Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bidding for just a fleeting glimpse

                                                                                            Attribution: Tony Webster 
Image: Twinkling Stars just After Sunset (here)

Twinkling stars above of night's warmth
Bidding for just a fleeting glimpse
Time stood still his return turned dim
There she was whining all forlorn

Never in her thoughts she would dream
Sitting under the swaying fronds
Twinkling stars above of night's warmth
Bidding for just a fleeting glimpse

When missing her beau so profound
Alone stifling the loudest screams
And not anywhere on the brink
But now by herself she had sworn
Twinkling stars above of night's warmth

Note: For the fun of it Hank maintained 
an 8-syllable count throughout

For Gayle's at d'Verse MTB  -  the rondel

Urban dwellers missed out

                                                                                      Attribution: Didier Descouens
Image: Inanimate objects of Veined
Rapa Whelk Seashells (here)

Sunday's Whirligig 12 given words:
urban friends going pleasant misfortune 
languages smell leaf tree waiting porches flowed

3WW given words:
cheapen backbone dangle

Poets United's Midweek Motif
inanimate (not living: not capable of life)

Urban dwellers missed out on the quality of life
They had friends and activities going and all the rest
Pleasant and free to do their own thing without strife
But fell through by way of misfortune of nature's best

In languages of the fortunates of country-side living
They were denied the peculiar smell of a freshly cut lawn
Sight of a young green leaf on bare tree branches sprouting
But instead in the concrete jungle waiting with a yawn

No quaint country dwellings with front porches well floored
Streams that leisurely flowed at the backyard well-trimmed
They felt cheapened to escape to the seaside when bored
To seek solace in inanimate sea-shells other flotsam and things

Backbones tortured in sedentary posture in front of the screen
Or they fell for the tourist paradise dangled by holiday groups
Such were the laments of limited choices of modern living
One could just laugh it off perhaps hoping for something good

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #46
Thomg's 3WW #446
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -
the inanimate and the non-human

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

'Whenever possible keep it simple'

                                                           Attribution: Piotrus GFDLCC-BY-SA-3.0,2.5,2.0,1.0
Image: Unopened Fortune Cookies (here)

'Whenever possible keep it simple' 
(inspired by above quotation 
from a Fortune Cookie)

Whether one ever got entangled in polemics
Each contending theirs were a lot better
All impatiently looking for that quick fix
Problem solving solution vainly wished for

Beating around the bush a costly mistake
Mistaken belief quantity was better than quality
Wouldn't be long before exposed as fakes
In the process quality time was wasted sadly

Invariably a smart guy would make a declaration
'Enough had been said at this marathon meeting'
Going back to basics was of prime consideration
'Let's wrap it up and hopefully resolve everything'

Irrelevance took time and just could not be helped
Should 'keep it simple sanely' K.I.S.S as a guide
There would be fast moving run of things perhaps
Or K.I.S.S 'keep it simple, stupid!' was better yet

For Toni's at d'Verse - As the Cookies Crumble
to write inspired by a chosen fortune cookie quote

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Set with dignity

                                                                        Attribution: Dick Thomas Johnson
Image: Pretty actress Adachi Yumi from
'A Courtesan with Flowered Skin' (here)

Not in the shadows
Courtesans for known clients in
selected enclaves

Set with dignity
Geisha girls schooled in pleasure
Tired bones in tow

Respected calling
Moon and stars in unison
Perfect parnership

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Special #196
Hamish Gunn's 2nd 'on the street corner' and
Marian's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Lull before the Storm - a Quadrille

                                                                              Attribution: Herbert Basedow (1919)
Image: False sense of security
for the deprived (here)

Lulling himself to sleep
Lulled in all softness
Beauty of innocence
Lulled into a false
sense of security

Not stressful nor uncommon
The lull before the storm
Blessings for a good being
but as a deprived soul he would
be jolted into cruel reality
(44 words)

For Bjorn's Quadrill at d'Verse  -
to include the word  lull

To syncopate an insane shout

                                                                                     Attribution: M L Haen                                   
Image: Looking shocked (here)

