Monday, July 6, 2020

strike the orange cord

                                                                                              Author: Colin Keigher
Image: Horizontal Traffic lights (here)

the 12 given words
field stumble meteor eerie blood sleep never reject orange
Vox Populi (popular opinion)
fade place 

in the field of human endeavor
should one stumble or be struck
by a falling meteor 
eerie it would seem blood-curdling
but very unlikely to happen
wise not to lose sleep over it
nor to be unduly worried

strike the orange cord just be forewarned
not to strike green and immediately fly away
to vamoose without thinking
it is best to be hesitant
to strike red and to be cool
unmoving for that split second

never to reject outright the Vox Populi
of an outcome yearned for
a big election rally may not translate to easy victory
stay cool and rate the chances objectively
experience in such a situation is the ideal teacher
strike orange stay cool let the clouds fade slowly away
a clearer picture will be educational
success is better placed to allow for likely victory

MLMM's Wordle #197

Sunday, July 5, 2020

not to dice about but to reach out

                                                                    Attribution: Atelier Manasse Studio
Image: The Elegance of Fine Wine (here)

The use of antithesis in  opposing forces :
ascend and descend 
hope and despair

to ascend to belittle from the highest steeple
a smirk contending to provide company
but more to stand astride against the common man
that having breached the limit fate has tempted
to say and insist on a descend later boastfully with pride
it is never to ascend and descend within reasons
but to rekindle upmanship with a sly smile
given that my descent is from a higher plane

not to dice about but to reach out
for hope is there looking through grainy smog
to blanket the seemingly lucky streak of goodness
playing hard to get to stultify a yearning
where human labour is exhaustively appealing
to rally the call where there is life there is hope
where there is hope there is every possibility
success is in the hands of those bidding their time
to shove off despair to walk the plank
for they are forever playing tricks  
on those of impatience of standing
who by nature is continually bothered 
silently entertaining anger with gritted teeth

it should always be invitingly friendly
like fine wine to be taken with sips
slowly with the elegance of blessed upbringing
lest one gets unduly drunk in fine company

weejar's in MLMM's Saturday Mix - opposing forces
Carrie's at Sunday Muse # 115

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

hair looking clean in braids

                                                                                               Author: Stilfehler                                    
Image: Girl in Braids (here)

the 12 given words:
middle back times simple joy bliss make gate
braids (a length of hair of three or more interlaced strand)
grace swimming parade

unwittingly being in the middle of it all
it was so to speak back to good times
simple joy blindly accepted having a ball
a bliss in any of a kind without a bind

crying in silence to make for the gates 
on the sly to avoid being taken for a ride
set woven hair looking clean in braids
organized thinking extended with pride

grace of swimming gently in her head
a picture of a changed person in identity
exhibiting imbued confidence as on parade
overcoming likely irritants with dignity 

MMT's Whirligig #273

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

to caress a column of cumulonimbus

                                                       Author Karlunun
Image: A Developing Cumulonimbus (here)

the 12 given words:
call cart can
cacophony (a harsh discordant mixture of sounds). 
caress column cover cotton coal color corona 

a call to cart them off is received
can expect to confront an unruly crowd
a cacophony of deafening roar in disbelief
extends over the air culminating in shouts

to caress a column of cumulonimbus cover
threatening and progressing slowly but surely
cotton forming and darkening coal in colour 
taking the likes of a coronavirus in intensity

a crown precariously perched on the head 
teetering in the cold winds of a pandemic
out of control despite assurances made
a coveted vaccine longed for to avert panic

Brenda's Sunday Whirl #462

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Stuck in a cloudy mess of smoky pink

                                                                                                   Attribution; Carrie's
Image: White Rose,
a Solitary fight-back (here)

A white rose bravely taking a stand
Stuck in a cloudy mess of smoky pink
Holding on fighting back on the bend
Wanting to stick to its guns with a sting

Looking down from way up in the sky
A bird's eye view spanning the horizon
Moral support lacking either way up high
Tightly in a sphere painstakingly bound

Doubly protected with a thorny aroma
Shooting blanks in noisy staccato bursts
Playing to a show of set political drama
Contending to win easily with lots of firsts

