Saturday, January 20, 2018

a band of crooks bent on a mission

                                                                                     Attribution: Nasa
Image: Crooks can Drop from
the Sky to Infiltrate (here)

The homophone sets this week are:
band – a musical group
banned – forbidden

cent – one hundredth of a dollar
scent – an aroma
sent – dispatched

a band of crooks bent on a mission
Individually they were not that destructive
Believing in unity as a call for strength
Courage in numbers proved effective

They managed to hoodwink some initially
Moles were sent out fast to infiltrate
Few organisations vulnerable with their folly
Tumbled unceremoniously by the wayside

They banned recruitment at certain events
Measures put in place to reveal presence
Human Resource easily traced their scents
Foul means for a living not worth a cent

MLMM's Saturday Mix  -  double take

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

glittering pride to be on one's own

                                                                                         Attribution: Michael Gäbler
Image: Alone but on my Own (here)

11 of 12 given words:
falter under wreath frost hibernate, caves 
rejected whispering, breath mirage glittering 

to falter under a wreath of frost
a mistake to be wandering in the cold
better to hibernate in caves,even though lost
a rejected psyche soul but still able to hold

a guarded but whispering breath
to exhibit the dignity of old age shown
under a mirage of confidence, a wealth
of glittering pride to be on one's own

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #145
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  - psyche/soul

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This was the child-play I had wanted

                                                                                    Attribution: Braedin Toth
Image:It is Child-play  (here)

How I would have loved this
This was the child-play I had wanted
Out from this world, what bliss
Alone to myself unthwarted

I had always maintained
Not to be a nuisance to others
I would do my own thing
Away at the borders

But what I could not comprehend
Why others would want to do otherwise
They took it upon themselves to no end
An untold bother at any price

MLMM's Photo Challenge #197
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Monday, January 15, 2018

To force a game against the grain....

                                                                                                   Author: Jan Pavelka
Image: To Zero in through
any likely Opposition Mercilessly (here) 

10 of 12 given words:
game grain shady sane gravity 
train  taken chicken figure superstition

To force a game against the grain
In a shady venture is just insane
The gravity of the situation
Will be most apparent

When the sights are trained
Taken on something big to maim
On to the poor and despondent
Very glaringly being chicken

To figure against the powerful and strong
To allay the belief in karma and superstition
That what goes around comes around
The downtrodden is easy meat to let drown

The thinking being caught is out of the question
Failure against the poor not likely to happen!

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #334

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Decked with controversy of office

                                                                                        Author Brocken Inaglory
Image: One Must Tow the Line
- follow the leader (here)

He was at the end of his tether
Wither the trouble-maker
Bother to him but not to some
Done without tact
Lack of a purpose
Serve it on a platter
Prefer to maintain the status quo
Blow to the dignity of mankind
Find a sucker
Deter the tendency
Possibility of a fight-back
Decked with controversy of office
Pissed by office politics
Peaked when the boss resigned
Time wasting when looking for a replacement
Even a simple task may adversely create
Dictates of paralysis
Insist on tact and virtues
Choose a matured office culture
Never to be upstaged anymore

Marian's at Real Toad's  -  Fussy
Little Forms: - chained rhyme

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Landlords with Grand Designs

                                                                                          Attribution: Sharon Knight
Image: Linked (here)

Roaming the country-side
Feeling free to observe
Expanse of undisturbed sites
Mystifying a linked reserve

Should not determine a pace
To alter unfettered access
Across the land
Why should there be links in place

To safeguard assets and property
Or perhaps a defiant show
Extent of local power and authority
Strong enough to force an issue

Land is grand
Landlords with grand designs

Grace at d'Verse's OLN #211

Monday, January 8, 2018

Beauty beyond doubt

                                                             Attribution:  Charlotte Gonzalez 
Image: Now you see now you don't (here)

Not readily visible
Beauty beyond doubt
Light and shadows
Did not at all put a damper
Not a subject of scrutiny

One might think it was an
accident of history to be seated
shrouded in the shadows

Not really!

She was a clever girl
She observed the surroundings
when she arrived
She chose a vantage position

Enough to provide mystery
Revealing her better side
To let the lights 'do the killing'

MLMM's Photo Challenge #196
Rommy's at at Real Toad's - tuesday platform

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Her buying binge is turning drastic

                                                                    Attribution: Firefly George Seeley (1907)
Image: In all Innocence (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
sin deny sidekick watch water sprinkle thinner
binge (an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence eg a buying binge)
slick (characterized by subtlety, wily a slick swindler)
staccato whistles

How sinful to deny a 'sidekick'
Of her rightful place by your side
Her buying binge is turning drastic
Watch how she use her new-found pride

Flaunting your wealth freely like water
Not in sprinkles but fast-moving splashes
Impacting towards your thinning coffers
Slick talker with twitch of her eyelashes

Followed by staccato bursts of babbles
With a barrage of unending questions
Ending with a triumphant measure of whistles
To confront the subdued load of a victim

Kerry at Real Toad's - camera flash
Brenda's Sunday Whirl's Wordle #333

Saturday, January 6, 2018

fallen but not out

                                                                                                Author:Alex Polezhaev 
Image: I'm free! (here)

falling to the ground
a flower closer to the root
bidding farewell                                  Basho

called to be free
in heaven's name a chosen soul
fallen but not out                                 Hank

Note: Basho and Tando were close 
friends and he (Basho) created above 
haiku in commemoration of his passing

Chevrefeuille's Carpe Diem:
Weekend Meditation#14 - revise that haiku

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Explore the myriads of contending doorways

                                                                         Author: Andreas F. Borchert
Image:15th-century richly
ornated Gothic doorway    (here)

the 12 given words:
doorknob flame  flammable smallest something 
crackle shouts dance sizzle stone dies paper

Wherefore and what behind closed doors
Twist of the doorknob may not be revealing
The flame is at its height from the floors
Flammable even at its smallest sighting

Something's burning and it is likely not love
Crackle of shouts and a dance that sizzles
The stone in stony silence quenching its thirst
Weighing down hard invoking lots of puzzles

Explore the myriads of contending doorways
Picking it right is the puzzling of life's choices
In most likely instances progress dies midway
For paper-thin matters listen to the inner voices

MMT's at Sunday's Whiligig #143
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  doorways

Monday, January 1, 2018

an enchanting evening bidding

                                                                                          Attribution: Dietmar Rabich
Image: Christmas lights (here)

the 12 given words:
champagne kiss enchanting gala gowns Chanel
No.5 kiss invitation gold sparklers flute midnight
effervescent (bubbling, vivacious and enthusiastic)

let the champagne flow
effervescent wine bubbling
to kiss beneath the mistletoe
effervescent young people bonding

an enchanting evening bidding
gala of a time in evening gowns
unmistakable whiff of Chanel No. 5 flowing
enthusiastic young revelers bound

an invitation to partake in a dig
a golden chance as grandma often
reiterate for young maids to pick
a life-long matching much left to chance

sparklers patiently brighten the mime
a restraining flute music fills the air
in a fleeting moment the midnight chime
will sound off the passing of the year

MLMM's Bonus Wordle -  'new years'

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Credibility was a potent ally

                                                             Author: User:Dando Dangerslice, User:Stannered

Image:  Illustration of Plato's
definition of knowledge (here)

the 12 given words:
boil lost ditch middle light rumors 
vine nothing tell mighty seams sliver  

It had finally come to a boil
Lost in the woods
ditched in the middle
of nowhere

Not wanting to make light
of rumors garnered through
the grape-vine nothing was
more frustrating than to
hear tell it was the truth

The might of the mighty
could be seared at the seams
just through sliver thin
confirmation of unsolicited
information

Credibility was a potent ally

Brenda's Sunday Whirl 
Wordle #332
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #384

Friday, December 29, 2017

What would I desire?

                                                                                                       Attribution: Joi
Image:Golden Bracelets for the Picking (here)

What would I desire?
It would be telling on what I aspire
Would I need more
More than before?

No, I have enough to come by
Though there were occasions I would cry
My wants might be limited
Confined to those I had needed

More I would need to spend
Suffice to survive on a limited stipend
It would come a long way if able
I would desire to be more comfortable

Besides it would be something luxurious
Having more resources but not hilarious
But just able to give back to society
Not to the point of pockets being empty

Marian's at Real Toads -  aspire

Thursday, December 28, 2017

red poppy emerged a curse

                                                                              Attribution: Alberto Salguero from es
Image: Nice to look at (here)

white poppy
it must have bloomed
from a wintry shower                      © Basho

red poppy emerged a curse
scourge of the unfulfilled young      © Hank

Chev's Carpe Diem #1337
Tan Renga Challenge - in the fields

Monday, December 25, 2017

Uneasy approach to a dark lane

                                                                                                 Author: David Kennedy
Image: Dark Lane on
a Cold Night (here)

10 of 12 given words:
approach lane lights pin spare 
release wonder split star gutter

Uneasy approach to a dark lane
Street lights only at strategic places
Just enough to side-step the gain
To pin hopes for a safe passage

Not to take unnecessary risks
Sieze the privilege of an upper hand
Spare oneself of unwarranted grief
Secure a  release in any event

One need not have to wonder
Just split easy to get unstuck
Stars above will help to ensure
Avoid the gutter it's tough luck

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #331
Magaly's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Good heart begets the real thing

                                                                                              Author :Jorge Barrios
Image: An Imagined Toy but
a Reality one Day (here)

Deprived orphan's dreams
In not too distant future
Two-wheeler no less
Perhaps sharing sandals now
Good heart begets the real thing

Chev's Carpe-Diem-#1333 -
joses-sandals

Saturday, December 23, 2017

To come armed with presents

                                                                                           Author: Visitor 7
Image: Merry Christmas (here)

Two sets of homophones to be
used - can be poetry or prose.

presence – the state of being present
presents – gifts

holey  perforated, with holes
holy – with religious significance
wholly – fully, completely

A presence of mind occasioned
To come armed with presents
Not of holey elements
But of holy significance
Tagged wholly as a celebration

MLMM's Double Take Dec 23

Friday, December 22, 2017

Time is uncontrolled

                                                                                       Author: Mehedi Hasan Shohag
Image: Measuring 'wastes'
in time (here)

Wanders limitless
Slips through unguarded fingers
Finds its own level

Left to its bidding
Most disciplined element
Time is uncontrolled

Chev's Carpe Diem #1332 - no time to waste

Monday, December 18, 2017

gifts awaited for made it less stressful

                                                                                     Author: Malene Thyssen
Image: A Familiar Sight (here)

13 of the 14 given words:
biting snowfall fire gifts stress  rice porridge 
cinnamon cloves oranges candles ornaments family 

biting cold outside all too familiar
snowfall no let up what a weather
the fire-place not adequately helpful
gifts awaited for made it less stressful

hot and steaming in the kitchen
grandma's rice porridge already beckoned
cinnamon and cloves part of the ingredients
favoring us all with her Asian connection

oranges, candles, ornaments strewn about
all part of the fruit basket being created
a family in familiar pre-Christmas jitters
working together amid friendly banters

MLMM's Bonus Wordle  -  holidays
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Time when running on grass was easy

                                                                                                          Author: Lamiot
Image: Hazardous waste in
Dispersed Quantity.(here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
broken shock chain  runners shoe slippery time grass lock screen
shard (piece of broken ceramic, metal or glass, having sharp edges)

Broken shards strewn in the open
In shock at the chain of events
Why must it be allowed to happen
'Hazardous waste' inviting torments

Road runners running in unsafe environs
Ordinary shoes offered scant protection
Slippery surfaces compounded the situation
Awareness of danger dastardly nonchalant

Time when running on grass was easy
Now such privileges were just rarities
Locked in development a modern day tragedy
Available space screened by the authorities

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #330
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #383

Fire and ice found in contrast

                                                                            Author: Eborutta at German Wikipedia
Image: Present a Challenge and it
Would Live up to it's Name  (here)

Fire and ice found in contrast
Black and white and what a blast
Not a game but a serious matter
Provoked just to make them scatter

Present a choice it would linger
Challenges would tickle the bore
To make a bid to show off skills
With all the thrills without the frills

Spectators would enjoy all the spills
Include the chills but not to overkill

Kerry's at Real Toad's for a Micro Poetry
of not more than 10 lines ~ Fire and Ice

Thursday, December 14, 2017

No one will expect to gain

                                                                               Author William Stadtwald Demchick
Image: Peaceful protest march
in New Zealand in August 2014 (here)

the 12 given words: 
bones, simple clear  ripple, heap knows 
earth gain knees,bask gigantic throes

PU's Midweek Motif  -  celebration

Make no bones about it
It is simple and clear
Not just ripples but heaps
Should have known better

For 2018 is already showing signs
Mother Earth due for a depression
No one will expect to gain
Economists had made it all known

Now compounded by the protracted 'recognition'
Previous Presidents had been very tactful
Peace not to be gambled by politicians
May be brought to its knees if not careful

Madness may be basking in silly grandeur
But gigantic conflagration when both equally belligerent
Previous intifadas confined around Gaza area
Now in many parts of the world may be in throes of violence

Cut out all the intended celebrations
Peace not to be won by unilateral decisions

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #142
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  celebration
Bjorn's at d'Verse's OLN  -  breaking for holidays

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Friends were expected to lend a helping hand

                                                                                        Author:DieTierfreunde 371
Image: Not to Abandon Ship (here)

The feeling was great and the occasion made
Set to be settled not in a meek way unsolicited
When it was an enduring faith to right a mistake
But why must there be a quaint feeling of hurt

Abandoned in a groove of failed assertions
Lamenting luckless nights dodging with his skills
Out of the rut for a reasonably stable outcome
Determined to clamber back onto an even keel

To extend support aligned to their knowledge
Friends were expected to lend a helping hand
But not the best of times to be so privileged
Karma was having a field day to exact payment

Lillian's at d'Verse's Tuesday Poetics :
How Are You Feeling Today? - groove

Monday, December 11, 2017

How long had it been, 30 years? - a Haibun

                                                Attribution: Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC BY-SA 3.0
Image: Young Innocents Coyly
Sizing up each Other (here)

The Prose
I was in a hurry. I was late for an appointment. It was not my
nature to be late for anything. "It is better to be early by 30
minutes than late by 3 minutes" that I had often been told.
Brisk walking along the block not hurrying, not wanting to be
sweaty upon arrival, I should be there in 15 minutes so I reasoned

I took a turn around the block and, lo and behold, there she was
facing me. We were pleasantly surprised, taken aback in fact.

We stood still quietly looking at each other. Only the pavement
had the clatter of movements of people. Not a word from either
of us for that brief few seconds.

Then simultaneously we both lurched forward involuntarily and
hugged each other tightly just as it had been decades ago. The
utter shock of a chance meeting again was overwhelming. To
think it was a street corner but it did not matter. Tears flowed
freely. I had not remembered crying lately but it just happened

How long had it been, 30 years? And she was just as sweet
and beautiful as before.

So much to catch up on -  the appointment could wait!
(200 words)

The Haiku
rekindled moments
of young innocents at play
seemed like yesterday

Frank at d'Verse's Haibun Monday
theme -  pleasantly surprised

Sunday, December 10, 2017

he set about to sail the vastness of oceans

                                                                                                         Author:kees torn
Image: Vast Oceans of Opportunity (here)

the 12 given words:
fall deep seat last nudge assault 
run sail afford bar case puppet

fall from grace staring into
deep-seated feelings of helplessness

embedded from a series of failed
ventures it seemed lucky he was accorded
the last nudge of a face-saving device

it was to relay an assault on his
conscience and he was determined
to make amends

to run for cover with brave efforts
he set about to sail the vastness of oceans
with cost-saving measures

he could afford the privilege of
cautiousness as the only way
to go was up

it would certainly bar the guilt
feelings from muddling his choices

it would be a case of fine play of a
puppet on a string with measured
strokes minus the recklessness

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #329

Saturday, December 9, 2017

How to Draw Them on, How to Shake Them off?

                                                                                        Author :The Photographer
Image: Come and Get it  (here)

Going into opposites with:
exit and entrance
major and minor

Standing in line gingerly aware
there were elements desiring a morsel

How would then to draw them on
and how then to shake them off?

They were bound to cause mischief
Very unlike their nature to pass off
the opportunity to pull a fast one

It would be safer to evaporate and
disappear from their sphere of influence

The idea was to make a
quick entrance and a quick exit
a hit and run so to speak

No shreds of incriminating
evidence to contend with
A potentially major upheaval
could be averted

To hold the head high and keep
one's wits about ready to restore
It would then be transformed into
a whimper the likes of a minor irritation

Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #382

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Will it be a cold encounter?

                                                                                                    Author Suhaknoke
Image: Unlucky Visit (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
final, homecoming, cold rain fingers 
traces past black block visit crams

A final homecoming
Would it be a cold encounter?

In the blistering rain
and with fingers crossed
traces of the past were
imposing black memories

Could unpleasantness remain
at the back burner?

Loving one's own self over others
Narcissism at its most vulnerable
Any sense in blocking it?

Perhaps it should be considered it visit
Unpleasantness would then be avoided

In not extending a welcome
it would seem a reasonable option

Cram all the embarrassment
for just one occasion
and to still remain friends

Susan's at Poets United Midweek Motif
 ~ narcissus (Vanity/Narcissism)
MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #141

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Why should they give way fuming!

                                                                                        Attribution: Brooke Shaden
Image: Dark Days of Times Gone By (here)

Tell me is it a futile proposition
To fall back to those undying moments
Nudging  the conscience
Pending a rightful return
To the three loves much so blatant

Why should they give way fuming
Betrayal concocted through play-acting
Didn't they see it coming?
Perhaps blind to good feelings
To suffer rejection of  irresponsible beings

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge#191
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Monday, December 4, 2017

What a crunch to be caught napping - a Quadrille

                                                                                  Author: Eric Kilby
Image: Caught by the Tail  (here)

What a crunch to be caught napping
No way the sun and moon are to blame
Catch it by the tail to give a swing
To allow luxury of 2 minutes of fame

Set to wonder how it ends
Perhaps arguments to no end
(44 words)

De at d'Verse's Quadrille Monday #46 and
to include the word  -  crunch

Saturday, December 2, 2017

the will to survive pushes the risks

                                    Attribution: Jessie Eastland - uploaded by Pocketthis at en.wikipedia                           
Image: A thirsty jackrabbit risks danger
to drink from a dog's water bowl (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
pushes escapes thirsty drive sound 
thank if exist party song wishes

the will to survive pushes the risks
it escapes limits of impending dangers

a thirsty throat drives caution
to the winds
no sound judgement better than
a full stomach

thank its lucky stars if food and
water exist close by

it may not be a big party of wine
and songs but just a lowly
water bowl to meet simple wishes

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle #328
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #381