Thursday, July 12, 2018

Been eyeing you calm as a distant lake

                                                                            Artist: Toril Fisher Fine Art
Image: A Raven in Anticipation (here)

Been eyeing you calm as a distant lake
You've been eyeing me eyes unrelenting
It perhaps need a stone to flash a take
That you slip away and get moving

Why are humans bothered with a raven
Am I not a living creature just as much
Why I have to be eyed with suspicion
Is it then a privilege accorded as such

Open seas with regular rolling of the waves
Undulating yet moving with a regular rhythm
I'm just an innocent visitor for as many days
To regard you a calm and friendly person

A raven can be just as human and sensible
Moving in groups gregarious by nature
Wonder if we can be treated in ways noble
Respected like a peacock just as regal

Margaret's at Real Toad's -  artistic interpretations 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

city boys with a touch of class

                                                                                           Author Kiwi He 
Image: Up and Coming City Boy (here)

the 12 given words:
touch, lifelong, crown, close 
sings garden lips parking tundra,
hologram (image made with
a laser where the objects shown
look solid, as if they are real)
stand, anyone, 

city boys with a touch of class
with lifelong ambitions for the big
time to be crowned with success
where finesse favors the street-smarts
the wily and the slime

the country 'bumpkins' though are
close to nature singing songs in the
garden or lips humming with no parking
problems to impinge on privacy

so what then of the country boy?

less glamorous less demanding and
less expectations perhaps awkward
at times but their time and space
are expanse unimpeded

theirs is an environment very unlike
that of the cold of the tundra or the
desolation and rolling heat of the
desert to reflect a hologram
of happiness

confidence is suspect though perhaps
uncomfortable in formalities but to
stand tall solidly within an image
befitting of success

emotional success appropriately so!

Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  city
MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #170

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Nature divinely friendly

                                                                                                   Author Roger Kidd
Image: An Evening Walk (here)

Autumn coolness
Balanced weather offerings
Chirping in the trees
Lazy clouds move leisurely
Cheery seniors walking by

Misty evening drifts
With unbuttoned shirts flailings
Butterflies winged up
Nature divinely friendly
That life's worries forgotten

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem.
Crossroads #13- chilly coolness
willow_switches' at Real Toad's 
Poeming - tuesday platform

Monday, July 9, 2018

I'm extending my back to shatter any myth

                                                               Author: Stephen Carroll FotoFiction 
Image: Warming up to Exude
that Much Energy (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
Central Masterful Finesse Illusion Shatter Brevity Empathy Lover Money
Cri De Coeur (n.)) a passionate appeal, complaint)
Nostrum ((n) a medicine prepared by an unqualified person)

Central to the issue is a consideration
How masterful am I to exude that much energy
With such finesse to leave them in consternation
Is it an illusion to blind me to reality?

I'm extending my back to shatter any myth
In all brevity it is expected to command empathy
I'm here longing with ideas devoid of filth
Where is the lover with the money?

This is entirely a  plain Cri De Coeur question
I have to accord with due respect a decent curtsy
Or are you demanding I prostrate in humiliation
I can't expect to concoct a nostrum in all sincerity

Carrie's Sunday Muse #12
Amber's MLMM's Wordle #203

Sunday, July 8, 2018

I am here still contemplating the morning

                                                                Author : Clarence White (1906) Fair Use
Image  Contemplation in the Morning (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
boat cabinet lawn pillow hand 
clock minute shed turbulent store lust

Not rocking on a boat
Nor drifting in calmness
Not locked hidden in a cabinet
where I might be in the dark
Not on the lawn
where I should be free
and not in bed lazing with my pillow

I'm mystified but the hands of the clock
keep moving by the minute

I am here still contemplating the morning
still in my night gown by the tub
unable to shed off turbulent  times
impacting on my mind

Is  it normal for a physically active teenager
to be lamenting when there's a whole world out there?
Just what is in store for the immediate

My lust for life in the fast lane is missing
I'm condemned to the dumps
The gossip line in abundance of juicy episodes
They are all having a ball
I'm not bad looking
but why?