Chrissa's at Sunday Muse #114

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

not expecting a welcome he waited at the gates

                            Photo by mh cheraghi on
Image: Stopped in his tracks (here)

the 12 given words:
welcome waited gates forged fire edge 
belly kettle wanted bread swallows float 

walking taking baby steps ever so slow
not expecting a welcome he waited at the gates
having forged a relationship some time ago 
he sought to renew thinking of her of late

fire in him burning had put him on edge
belly of a boiling kettle oozing with energy
he wanted bread wanting to make a pledge
to swallow his pride making himself ready

her images floating in colours that danced
his mind full of anticipation leading him on
part of growing up with feelings unbalanced
could only hope being still on shaky grounds

Nekneeraj at MLMM's Photo Challenge #321
MMT's at Whirligig #272
Bjorn at d'Verse OLN #269

Sunday, June 21, 2020

it gave a chill thinking of the ascent

                                                         Attribution: Hedgewitch 's Autochrome Lumiere
Image: In anticipation (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:  
chill mountain trail yearning camp 
smoke vapour monarch birdsong current 

it gave  a chill thinking of the ascent
mountain high trail engaged with friends 
snake-like that gripped at the imagination
yearning for the fun of pitching camp 

smoke of vapour that screened the vision
where a monarch butterfly groped blindly
in anticipation of the strains of a birdsong
to break the current stillness of inactivity 

inspiration upwards to the sky insisting
for a friendly hand of a loved one to appear
not forgotten of moments shared now missing
warmth in memory of one long gone forever  

Brenda's at Sunday Whirl Wordle #461
Fireblossom's at Sunday Muse #113

Sitting alone not unduly worried

                                                                                                       Attribution: Pixabay
Image: My gosh, not again! (here)

Sitting alone not unduly worried
Morning sun blazing hot at midday
Even clouds running fast hurried
Chased by the incoming twilight rays

Destined to be buoyed leisurely
By a slow-moving river belly full
Life undeniably knocked into inactivity
Not seen its worst as yet heavy and brimful

Resigned to be resting the tired bones
Must you make an unscheduled stopover
A messy cook up it was the previous occasion
When your friends too took refuge, remember?  

Donna's at Sunday's Photo Fiction

Friday, June 19, 2020

a surprise would be a pleasant act of love

                                    Author Michael Coghlan
Image: A Happy Couple (here)

Jaime spent the whole day browsing the antique store
and left with just one thing clear yet, but what a bore
had designs of getting an antique bed a matching double
considering time spent loafing around was plain trouble

a surprise would be a pleasant act of love and affections
in passing had playfully voiced to her of his intentions
painfully it took a toll on his time and efforts to acquire
wore off his manly frame oak strong but doomed to failure

just the beginning and he was not expected to succumb easily
but interested parties were putting him under close scrutiny
she felt comfortable though not being aware of any flaw 
but not so her stern father, his prospective father-in-law

Dylan's at MLMM's First Line Friday

Thursday, June 18, 2020

putting weight on sane lips

                                                                                             Author: Alvin Mahmudov
Image: Slow dancing (here)

the 10 of 12 given words
bruised dancing joints wedding 
music fiddled bar dusty weight lips

bruised ego dancing
in seedy joints to forget
a disappointment

no wedding music
fiddled with the liberal
bar's downing of booze

but to clear dusty 
minds putting weight on sane lips
like dignified souls

MMT's Whirligig #271
Frank's at d'Verse MTB  -  imagism
with haiku

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

to bring to their senses the beauty of piety

                                                            Oil on canvas, by Konstantin Filippov, c. 1871
Image: Religious festival in Manglisi. (here)

to bring to their senses the beauty of piety
to benefit those of hard-headed elements
an exercise of wisdom, an exercise of futility
drummed into their heads in no uncertain terms

their tendency initially is  to view it as bait
but knowing that wisdom often comes too late
it takes a bit of legwork to intrude past the gate
lending the ever often quoted that it is all fate

the pride of a group of like people is offered
the minority, religious or those of  a chosen way
all have rights of living and must be respected
piety transcends to overcome a negative decay

Anmol (HA) at d'Verse Poetics - pride

Saturday, June 13, 2020

a dismaying display of courageous bravado

                                                                  Photo courtesy of Morguefile
Image: A Failed Attempt (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
dismaying meant envy 
goofy (foolish or harmlessly eccentric)
pray rights jeopardized threat war 
history waver 

a dismaying display of courageous bravado
meant to be the envy of the small vehicle owners
to be able to do justice to its size with impunity
it was plain goofy that unwittingly turned sour
a vain attempt of creating some jest in public

pray be that rights of safety-loving motorists
are not unnecessarily jeopardized by such antics

threats of warring factions may take up the challenge
to exhibit their prowess in instigating such actions
history may just repeat itself, it had not wavered

The Sunday Photo Fiction
The Sunday Whirl Wordle #460

Thursday, June 11, 2020

it was a big relief

                                                                                            Author Yumi Kimura
Image: Happy on Success (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
design drill stripes wild pander 
fill shock press line pass mine

designed to fulfill a need
drilled into his head
he was wary
lest led along a wayward path

stripes of pleasurable tendencies
wild in its make-up
that kept pandering to base instincts
filled his mind lately

shocked at the direction
and pressed for a quick getaway
he quickly checked himself
he managed to draw the line

he got pass the time-zone
out of the mines of a timeless pit 
full of clawing hordes of seekers
out for his blood

it brought a chill to his senses
he was adamant
he had to do it
he  managed to outwit them at their game
it was a big relief

Brenda Sunday Whirl Wordle #459
Grace at d'Verse OLN #268

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

unmoving except for a lone fly

                                                                                                  Author: Paul Goyette
Image: Unmoving and Undisturbed (here)

barely a few hours ago
he was lying on the park bench
unmoving except for a lone fly
keeping him company

thought to be sleeping
had one too many perhaps
stopped sat awhile apparently
none there to bother
nor anyone for company
for the bench looked inviting
tired, his head swirling fell asleep

thus the last moments
not of a wayward hobo
but a respectable community leader
an initiator for community service
well dressed
not unkempt like a homeless

there he was found
a massive heart attack did him in
identified through his wallet
with wads of greenback still intact
the innocent victim with a heart condition
who insisted to be with his buddies at the pub
but left early hoping for a taxi
in the wee hours of the morning

Laura's at d'Verse  - Poetics

Life is meant to run smoothly

                                                                                                 Author Ronyyz
Image: Happiness when successful (here)

This is not something ordinary. This is not imposed nor ostensibly 
a direction to break the impasse. It is a definite desire to explore. 
We go in different directions down the imperturbable street. Why
must there be nature progressing in a clockwork fashion only to be
intruded into by the racketeers and other dishonest elements breaking
the flow with violence and destruction

Life is meant to run smoothly as it would have been planned formally
or otherwise but given a touch of class overcoming kinks along the 
way. Kinks interspersed in between to accord variety making life to be
naturally interesting and more challenging. It does work that way

Why then the testing exceeded the expectations that these ended in 
tragedy instead of ending happily in laughter. 

Is it a hint one is not blessed for recent events and not accorded 
the desired happiness? 
(144 words)

Merril at dVerse Prosery Monday

Friday, June 5, 2020

unfolding right before our realms of seeing

                                                                                                Author: Uoaei1
Image: Groping for an answer (here)

the 12 given words:
unfolding realm spirit, foremother lines  roots
coast, sending, healing string wisdom lessons

unfolding right before our realms of seeing
the spirit of our foremothers of the enormity
of extending empathy towards our fellow beings

lines of the deprived and hungry building up
learning from our roots in all magnanimity
that things are beginning to worsen to disrupt

from coast to coast sending a clear message
none waving the magic wand to invoke healing
instead the old normal to a new reality of bondage

a string of depressing commentary a timely reminder
wisdom of brilliant corporate moves seemed failing
lessons learned of crowd mentality courting disaster

Frank's at d'Verse  - triplets/tercets
MMT's The Whirligig Wordle  #269

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

dark clouds like protruding eye bags

                                                                                                     Author: Sam Hood
                                                                                                             State Library of New South Wales
Image: Martin Place, Sydney 1937 (here)

dark clouds like protruding eye bags
below tired eyes building up progressively
uneasiness prior to the downpour that lags
rain ganging in to disrupt the planned activity

engaging distaste and frustrations
with gritted teeth but accepted as normal
in the tropics barely a thought as God-sent
most treasured in dry lands as wet gold

inconveniences are fleeting for the few
for an after rain smile beats them all

life-giving elements meant for those chosen
come in abundance for those appreciative
but develop into life-threatening flood waters
otherwise who detest it as disruptive

Sarah's at d'Verse Poetics - rain

a crescent moon in the distance

                                                                                            Attribution: Mind Core
Image: A Crescent Moon (here)

the 12 given words:
frothy breathe cottage eggs dish order 
touch whiskey singe lift smoke empty  

frothy in the mouth
to breathe of the night air
a crescent moon in the distance

cottage cheese eggs and bread
with a touch of whiskey water
nothing unusual
of a dish in a single order

enough to singe
the long unkempt white beard
and lift the mood to a higher level

smoke swirling upwards
from the expensive cigar
clenched tight and angry
for not having the right company

feeling empty and uneasy
in a lockdown situation
alone at the table

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #458
Nekneeraj's at MLMM's
Photo Challenge #318

Monday, June 1, 2020

his concentration in tatters

                                                                                     Author: Lolavies
Image:  Sad looking
and chained up (here)

on reflection how he regretted it
off guard, he let slip
flying into the wilderness
his concentration in tatters
his mind in confusion
crying in shame

it played havoc
on his normally stable demeanor
his dad's advice flung aside

no, he acted too fast!
(44 words)

Linda's at d'Verse' Quadrille
(to include the word 'slip')

Saturday, May 30, 2020

to prove it is not a fable

                                                                                 "Rocket" by Brad Phillips                                           
Image: Don't have to be
a rocket scientist to prove
he is not off his rocker (here)

The 6 given rhyming words:
able fable cable label table stable

does he expect to be able
to prove it is not a fable
not having within means a strong cable
but just so to exert a label

not anywhere ascending from a table
just to insist a mind contending to be stable

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #110
weejar's at Saturday Mix rhyme time

Thursday, May 28, 2020

poetic justice a natural safeguard

                                                                                                   Author: Isiwal
Image:  A Sharing of Experiences
just like in a Debate (here)

the 12 given words:
laugh ritual gift tongue turning body
elders poem die met ground taught

to laugh or to cry
a ritual a measure of a gift
one to meddle with a forked tongue
turning healthy debate hot
an uproar of anger

can others respond in the positive
to ease the tension
body language accorded some assertions
elders can snap up the opportunity
they always do for wiser elements
merit a thought

poetic justice a natural safeguard
no more a do and die
but given a fair hearing
it would have met certain grounds
for those good deeds taught
in days gone by

Grace at d'Verse OLN #267
MMT's Sunday Whirligig #268

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

the unemployed may just trade freedom

                                                                                                           Author Wilfredor
Image: Unemployed a Corvid 19 
casualty (here)

feeling safe all within the four walls
who is there to sneak in uninvited
his domain is a hideaway enthralled
never to leave it empty unattended

privacy supreme no reason to roam
under present circumstances, he knows
the unemployed may just trade freedom
for full stomach in a room* without windows

* a jail cell

Laura's at d'Verse's Poetics

Monday, May 25, 2020

he knew he had tried in earnest

                                                                                              Author Creative Ignition
Image: Muddled (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
foliage earnest
aeromancy (prediction of future events
from observation of weather conditions).
hamster running birch sleep 
hesitate smoke awake shoes

through the foliage of challenges
unwittingly hiding his vision
he lamented his misfortune
he knew he had tried in earnest

now his senses were stultified
if only he could invoke his skills in aeromancy
it was most unfortunate
his knowledge rudimentarily acquired
were now further muddled
emerging rain clouds dealt a cruel blow
he could only sigh

his choices limited
he was restrained in contemplation
suddenly he spied a hamster running up a birch tree
that brought some painful realization
he should get out of this seemingly deep sleep
and start running himself

he hesitated for some while
the smoke then cleared
he was now fully awake
he grabbed his shoes
he had to move fast
he had now made his decision
he had a fighting chance!

Yves's at MLMM's Wordle #191

Sunday, May 24, 2020

delicious to the eye

                                                                                                            Author: Uoaei1
Image: A Purple Phalaenopsis
Orchid (here)

the 12 given words:
delicious eye graduate concentrate 
inflate no trip fly world go sing true

delicious to the eye
on a graduated scale
of one to ten
it won hands down

to concentrate a contention 
in shades of purple
that invokes an inflated ego

no necessity for a trip to fly
around the world but
to go and sing along
in true fashion for a noble cause

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle 457

Thursday, May 21, 2020

sweet goodness an attraction

                                                                                                     Author Jon Sullivan
Image: Pollen laden and
ever so busy (here)

busy bee airborne
sweet goodness an attraction
nature's way invoked
we not freely visiting
restrained safety insisting

Frank's at d'Verse MTB - a
5-7-5-7-7 tanka

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

a move to open up the power

                                                                                Photographer: Asma Laajimi 
                                                                                          Rights owner: Moncef Zahrouni
Image: To pry for an opening (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
choice move power hear seek
aeolian (of or caused by the wind; wind-blown.)
confusion break harness severity 
scrupulous (having scruples or showing a strict regard for what one considers right)

with one foot forward a choice
a move to open up the power
inherent in an alert mind to rejoice
to hear and to seek an opening, a door

a path in the aeolian form
swaying in midair unashamedly regal
in a bid to unravel a confusion
where is the opening, a portal

give it a break a right to harness
the severity unduly without feelings
the bane of a clouded mind in tears
an unscrupulous urge to have sent it reeling

MLMM's Wordle #190
Anmol's at d'Verse Poetic -  portals

Monday, May 18, 2020

they clamor for a quick fix-it

                                                        Artist Aksel Waldemar Johannessen  (1880–1922)
Image: Apples, Morning,
Noon and Night! (here)

they clamor for a quick fix-it
like a junkie for a fix
out of a job
no dough with little food
locked down facing not the wall
but sunken looks of hungry kids
bleeds the heart
when will it end
how will it end?
(44 words)

De Jackson's at d'Verse Quadrille Monday #104

Sunday, May 17, 2020

shy of physical contact but of social distance

                                                                                             Author: Cynthia Griggs
Image: Signs and markings to
enforce social distancing (here)

11 of 12 given words
breathe distance droplets kill liberty 
dance meet shy ignorant loser see

breathe easy to last the distance
droplets that filled the air floating leisurely
could kill in a blink as a consequence
just how deadly it could be

the liberty to dance around it the very instance
deflecting the woes contending to meet
shy of physical contact but of social distance
not to be ignorant of the requirement not to greet

not a loser but being wise to the new normal
to see that none would falter
the better the will to avoid a reversal
or clusters would readily bid to move faster

The Sunday Whirl Wordle #456

Saturday, May 16, 2020

feelings could tell

                                                                                Attribution: Geoff Pick / CC BY-SA 2.0
Image: Having Good Friends (here)

caught flatfooted
way out altered
if self centered
better not stay

being good friends
acting good gents
in a real sense
let it not sway

so it worked well
feelings could tell
it would be swell
for a great day

rest assured then
with such good friends
giving their time
no skies were grey

MLMM's - Saturday Mix Lucky Dip
A Rhupunt - a Welsh poetry form.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

to nudge a thought for idea creations

Image:  Putting creative
ideas on paper (here)

It manifests itself in meager forms
One's belief of not wanting to  conform
To care for the small details is vital
Lest one is led astray in undesirables

Let's recap on what is expected
Creative maverick adamant in being selected
Spare a thought then, to be counted
Relating sparingly reasons for an onslaught

Let's talk of simple care for details as a refresher
Playthings of poets, writers but artists in particular
Pen and watercolor the classic tools disregarded
Delve into it to get at the ideas to develop

A sketch-book pregnant with information
Line drawings with color washes enhanced
Journals of travels, sketch on site at real time
Create a personal style and improve on designs

Adept at moving sketched objects around
Liberty to create a well framed composition
Vanishing points and perspectives affords reality
Creates broadsides and looking down streets at infinity
Start and conjure little things with rough details
To complete at later time for what these entail

Mish's at d'Verse OLN