Friday, December 9, 2016

Moonwalk and sidewalk acrobatics

                                                                         Attribution: White House Photo Office
Image: A Grand Welcome to the White House (here)

Dolce steps in staccato outbursts
Audace R 'n R dancing without rehearse
Following Bill Haley onto the scene
It propped up Elvis into a regal being

Gyrations stoked the spokes unfaltering
Chubby Checker then came a-twisting
Three allegro unprecedented offerings
Music was never the same again

Kind of diminuendo came a-knocking
Sidewalk acrobatics and break dancing
Hijacked the movement's intensity
Paving the way for Michael's entry

Beat it! Moonwalk special a likely ruse
Sporting purple socks and dancing shoes
His forte that kept others near paranoid
Untimely demise left a glaring void

Victoria's at d'Verse MTB
  - make music of those words
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 18  -  three
Susie's at Real Toad's  -  shoes

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ready to provide a shield of protection

                                                                                          Attribution: Lviatour
Image: Must be Seen to Act (here)

the 12 given words:
shield, unsteady, touch, 
tangles (something that hampers, obstructs)
rejoice, scorn shame grime sane wait tarnished ,
mesh (any arrangement of interlocking metal links)

3WW words:
snuff specific tempting

Ready to provide a shield of protection
Though unsteady but he had the touch
Avoiding tangles nor rejoicing in the deal
No scorn intended nor shame be accepted
He had the ability
He had to take on the responsibility!

Had painstakingly gone through the grime
A sane proposition had to be implemented fast
Fatal to wait for others to move
The specifics must be addressed in the now
Tempting not to act on someone else's folly
But it should not be allowed to fester
For they had tarnished the family name

The mesh had to be unravelled amicably
To snuff off impending disaster pervading
which was likely to overwhelm in its enormity
He had to act

Being the eldest he must be seen to act!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #89
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 17  -  ability
Thomg's 3WW week #509

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

An inexhaustible bidding

                                                    Artist: Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740–1808)
Image: Portrait of a Gentleman (here)

10 of 12 given words:
groove inexhaustible late clutter handbag flattery 
nuance (slight difference in color or tone)
faustian ( spiritual dissatisfaction or torment)
bellwether (male sheep that leads the flock, ringleader)

He went through the groove
An inexhaustible bidding
Though late in the day
A clutter in a handbag of goodies
More of a flattery to his ego

He recognized the nuances
that colored his virtues
Faustian in outlook
he felt the big letdown
His mind was dancing with
naughty thoughts
But he was  unperturbed
a bellwether of a soul
He meant to show them he
was no pushover

From the marrow of his insides
To the tone of his voice
He had the looks and the power
The drive for a push
Was he not a BMOC of old?

Note: BMOC -  big-man-on-campus

For MLMM's Wordle Dec #132
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day16 -  color
Kerry's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Two lovely kittens nonchalantly at play - a Quadrille

                                                                                            Attribution: Pravee1207
Image: Playfully aggressive (here)

Two lovely kittens nonchalantly at play
One bit playfully while the other responded
Aggression invoked to their dismay
At each other's throats they went unaided
She intruded to calm them
They both then pounced on her
Caused scratches mayhem
Scarred her frayed nerves forever
(44 words)

For De's at d'Verse's 44 -word 
Quadrille#22  -  scar

Sunday, December 4, 2016

changing patterns of behaviour

                                                                          Attribution: Josh Semans
Image: Ardent Chat-partner (here)

10 of 12 given words
heave screeching dead chatter patterns 
doors anatomy back reload files 

Slow cruising others heaving sighs of relief
But screeching dead stops were shocking
Could well prove fatal to end up in grief
For chatter at the wheel had many fuming

Together with changing patterns of behaviour
Having a cell-phone was more of a nuisance
No more like talking behind closed doors
But blurting outright without much concern

Zombies walking into walls knocked senseless
Remember anatomy of Pokemon Go back then
Reload on the go with files of virtual monsters
A mobile game that took the world by storm

Novelty waned now, less lustre lacking enthusiasm
Despite updates such as the recent Halloween event
And Thanksgiving with rewards for stardust and experience
Discussions together between friends had died down

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl #277 and
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 15  -  together

Swept off the ground shocked

                                                                                         Attribution: Guérin Nicolas
Image: A Hot Kiss (here)

Night to discover
Reminiscent of surprise
Swept off the ground shocked
Sudden hug out of the blue
Uncharitable first kiss

For Chev's tanka at Carpe Diem #1085  -  the kiss 
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 14  -  hug
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #331

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Warm memories nostalgic in part but put on hold

                                                                                   Attribution: Lookatdesktop
Image: Young Lovers (here)

Inspired by the saying::
Winter my dear would be cold without warm memories
                                                                          -  Sanaa
What of it?
Reflecting on good fortune snug on a pedestal
When life was of prophetic indications pulsating
Looking to the sky clouds bidding as palatable
A tussle to recollect images of a pretty plaything

What of sweet recollections?
Gracious imaginations with mutual feelings of awe
Boy and girl whispering sweet nothings manifold
Insisting on a sacrifice towards a future together
Warm memories nostalgic in  part but put on hold

What of uncanny acquiesce?
The winter of their life together devoid of fears
Meant for each other a relationship so blissful
What kept alive little anecdotes of yesteryears
Two hearts locked in place exquisitely beautiful

For Sanaa's A Dash of Sunny  -  Prompt Nights – #37 and
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge  Day 13  -  imaginations

Friday, December 2, 2016

Jim Delligatti who invented the quintessential Big Mac

                                                                         Attribution:  Evan-Amos                                              
Image:Jim's Big Mac (here)

10 of 12 given words:
die loss exceptional coming outline,
languid (lacking in vigor)
backmore longing hinted

3WW words
quintessential (of the pure and essential essence)
rabid (furious or raging; violently intense)

Jim Delligatti who invented the quintessential
Big Mac died at 98 yesterday, a big loss
He was exceptional in coming with an idea
that outlined thinking out of the box

Not languid in desire but rabid in putting it
across he got back more than he bargained for
Prickly news when first mooted but it was
a longing for an impact of diversity in thoughts
that chalked up sales to dizzying heights

It was not just hinted propositions but a
reality that changed the business philosophy
of McD to spice up their products
into innovative offerings

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #88
Thomg's 3WW #508
Elizabeth;s Creativity Challenge #12  -  diversity
Grace's at d'Verse's OLN #185

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Softness of touch caressing

                                                                                        Attribution: Leon Brooks
Image: Raindrops to the Ground (here)

Standing in the rain
Light pattering on the face
Raindrops from the sky
Softness of touch caressing
Tranquility pervading

Eyes kept close dreaming
Unflinching in his resolve
Wetness on his face
Thoughts of  childhood innocence
Raced back through his memory

For Chev's Carpe Diem #1082  - raindrops 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Faith was the driving force

                                                                                            Photo by John Hill
Image: Sikh Pilgrims on Bus to Manikaran (here)

Faith a driving force
Brimming with enthusiasm
Salvation pursued
Reaching out with inner strength
Spiritual beliefs sustained

Mystical cleansing
Fulfilment of craving for
redemption of void
Perceived to enhance good luck
Inspired by strong voice above

For Chev's Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #30 - pilgrimage
Elizabeth's Creative Challenge #10  - voice
Marian's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Why must accidents be allowed to happen?

                                                                                     Attribution: Sara Shakeel
Image: A Good Picture Depicting of
the Imminent Danger in Rides (here)

Been hearing of unfortunate incidents of attractions that
involved revolving movements. These attractions that
dotted the landscape had all been through the works for
a duration of time. Why must accidents be allowed to
happen when experience in their construction had been
tested all along.It could be human error in construction
and maintenance or likelihood of sabotage. Or perhaps
without any possibility of evil intentions it was just plain
tough luck. Those youngsters were most unfortunate to be
there then. And to think they were there bent on enjoying
themselves was smack against the parents' conscience
Undivided support for a high degree of safety awareness
and safety measures must always be emphasised.

Such rides known to be
cancelled due to bad weather
Winter has its 'faults'

Such fun for youngsters
Was it disaster waiting
to happen? Pity!

Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge #9  -  support 
Toni's at d'Verse's Haibun Monday and
MLMM's Photo Challenge #141

Monday, November 28, 2016

in grips of surprises in a wave of conflict

                                                                                            Attribution: Suhaknoke
Image: A Misumena-vatia spider having captured a bee (here)

11 of 12 words given
grip wave episode slight fend famous reference
stelliferous (having or abounding with stars.)
sedate (undisturbed by passion or excitement)
moribund (In a dying state; near death)
penny dreadful (a cheap, sensational novel)

in grips of surprises in a wave of conflict
an episode quite damaging to its well-being
set to a slight dampening of spirits but so tacit
buoyed by escapism which appeared trifling

but yet to fend for itself against all odds
imagined or otherwise but in a way famous
in a stelliferous stance as a defence of sorts
sedate in all manner of salvaging a status

aligned for success in a stupendous surge
of enthusiasm with a reference of honour
not moribund but so much alive to splurge
a strength beyond penny dreadful misnomer

For MLMM's Wordle #131 and
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 8  -  defence

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A wonderful family of four

                                                                                       Attribution: josephine101
Image: A Tall Order  (here)

10 of 12 given words:
add drive window handle 
tray law mess vent pot spray  

A wonderful family of four
and add a loving wife
What an inspiration
to drive home the whole point

Was conferred with a PhD
Barely a year passed
He contrived upon a line of call
A strategy that gave him
enough leeway before

Now contending with that window
of opportunity he was to extend enough
space for her to pursue hers

She handled single-handedly the home's
tray of chores that he remembered but
mindful of his Mother-in-law's tall
order 'to clean up the mess'  the right
environment for an ideal home

They were to give vent to any
disagreements by a readiness to
reciprocate with a helping hand
That was the rationale for rapport
to validate the 'happy family
syndrome' amid the pressures
and stresses of keeping house

There had to be a role reversal
She had to now go for her own PhD
While he had to man the house

It was plainly acceptable and
recognised for a housewife to do
what a housewife was expected
to do - knocking pots and pans or
spraying disinfectants but what
of it for a house-husband?

Sanaa's Prompt Nights #36 -  role reversal
MLMM's Writing Prompt   -  what a world
Brenda's Sunday Whirl #276  -  wordle
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 6  -  inspiration
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry#330

Friday, November 25, 2016

Unsatiated by show of power unleashed

                                                                                             Attribution: Diego Delso
Image: The Poor with nothing (on the right)
Facing the Bastion of Wealth (on the left) (here)

Unsatiated by show of power unleashed
Contending to envelop under a cloud of innocence
Provided ostensibly a reckoning of goodness
To the deprived and the struggling many
But lame in perfunctory intentions

What then was the idea of appearing
Garbed in Santa's ever recognisable red
But with a sinister hidden agenda
To exploit for only one's own interests

What then was the motive in all innocence
Likened to a benefactor throwing the greenbacks
Freely with the right hand very elegantly
But clawing back with the suspicious left

Many were then left stranded robbed of what little
While they amid celebrations announced to the world
As a saviour and a champion to mankind
But ever hiding a twisted smile gleefully hidden
Of a 'pious' monster wilfully triumphant

For Bjorn's at d'Verse's MTB Critique
and Craft  -  Caravaggio and Chiaroscuro

It burns hot and cold

                                                                                           Attribution: Jon Sullivan
Image: Embers Extend more Heat (here)

Appreciating life
It does not discriminate
It burns hot and cold
Set to show planning may help
Problems solved but to a point

Like charcoal embers
Burns hotter without a blaze
Minds one's own business
With no fanfare but given
to goodness of a blessed soul

For Chev's Carpe Diem Tanka with prompt- charcoal and
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day #5  -  life's meaning

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

They gave furtive glances

                                                                         Attribution: The Library of Virginia (1956)
Image: Teens' Swinging Time (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
furtive church, swinging kids weirdness smell dabbing
liturgy (to which public religious worship is conducted)
coughs valves heads

3WW with words:
oaf nauseating 
machismo (masculinity macho)


They gave furtive glances quiet as a church mouse
They were in for a swinging time it would be fun
But being kids they could even be seen like an oaf
A weirdness to hide their lacking of experience

Had signed up to add to the crowd for a tea-dance
Somewhat nauseating getting a whiff of cheap perfume
Trying to smell good they appeared walking in a trance
Been dabbing them all over a machismo they assumed

Not to a liturgy to be seen but still gave little coughs
To mask lack of confidence and more so to get attention
Process of growing up opened up the valves of laughs
To make heads turn acting as adults hungry for acceptance

Thomg's 3WW #507
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day #3  -  acceptance

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

She gingerly cupped the bowl in her tiny hands

                                                                                 Attribution Source:
Image: Fish Bowl on the Move (here)

She gingerly cupped the bowl in her tiny hands
Barely able to hold it safely in between sobs
She profusely uttered all of her sincere thanks
For the purchase to the Uncle she so adored

She had come face to face and was swayed
With the then forlorn-looking little 'Nemo'
Which in no time was given a home to stay
Instead of an old aquarium in one corner

Now outgrown in size Nemo had been a dare
If only it could be led around safely on a leash
they could then explore the outdoors as a pair
Despite the downside Nemo still got her wish!

MLMM's Photo Challenge #140
For Kerry's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Out of breath but he soldiered on - A Quadrille

                                                                                            Attribution: Geoff Gallice
Image: Menacing Jungle Stream (here)

Out of breath but he soldiered on
along the jungle stream, safer by
any means. He conjured some wild
animals ready to pounce from the
shadows but he was unperturbed.
Was lost in the jungle once before so
what would be a repeat, anyway
(44 words)

For Mish's Quadrille #21 of 44 words
at d'Verse and to include the word  -  breath

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Call of the motherly instinct

                                                                                                  Attribution: Laitche
Image: Barn Swallow Feeding its Young (here)

the 12 given words:  
call righteous work hold keys 
pattern lies feed ends drop flat easy

Call of the motherly instinct
Righteous work that holds the key
to love patterns of living things
Therein lies the responsibility
Whereby right from birth
To feed the baby bird outright
Will mean scouring Mother Earth
for edibles to provide

Such is the irk
for not being blessed
with the goodness of mother's milk
Instead mother bird is hard pressed
endlessly for likely substitutes
To be dropped into waiting mouths
berries or worms as food
even at great speed flat out

Such is the ingenuity
for continuance of the progeny
Mother bird has to fast intrude daily
and makes it look so easy

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl's Wordle #275 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #329

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Broad smiles seen from all

                                                                                                        Author Votesmall
Image: Cool breeze Over Calm Waters (here)

Cool breeze leisurely
floats to reduce the slight warmth
Broad smiles seen from all

For Chev's Carpe Diem
revise the haiku #7 and
Kerry's at Real Toad's 
- micro poetry

Friday, November 18, 2016

Why must one be so luckless!

                                                                                     Author :Tsutomu Takasu
Image: Frustrations (here)

Looking to the sky
Inspiration forthcoming
Slow in appearance
Sincere hopes just fizzled off
Why must one be so luckless!

For Chev's tanka  at Carpe Diem
Splendor #18 -  depression 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Invisibility is not a disadvantage

                                                                                         Author: Remiz pendulinus
Image: A Singing Voice (here)

the 12 given words:
voice sing joyful dumb words without
noise means 
primal (of first importance)
plaintive (expressing sorrow)
trills (to sing in a succession of rapidly alternating sounds)
banal (lacking force or originality)

It is connecting in whatever circumstances
The beauty of a God-given gift
bestowed to the select few
The King, Old Blue Eyes
Michael's moon-walk
Satchmo's resounding wind-pipes
and many more
Invisibility is not a disadvantage
With the voice they sing and
are not even physically seen
Perhaps primal of awareness,
joyful or plaintive, trills or otherwise all precede their reputations
nowhere banal without doubt
a blessing to mankind

The deprived can be dumb but words
are necessarily noises in regulated forms
articulated as a means or as a medium
of intrusion into the sane minds
Throw in poetry and story-writing
to complete the loop
How most fortunate the creative juices
are flowing freely, rightly so!

MMT's Sunday Whirligig #86
Susan's at Poet United's Midweek Motif - invisibility  
Grace's at d'Verse's OLN #184

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A double coincidence of wants

                                                                         Attribution: Twospoonfuls
Image: The Long-awaited 1st Penguin edition of
D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, published
Harmondsworth, England, 1960. (here)

A double coincidence of wants
To provoke a sweet relationship
It evoked the rare consequence
Of two souls raring to keep
alive a fulfilment of an emptiness
In a garden of shared sentiments
Constance's lack of intimacy in fairness
to her husband's inadequate sexual intent
While Mellor's choice to live apart
from his wife's brutish sexual nature
So the setting created the start
to the classic Lady Chatterley's Lover

The protracted legal entanglement
brought DH Lawrence into the limelight
It whipped up all the sentiments
of what constituted obscenity of write
When the courts finally reasoned
Laws of obscenity were not broken
The long-awaited unexpurgated version
then hit the stands with a loud bang
Unprintable words too acquired credence
Descriptive exploits in 'their Garden of Eden'
Thrown to the wind in throes of liberalism
Ultimately nudity was accorded its licence

For Kim's at d'Verse's Poetics  -  johnny's garden

Monday, November 14, 2016

he wished he could learn more

                                                                                            Author: Katja Schulz
Image: Poetry reading Session (here)

11 of the 12 given words:
mute tidewater step guts fake occur 
bibliotaph (A person who hoards books)
wisteria (a climbing shrub)
penetralia (The most private or secret things)
sharp  occur breeze

In mute silence with the lapping of
tidewater at his feet he reflected on his
journey a step a time
They did well to pass judgement on his
ability as a writer he mused and he was
glad he had the guts in facing them
He was terrified initially.

He did present himself as a bibliotaph
but it was no way to make him out as a fake
Just like a wisteria of a kind that proceeded
upwards revealing a penetralia of sharp
wisdom he chose to remain steadfast
He warded off his critics regardless
It did not occur to them that he
did not perpetrate a lie for that
matter for he tried

It was not a breeze nor were there
short-cuts to becoming a writer of standing
He knew that
He had wished though the critiques
could be more balanced
Secretly he preferred harsh critiques
to compliments as these were more helpful

For MLMM's Wordle #129 and
Marian's at Real Toad's   -  the tuesday platform

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Welcoming a new Day

                                                                              Attribution: Vomirencostard
Image Moonlight over the Lake (here)

Brightness rightly true
Moon still holding out before
welcoming new day
Not restraining young lovers'
call for romantic try outs

For Chev's carpe diem's Tanka
Splendor no.13 and
Sumana's at PU's Poetry Pantry

Friday, November 11, 2016

But there was a sudden weather change

                                                                                 Attribution: my frilly freudian slip
Image: Privet's Farm (here)

Privet’s Farm, isolated from other farms sat exposed to the 
It held its own in trite isolation
'It is my insistence, you hear me' he bellowed.
Workers helped out barely a few weeks ago but many left literally for
greener pastures. A sudden weather change made it considerably
warmer. The greenery withered. He could not stop them. He did not
call them to work there in the first place
'They came on their own. They stumbled in here. The luscious orange
grove then attracted them' he added. The workers were happily
entrenched, family and all for two seasons. They decided to go!
'The workers were discouraged from staying on!' he said 'and left on 
their own accord'
Privet took the cue and decided he too was not about to pursue his
farming days anymore. Perhaps he would sell the farm to seek his
fortune in the city.
(147 words)

Note: picture prompt above was provided with
an opening sentence and we are to finish the story
using an additional 100 to 150 words.

For MLMM's  - finish off friday's (FoF) #1

just an interlude

                                                                Attribution: Diego Castillo Morales
Image: Fun nights  (here)

gracefully moving
right on with a fling
young hearts enjoying fun nights
having it so good
just an interlude
not restrained daintily light

set in somber mood
group of destitute
abundance of snow flakes float
crave for apple pie
set to satisfy
cold nights' desire a hope

Note: an alouette of a
5-5-7-5-5-7 syllable count
with rhyme scheme of a a b c c b

Gayle's MTB at d'Verse
with a new form -  alouette 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

He had come this far

                                                                                 Author: Martin Falbisoner
Image: A path opens up ahead (here)

He had come this far
Gone through the blazes
Sought to allay his fears
But he was still troubled
A refuge playing on his mind
What could he do then
Grappling in the dark?

He had come this far
Declined to be led astray
Perceived as a destroyer
But he meant no harm!
A path opened up he thought
He looked into the distance
Through misty eyes he sobbed
Forget her, she was gone!

He had come this far
A lighted path he dared
More in life he mused!
Forget her, gems were there
Waiting but waiting!

For Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  path

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

the long awaited first frost - a Tanka

                                                                                              Attribution: Mick Garratt
Image: Leaf Litter from first Frost (here)

what had been missing
from the golden brown colors
but a soothing white
now making an appearance
the long awaited first frost

competing for space
dancing slowly in the dark
floating down murky
accompanied with coolness
eerily in throes of nerves

For Chev's Carpe Diem Tanka at
Universal Jane #6 -  first frost and
Kerry's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Set on the mood right on cue - a Quadrille

                                                                   Artist: Antonio Mancini (1852–1930)
Image: A Young Lady (here)

Set on the mood right on cue
As a young lady at her prime
Made to wait for the right to be heard
Without recourse to any thought
An appropriate occasion all she asked
She patiently waited
There had to be a pay-back time
(44 words)

For De's at d'Verse Quadrille #20
and to include the word  - cue