Kerry's at Real Toad's Camera Flash
Brenda's Sunday Whirl #359

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Mid-Autumn Festival

                                                                       Author USFWS Mountain-Prairie
Image: The Autumn Full Moon (here)

Moon-cake festival
A family gathering
Thanking divine help

Note The Mid-Autumn Festival is to give thanks
for the harvest celebrated during the autumn full moon
when the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day
Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem. - weekend-meditation #40
- the autumn full moon

Thursday, July 5, 2018

ownership not specified

                                                                                     Attribution: Luis García
Image: An 18th century Azimuthal compass (here)

nature's gift unrelenting ownership not specified
an open book of offering but many left dissatisfied

peace is every step the way but not able to clasp it tight
stake a claim not to get mad and not to deflect one's right

to unravel in the beginning stifled by many distractions
emotions impinge therein elusive in ways apparent

finding the path is
wrought with man-made illusions
but to venture on
the world watching and waiting
impatient for real action

Paul's at Real Toad's peace is every step
Chevrefeuille's Carpe Diem - finding the path

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

a better half rightly so!

                                                                                                         Author Briancua
Image: Happily Ever After (here)

11 of 12 given words:
bread, smile, promise,
braid (material woven into a decorative band for edging or trimming garments)
wrapper sleep kiss candle doorbell porch rock

who to deliver the bread?
did it come with a smile?
was it a promise that came with equality?
all braided in a tight understanding
were these arising from the saying
'equal pay for equal work?'

or was it just a wrapper
to provide a cover
to enclose women within?
to sleep with followed by kiss and tell?

women had been subjected
to such indignities

women are to be adored
with candle-light dinners of old perhaps
not a doorbell at the porch
to be rung at random

women have come a long way
strong and stable as a rock
a better half rightly so!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #169
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  - lady liberty

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

not just the homeless

                                                                                                 Author Geo Swan (talk)
Image: Common sight before (here)

not just the homeless
young lovers, stragglers but now
the nicest people
tired seniors and youngsters
engrossed with their own hand-sets

Prompt:  bench in the park

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem.#1466
Sanaa's at Real Toad's 
- the tuesday platform

Monday, July 2, 2018

ever in the spirit of pride

                                                                                                  Author: anon
Image: A Crowning Glory (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
lessons home essence ever spirit flight 
flitting (move swiftly and lightly)
place passions spiral god

it accords good lessons 
brings home the essence of honor

ever in the spirit of pride
very much like a lion's golden mane
or a peacock's colorful feathers
a crowning glory

a little inconvenient in flight though
flitting from place to place
requires a passion for movements
but it is exquisite
worthy of blessings in a million

it need not be spiral
perfect as it is
it may get in the way
but to stall predators at a safe distance
it is good defense

god's creation
one of its kind

The Sunday Muse #11
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #358

Peace beckons but elusive

                                                                               Photo: jana butcher
Image: The Blue Door (here)

Behind  the Blue Door
Peace beckons but elusive
Where are the good guys?
Political will absent
Craved paradise unfulfilled

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem #1465-blue-door.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

An innocent looking lump

                                                                   Author: National Cancer Institute                                  
Image:Six bottles of different
types of cancer drugs  (here)

An innocent looking lump
Small  and protruded a little
Nothing to be alarmed
But the doctor was skeptical

Being an attractive lady no less
Faced with pain and much suffering
For anything affecting the breasts
Cause of concern and much worrying

She had read of the medical fraternity
of not really being sincere in one's ill-luck
in advising doses of chemotherapy
to rake in the big bucks

The curse of the big C
Radiation is scary

Bjorn's at Real Toad's  -  radiation
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #409

Thursday, June 28, 2018

to spark off challenging traits

                                                                     Photo: © Jim Kable (Used with permission)
Image: Climbing to The Top (here)

the 12 given words:
silently, glide, straight spark traits signal peeking  silhouette happens 
hobbits (a fictional, diminutive, humanoid race in J.R Tolkien’s fiction)
alligator fizzle 

silently gliding up straight
to spark off challenging traits
a signal to the rest of the world
that magnificent pieces of jewels

are there in the making
may just mildly peeking
or in a boisterous show of force
in a rat race killing off
even the slightest silhouette
of competition felt

it happens everywhere everytime
where hobbits or human-kind
stake out rivalry outright and apparent
or seemingly meek and innocent

where greed and power
of that of a hungry alligator
will seek to impose their will
not to fizzle off easily to fulfill
the rogue in human failings
despite Providence's blessings

Michael at MLMM's Tale Weaver  #177
Bjorn's at d'Verse's OLN#223

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

I am not strong but I survive

                                                                                                      Author Jacek Halicki
Image: More like a Second Wife (here)

I am not strong but I survive
I am not weak but I'm alive
I make friends
I don't offend
But life can at times take a dive

I take a walk to appreciate nature
I take light meals for a slim structure
I may gobble
More to enjoy
But not seen silly to maintain stature

I love my car and keeps it sparkling
I love to speed when out on a spin
No road bullies
Dare take liberties
Baseball bat at the ready if they are keen

Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif
- when I think about myself

Look up to the sky

                                                                                                     Author Payton Chung
Image: Looking up the George Pullman
monument, which apparently was never
completed (here)

Look up to the sky
Piercing rays so look downwards
Magical pastel colors
Cooling in warmness
Summer thin clothes make its due

By surfing the 'Net
A sedentary lifestyle
Travels far and wide
Smiling in shared humour with
many but just as lonely

Lillian's at d'Verse's -  opposites attract
Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem -1462 - thin-clothes (usumono).
Usumono is the classical summer kigo

Monday, June 25, 2018

I must act octopus-like fist flying

                                                                                                   Author: Kaišiadorys
Image: More Windy than Usual (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
pint sleeping bag marooned octopus fists
wastrel (noun). a wasteful or good-for-nothing person.
wanderjahr (noun). a year spent travelling abroad,
before or after a college course.
breathless cease metal chase

The Prose
I am not pint-sized to be easily
shoved into a sleeping-bag
I am big enough to be discernible
from a distance, attractive enough
to be desirable but why all this?
Marooned on a lonely unlit highway
subject to the vagaries of an
unimaginable cold spell and a windy
and notoriously unfriendly weather

I must act octopus-like fist flying
to attract attention a lone wastrel
condemned to nothingness just
starting my wanderjahr on the road
I am breathless. I must cease
running weather permitting or
otherwise, I have to stop!

Hi, men-folks, you don't need a
metal-detector to start the chase
I am a warm blooded mammal!

The Haiku
prayers are answered
lights blazing from the distance
divine privilege

The Sunday Muse #10
MLMM's Wordle#202
Jilly's at d'Verse Haibun Monday

Sunday, June 24, 2018

It doesn't matter if it hurts a wee bit

                                                                                                 Author PhotoBobil
Image: A Great Blue Heron flying
confidently with nesting material (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
limbo rattle images pit fold 
ring safe nowhere pill shell

In a limbo appearing rather lost
May rattle faint hearts to no end
Avoid images of horror at all cost
With a view to make amends

Pit one's confidence against adversities
Not to fold meekly under mild distractions
Ring safe in one's domains quite simply
Nowhere does it say to remain silent

Swallow a bitter pill so what of it
Shell out intelligent rebuttals to show resilience
It doesn't matter if it hurts a wee bit
Life is more fun to invoke a good response

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl 357
Kerry's at Real Toad's  - to write not
more than 12 lines and to include
-  it doesn't matter
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #408

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thousands gathered at the Heel Stone

                                                                                                     Author Andrew Dunn
Image: The sun behind the Heel Stone at Stonehenge,
shortly after sunrise (here) Summer Solstice on 21st June
marks the official start of summer.

Hand in hand merrily couples not alone
Thousands gathered at the Heel Stone

 A symbol viewed by many as phallic
Solstice tradition splashed with magic

Musings of romantic maneuvers in store
Beautiful sunrise in the morn seen in awe

Frank's at d'Verse's MTB  - couplets for the solstice

emptiness in the sky

                                                                                    Author Ximonic (Simo Räsänen)
Image: Uninviting Summer evening (here)

Evening lull but an
emptiness in the sky to
bring throes of longings

where you were but now
shadows of apparitions
dancing in the void

sudden and mysterious
you left unannounced

Chevrefeuille's Carpe Diem #1459- evening lull (yuunagi)
Today's summer kigo is evening lull (yuunagi)
yuunagi means evening peace, silent evening
Marian's at Real Toad's - unhappy refrain

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

gaze into the future

                                                                                              Author Charles J Sharp
Image: Gazing into the Future (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
toe while cooling gate gaze glint
taste, sweltering, without, forward

toe the line
follow the leader
to follow the rules
while it is cooling
it is an assurance
to meet at Heaven's gate

gaze into the future
with a glint in the eyes
to taste success
by doing things right

no sweltering heat
to dampen the feeling
to move forward
without a doubt

to do good
is only human
is not to dilly-dally
to act the immediate
and not to be late

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #167
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  - human

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

often missed by admirers

                                                                                                     Author USCapitol
Image: Summer Blooms on Capitol grounds (here)

hidden yet but seen
camouflaged by undergrowth
luxuriantly rich
flagged out by its beauty but
often missed by admirers

Chevrefeuille's Carpe Diem.#1457- luxurance-shigeri.
Luxurance (shigeri) is a rare summer kigo specifically
used to describe the beauty of foliage, beautiful trees,
bushes and flowers that are in full bloom.

Her mind encircled - a Quadrille

                                                                                                   Photo: Enzzo Barrena
Image: A Tortured Mind(here)

Within entrenched
Her mind encircled
Thoughts confined
Great pain recycled

Why was she tortured
Sharp barbed wires
Nothing so feared
Mercilessly pierced

Searched her conscience
Where was the muddle
Answers all entwined
Her mind all befuddled

Karma perhaps at play
Pay-back time held sway
(44 words)

MLMM's Photo Challenge #219
Kim at d'Verse's Quadrille #59
- to include the word - cycle

Monday, June 18, 2018

with lots of counterweight efforts

                                                                                                         Author Wisniowy
Image: Excitement at its Best (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
thewless (adj. lacking vigour or energy)
deasil (clockwise motion in a variety of rituals.)
counterweight (an action that is intended
to balance or counter other actions)
drab envy correspond pressurize 
qualify ginger revolve 

nothing thewless a counter-deasil
with lots of counterweight efforts
nothing drab but lots of excitement
the envy of other manly sportsmen

corresponds to a pressurized
activity exacting a boiling point
of the adrenaline at all times

to qualify as expected
a contending participant needs
to gingerly control the speed
of the wild machine

that should help resolve
all of the worries and concerns
of their loved ones

MLMM's Wordle #201
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Sunday, June 17, 2018

I don't owe anyone a living!

                                                                                      Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding
Image: Happy-go-lucky! (here)

the 12 given words:
treat alone breath harm tell honey 
call pass late shot tower fiddle

What a treat!
To be sitting atop the table all alone
Seeing the world go leisurely by

It may take your breath away
Seeing an unusual stance
But it is not in harm's way
to any one
In fact, even the duck is able to tell
That I'm a safe bet to be with

How I sit is my bother, honey
You may call it a passing fancy
but it is none of anyone's concern!

It may be late in the day
but as a parting shot let us say
that I need not tower over others
to earn my keeps
nor do I need to fiddle over their affairs

I don't owe anyone a living

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle #356
Susan's Sunday Photo Fiction
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #407

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lust for travels is such a wonder

                                                                       Author Dailynetworks at English Wikipedia
Image: Car Travels at own Pace
not through an Organised Tour (here)

the 12 given words:
travel, wonder, surf, road, rocking, defy,
years, smile greatness, car whipping,tucked,

Lust for travels is such a wonder
To surf cyberspace or physically
on the road one is happily rocking
along to defy years of longing
with a big smile

