Friday, November 27, 2015

Drats! Feeling scared?

                                                                           Author: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez 
Image: Olin's Kins are not that Mean (here)

Drats! Feeling scared?
Not this Cat.
Orlin at Pat’s  (here)
Holds the trump card
Rhyming smart

Sets its mark
A morning lark
Gets ready at 7
Sets in motion
Great motivation

To be #1

There’s usually a scramble
For those who are able
Though some still on the road
Others cashing in on a load
Missing the boat

Some still snoring
Perhaps a good dream
While some had gone missing
Lately are not seen

Where are the good guys?
No, not dropping from the sky
Do come by
No, not likely to cry
Just a good buy
To have a try

To keep company
For a morning spree
Blue’s cut and paste
Hank chasing in haste
Blue holding onto #1
Gives Hank a fine run
All in good fun!

For Bjorn's hosting at d'Verse OLN #161 and
Yves' at MLMM's Music Friday Prompt #18:
 - Everybody Wants To Be A Cat

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A senior citizen out on an adventure

                                                                                    Attribution: Helgi Halldórsson
Image: Graciousness of aging
in all of its Dignity (here)

11 of 12 given words:
senior adventure beyond begin steps 
health close enters age never forgotten 

A senior citizen out on an adventure
Beyond his usual self gingerly he moves
To begin baby steps very unlike before
Health is a factor that keeps him aloof

Not by any means insisting on arrogance
Humility is close to his heart at all times
As he enters that age of matured abundance
Guarded in his ways dreaded and in a bind

Never to be seen as having lost his way
Forgotten even despised ravaged by dementia
Cultivating palatable graciousness can sway
Towards survival when reasoning becomes bizarre

MMT's Sunday Whirligig #35 with given words
Fireblossom's Friday at Real Toads with - dread and
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  survival

Habitual procrastinator born not made

                                                                                             Attribution: Bill Branson
Image: Staff Meeting (here)

3WW given words:
habitual illustrious jumbled

Habitual procrastinator born not made
A perennial latecomer on most occasions
Others expected to wait at heaven's gate
While nonchalantly they made an entrance

Bane to society testing patience of others
Not a tinge of conscience nor any emotions
Few quick remarks then quiet as a mouse
Just so to announce a notable presence

A harsh ruling of keeping the door shut
Mean chairman in instances could decide
Not a good idea as animosity could result
Many would just let it pass to appear polite

Time sacrificed by members to make decisions
Illustrious gathering one would rather expect
Jumbled thinking avoided in sane discussions
If only anti-social elements could accord respect

Claudia's at d'Verse - emotions and
Thomg's at 3WW week #455

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oblivious of inherent danger

                                                                                  Attribution: Nelson L - CC BY 2.0
Image: "shadows will always follow us” (here)

In the early hours of dawn
Along the cobble-stone paved lane
A seemingly unconcerned group
were trudging along

Oblivious of inherent danger
Perhaps lurking in the shadows
Stalking them and following
from a safe distance
smirking at an easy prey

Courting danger unnecessarily
Was an unwise move
It was inviting to those looking
for an opportunity to strike at random
in dim-lit streets

Why put oneself at risk and threw
caution to the winds

Perhaps they had no choice!

At least they had the good sense
to be in a group and not alone
Safety in numbers was good 
strategy but still!

For MLMM's Photo Challenge #88 and
Marian's the tuesday platf orm at Real Toads

Monday, November 23, 2015

Semblance of a circus sparingly performed

                                                                                                      Attribution: Usien
Image: Club Juggling by the Faltyny family (here)

10 of 12 given words:
ringside acrobats obsolescence
mawkish (mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating.)
enable strength handed serum
brimstone (the phrase fire and brimstone - refer to descriptions of hell)
lapis lazuli (a deep blue stone that is used in jewelry)

Though not a ringside view of the show
Nor were acrobats who swung and swayed
At the Madison Square Gardens long ago
The privileged spectators had quite a day

Semblance of a circus sparingly performed
But no flavor of elephants and big cats roar
Though limited acts given still an attraction
Obsolescence of a kind creeping in slow

Just as well as animal cruelty given prominence
The voice for endangered species gained promise
Often kept in dilapidated and mawkish surroundings
Enabled conservation strength to be hawkish

Fire and brimstone some animals experienced
Now handed to the safety of shelters and zoos
Akin to serum given of a lapis lazuli treatment
Authorities supported by progressive views

For MLMM's Wordle #86

Sunday, November 22, 2015

It is not a matter of possession

                                                                                                     Artist: Rubens Peale
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag #295 (here)

The blessings of a find
Rewards of a discovery
Does it accord privileges
To all and sundry

Is it all fair to assume
Finders are keepers
What is the given rights
To devour and consume

Unless granted permission
A fundamental assertion

A honey gatherer is not
expected to dip his finger in the pot
Let alone a swipe or a swig
of a goodness treat

Basic principles of honesty
Molded in sincerity
is not difficult to determine

What is not yours
Does not belong to you
It is not a matter of possession
To accord recognition
and a right of consumption

For Tess' Magpie Tales #295 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #279

How gullible we had been! - MF

Image: Courtesy of Grandma's Goulash (here)

We had been through all those juicy
gossips that she said were the truth.
Now we realized they were just hearsay.
How gullible we had been!

(140 characters)

For Linda's Micro Fiction at Succinctly Yours week #243
at Grandma's Goulash with word of the week  -  hearsay

Light of burden the norm in trudging uphill

                                                                                          Attribution: Wing Chi Poon
Image: Bid to Escape (here)
(as a Pacific wave slams on the bird colony
some pelicans jumped into the air to escape - Wiki

SW's the 12 given words:
fall abyss drift hidden holy light
mist flesh pass secret tame tide

A fall into a dark abyss of the mind’s allure
Drained of righteous strength in a drunken stupor
Unlikely for one so strong healthy and robust
Slight drift in step sadly that failed to traverse

Hidden in the quiet dark not for the meek
In a holy stance staged that had hoped to peak
Light of burden the norm in trudging uphill
Uncalled for mist that descended came to imperil

Tiresome flesh devoid of strength to pacify
To pass up a secret passage to one so versatile
Ways to tame a wayward mind of a recalcitrant
To tide over a lame body that malfunctioned

Note: The poem is inspired by Ingrid Jonker's
poem  -  Escape (here)

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #226 and
Margaret's Real Toads - play it again toads #23 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

To restore balance in nature

                                                                                        Attribution: Andrew Smith
Image: A Juniper plant (here)

Note: Climate change caused ecological
concerns to the Altai highlands. Shamans
use smoke from heating the juniper plant
to remedy the malady

Climate change impinged
on nature and cultural
order. Shaman sought

Juniper smoke brought
a spiritual balance 
Evil thoughts scurried

Restored confidence
The Altai highlands acquiesced
Mother nature eased

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #864  -  juniper

Friday, November 20, 2015

Love too precious to treat lightly

                                                                                                Attribution: Keven Law
Image: A Mandarin Duck (here)
(Mandarin Ducks, frequently featured in Oriental art 
are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity  -  Wiki)

Note: Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,a and an internal
rhyme on syllable 8 of 3rd and 4th lines

Little did she realize that day
Anger would not keep it at bay
But he had not been fair with her
Sending a tweet hoping to veer off in a way 

Be brave enough to make amends
Least he could have done as a man
She had taken the easy way out
Could be hasty but not about to cry and rant

Love too precious to treat lightly
Lesson in love as sanctuary
Vindictive mode not an option
Just swallow the pride to move on with certainty

Worked for others she had observed
Good man waiting that she deserved
He would be forthcoming in time
Just play it cool it would be fine justice well served

For Gayle's hosting at d'Verse's  MTB  -  a florette

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Snow-capped tops and green meadows

                                                                                        Attribution: Pavel Kazachkov
Image: The Altai Mountain Range (here)

Captured variety
Snow-capped tops and green meadows
Oneness in vista

Coolness cloud cover
Playground for tiny creatures
Eagles dare encroach

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #862  -  vistas  (panorama view)

Respect for sacred stones

                                                                                Attribution: Martin Vorel
Image: A Mongolian Shamanic Ovoo
 - sacred stones (here)

Care for safe travels
Respect for sacred stones found
around the highlands

Blessings of spirits
Ensured travel’s well-being
Sacrifice offered

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #861 - sacred stones (ovoo)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Playing to a pantomime straddling clouds beneath

                                                                         Attribution: Tech. Sgt. Michael Haggerty
Image:  The SR-71A known as the 'blackbird' is a long-range,
advanced, strategic reconnaissance aircraft (here)

Swirligig’s 12 given words:
blackbird tree  pantomime whistling barbaric bawds
pierced moving rhythms snowing  afternoon  whirled

Happiness to a blackbird contending at its zenith
Flying low above a tree stubbornly not about to yield
Playing to a pantomime straddling clouds beneath
Voraciously whistling when wretchedly concealed
Barbaric but still able to maintain a gracious loop
Much like bawds enjoying a spot of friendly haggle
It pierced the quiet of day with scintillating swoops
Moving at a pace from safe confines of a saddle

Gyrating to the heart's desire of freedom’s call
Lucid in its rhythms akin to an afternoon's  snowing 
Gliding across against a high and aggressive squall
It whirled in dignified devotion sensuously teasing

For MMT’s hosting at Sunday's Swirligig #34 and
Herotomost's at Real Toad's  -  the heart's desire

Many will leave it within greatness of Providence

                                                                                 Attribution: Drypoint by L Corinth
Image: Female patient in bed (here)
(relatives often faced with difficult
choice of terminating life to ease off pain)

3WW given words:
grovel (fear in order to be forgiven or to gain approval)
enigmatic (full of mystery and difficult to understand)
PU's Mid-week Motif  - mercy

Mercy be under such tremendous onslaught
One is expected to be aware but not to beg
It is elusive except when it is tempered
By those empathized in their resolve to help

Mercy is not faulty or an element of disdain
Neither it is a choice to be given readily
It is called upon to be imposed on one in pain
Grovelling in the mud at risk to be treated harshly

Forgiving treatment to those in bad situations
Enigmatic when it appears tinged with emotions
Kindness shown to the lucky few in deprivation
Bread, a lucky break to avert starvation

Mercy-killing though is a totally different kind
Morally speaking it is open to interpretations
Life however threatened is preciously divine
Many will leave it within greatness of Providence

For Thomg's hosting at 3WW week #454 and
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  mercy 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Of childhood innocence without a care

                                                                              Attribution: U.S. Department of State 
Image: Young innocents at Play (here)

What do I miss?
When a sunny sky extends its rays
Whistling breeze on rustling leaves treading past
Chirping sweetness of birds in mid-day
Songs of laughter of children in a bus

What do I miss?
Of childhood innocence without a care
Schoolroom antics in friendly banter
Walking to the local groceries for a dare
Whispering sweet nothings nibbling her ear

What do I miss?
The luxuries of yesteryear 
Which cost nothing to savor
Enjoyed among a group of peers
Fleetingly lost fast and no more

For Mary's hosting at d'Verse
-  Poetics:  what do you miss?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Perhaps unwittingly had one too many

                                                 Attribution: Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería
 Image: Drunk on the grass (here)

.MLMM's 11 of 12 given words:
Chirping Merry (via Yves) Exhilarated with liquor.
Jabber (via Yves) To talk thick and fast
Malakas (via Ladylee) Filipino for powerful or strong.
Honey-peeler (via Yves) A person who manipulates through seduction
Makisig (via Ladylee) Filipino for handsome.
Nudnik (via Cressida) Yiddish for a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore.
Muore (via Bastet) Italian for dies.
Lazulitopian (via J Lapis) “One who resides in a mental world of blue perfection
Gnarler (via Yves) A little dog that by his barking alerts there is a burglar inside the house
Lentamente (via Bastet) Italian for slowly.
Moje Dziecko (via Pat) Polish for “My Baby”

Somewhat Chirping Merry of a guy
It was just a temporary setback
Lots of jabbering as it were to get by
To be unjustly thrown all the flak

Perhaps unwittingly had one too many
But lying on the grass was not a crime
When rich and malakas with money
Would bring him back to his prime

Might be a honey-peeler in the making 
It would be acceptable on occasions
Why endowed a makisig of a being
Certainly there must be good reasons

Not a nudrik before muore but  for some while
A lazulitopian to take the world by storm
Need not be a gnarler but with some guile
Lentamente, moje dziecko he could still transform

For Kerry's  - the Tuesday platform at Real Toads and
MLMM's Bonus Wordle #2 with the given words

you should be quite a dish

                                                                       Attribution: Rick Dikeman 
                                                                                                at the English language Wikipedia
Image: Clown chili peppers (here)

Sunday Whirl's 11  of 12 given words:
freeze laugh looks brim scramble 
scrape silent nameless dish peck left 

Freeze! What a laugh!
With that kind of looks
You may just make it
Brimming with a grin
You may not even have to scramble
Nor scrape through
Play it silent and nameless
There is nothing more
delicate to consider

Except perhaps if you are
of the female gender
you should be quite a dish
Everyone would have wanted
to give you a peck on the cheeks

Just wishful thinking!

But this is already a given
You are a heck of a clown
For a beginner it is a sure Pro

Let's see, there's one thing left
A glamorous name
Wonder what should it be?

For Brenda's hosting at Sunday Whirl #225 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #278

Sunday, November 15, 2015

loneliness of home

                                                           Attribution : Arabsalam
 Image: The Mongolian Steppes (here)

With tears in the eyes
Memories of the vast steppes
Tugged at the conscience

Whispering winds that
passed by could not appease the
loneliness of home

Nature provided
healing effects but sadly
it was just futile

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #858 - throat songs of the steppes

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I am expected to be sitting pretty, yes!

                                                                                            Artist: John E Millais
Image:1  The Violet's Message  (here)

Here I am a privileged being
Invited to be an artist's model
How I jumped at the opportunity

I had mixed feelings initially
I am expected to be sitting pretty, yes!
But I am also expected to remain still
Not a movement and that was torture
I was inclined not to accept, not readily
I might need to fidget or perhaps cough
John's concentration could  be affected
It might kill me having to stay still

I was lucky John assured me
he told me a secret

'Many may not know this' he said.
Only artists are aware without realizing
it initially. When you sit there your image is 
recorded in my memory and it stays there
It is a God-given gift!
If you are not there the whole of the next
few days, I can still picture you with the 
same pose and continue painting.

I would not be a bother after all
I might not have to be sitting
there all the time

It even gave me a respite
I had been meaning to read
Joe's long letters (my fiance)
over and over again

I had been putting them off lately
He had been transferred far away
He kept sending them of many pages
and I love it

It would be helpful to John
as I would be engrossed oblivious
of his presence!

Susies' hosting at Real Toads  -
Bits of Inspiration ~ Capturing Thoughts
ABHRA's at d'Verse's  OpenLinkNight #160

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thrilling Shotover Jets of Queenstown

                                                                                 Attribution: Alex Proimos
Image: The Shotover Jet 'Big Red' (here)
(Skimming past rocky outcrops at close range 
twisting and turning through narrow canyons 
at breath taking speeds  -  Alex)
3WW given words:
wiggle distracted venom

Starting rather small perhaps a trickle
Wiggling along the heavy jungle clusters
Then madly tumbling over falls that sparkle
Rushing through rapids and rounded boulders

Canoeing and rafting pastimes for enthusiasts
Or drastic and thrilling Shotover Jets of Queenstown
Midstream distracted by trade and commerce
With infrastructure of hydro-power generation

Snaked across plains would have been spent
But venom spilled through floods and destruction
Damages and sufferings disgraced it as a friend
Such were rivers extending mixed collaboration

For Sumana's PU's Mid-week Motif - rivers and
Thomg's 3WW week#453

Monday, November 9, 2015

He was utterly Figimaled

                                                                                     Attribution: Aleksandr Abrosimov
Image: Osmussaar Lighthouse(here)

the 11 out of 12 given words:
Aarambham (via Two Paise Poems) Indian for the beginning.
Avasaanam (via Two Paise Poems) Indian for the end.
Figimaled (via Jules) Primarily Farklempt; distressed,
confused, annoyed, dismayed.
Shiprighteous (via KO) A smugly moralistic ship.
Cagestruck (via Yves) to be clueless of the customs,
dialect/language/slang, and haunts of an unfamiliar city.
Skuddling (via a darkened house) side-ways, skitterish motion
Ardle (via Michael) a person who urinates whenever
and wherever the mood strikes them.
Maganda (via Ladyleemanila) Filipino word for beauty,
refers to the beauty of both form and spirit.
Sayang (via Hank) Malay/Indonesian word referring to a
loved one. Also used to express one’s affectionate
feelings to a lady – whispered softly while nibbling the ear lobe.
Appraisal (via Ranted Crow); The act or result of judging
the worth or value of something or someone.
Punarjanmam (via Two Paise Poems) Indian for rebirth
or reincarnation.

Was it an Aarambham or
Was there an Avasaanam
He was utterly Figimaled
How he wished to be in the
Shiprighteous mode

Lost in this big city
How did it happen?
Stuck there for the past week
Cagestruck he could only stare
Right through the open window
Staring into nothingness

His thoughts went the far distance
He looked out again
He could spy down below
aiming precariously
in a Skuddling manner
an Ardle
Something familiar at least
Reminding him of home

But he would rather savor the lighthouse
at sunset further yonder
Awe inspiring Maganda
His mind went haywire to the far distance

How he instantly missed his Sayang
How he missed those lingering hours
When time stood still
When together they shared
Dancing slow fox-trot

No, an appraisal was in order
Even though the salary offered was fantastic
He was certain he could not survive
Not even following a Punarjanmam 
He thought hard

A lower-paying job was still bearable
He would have to go back home
For his Sayang and more!

For Amber's hosting at MLMM's Bonus Wordle and
Marian's at Real Toad's the tuesday platform

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Poppies evoked poignant feel

Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag (here)

Poppies evoked the
poignant feel to relate to
heroic exploits

Happiness to the
soldiers to be remembered
How we were steamed now

When knowing ills of
the drug scene emanated
from the poppy plants

For Tess' Mag #293- the remembrance day
Chev's CARPE DIEM #854 -  happiness and
Haiku Horizons  - steam

A dance so queer

                                                                                                    Attribution: Dantor
Image: A  Katzenauge (here)

the given words:
dance dream trample
vapid (flat,flavorless,dull)
translucent (allowing light to pass
through but not transparent)
grid (network of lines)

A dance so queer in his dreams
Passed fleetingly through
Trampling on various occasions

Rather vapid it registered vague pictures
Whereas ocean waves lapping the shore
Were rightly more consistent

He could spin a story most likely to stun
And to pan to the curiosity of friends
But he held back

It was translucent and
Seemed nebulously myterious
It was picturesque and grid-like
A dramatic concert but still
Frighteningly kaleidoscopic

Never had it so good
But at odds to have it shared

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl #224 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #277

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pressures can impinge

                                                                        Attribution:  Dietmar Rabich
Image: Labyrinth “Werschrummschloeff” in Berdorf, Luxembourg (here)

High walls moss-laden
Like maze runner stultified
Standing dumb-founded

Beauty is neutral
In eyes of the beholder
Fulfilled desires

Pressure can impinge
But high resolve is savior
To each his own whims

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #853 Mother Earth/Mother Nature and
Kerry's the Eye of the Beholder - micro poetry at Real Toads

Quirks are smart!

                                                                                    Attribution: Laitche
Image: Little Egret (here)

Is it a (b)other not to adhere
There are quirks who are
Really (s)mart at
Marketing their wares
Are we not entitled to (re)act in
A similar manner?

Yes, certainly but one
Must be an (excel)lent an actor and face
The onslaught head-on.
Only then it is game.
Are we then not on a level
Playing field
Are there deractors?
Yes there are but
We can well work around them
And enhance their contributions
This will lead to a
Win-win situation and
The whole community
Benefits. Yes, there
Are certainly ways and

For De's hosting at d'Verse  let's get jambin'

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Was it not contemplation of an afternoon's siesta

                                                                             Attribution: Alex Proimos
Image: A Quiet and Deserted Side Walk (here)

3WW given words:
ragged threatening unsightly

Quiet and deserted side walk in mid-afternoon
None of the ragged youngsters of some days
The neighborhood their desire to roam
Just as a busy bee in their privileged forays

Was it not contemplation of an afternoon's siesta
The elders were there too threatening the tranquility
With their fervor of high pitched laughter's a trauma
Putting to shame audience's reaction of popular comedy

Growing old in solitude perhaps a better option
Behind closed doors confined to one's guarded territory
Not to be accused of meddling on other's preoccupation
Consequential outcome that could be unsightly

Tranquility at its best
Not at anybody's behest

For Susan's hosting at PU's Midweek Motif  -  tranquility and
Thomg's hosting at 3WW's week #452

Had the resfeber feelings for days

                                                                                               Attribution: Kenny OMG
Image 1 : The Pahalgam Valley (here)
Pahalgam is a hill-station about 95 km from Srinagar, the capital city of
Jammu and Kashmir

                                                                                      Attribution: Ramabhadrran TS                                  
Image: 2 The Lidder River (here)
The upper reaches is paradise where sparkling streams rush out and tumble by the
hillsides its sprays glistening in the morning sun. It was barely 10 meters from the
taxi we were traveling in. Not far away in the background were the snow capped
highlands with some parts hidden by clouds amidst the blue skies.This picture is
at the lower reaches where it is still crystal clear and fast-flowing.

                                                                                                   Attribution: Dvellakat
Image 3:  A shikkara (a Kashmiri boat) in the foreground. A tourist couple being
taken on a leisurely ride at the Dal Lake. House-boats in the background. (here)

We stayed in one such house-boat together with meals. We (four of us) occupied
the front rooms while the family (the operator) was at the back portion. In the
afternoons we borrowed their shikkara and paddled nearby around the lake buying
local fruits along the way. This happened many years ago. It was traveling on the
cheap but it was real fun!

CC hosting at d'Verse suggests to write about a traveling episode and to invoke
the use of the following words where possible:

resfeber (n): the restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey
begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together
wanderlust (n): a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.
fernweh (n): “distance-sickness”; the craving for travel
coddiwomple (v): to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague

Had the resfeber feelings for days
Sleep was difficult for we were bound for Kashmir
Jewel of a paradise tucked away in the Himalayas
Heard about it and dreamed of it
The wanderlust under extreme provocation
Fernweh long awaited for

From New Delhi it was a hop over to Srinagar
and on to Pahalgam around 95 km by road
And what a sight!

A landscape undisturbed
The tranquility of it all

Snow-capped highlands within 'touching' distance
surrounded by flora greener than green
Streams and rivulets gushing over boulders
into fast flowing rivers
It was a coddiwomple at its 'bestest'
And what a show!

Slow moving pace with traders of pelts
and leather goods besides eateries
The innocent village belles with rosy cheeks
dressed in the typical loose and bulky clothes
Hank was young then barely 30 years of age
but nothing untoward happened
Just felt of not wanting to come back home!
That's all!

For CC's hosting at d'Verse's Poetics:
Tangled in Traveler's Heart and
Susan's at PU's Mid-week Motif  -  tranquility

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Strokes from a master's hand - A Haibun

                                                                                                        Artist : Van Gogh
Image: View of the Church (here)

The Prose
The beauty of Autumn is in the anticipated change of visual rapport of man to nature. 
It alleviates the extremes of sweaty Summer on two fronts.The reduction 
progressively of the warmth of the weather to the progressive change of the 
visual greenery to the copper brown

The beauty of Van Gogh is also on two physical aspects that impact hard on the
consciousness. They are the wavy lines and also the tendency to fill the whole of the 
canvas with such a wavy spectacle.Lesser known or otherwise, this masterpiece 
can immediately be recognized as that of the old master's on account of the 
two characteristics.

The other that leaves imprints on the mind is the signature facet of the 
sunflower as a subject. Van Gogh perhaps wants to maintain the adherence 
to hues of yellow,orange and gold apparent in the above masterpiece and 
in many others. The yellow tallies also to that of the sunflowers' colors. 
Van Gogh's still life of sunflowers is a stimulant to the art scene 
most profoundly accepted.

                                                                                      Artist: Van Gogh
Image: Three Sunflowers (here)

The Haiku
Strokes from a master's
hand to relinquish burden
of talents bestowed

For Bjorn's hosting at d'Verse - Haibun Monday #3 and
Kerry's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Monday, November 2, 2015

Did you say a mermaid ?

                                                         Attribution: Decompose -  by zaldy icaonapo
Image: Courtesy of MLMM (here)

The Prose:
While one is familiar with what a mermaid is, it is interesting to see what wiki says:
A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. 
Mermaids are associated with the mythological Greek sirens as well as with sirenia, a biological order comprising dugongs and manatees. Some of the historical sightings by sailors may have been misunderstood encounters with such aquatic mammals

MLMM's 11 given words plus 1 foreign word:
nickel phase migration mutilate water ungainly
sayang ( Malay/Indonesian word to refer to a loved one. Often also the word to express
one's affectionate feelings to the lady - whispered softly while nibbling the ear lobe)
nonchalant (having an air of easy unconcern or indifference)
plexus (a network, any complex structure containing an intricate network of parts)
submersible (able to be used underwater)
kelp (a type of brown seaweed)
melanin (insoluble pigments, found in animal life,that account for the dark color)

The Poetry
A nickel a dime
A partner for a lifetime

Did you say a mermaid ?
That phase in your life they said
Migration towards dementia
Would not take you that far
You couldn't be serious, this once
A mermaid for a sayang?

Nonchalant in your resolve
With your reasoning madness
Mutilated into complex plexus
What to make of that kind of love

You not being submersible in water
She ungainly on land for sure
Perhaps to be fed with lots of kelp
How could that help
Even her melanin restrictions
Would be disastrous when exposed to the sun
So you still want a mermaid for a wife?

Note: Apologies, Bjorn, for not using your van Gogh. Will make
amends with a second one based on the painting later in the week

MLMM's Wordle #85 and Photo Challenge and
Bjorn's at d'Verse Haibun Monday 3

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Blue in the face a ghostly apparition

                                                                 Attribution:Rabbit by Elaine Usdin
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag #292 (here)

Sunday Whirl's 12 given words:
body veins fire vessel bleeding search 
weeping blue words name stone dusty 

Sudden surge from her lower body
Bursting through her veins a tsunami
Fire in a vessel bleeding in the belly
Neglected rabbit made her angry

She searched for an answer weeping
Blue in the face a ghostly apparition
Loss for words, nameless a human failing
Heart of stone devoid of emotions

Who meted out this 'punishment'
Why? The rabbit was too tired to hop
All dusty, exhausted and spent
Careless magician had lost a 'prop'

For Tess' Magpie Tales #292 and
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #223