Tuesday, September 18, 2018

an attraction through the years

                                                                      Attribution: Andrew Cutraro/AFP/Getty Images 
Image: The Flying Wallendas performing the seven-person
Great Pyramid in 1998, at the Shrine Circus. Two members
of the family were killed in the same arena while trying to
perform the same act 36-years-ago (fair use)

the circus came to town
a fair ring of truth to the youngsters
a clamber to see the clowns
an attraction through the years

wild animals tamed for their acts at will
never thought ringmasters were so brazen
cracking and snapping a whip for a shield
mauled or stomped on, on occasions were known

the Ringling Barnum Bailey and Wallendas
entertained for generations of clamouring outbursts
despite change of ownerships tragedies, and a Big Tent fire
final curtains last May having sustained for 146 years

in 1928 the Wallendas' inaugural with Ringling
was staged at the Madison Square Gardens
where Hank was also privileged to be attending
a circus performance there during an NYC sojourn

Sarah's at d'Verse's  -  come to the circus

Monday, September 17, 2018

clever angle of a spin to outsmart

                                                                          Attribution: © 2017 Jee & Rani Nature 
                                                                                           Photography (License: CC BY-SA 4.0)
Image: Eye Unwittingly
Playing tricks (here)

the 12 given words:
Abracadabra Almond Always Amplify
Arduous (hard to accomplish or achieve)
Artifice (cunning; ingenuity; inventiveness)
Atypical (not typical; irregular; abnormal)
Angle Avoid Agonize Ankle 

abracadabra... an almond-eyed beauty
always contending to amplify her talents
in arduous magical endeavours surreptitiously
created with artifice and atypical assertions

a clever angle of a spin not just to outsmart
but to avoid a conflict agonizingly expended
with ankles deeply embedded in the mud
waiting in the cold equally frustrated

a lesson learnt for in all innocence
the desire to inflict a hurt on a person
not physically but still with bad intentions
will fail in whatever forms of connivance

Yves' MLMM with a Bonus
Wordle of the letter 'A'
Vivian's at Real Toad's the tuesday platform

Sunday, September 16, 2018

an instinct for flaunting the spirit of perfection

                                                                                                 Attribution: Carrie
Image: The Beauty of Reflection (here)

the 12 SW given words:
buzzer finish raffle instinct spirit stage 
drive speed strength letters ten blow

sophistication personified
a buzzer to the finish
not ever from a raffle draw
but an upmarket Big Apple outlet

it is but an instinct for flaunting
the spirit of perfection endowed
on a privileged soul

the stage is set when a drive
for enhancement of Providence's
blessings are extended the speed
of  nature's strengths

acts of divine approval do then
surface from seeming letters of
support in tens overwhelmingly
accentuating the winds of
protection to blow over

an opening to the act of
shadowing a Prophet
providing cover from
rays of the blazing sun

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle  #369
Carrie's The Sunday Muse  #21

Saturday, September 15, 2018

stated often enough they are truths to the ears

                                                                                                          Author: Dellex
Image: Using Their strong Tails
to the fullest (here)

the 'opposing forces' words are:
 – admit and deny
 – presence and absence

in an instance they reveal themselves
and they reckon they are overly smart
to admit is to knock off arguments of others
but to then deny is a measure of a dud

one cannot avoid but pay the price
those who hold sway to press the button
resorting to threats veiled or otherwise
used  to explain an unwanted presence

virtues of credibility have blatantly ignored
the absence of reasons has caused it to adhere
to surviving life's lies brilliantly employed
stated often enough they are truths to the ears

weejar's at MLMM's Saturday Mix - opposing-forces
Mary at PU's Poetry Pantry #420

Friday, September 14, 2018

risks of a safari situation

                                                                                                         Author:  fffriendly
Image: Out on a Safari (here)
(alphabet sestet is a poem of 6 lines with 
a 6 letter sequence in the alphabet, in this 
case J-K-L-M-N-O and A-B-C-D-E-F)

Jet-setting happily across the globe
Knocking off the travel bug senseless
Letting it be known with such hopes
Mindful of the joys but breathless
Not to limit in terms of time and space
Of the likely motivation in strict confines

At the outset decide that it is not a race
But to be carefree and easy not to bind

Catching the sun in an ideal location
Detrimental only to those sedentary by nature
Effectively riding risks of a safari situation
Forced to carry guns as an element of adventure

Lillian at d'Verse's MTB  -  alphabet sestet

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

at sunset a signal for a smashing time

                                                                                                      Author: Jerry Segraves
Image: Blackbirds Like the Homeless
Coming Home to Roost at Sunset (here)

the SW's 11 of 12 given words:
whiskey dangling smashing glass street sari
lantern dandelions subway bakery made

a bottle of whiskey left dangling
at sunset a signal for a smashing time
readying them for a session of drinking
a group of the homeless set to dine

sitting in the street atop a spread-out sari
glass clinking was music to their ears
a lantern turned bright yellow dandelions fiery
could provide joy even with no beers

rumblings in the subway not a bother
empty talks enlivened them and held sway
while a bakery sent loaves made to order
could they be faulted for a raucous day

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #179
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  - sunset

to preserve tact of purpose

                                                              Author Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Image: Test of Patience (here)

To settle for less
to preserve tact of purpose

Winds of change demand
that rivers wind across plains
learning to tolerate well

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem.-
quest-for-new-masterpiece #3

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

destined to be alone to face the grind

                                                                                          Attribution: Annija Veldre
Image: Fighting her Own Battle (here)

the advancing waves rose rightly higher
menacingly secured in all of its strength
never the intention to challenge nature
but when it did come with bared fangs

ready to face the onslaught unarmed
seemingly against this lady defenceless
but with inner strength deftly enhanced
dragging a long red shawl in readiness

unsuspecting in earnest but a brave front
tracing a memory still fresh in her mind
robbed of his presence tragic in circumstance
destined to be alone to face the grind

MLMM's Photo Challenge #229
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

the wild winds of change

                                                                                        Saved by Carrie Van Horn 
Image:   The Sky's the Limit  (here)

the 12 given words:
wind sky rising many farm usual 
find grass freak wrap twice stars 

the wild winds of change
opening up the sky painfully
anger in check not rising despite the pain
not wanting to upset the many

life on the farm goes on as usual
one may find in the grass a freak
thumbing its nose so casual
that wraps it up but not imposing the big stick

some little critters can be playful
having met twice one is considered a friend
stars in the making being so artful
human nature is not easy to understand

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #368
Carrie's Sunday's Muse #20
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry  #419

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

a coming of age amid the fragrance

                                                                                        Author Diego Delso  (1974–)
Image:  A whitewater rose (Nymphaea alba)
in a public garden (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
handsome, rooftop garden trembles 
midnight overflow water rose search tell

handsome in its instance
the rooftop garden trembles
upon a midnight occurrence
an outflow of energy resembles

a coming of age amid the fragrance
a whitewater rose exerts influence
for its uncanny preponderance
for recognition of its elegance

to search hard for a solution
on how to sustain its bloom
for far longer in an insistence
to tell of nature's answer to doom

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #178
Grace's at d'Verse's OLN #227

love was a strange animal

                                                                           Attribution: Laima GÅ«tmane (simka…
Image: A Happy couple (here)

reflecting on the last occasion
as I leaf through our life's recent past
much maligned but within reasons
it could have been our last

tackless but had since subsided
proddings at my ribs probing
anger had  quietly decided
to match the last pleadings

we were now friends
but frustrations lingering
over the horizon
as yet to settle still sneering

love was a strange animal
riding a chequered path
to appease was glaringly dismal
but the right button could end in laughs

Frank at d'Verse's  -
frustrations and heartbreaks

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

to fly from the realm of awareness

                                                                                             Author: Chensiyuan
Image: existence in quiet forms (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
grasp infuse experience form fly from 
sizzle puzzle trapdoor shell form 
nubilous (adj.)) foggy vague or obscure)

to grasp its outright insistence
to infuse with knowledge proper
cautious in tight movements
infuriating when it falters

to experience the richness
of existence in quiet forms
to fly from the realm of awareness
to sizzle beyond comprehension

puzzling when created
avoiding trapdoors along the way
shell-shocked nubilous and disoriented
but among the brave at play

Amber's at MLMM's Wordle #209
Pat at Real Toad's  -  tuesday platform

Monday, September 3, 2018

love gone crazy - a Tan Renga

                                                                                             Author: Charles J Sharp 
Image: Holding on Tight (here)

morning sun
the twinkle of stars
still in the dew                         © Jane Reichhold

tenaciously holding on
just like love gone crazy         ©  Hank

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem  -
tan renga challenge

Sunday, September 2, 2018

the fate of a structure dying to resist

                                                                          Photo Credit: Joy Pixley
the 12 given words: 
grief chill fly gather touch whistle 
trunk live peace sting remember beside

good grief! what triggered it to appeal
a chill to fly by in the early morning mist
it should gather a touch of class to seal
the fate of a structure dying to resist

impacted by loud whistles of high winds
the trunk retorted with a split one night
terror in its eyes seeking to live without sins
at peace vying to disengage from fright

to relive the pain and suffering of the sting
was to remember of its own vulnerability
besides stalking for unsuspecting victims
could only worsen its own invincibility

Brenda's the Sunday Whirl Wordle #367
with the 12 given words
Sunday Photo Fiction with the given photo
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #418

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

shades of white spider-like blooms

                                                                                                   Author PumpkinSky
Image: The White Pink Spider Flower (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
white native jungle, pretend confound 
police  parents ditch shanties,record 

colorful shades of white spider-like
blooms with purple or pink stamens

native to the jungles of South
America a pretender with ability
to attract with its variety of colors

it is not necessary to confound
'predators' being overly deer
and rabbit resistant species

instead blessed with abundance
of butterflies and hummingbird
suitors milling around in the warm
days of its hardy existence

free from having to police
its presence like a matured lady
who ditched her parents to
stake freely a living as survivors
in menacing shanties to
record undisturbed growth

Sunday's Whirligig #177
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Saturday, August 25, 2018

the brave men in overalls

                                                                                                          Author Elsie esq.
Image:  Often Works on
Second Jobs Evenings (here)

A Trois-par-Huit
A form created by Lorraine M. Kanter.
comprising three stanzas
of 3, 3 and 2 lines OR 3, 2 and 3 lines - 8 lines in total
with a syllable count of 3, 6, 9, 12, 12, 9, 6, 3.

The rhyming pattern is AAB BBC CC
where the last line is the title of the poem
and summarizes the meaning of the poem.

standing tall
brave men in overalls
with tools in hands never complaining

have to feed the family even work evenings
mandatory for head of the household to bring
never a dull moment at home

happy and not alone
Great Husband!

Amber at MLMM's  -  Saturday Mix 
- lucky dip
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #417

Friday, August 24, 2018

set to shine in its creation

                                                                                                Author Ruy Carvalho
Image: The Night Walks Menacingly (here)

"in the street of the sky
night walks scattering poems" - E E Cummings

in the street of the sky
the night walks scattering poems
that runs helter-skelter
in the streets of confusion

poems stand on their own
seizing on opportunities
whenever favors are sown
it strengthens on simplicity

set to shine in its creation
with finesse a factor to consider
readily appreciated for their talents
a poet is a known denominator

Sanaa's at Real Toad's  - on edge of starry night

Thursday, August 23, 2018

where bravery is a curse

                                                                                             Author Lucapatrone
Image: Packs a Punch (here)

given out to lots of fun
for as long as she wants
in streets of bravado
where bravery is a curse
where feeligs are bandied about
loosely with lots of shouts
such is the blessing accorded

do beware all the heavy-set louts
here is a fighter standing proud
young as she is
often thinking out loud
never a moment too soon to shoot
a young heart set in different moulds
delicate hands flailing
not bound for wailimgs
but packs a punch
a finality,
not without a victory dance
and musing, 'I have won'

Grace at d'Verse's OLN #226

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

a beautiful place a gem of a find

                                                                                                 Author Paul Hamilton
Image: Precariously from
a Distance (here)

the 10 of the 12 given words:
hillside summer faint guests terrace 
melting bite glittering teams axe

perched atop by the hillside
precariously from a distance
but strongly positioned like a rock
a weekend retreat for the summer

faintly visible but known to the
many guests frequently seen at the
terrace a melting pot of various
nationalities ready to pounce

such is a bite into the standing
of affluence of the selected crowd

glittering teams of the rich with an
axe to grind upon the masses do
frequently stream in across the floor
of the palatial home of the host

a beautiful place a gem of a find
for the rich and famous there

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig Wordle #176
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif
the world is a beautiful place

Monday, August 20, 2018

Destined for an existence of nothingness

                                                                                             Attribution: CityVarsity
Image: A Measure of Change (here)

Destined for an existence of nothingness
Cursed on the unlikely pretense of loving
Enticed in all innocence into realms of blindness
Caught like a rat in a trap of good feelings

Why should she in a moment of longings
Picture his image in thoughts of her mind
Allowing capture unwittingly unknowing
By the elf specializing in balloon designs

Lesson learnt not to stray in thoughts
Lodged in elements who are brain-dead
To be manipulated in all cheekiness wrought
With weird imaginations of a human head

NEKNEERAJ's at  MLMM's Photo Challenge #227

Saturday, August 18, 2018

never to hide his contempt but with howls of laughter

                                                                                                     Author Chenspec
Image: A Loving Couple (here)

the 12 given Wordle words:
green rolls  tongues never hide howls 
smokes stare mean mysteries through mist 

the given opposing forces words:
– whisper and shout
– humid and dry

green with envy it rolls unselfishly across his tongue
never to hide his contempt but with howls of laughter
he creates a smokescreen to allay fears unsprung
which invariably manifests itself in outright anger

a cold stare is often mistaken for quiet reprimand
it appears rather mean and menacing to the young
mysteries governing body language can be bland
seeing through the mist a bravado of the unsung

what then to voice a hidden whisper without a shout
with a semblance of tact to allow for loving care
sweaty on the outside but left dry in the throat
basking in love's options his initiatives laid bare

Brenda's at Sunday Whirl Wordle #365
Amber's at MLMM's Saturday Mix  -  opposing forces
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #416

Friday, August 17, 2018

A question of not throwing away opportunities but to grab the cake

                                                                                       Author Rich Niewiroski Jr.
Image:  A Jagged Horizon in the Distance (here)

The sun simmered red as it slunk towards the jagged horizon.
Feverishly fighting for time as the day turned progressively darker
Not about to indulge in any fancy footwork but just frowned
Contending of ways to save the day for things larger

How did it come to this, a question that kept playing in his mind
Not overly ambitious in his keeps nor expecting a finality of feelings
He reasoned to just keep seeing them as  non-evasive and acting blind
Working instead on his defenses completely engrossed and waiting

Could someone else be made responsible to hold on to the stake
The rewards were aplenty for the patience and outright  persistence
A question of not throwing away opportunities but to grab the cake
Lesson learnt reflecting on previous disappointments experienced

Amber's at MLMM's - first line friday

Thursday, August 16, 2018

In motion the likes of sweet poetry

                                                                                                Author John Vermette
Image: C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a
long-period comet discovered on
17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy (here)
(by sheer coincidence tomorrow
is the 4th anniversary of the discovery)

On a night cool and breezy
As it progresses nonchalantly
In motion the likes of sweet poetry

A poem lovely as....
a flower in bloom makes its entry

A stunning damsel in all innocence
The focus of all aspiring attention
Skipping along devoid of hindrance

A poem lovely as .....
the rainbow emblazoned invokes questions

Do I stand a chance
To entice her for a dance?

Kerry's at Real Toad's - Micro Poetry ~
a poem lovely as...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

back to school turns out to be one of mixed feelings

                                                             Author Lukebetts at English Wikipedia (Luke Betts).
Image: An Outing is Always Fun (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
turns, ripens, walk, pleasure, measure 
belong, horse, empty, belts, cancer, silver,

back to school turns out to be one of mixed feelings
it ripens the build-up of excitements into reality
it may invoke the sweaty long walks in the mornings
or the pleasure of a bus ride for the privileged many

some may take it as an opportunity of making new friends
others as a measure of wanting to be seen as 'little experts'
some others as an obligation to appease dominating parents
whatever it takes it belongs to a childhood long remembered

there are occasions of trying to lead a horse to water
the obstinate who sees school as an 'empty' requirement
nothing under their belts but enhancing a dreaded cancer
later regretting not reaching for gold but a silver performance

whatever the outcome later in life as adults one treasures
all the joys and fun but not forgetting all the added tears

Amaya's at d'Verse's Poetics - back to school
MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #175

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

with the temperature rising unimpeded

                                                                                       Author: – Anka Zhuravleva
Image: Cool Sip in the Searing Heat (here)

the 12 given words:
calescent ((adj.) growing warm; increasing in heat)
forehead dizzy damp breeze comfort 
kneel sheets window tea kettle
paroxysm ((n.) any sudden, violent outburst)

with the temperature rising unimpeded
a calescent day is to be expected
from the forehead a dripping of droplets
not tiny shiny gems but likened to rivulets

being dizzy and damp in the light breeze
can comfort be adequately measured in reality
from that cool mornings enveloped by mist
to being exposed to the sun's intensity

to kneel in prayers or snug under the sheets
or sitting by the window in quiet meditation
to escape the inconvenience of the searing heat
is a choice open to varied permutations

the tea kettle full to the brim awaiting execution
to be sipped nonchalantly in light fashion
not really an unguarded moment of hesitation
but to avoid perhaps an encroachment of paroxysm

MLMM's Bonus Wordle - sick day
MLMM's Photo Challenge #226
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform #14

Sunday, August 12, 2018

speckled with colorful reflects of fears

                                                                                                 Attribution: anon
Image: Perspective of a Lonely Road (here)

the 12 given words:
longing  dusty quiet shy yield thin  brilliant
speckled (covered with a large number of small spots or patches of colour.)
rippled blend rain
lilting (A cheerful or lively manner of speaking)

a longing for the big times
wondering of fortunes ahead
barely out of his teens
on a dusty quiet road ramrod and straight

unsuspecting perspectives
shy of his expectations
to yield thinly disguised initiatives
never revealing real intentions

brilliant moves to overcome obstacles
speckled with colorful reflects of fears
that was how spread of life's ripples
with blends of creative ideas

a lilting comedy of shifting of sentiments
from walking in the rain to those snow-bound
but never drenched nor caught in wet moments
such resilience of challenges so pronounced

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl #364
Carrie's Sunday Muse#16 
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #415

Friday, August 10, 2018

simple thoughts are more challenging - a Gogyohka

                                                                                  Artist: Albert Anker (1831–1910)
Image: Thinking Hard (here)

simple thoughts
are more challenging
as creating them
will draw on more
thinking endeavors

after writing a long
letter a sage once
apologized for having
no time
to write a short one

Gogyohka simply means a verse written
in five lines,.The idea is to take the traditional
form of Tanka poetry (of 5-7-5-7-7 which
is written in five lines) and liberate its structure
creating a freer form of verse with no
syllabic count limitations

Chev's Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #45
Gogyohka, a modern way of writing/creating tanka

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rightly a special day for all to endeavor

                                                                            Author Rhoda Baer (Photographer)
Image: Clasping More than just Holding (here)

What it might create is something
That goes through varied human feelings
A sign of warmness open to loving
Ever welcoming prior to snuggling

It may not be that intimate generally
As long as it leaves everyone happy
Often coupled with loads of kindness
Extended with care and much finesse

Blind to social position or anxiety of color
Young and old both make it most popular
Whatever the make-up is not such a bother
Poems conform to a varied thinking endeavor

Note:  August 9th is officially the
National Hand Holding Day

Lillian's at d'Verse's OLN - Aug 9th
- celebrate with me today
Sumana's at  PU's Midweek Motif
of poems

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

fathers and sons developing a relationship

                                                                                  Author Filios Sazeides sazeides
Image: Sharing Quality time Together (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
starved, dreaming,nursing, blast, fathers, 
sons, bodies, gallop, nights, beers, against, 

starved of moments away from home
dreaming to be wholesomely happy
nursing delights of life on their own
what a blast so they thought to be free

aren't they seeing what's coming
fathers and sons developing a relationship
avoidance of conversations seen looming
bodies to gallop separately sans courtship

nights of beer guzzling on the sly
aren't these just fleeting moments of joy
going against the nature of family ties
blind to the blessings that fathers deploy

the right time leaving the nest
would have been the best

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #174
Jilly's at d'Verse Poetics  -  unseen things

Monday, August 6, 2018

such a shame to bend the rules

                                                                                                 Author John Benson
Image:  Canada Geese flying in a
V-shaped formation  (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
bones shame bend refrain 
stones shells sea weight
skein (a flock of wild geese in flight)
shade twine

the Prose
Make no bones about it. Such a shame
to bend the rules nature has determined
One is to refrain from having stones and shells
removed from their rightful place by the sea

A weight off the mind seeing a balance above
a skein in V-formation - not a shade of threat
to worry about. Let nature take its course to
twine and wind along as it pleases but in
clock-work fashion so as to leave one
in awe of blessings accorded to mankind

The peace and quiet a stark contrast to the
sufferings of the mushroom shaped horror
imposed by others on their fellow beings

the Haiku
observed to avoid future

Note: Today marks the anniversary of Hiroshima. The
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is held each year
on August 6th, at Japan's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl #363
Frank's at d'Verse Haibun Monday - peace memorial