The greatness of accessibility as a
convenience can never be denied
If one has the leisure of time and
space then a car tour can uncover
lots of pleasant surprises not
anticipated or expected

No way one is to skip an interesting
feature within reach nearby to be
tucked under the belt

For to come back again sometime
later in the future to the same place
is just wishful thinking and plainly
a foolish option

Whipping up an itinerary is not easy
Implementing it to the letter is a mistake

Freedom of movements and mobility
and later subsequent adaptations if
need be are all  important elements
of success and joy

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #166
Sumana's at PU.s Midweek Motif  -  lust

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

suzushi sneaked in

                                                                                                    Photo: Duks Visuals
Image:  Reversed bird's eye-view
from above their heads (here)

suzushi sneaked in
with sweltering heat dampened
birds fly in the mist
lovers drawn out from hiding
nature kind equalizer

MLMM's Photo Challenge #218
Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem #1452 - cool
(suzushi) is normally used as a kigo for the
occasional cool summer evenings in Japan

Monday, June 11, 2018

There are occasions when one gets duped

                                                                                                Photographer Cephas
Image:  Not the Familiar Bark of a Tree 
that I am Used to (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
decathect (v)) to withdraw one’s feelings of
attachment in anticipation of a future loss)
objurgate (rebuke severely)
alien revert quickening dissolution enhance possibility duck tangible

There are occasions when one gets duped
Someone suggested this to be an ideal bark
I would rather decathect in disbelief
but not to the extent of objurgating the kind soul
who was perhaps trying to help

It certainly looks to be alien

I may have to revert to the previous
modus operandi,
by quickening my pace avoiding time wastage
leading to faster dissolution of doubts
so as to enhance possibility of success

I should then be able to duck some issues
to get to something more tangible
like my favorite oak tree

MLMM's Wordle #200
willow-switches' at Real Toad 's  the tuesday platform

Sunday, June 10, 2018

We belong in the wilds

                                                                                         Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding
Image: Made to Live like Humans (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
dig bear dulls earth prosper spirit 
sacred years writing act breath

I don't dig this
I just can't bear it
It dulls my mind
We belong in the wilds
Why on earth is the bother

We need to prosper
That was the contention

But shoving us to be with humans
is not the spirit
We belong in the wilds
I'll say it again

It is sacred!
At least provide a wild environment
Like the Sea World where we were for years

The writing was on the wall
We were supposed to be progressive
To interact more with humans
To live like humans
To eventually take over the human race

We are expected to rule the world
We are allowed to take on a couple of humans as pets
Just as how they have been doing to us

Come to think of it
That is not a bad idea
Yes, that will be fun

Now I can breath easy
That will be the day!

Susan's Sunday Photo Fiction
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #406
Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle #355

Friday, June 8, 2018

sadly you had missed the cue

                                                                     Author: Matthew Henry matthewhenry
Image: Saying Goodbye is Hard to Do (here)

It is not that it's such a big issue
But sadly you had missed the cue
It is not that I had not given way
But you had lately looked away

Save the situation, what am I to do
I'm all miserable and feeling blue
You seem to enjoy it all the more
When I dread it all unlike before

Give me a break
Sane thing to take

You know how much I had loved you
Was it not a shock that we are through?

Bjorn's at d'Verse's MTB  - negativa

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

'Sustenance is the problem,'

                                                                                 Author Kalamazoo Public Library
Image: The Reading Habit
Should Start early (here)

the 12 given words:
why, wait, pick, book, read, until, 
end, lucky find how, reader, friend

Why wait to pick up a book
It is to read until the end
that presents the greater challenge

Cultivating good reading habits
cuts across the sedentary comforts
It is being lucky to find it easy
to reach out for a good title

How then to finish it fast?
How then to keep on running?
as chalking up a bundle spells success

A frequent reader and a friend
has this strategy that works

An interesting read keeps one glued
to its pages which is not a problem

'Sustenance is the problem,' he said

This can be overcome
like many boring situations
by a break in between

Read, continue reading but multiple titles
Switch one to the other when boredom sets in
Eventually many books can be completed
The friend says it works!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #165
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif - running