Monday, September 15, 2014

A job to do when not at play!

                                                                                Attribution:Chris Leahstar
Image: Rachael Leahcar with Guide Dog Ella! (here)

The 11 words used:
insipid vantage collar spit captivity adrenalin 
shield mercury colossus scratch evaporate

Nowhere insipid with lots of initiative
he plodded on. From a vantage position
he observed relentlessly very positive
He spit out his feelings and opinions

He was collared and put in his place when
it was apparent he invoked his aggressive
nature.  Could be a nuisance among friends
Captivity made him to be overly sensitive

Adrenalin rising it gave him courage to act
Readily shielded those who tried to be wise
Barked out orders and when annoyed lacked  
temperament and his mercury could rise

He saw his problem as a colossus of anger
He could scratch and shove on others just
as an animal that went berserk and a danger
to society. But anger evaporated equally fast

He was civil again the next minute back to
himself. A job to do and when not at play
aimed at doing it well. Had responsibilities too
How else could a guide dog be better anyway?

For Mindlovemisery's Menagerie Wordle #26 and
Magaly's hosting at Real Toad's Open Link Monday

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Therapeutic Feel

                                                               Attribution: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / CC-BY-SA-3.0 
                                                                                                     (via Wikimedia Commons)
Image: Poring Hot Springs (here)

Hot springs healing and
holding out to accentuate
good physical health

Bubbles gasping for
air escaping upwards
Caressing warm skins

Refreshing effects
Natural as mountain spring with
therapeutic feel

Elixir of youth?
Exhorting virtues of
robust male species?

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #562, -  hot springs

Anxiety flashed across his face

                                                                                                    Attribution: Blogotron
Image: Rotating hospital bed in ICU (here)

10 of 12 words:
anxiety blood tests fluff words
center  hospital  meals pester know

Anxiety flashed across his face
And it came about all of a sudden
Call just received left him in a daze
Faced the prospects of re-admission

Ashen faced blood drained fast
Heard right when told to report
Results of tests submitted last
Now confirmed to be the fault

But why must he be summoned
Was it something that serious?
Back to those days of inconvenience
Fluffs of cotton and bandages

Nurses busy running and rushing
Hurriedly but not as bad as on TV
Appeared chased by invisible beings
Remembered those scenes vividly

Words could not describe the madness
Few days at the center was adequate
To be in a hospital was just horrendous
Strain and the pain worsen the dread

Meals well thought up and nutritious
Tasteless something else to be yearned
Staff just following doctor’s orders.
Pester for better made no difference

Facing the prospects of another stint
Would know how serious the situation
Accepted the fate to be admitted again
Leaving it to protection of Providence

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #178

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bumper harvests from the fields

                                                                                      Attribution: Martin Addison
Image: Wheat fields awaiting harvesting (here)

A sight of relief
Bumper harvests from the fields
Benefit to all

Late Autumn schedules
Smart animals show the way
Hoarding for winter

No hibernation
Just ‘squirreling’ food away
Breeze swept fields empty

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #561  -  harvested fields and
Poets United: Poetry Pantry #218

Friday, September 12, 2014

breeze through lightly

                                                                                           Attribution: Andy Mabbett
Image: Bright and Colorful Chrysanthemums

Words are to follow the given sequence:
mirror leaves rain butterfly chrysanthemum
breeze stars clouds ocean daisies cow shed secret

strong mirror shine strikes
leaves replica wrought with show
of rain images

butterfly seeks safe
refuge on chrysanthemum
to breeze through lightly

stars above dark clouds
glitter over ocean’s waves
like evening’s daisies

flowers bright vibrant
colorful and well nurtured
a cow shed secret

For Chev's CARPE DIEM  Full circle #3 -  mirror

Summer’s heat withdrew

                                                                                    Attribution : william
Image: Bright summer flowers at deserted beach (here)

Summer’s heat withdrew
Beaches hauntingly quiet
Feel of a letdown

Autumn winds crept in
Pleasant sight of brown and gold
seen transformed beneath

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #560 - deserted beach

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Overcome handicaps take what is due

                                                                                 Attribution: Christopher Griffin
Image: Strong-willed runners (here)

Red Wolf Wordle words:
green papers bloggers wine 
stain vanilla gin moles 

3WW words:
slash carcass geek

Appears green looking lean
Going through your papers
One looking preciously clean
What is it with us bloggers!

Gingerly holding a glass of wine
Frantically wracking your brains
You are not yet out of your mind
Have clear thinking without a stain

Vanilla white you are in fright
Slash out the gin if it should help
Facial moles do make it bright
Still stultified without depth?

Akin to a carcass lying quietly still
Very much a geek waiting for a cue
Press on for one so strong willed
Overcome handicaps take what is due

For Irene's hosting at Red Wolf Wordle #26 and
Thomg's hosting at 3WW #392

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Being the other woman!

                                                                                             Attribution: Tom Bagshaw
Image: Courtesy of Yves (here)

Do you know what it means to be the
other woman. There is a man up for grabs
Your contention he is not to be shared
He has a wife and a beautiful little girl
To you that is not important at all. You claim 
you can provide for his emotional needs
A promise his wife has neglected to keep
That was what he said

You are in no mood to double check
Was he telling you the truth? He said she
is causing hell. Her life revolves around 
the little girl.He is beginning even to 
dislike them both. How he craves for the 
warmth that she had unfailingly given before.
But not any more you are his only hope
That was what he said

He had to prepare his own breakfast
Lunch was not a problem though. You are 
there as a convenient lunch date sharing
romantically every time a plate It is fun 
having lunch these days he said. He would 
love to have dinner just with you instead 
For back home he can just expect some 
Japanese noodles ready-made. How you 
gritted your teeth. How can she does that to 
my man you mused. You might even want 
to destroy her for being so ruthless to your 
man. He feels like taking his own life
That was what he said

You are currently unperturbed. He is 
showering gifts galore to you. But it was 
nothing compared you what you used to get 
But not to worry. His wife is not getting any 
more presents. You will be getting her share 
besides yours more than you had dreamed
That was what he said

For Yves' hosting at Mindlovemisery's 
Menagerie with photo Challenge #25

Monday, September 8, 2014

Serene beauty of nature

                                                                                                 Credits : Chemtrails   
Image: The Calm Sea

Calmness belies what
will happen as Autumn leaves
slowly dance downwards

Dreams of pure blue sea
adding color to golden
brown of Autumn leaves

Serene beauty of
nature will but sooth painful
heart, please come back love

For Chev's CARPE DIEM -  time glass

Schooled in intricacies of love

                                                                        Author: Edward Atkinson Hornel
Image: Dancing Geisha (Oil on Canvas) (here)

Wordle #25 words are:
courtesan  stillness  deliquesce (melt)
neon enunciate palpitant (uneasy)
ironic  peach lingerie thigh scrutiny ache

Courtesan of old
Schooled in intricacies of love
Finesse in retaining their men
Of trained geisha girl measures

Men who literally deliquesce
Drooling in stillness of nights
With neon lights dimmed not
feeling palpitant in their midst

They were ever willing to
enunciate moves in
peach innocence
Not having to be garbed
in sexy lingerie nor having
to ostensibly expose
more of their thighs

Ironic that being civil not overly
crude in pushing their wares
brought less ache or scrutiny
to their profession

How well they maintained
their well-mannered being

Very unlike present day
fakes cold  and scheming
who came on strong but
happy to leave their
men high and dry

For Yves's hosting at Mindlovemisery's  Menagerie Wordle
#25 and Kerry's hosting at Real Toad's Open Link Monday

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Embedded in sheltered nests

                                                                                               Attribution: Boarder8925
Image: Dusk in Breaux Bridge, LA (here)

Free movements from dawn
to dusk, mobility and
noises unperturbed

Then a sudden lull
Partial darkness developed
Twilight retreated

Respect for nightfall
Embedded in sheltered nests
Morrow awaited

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #556  -  dusk

Rush to stake a claim!

                                                                                       Moths: Courtesy of Tess' Mag
Image: Spoiling for a Share (here)

The three of a kind
Found milling around
Bidding for the shine
When homeward bound

Night moths were lost
Some radar confusion
Holding onto a cause
Flailing wings collision

Liken to human failings
On seeing an attraction
Would commence fighting
Selfish intents for a portion

Rush to stake a claim
Be first to grab the spoils
Conflicts became intense
Self-interest came to a boil

For Tess' hosting at Magpie Tales #236

as he dashed across

                                                                                Attribution: J Charlton
Image: On horse-back (here)

The words are:
ball bullets dismal edge 
horses locks meandering 
plant rose signal spot thrust

He had a ball of a time. Bullets 
whizzing past his head. A dismal 
sharpshooter was trying to but not 
shooting. The shots went wide

He had the edge for the horses
were disturbed by the din and 
were acting crazy. It accorded 
him a distraction. Shots were not 
getting to the target meaning him

Meandering river below could
offer an escape route so he thought
His locks of silvery hair now 
sweaty under his Stetson told 
him it was time to go He was 
waiting for a signal. 

Suddenly there was a lull in the 
shooting. This afforded him a 
spot of relief. 

He thrust himself forward and 
ran. A rose plant in front with 
thorns and all did not deter him 
as he dashed across and jumped
onto a horse. A dog tried to
intercept him but he managed
to get away.
Life as a stuntman was not easy!

For Brenda's hosting of
Sunday Whirl# 177

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Has it turned into a safe drug now?

                                                                                       Attribution: Jynto
Image:  A ball-and-stick model of the thalidomide molecule
(an infamous sedative drug that caused severe birth defects
when pregnant women took it) - Wiki  (here)

Why me? Why it must be me!
I've not been hurting to others
There’s not been an iota of bad
intentions. I've not dreamed of
any ill-feelings nor am I scheming
towards hurting  anyone!

Instead I’m being made to suffer!
Thalidomide babies!

I had only sought relief from
morning sickness. I would not want
to hurt my baby! But my baby
was handicapped!

I've been told these drugs are now
widely used in cancer therapy.
The anguish of mothers affected
before was most tragic. I just could
not fathom the decision to still
use these drugs.

Has it turned into a safe drug now?
Why was it released before without
proper research. It beats me!

For Mindlovemisery' Menagerie Prompt # 71
to write on -  'why me? and Mary's hosting
at Poets United's Poetry Pantry #217

Eiffel was a sculptor too?

                                                                                                    Attribution: Tuxyso
Image:  Created for EMSCHERKUNST, an
art exhibition in public space  -  Wiki  (here)

A cursory glance along your way
Was not that apparent initially though
No power cables straddling across
What could it really be?
It dawned on me, yes!

An iron sculpture in open space
For the public to see

Reminiscent of Paris
On a small scale

Could we then take it
Eiffel was a sculptor too?

(55 words)

For Mama Zen's hosting on Flash Fiction 55 at Real Toads
where one is to write not exceeding 55 words

Seen at some funny and seedy haunts - Shadorma & Tyburn


Image: Courtesy of Georgia's (here)

Shadorma is a Spanish 6-line non rhyming
 poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllables

Tyburn is a six line poem of 2, 2, 2, 2, 9, 9 syllables. 
The first four lines rhyme and are all descriptive words.
The last two lines rhyme and incorporate the first, second,
third, and fourth lines as the 5th through 8th syllables.

A Shadorma
Hillbilly
Appropriately dressed
To safeguard
open fields
Frightful even to humans
on dark moonless nights

A Tyburn
Sunny
Happy
Funny
Seedy
Meant for some sunny and happy jaunts
Seen at some funny and seedy haunts

For Mindlovemisery's Menegerie for Bastet's
Shadorma Photo Prompt and a Little One Tyburn

Friday, September 5, 2014

of nature’s true attrition - a Tan Renga

                                                                                            Atribution: darkweasel94
Image: Of What Lies Ahead (here)

before the decay
blessed with breathtaking beauty
reclaimed by the earth                        Jazzytower
with mother’s blessings became          
revered gem of society                       Hank's

before the decay
blessed with breathtaking beauty     
reclaimed by the earth                        Jazzytower
not unexpectedly bane                     
of nature’s true attrition                      Hank's
   
before the decay
blessed with breathtaking beauty
reclaimed by the earth                        Jazzytower
when ingrained in lover’s mind          
but reduced to nothingness                 Hank's

Note: To complete a Tan Renga with a 7-7
syllable count to Jazzytower's haiku of 5-7-5


For Chev's CARPE DIEM Tan Renga Challenge #49

fair lady lying supine in a trance!


Image: Courtesy of Anja

Dreams of a satiated in throes of hunger
Images of a fair lady lying supine in a trance
Not wanting to distract her from slumber
Being outwardly tactful to one so human

Grappling with conflicts in all innocence
Not to be caught up in realms of fantasy
Berated by those vying for his attention
Desire to cushion the impact most likely

Not to compromise on good intentions
Must overcome from any feelings of failure
Cry for justice taken with no repercussions
Kiss!  Awakened, to live happily ever after

For Anja's Mindlovemisery's Menagerie
with Fairy tale picture prompt #24

Thursday, September 4, 2014

They had some good times!

                                                                                      Attribution: vastateparksstaff
Image: Fallen Autumn leaves (here)

Autumn leaf floats down
carpets ground with decay to
give way for others

Was stood up again.
He kept asking ‘what they have
that I do not have?’

Not seen her lately
Shocked when told she had passed on
They had some good times

For Chev's CARPE DIEM # 553  -  grief

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

rain and lightning cracking the heavens

                                                                                                     Author: CE Price
Image: Stormy weather (here)

Stormy weather by all indications was going
to be fiercely contested. Left to the vagaries
of weather uncertainties the force of strength
would clobber all in its path without exception
leaving wanton destruction in its wake

Uprooted trees laid haphazardly in drunken
stupor as a result of heavy lashings of high 
winds. Those remaining still standing were 
ostensibly standing tall refusing temptations 
of bribery of common cause but rather with 
sheer guts steadfast in their resolve

Those upholding justice were rather skeptical 
as would not buy into it and were less inclined 
to follow suit. It was left to the respective 
individuals to act according to their conscience
to the best of their ability given restrictive choices

Dancing to the rampaging strains of wild music
evil with a twisted smile feeling overly satisfied
seemed to have triumphed over the just and
gleefully smacking their lips with sheer ecstasy
They came with accompanying dark clouds
rain and lightning cracking the heavens above
such was the ferocity of a spurned lover

For Thomg's hosting at 3WW with words
bribery clobber skeptical and Poets United's
mid-week motif  -  stormy weather

a riveted-for-strength work wear!

                                                                                            Author:  Movethelife
Image: Butt Lifting Jeans (here)

Blue jeans classic wear started as tough
work durables borne out of a wrong move
Brought to the Gold Rush as shelter materials
for miners but remained unsold initially

When converted to work clothes as tough
pants it became an instant hit. In 1873 Levis
created a riveted-for-strength work wear
made of blue denim. They were granted a
patent. This was how the blue jeans was born
It was a great improvisation and it had
not  looked back since

Sometime in the early 50’s it was accepted
as casual wear and it retained respectability

In the 60’s youngsters had the choice of a
slim fit pair and blue gave way to white jeans

But young and old were all worked up in the
80’s when in a sultry voice Brook Shields said
in a commercial,
 ‘you know what comes between me and my
Calvin? Nothing!’        

(20 lines)

Laurie's hosting at Poetry Jam -  jeans -  to write
short take of 20 lines or less

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Queenstown - Attractive city on show

                                                                                                    Attribution: Claudia
Image: Highland Sheep
Water-color painting - Courtesy of Claudia

                                                                                        Attribution: Bgabel
Image: Bob's Peak, Queenstown (here)

Highland sheep dotting the hillsides
Little specks of whites in the distance
Embedded in greenery not quite but slight
Slow movements not very apparent

Skyline Gondola ascending Bob’s Peak
Expanse of Lake Wakatipu down below
Showcasing beauty of the land most scenic
Queenstown attractive city on show

Shotover jet ride terrifying but terrific
Skimming water’s surface sitting on edge
Driving on lonely roads devoid of traffic
Gladly greeted by strangers rarely met

To be expected of a 4.5 million population
Outnumbered by 40 million sheep in reality
Apparently found only in the South Island
While in the North the culture of the Maori

And hot water sulfur spring and geysers
Brought back memories of Hank’s sojourn
Beautiful sights in the Southern Hemisphere
Fantastic canvas-like scenes of New Zealand

For Mary's hosting at d'Verse Poetics: Sketch it Out- showcasing
Claudia's water-color paintings 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcoming the cold

                                                                                           Attribution: Des Colhoun
Image: The first frost will nip the leaf
from the tree and upon decay will provide
nourishment on the ground. (here)

Sunny brightness to
hues of gold and rusty brown
for the months ahead

Welcoming the cold
Swathes of decaying leaves form
carpets on the ground

Nature’s way to force
nutrition for next round of
fresh colors of Spring

For Chev's CARPE DIEM # 552  - decay

Waving off pretences of a rich man

                                                                                     Artist : Julian Falat
Image: An Old Man  (here)

The 10 words:
inimical (antagonistic) senescent
(growing old)threshold fracture
poltergeist static hang alarm
mephitic (foul,offensive) ivory

Not inimical to anyone he met
Senescent gracefully by himself
On the threshold of life’s twilight
Fractured future but always a smile

Wealth stashed in bank accounts
Like a poltergeist felt but not seen
Not static but increasing in amount
Waving off pretences of a rich man

Used to hang out with the youth
But alarmed at their mephitic stance
Eccentricity reminiscent of Hughes
Nice in his ways polite to everyone

Heard say upon his untimely demise
Ivory-like riches to be distributed fairly
To friends and those outwardly deprived
Not that difficult to find in any society

For Mindlovemisery's Menagerie week #24 and
Open Link Monday with Magaly at Real Toads

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Serving needs of extended family

                                                                                               Attribution: Lands Dept                    
Image: Harvesting with horse drawn
reapers and binders (here)

Sunday Whirl Wordle #176
time concern collaborate state care contact
compromising decades serve chat community

Harvesting wheat of times past
Horse drawn reapers and binders
Concern for joint efforts extended to last
To collaborate with foreign workers

Crossing state lines over the borders
Care the best part of the venture
Contacts sustained among neighbors
Compromising decades working together

Serving basic needs of extended family
Empty chats were no more kind of silly
Language barriers were resolved easily
When working within the community

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl and
d"Verse OpenLinkNight - harvest

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In the pairing game!


Image: Courtesy of Grandma's

In the pairing game!
Two succulent pears
paired off.Can you
believe that? To labor
for it took a lot of our
time.But now we've made it!

(140 characters)

Note: Linda provided the picture prompt above
for a Micro Fiction (not exceeding 140 characters)
and to include the word of the week - labor

For Linda's at Grandma's Goulash 
Succinctly Yours week #180

Showered are the blessed!

                                                                                        Attribution: Daniel Schwen
Image: The Impending Cold (here)

A Minute Poem
With a rhyming verse of 12 lines with 60 syllables
It comprises 3 stanzas of 8,4,4,4 syllables
each. The rhyme scheme is:  aabb, ccdd, eeff

a      Filling larders spruced for action
a      hibernation
b      activity
b      a reality

c      squirrels precede Man’s reaction
c      in conjunction
d     with facing cold
d     weather all told

e     prospects of White Christmas welcomed
e     it will be fun
f      brace oneself for
f      the end of year

Note: Hank finds Minute Poems more
restrictive as one needs to contend with
both rhyming and syllable count


                                                                                                 Attribution: Georgia
Image: The Little Ones (here)

A Shadorma
comprises six non-rhyming lines and
the syllable pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5

Tiny chicks
Luscious surroundings
What else should
they ask for
Heaven’s wealth in abundance
Showered are the blessed

Note: For Hannah's Real Toads both poems are 
not directly according to her prompt but almost

For Georgia's at Mindlovemisery's Menagerie  -  Shadorma
and Hannah's Nature's Wonders at Real Toads 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Strains of music soothing to the ears

                                                                                       Attribution: Hila Merenfeld
Image: Deep Penetrating Gaze  (here)

Red Wolf Poem Wordle #25 with words:
holes halls sleeping spiral moment dismissed
looked suits pondered veined solace

An evening out for some fun
Through the various watering holes
Halls often full of the young ones
Set to while away some sorrows

Through with sleeping at any rate
Spiral moments shared among peers
Dismissed from the minds woes of late
Strains of music soothing to the ears

Pondered around for some familiar faces
Meeting penetrating gaze of the other
Garbed in suits quiet in subdued solace
Of veined patterns hiding in one corner

For Irene's at Red Wolf Poem Wordle
and Susan's Poets United - An Evening out

Frigid blue but looking white - Tan Renga

                                                                                                   Attribution: Ariold
Image: Aniwaniwa Falls NZ  (here)

in the pond
reflected trees and drifting leaves
- autumn’s last show                                 Suzanne's
New season’s colors seen
Frigid blue but looking white                     Hank’s

in the pond
reflected trees and drifting leaves
- autumn’s last show                                 Suzanne's
Slowly making an exit
Prospects of White Christmas due            Hank’s

Note: Tan Renga  - To add to Suzanne's
haiku of 5-7-5 with one's own 7-7

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Tan Renga Challenge #48
Suzanne's 'autumn's last show'

Thursday, August 28, 2014

the truth, outcome for those who dare

                             Attribution: Edmund Sullivan
Image: Gathering of Elders (here)

A             Sentiments unraveled that of the old
A             Eying what transpired in a small bowl
B             Men of the desert meeting in a tent
A             Seeking to verify what they were told

B             Sensing travels but folded in a bent
B             Infirmed and the sick not considered spent
C             Dreams of a young lover padded to form
B             To long and to hold a cup full of wine

C             Sense of being merry in part with songs
C             Presence of camels were not out of turn
D             Discarded feel simmering in the air
C             Daring to pitch for some likely reforms

D             Let alone sleeping lion in their lair
D             Discussions let it seem to be most fair
E              Pick the best brains forever be grateful
D             Seek the truth the outcome for those who dare

Note: The 10-syllable count is maintained throughout

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