
Image:  No Strings Attached?  (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
signal turn bombshell brunette melodious garage
gibbous moon (any moon that appears more than half lighted but less than full)
swain (a young lover or suitor|a country youth)
mawkish (sentimental in a feeble or sickly way)
fen (a low and marshy or frequently flooded area of land)
Lilliputian (a trivial or very small person or thing)

No signal at the turn
The sudden screeching of brakes pierced the
night followed by a loud crashing sound

Dicing with rush hour traffic
was inviting disaster
A gibbous moon did not help

A bombshell of a brunette
humming a melodious tune
stepped off the gleaming 2-seater

The swain of a guy in a mawkish
way tried to make amends
Hailed from a fen country
undeterred by flood waters
he tried to reason with her

He was prepared in towing the
2-seater to the nearest garage

She had none of it.
A Lilliputian distraction
so she said!

Just get off this play-acting
But aren't you forgetting your desire?
My wish is to remain unattached!
This is my way of seeing
the Dark Moon, the New Moon!

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #185
MLMM's Wordle #174
Susan's at PU's the Midweek Motif
- dark moon, new moon

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dangled but elusive

                                                                             Author: Stephen Ausmus
Image: Wheel of Creation of Many Colors (here)

Sought after
Peace of mind
Frantic
Carrot right in front
Dangled but elusive

Chev's Carpe Diem-#1280-wheel-of-creation.
Rommy's at Real Toad's  -  the  tuesday platform

Sunday, October 15, 2017

An Up-and-Coming-Blogger! - a Shadorma

Nabil Hafidz, Hank's grandee has just created
a blog for himself (here) Nabil is a voracious reader
and this certainly augurs well for a great future!

Image: 1 Nabil with his charming Mom, Qhaty, the
prime mover in his development (Nabil had just turned
12 on Aug 31, 2017)

Image:2 Nabil had been an ardent reader ever since
he could recognize the ABC

A non- rhyming shadorma with a
3-5-3-3-7-5 syllable count

You have it!
Nabil's Writing, yes!
Book reviews
Great start. He
will certainly go far. The
whole world opens up!

Image: 3 Nabil growing up! Exposure at an early age!

Marian's at Real Toad's  -  shadorma
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #375

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beauty was in lightening the extremes

                                                                                       Author: Ximonic (Simo Räsänen)
Image: The Golden Brown Landscape (here)

Beads of sweat forming like diamonds
The brow could not readily support
But to let it travel down unimpeded

Only moments ago it was hot summer
Now, none exhaustive but welcomed
The likes of a friendly Autumn sparingly
In the initial days but more pronounced
As the days progressed at its own pace

Beauty was in lightening the extremes
Hot air toned down to mild warm days
Cool rain before the harsh wintry months
No mistaking relief in the human heart
That's Autumn on a silver platter

Sumana at PU's Midweek Motif autumn

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

holding the fort

                                                                                User: Beta m common
Image: True to his Calling (here)

lone sentinel
holding the fort
serious affair
peaceful day
courtesy of faith

Note: Tanka - an attempt in experimenting
with 'wordlessness' (less syllable count 
than the normal 5-7-5-7-7)

Chev's Carpe Diem #1274
Ryuko-ji - compassion
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

With Hopes for their Future Generations

                                                                                   Attribution: Puskechina
Image: Syrian Refugees not too Long Ago (here)

Setting their sights with blank looks
Across the emptiness spanning the ocean waters
A people seeking freedom
Imposed against their wishes
By those powerful enough to impede their progress

Wishing for land of the free
With hopes for their future generations
Divine help awaited
(44 words)

De at d'Verse's Quadrille #42 with
inclusion of the word  -  hope

to rightly light the pathway

                                                                                      Attribution: Jim E Maragos,
Image: Undulating Across the Sea-floor (here)

melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright                -  Jane Reichhold
to rightly light the pathway
for mermaids to be at play          -  Hank
 
melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright                 -  Jane Reichhold
accords blessings on earth to   
all those creatures of the deep     -  Hank

Chev's Carpe Diem #1273  - into the sea

Monday, October 9, 2017

there was not a swagger of arrogance

                                                                                Author: Gabriel Forastieri Pinto
Image: Intelligent Posture of the Wise Owls (here)

the 12 given words:
owls bough villain strike sodden swagger stained
cowslip (a European primula with clusters of drooping fragrant yellow flowers)
musk (a strong-smelling reddish-brown substance that is secreted by the male musk deer)
tinctured (be tinged with a slight amount of dye or pigment|)
viol (a musical instrument of the Renaissance held vertically and played with a bow)
distills (extract the essential meaning or most important aspects of)

the wise owls perched on the boughs
neither a villain nor a hero but striking a posture
very much like the yellow flowers of the cowslip
sodden with knowledge

there was not a swagger of arrogance
or stained with any strong smelling musk
but just tinctured with a mild whiff of
a soothing viol musical strain

owls in their own quiet ways as
pictured normally, appeared able to
distill information to invoke the
propensity of enquiry to maximize
their ability to comprehend
and to that of data storage

MLMM's Bonus Wordle - 
Shakespearian Style

Frost had earlier clasped tightly

                                                                                                        User: Olegivvit 
Image: Golden Autumn Leaves (here)

Golden Autumn leaves
Felled by gusts of winds mildly
Floated down slowly
Not impacted by the sun
Frost had earlier clasped tightly

Chev's Carpe Diem #1272
October (Robert Frost)
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #374

Sunday, October 8, 2017

life is always a constant struggle

                                                                                  Author:  Thomas Eakins (1910)
Image: Landing a Catch (here)

11 of 12 given words:
struggle fringe mystery lift power 
charge storm  swirl star road sigh

life is always a constant struggle
most colorful and hardworking
tireless always strong and healthy
these as fringe benefits of
a group of fishermen
who are deemed society's life blood

they appear to put up a brave front
of happiness in what they are doing
but in fact they really enjoy what they are doing

they allow themselves to be surprised
to be astounded by the mystery of their catch
that provides the lift on their enthusiasm

it rekindles the power to charge their energy
to help them brave the storm
that swirl their boats without mercy
guided only by the stars on dark nights

the road to satisfaction comes in many ways
sigh!

Kerry's at Real Toad's-  camera flash
Brenda's  at the  Sunday Whirl Wordle 320

Thursday, October 5, 2017

It did not happen yesterday

                                                  Author: Kati Fleming
Image: Limited Space in a Nest (here)

10 of 12 given words:
yesterday endure cauldrons petty hate miss clear live 
broods (the young at one hatching; children in a family)
athwart (to be perverse or contradictory)

It did not happen yesterday nor months
before but endured through the ages
Broods typically of one hatching or of
children in a family were often caught
in cauldrons of petty sibling rivalry

The hate could bring out the animal in them
The strong were known to shove off the weak
out of the nest through sheer instinct

The prettier would not miss taunting the plain Janes
to clear doubts of the more favored daughter

They played safe to live cautiously lest their words
ran athwart to getting them on opposite ends

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #132
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  animals

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Foodie's guide on Japanese food

                                                                                                     Author サフィル
Image: Japanese zoni and roasted fish (here)

Foodie's guide to eat
Japanese is to slowly
take a little each time. No
rushing as pricy food is
meant to be really enjoyed

Millionaire's row with
servings of zoni telling
on their high status

Chev's Carpe Diem #1267 -  millionaire

Monday, October 2, 2017

he delved into recent happenings

                                                                                         Attribution: Wellcome Images
Image: Artist's Impression of  a
Suttee ceremony (here)

the 12 given words:
(together with the extra twisted bonus phrase)
crimson delve reflection clandestine pyre flutter imp corset
subterfuge (deceit used in order to achieve one's goal)
Arkwright  (a skilled craftsman who produces wooden chests or coffers (Arks)
cacophony (discordant and mixture of harsh sounds)
favissa (a cache of sacred objects that are no longer in use)
“Someone is walking over my grave”  (a sudden response to a sudden [inexplicable] shudder or shivering [usually a cold, goose-flesh sensation]) - the bonus phrase

crimson with rage
he delved into recent happenings
he should not allow them to
have their way unimpeded
so he thought but
were there subterfuge elements
in its making?

on reflection he could detect
clandestine moves by some
interested parties lately

they could commit harakiri if they had
wanted to but why involve the young widow
suttee was long banned so no funeral
pyre to jump into any more

“Someone is walking over my grave” so he
mused when he felt the flutter
it would not take an Arkwright to realize it
the imp in him had wanted to explicitly know though

he could confront them with a barrage of cacophonic
expletives to provoke them but good sense prevailed

let the lot of favissa remain in the corset of nothings
safe in the closet so that it would not be a bother to anyone

MLMM's with Mark's Bonus Wordle
Magaly's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Spectacular sights - the Northern Lights



                                                                     Author: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Image: The aurora borealis - a beautiful display
over Bear Lake, Alaska (here)

Is something amiss
With aurora borealis?
Spectacular sights
Heavens be blessed when angels
drop by for a rare visit!

Chev's Carpe Diem  #1264 Borealis (Northern Lights)

it devoured with relish

                                                                                                   Author: unknown
Image: With its 'meal' unmoving in its belly (here)

to use both sets of homophones in a poem:
straight – not crooked ; straits – narrow waterway
discussed – talked about ; disgust – sickening

barely a few minutes ago
it devoured with relish
nothing ever the need to discuss
with a lengthy python
now bloated with disgust
with a dead goat in its belly
- satisfied and fast asleep

it got across the narrow  'straits'
surreptitiously when it did
'food' bleating in the distance
locked its 'sights' straight ahead
was handsomely rewarded thus!

MLMM's Saturday Mix - Double Take
of  given homophones
Frank's at d'Verse MTB  -  sleep

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

ever present which is most comforting

                                                                          Attribution: Andrew Shiva CC BY-SA 4.0
Image: Social Grooming Behavior (here)

the 12 given words:
drum pounding carnivals rattling secret allowed 
silver comforting sticks imaginary gardens parrot 
,
to the accompaniment of drums pounding
very much a carnival-like form of rattling
when in flies a contending secret message
which fortunately is allowed in with grace

bless be tendencies of a silver lining
ever present which is most comforting
decidedly sticks to a normal procedure
rising above all else for all to endure

it is accomplished not without imaginary
as in peaceful gardens full of greenery
the insistence to parrot a stand already taken
only to realize the makings of a big problem

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig#131
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  rising above

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Much hidden from view

                                                                  Author:Detroit Publishing Company
Image: Old French Courtyard (here)

Much hidden from view
Access  was possible though
Where art thou Romeo?

Chev's Carpe Diem #1262  -  courtyard blues

let it not be said one finds life uninteresting

                                                                              Artist: Edward Ardizzone  (1900–1979)
Image: Laughing at a Great Joke (here)

spice of humor adds spice to life
let it not be said one finds life
uninteresting and boring with
overbearing seriousness impacting

touch a raw nerve and it triggers off an
argument but touch a funny-bone and
all will be laughing like old friends
(44 words)

Mish at d'Verse's  Quadrille #41
- to include the word  -  spice

Monday, September 25, 2017

Pen few wise words to appeal to their good sense

                                                                                                          Attribution: Drow_male
Image  Avoiding Good Company (here)

the 12 given words:
chain crossroads chase brace
faux (artificial, imitation, fake)
lock rebels
ding (to strike with force; hit)
bottom quake pen hope 

a chain of events brought them to the crossroads
not to chase any weird ideas he so cautioned
he just needed to brace himself but not to gloat 
just a show of righteous fury to faux indignation

that should keep everyone locked, in their place
no rebels nor rebellion should be allowed leeway
no one should be dinged though but to give face
only then would they appreciate the fair play

Necessary to knock at the bottom of their defence
The tendency of a quake to be nipped in the bud
Pen few wise words to appeal to their good sense
Hopefully, they reverted back before being chided

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #318
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Thursday, September 21, 2017

She was there staring straight at me

                                                                         Artist: Ernest Hébert  (1817–1908)
Image: A Far and Blank Look (here)

She was there staring straight at me
An arrow targeting its prey unobtrusively
Unsmiling nary a wink unperturbed squarely
A young lady still, just to my fancy

But on a boat, what a pity
No way was there to make the first move
Feet rooted like a big oak tree
Could I give my frame a shove?

She was still looking at me, only me ,blandly
Even when I stepped off at the next stop unhappily
I felt flattered but lo and behold, luckily
A friend intimated later she was a little lacking, mentally

Fireblossom's Friday at Real Toad's   -  distorted lens
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry#372

What were they hoping to engage

                                                                                                 Attribution: Pixabay
Image: A Blank Look exudes Confidence (here)

Why were there concerned souls
The stones were all safely in place
Messing around the vicinity so bold
What were they hoping to engage

It was for my own good they reasoned
None from my quarters made a request
Uninvited intruders were not welcomed
Deficiencies yes, but at my own behest

No better not even dressed for the kill
Credibility suspect they had no access
Trust was lacking they should well instill
A prior relationship to smell of success

Note: A situation where the person to be rescued is reluctant.
They don’t want to be rescued, they like it where they might be

MLMM's Tale Weaver/Fairy Tale 138-2
 -  the reluctant princess
Gayle's at d'Verse's OLN #204

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)
rowboat 
jejune (naive, simplistic, and superficial uninteresting)
angst (an acute but nonspecific sense of anxiety or remorse)
dementia
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?
Whew!

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