MLMM's 12 given words:
electroshock twirl foggy feeble 
visceral (coming from strong emotions and not from logic)
syncopate (to cut short)
cleanse elastic 
tincture (a substance that colors, dyes, or stains .)
avocado timepiece sleep

Shell-shocked or an electroshocked expression
It worked both ways to onlookers
Twirl of a foggy realization was telling of confusion
Subject to a visceral onslaught it was too feeble 
for a fight back though it seemed obvious to do so

To syncopate an insane shout to a gasp helped
temporarily but it needed to cleanse its conscience
An elastic judgement could be created
Perhaps it could be a way out

A tincture of an awareness coloring its vision
added more to an immediate concern
Was it the avocado it found on the jungle path
It was lying like a timepiece undisturbed
It looked too good to pass off and had
gobbled the goodness

The wise thing to do then perhaps was to take
a rest and not to lose sleep worrying

MLMM's Wordle #97 with the given words
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #288

Saturday, February 6, 2016

sitting in the shade

Image: Courtesy of Abraham's highlighting
sketches of foreign words with no specific
English translation at

A dry spell is most telling
The sun's rays run smack onto the face
Beads of sweat slowly turn into streams
of rivulets down the cheeks

Make a bee-line for the trees in the park
Sunlight that filters through the leaves is
a komorebi blessing to the unaccustomed
now getting the best of both worlds
(55 words)

For Kerry's Flash 55 PLUS
at Real Toads

Running battle seen

                                                                                                Artist: David Koninck
Image: When Sworn Enemies Met (here)

Running battle seen
They scratched and snarled all their might
When cats and dogs fight

Self defense movements
Graceful dance-like steps invoked
Ju-jit-su tumbles

Stormy winter nights
Swaying trees crackled and snapped
Snow fast piling up

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #912  -  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dreams Beyond A Rainbow - A Short Story

                                                                         Attribution: Wing-Chi Poon
Image: It shows the point
where the rainbow rises (here)

'What do you see in a rainbow? Tell me!'

He was taken aback! He was pleasantly surprised. Just taking
a morning walk a few minutes ago, he stopped at the sidewalk
The al Fresco shaded by the big umbrellas was inviting.He seated
himself at an empty table. Not in the mood to talk to anyone so
he thought. Then just as suddenly a pretty lady walked past his
table. She hesitated. Turned around and joined him.

She smiled, he smiled back. Nothing special in him, he thought.
But she smiled! What got into her? And what a way to start a 

'A rainbow? I see colors, lots of colors!' he said
'Yes, seven in all' she added, 'do you know them?'
'I cannot possibly recall' he said pointedly embarrassed
'Just remember, Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain'
Oh yes, that's the mnemonic, I remember now!
'Yes, and it goes in that order, red, orange, yellow, green, blue
indigo and violet. And that's not all! she quipped.
'Why, are there other new colors to add?'
'Not really, but yes! Not really colors but they are there!' she appeared
triumphant with a wisp of a smile
He was beginning to get uncomfortable. He was now into some
serious conversation and she had only been seated a few minutes.
And they were not even properly introduced and she was making
him look stupid

'There's infrared after red, and ultra-violet beyond violet, she continued.
.And they influenced certain situations.......'
'Ok, he interjected. ' I would rather see rainbow in a different light!'
'Yes', he said, cutting her off midway 'I see dreams beyond rainbow,' 
he said with an intellectual grin. What one feels in oneself, 
the inner self so to speak!'
'I had designs of such a feeling too, but I cannot place them' she confessed
'I'm an artist and a poet and I see them in a totally different context. It
floats in wavy psychedelic colors and invites.......'
'And kaleidoscopic too, perhaps....' she implored.
'Yes, perhaps too!' 

'Hey, we've not even ordered coffee and this is going
to take all day!' he suddenly blurted out.
Yes, but I think I'll better be going now' she said rather abruptly
He was stunned for a moment. He had mentally prepared 
himself to have her to stay longer. Some refreshments would 
be in order. But she apparently took it as a hint to 
chill out from there. 

Just as she had appeared on the scene earlier she left in a jiffy. 
She had the courtesy to give him a parting smile though and 
off she went, without coffee.

He laid back on the chair with a tinge of regret and watched her go silently!
(450 words)

For Grace's at d'Verse Open Link Night #165 and
Sheila's BlueBell Books Short Story Slam Week #38  -   
dreams beyond rainbow sky

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tearful experience

                                                                      Attribution: Joaquim Alves Gaspar
Image: Walking through the Underpass (here)

Sunday Whirligig's 11 of 12 given words:
swaying carrying suitcases envelope fever 
memory scissors sharp hiding cake germs

3WW given words:
tearful unsteady
abrasive (causing damage or wear by rubbing, grinding, or scraping)

There he was alone swaying side to side
a little unsteady Chaplin like
Walking through the dark underpass 
Not carrying anything, no suitcases
nothing except for a camera and a cane

Fear enveloped his mind fever-pitched
But his memory was intact, scissors sharp
He was not hiding nor running away
from anyone. That he prided himself

Tearful, yes but not abrasive enough
to cause concern, perhaps his attire

Yes, perhaps his attire caked with
mud with enough germs to  kill everyone
around him. Unperturbed he soldiered
on, alone and very much ostracized
his identity suspect

He kept reminding himself though
Of immediate concern he had
a cleansing job to do unto himself

Note: Help! Apologies to Sanaa, Colleen and 
Cheryl. Hank's comments could not get through 
at your blogs. May have to use email 

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #45
Thomg's 3WW # 465
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  identity

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Remnants on the boughs

                                                                                                       Attribution: Diliff
Image: Enjoying the Brief Winter's Sun (here)

Remnants on the boughs
Snows keep falling in the nights
Squirrels unsettled

Stuck in time destined
for peaceful night encounters
Alertness maintained

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Special #195
- full snow moon

Monday, February 1, 2016

Found and Lost and Found Again

Image: A Younger Hank Many Years Ago.

It was like any other day
Opened up to a cool bright morning
There were a few on the T-box
Warming up to take on the day
Slowly the crowd built up
Just as slowly it thinned off again
as each flight left the T-box
for their day of fun

As the minutes progressed only
four were then left including Hank
As it turned out later we were all
strangers to each other but bent
on having our golf game.

We introduced ourselves and decided
to play in one flight of four which
was the normal and ideal number
That was how it began and we had been
playing as a foursome for many years

Five years ago it came about suddenly
Two were afflicted with back pains
One had moved away and Hank was alone
Though there were rare occasions of play
It was not the same anymore

But lo and behold! One fine day last month
it happened again just like before
We bumped into each other and made a foursome again
This time though it was at the Terrace where
golfers congregate for refreshments

There were no more golf though
We had ‘hung’ our clubs and now retired
Instead we hung around for a yarn over
a ‘cuppa’ enjoying each other’s company

It is now a daily routine for long-time buddies
A yarn over breakfast and then off again
It is just amazing there is so much to talk about
Found and lost and found again!

For Arlee's Lost and Found - The Valentine's Edition
Kerry's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

If there’s no bridge then get in the drink - A Haibun

Image: Courtesy of Sunday Photo Fiction (here)

The Prose
Survival is not just an art. It is a science replete with technical details
There are certain norms when detected will immediately trigger off
certain acts. Survival tactics and techniques are really going back to
basics. One does not even have to think hard in a way. It is an automatic
appraisal initially and then spring into action right away. The ingredients
have all been set. They are all compartmentalized for the convenience
of immediate reaction. The Quarterback will know exactly where to
throw as he expects the Receiver will be there just as they had agreed
earlier. Each will be aware of what others are supposed to do. In times
of conflicts, each one in the group should be able to read the signs and
react just the way they had been trained. There is no time to think or
to ask questions or they'll be dead.

The Free Verse
If there's no bridge then get in the drink
Then not to fall back but get in line
Following behind each other
That is the right spell
A sure sign of getting it tight
Spare no efforts
A flair for being a good follower
Is a prerequisite for being a good leader
(200 words)

Sunday Whirl 11 of 12 given words:
bridge drink fall line following 
right spell sign tight spare flair

For Sunday Photo Fiction - To write in about
200 words inspired by the given image.
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #236
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #287

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lingering Thoughts

                                                           Attribution: Bryan Helfrich, Alias52
Image: The Lotus Position (here)

Sitting light erect
Outwardly blank but distant
With lingering thoughts

For Chev's CARPE DIEM#907 - meditation

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Night of plum blossoms

Image: Pink Plum Blossoms (here)

Night of plum blossoms
Relative calm towards warmth
Night sky smiles along

Plum blossoms peek out
Seek to be with the action
On misty mornings!

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #906 ume flower

Thursday, January 28, 2016

blessings at the lips

                                                  Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-12424 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Image: Tea ceremony  1931 (here)

A whole new level
Tea-drinking made an art form
Steeped in tradition

Dignity of act
Sip slowly to lengthen the
enhanced ecstasy

Set in motion cold
of  winter warmed by nature’s
blessings at the lips

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #905
Throw that Pebble #3  -  tea-drnking

procreate for brilliance

                                                                                       Author: George Chernilevsky
Image: Rhinoceros beetle
equipped for Conflict (here)

Courage is timing
Mankind with desire to
procreate for brilliance

None so platonic
to accentuate lineage
of smart progeny

Tutelage selfishly
guarded against toxic moves
Harmony preserved

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

pride of ownership

                                                                   Author: Tomascastelazo CC-BY-SA-4.0
Image: Long lasting Nike (here)

3WW given words
pathetic radical seamless

Radical change in
a seamless world not likely
affecting others

Pathetic though but
designs of holding onto
worldly possessions

Prized Nike had seen
better days to stake claim of
pride of ownership

For Thong's 3WW week #464

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Society regretted for making it symbolic of heroics

                                                                          Attribution: Poppy by Liz West CC BY 2.0
Image: Poppy Flower (here)

Note: Opium poppy is the species of 
plant from which opium and poppy 
seeds are derived. Opium is the source 
of many drugs, including morphine 
(and its derivative heroin)  - wiki

the 11 of 12 given words: 
hibiscus fear adversary fade claw 
downpour human irrelevant  
dolorous (causing or expressing misery or grief )   
deaden (make weaker less noticeable)
elicit (to draw or bring out or evoke)

Visually attractive akin to a 
hibiscus and just as beautiful
Poppy a flower wrongfully 
found unfortunately on the 
wrong side of the law 

Society regretted for making it
symbolic of the heroics of soldiers
fallen in battle before the scourge
the drug scene became a menace   

Its derivative heroin instilled fear 
on friend and adversary alike
Dolorous on those deaden into
skeletal frames to eventually fade
after clawing ruefully back for a few 
the very few successful in rehab

The great many others fail to make it
more like a downpour of no-return
an affront to the human race in its bid 
to elicit some dignity still left for those 
waiting for their daily fix instead
and chose to remain irrelevant

For MLMM's Photo Challenge #97 and Wordle #95 and
Marian's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Unbidden unflinching unrelenting - A Quadrille

                                                                                    Photo by Francesca Woodman
Image: Courtesy of  willows' Mag (here)
Note: A Quadrille Flash Fiction
of 44 words

Unbidden unflinching unrelenting
An uncanny unmitigated desire
to unleash unreservedly against
the unrequited love unfolding

Not to be unsavory unobtrusive
but unpretentious and to remain
unscathed against an upsurge of
uneasiness lest unjustly judged
unruly of unsound mind

Unprecedented but to remain
unflaggingly unruffled
(44 words)

For willow's given image at Mag 303

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The vanquished would often pay a heavy price

                                                                                 Author: Thierry Caro
Image: Two gold dust day geckos
fighting on a banana trunk (here)

Sunday Whirl 10 of 12 given words:
fix fight hit risk action state 
heavy hours end team 

Selfishly they would fix their territorial rights
Triumphant young one would seek to replace
No negotiations but pitting strength with a fight
They decided the extent of influence of space

Law of the jungle had been fair and universal
Dominant male would hit hard at pretenders
Who risk being ostracized as a direct reprisal
For any actions or attempts to topple the elders

This state of affairs were dealt with precision
The vanquished would often pay a heavy price
Hours to end a dispute with bloody consequence
Natural attrition of team strength as no surprise

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #235 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #286

The East facing an onslaught

                                                                                   Author: Pudelek (Marcin Szala)
The Severity of the Cold  (here)

The East facing an onslaught
Brace yourselves for it is now
two feet of snow and counting
Fun though as it had not been
this severe lately.
(140 characters)

Life is ever changing remaining
static is regressive,strive to greater
heights by exploiting technology
to make it work for than against
(140 characters)

Kerry's hosting at Word count with MZ
at Real Toads - to write a twitter-like poem
of not exceeding 140 characters

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fun summer night festivals

                                                                                      Attribution: MIKI Yoshihito
Image:  The BON dance during the
Sapporo Summer Festival (here)

A dreamer’s delight
Fun summer night festivals
Food and free concerts

For Chev's Renga Party #2

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Yes, they replied, 'because it is there!'

                                                                                    Attribution: Hillebrand Steve
Image: Rugged mountain top (here)

The moon had inspired many
With its inherent beauty
No one disputed that with the owl even pining
And no dearth of poets with their writings

But when man landed on the moon
It was rocky, dusty not how it  was earlier shown
The same could be said of mountains
Bluish and greenish in the distance

It was rugged not expected to be overly friendly
Treacherous, hard and cold with deep gullies
Snow-capped that raised challenges to another level
Mountain climbing rightly belong to the dare-devils

Climbers on Everest made a solemn pledge
Upon returning no word to divulge as their privilege
Remains of earlier climbers strewn in the snow
Not to be made known to folks waiting below

When asked 'climbing the mountain was it a dare?'
Yes, they replied, 'because it is there!'

Susan's at PU's Mid-week Motif  -  mountain
Gayle's OLN #164 at d'Verse

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

cleverly camouflaged by blending with the surroundings

                                                                             Attribution: Dennis Tang
Image: The Uroplatus a nocturnal gecko is
endemic to Madagascar.They can camouflage
themselves as part of the tree trunk (here)

Sunday Whirligig 10 of 12 given words:
disappearing hush glint guilty, witness look
mossy (resembling moss)
fierce praise sway

3WW given words:
madly nocturnal omen

A nocturnal creature quick with their 
disappearing acts even during the day
With a hush and glint in the eyes and
they were gone

One felt guilty to witness such a
phenomena when realizing they were all
the while there but cleverly camouflaged by
blending with the surroundings

They might look mossy and fierce
But praise be for many were swayed at
one time madly looking for the right specie

Prices shot up when touted as a cancer-curing
creature but nothing came off it
Some still persist in keeping them as pets
believing them to bear good omen 
especially the colorful ones
But opinions differed though
depending on the regions

Note:In Southeast Asia, geckos are believed to be of good omen
In some parts of India, the sound made by geckos is considered
a bad omen (wiki)

For MMT's Sunday Whirligig #43 and
Thomg's 3WW #463

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dancing in dainty movements - a Quadrille

                                                                         Attribution: Роман Дергунов
Image: Dancing with a Fur Seal (here)

Gregarious and gracious
had the gumption to grit
a grubby self in a grueling show
of grandiose gyration

Dancing in dainty movements
a debut to attract the demure dame

Must be more immaculate to impart
an impeccable personality
to incite excitement next time
(44 words)

For Bjorn's Quadrille of 44 words at d'Verse
and to include the word  -  dancing and
Kerry's Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Justice denied for the leather-back turtles

                                                                                      Attribution: Bernard DUPONT
Image: Leather-back Turtle laying Eggs
Once they started with the first egg they
would not move away until all were laid
                                                                                  Attribution: Bureau of Land Management
Image: Collecting eggs for the Hatcheries
as a form of Conservation (here)

Sunday Whirl's 11 of 12 given words:
justice drop pilot roar dismiss sigh 
fluctuation claim engage bustling
revenant (one that returns after a long absence)

Justice denied for the leather-back turtle
Nostalgic revenant to the beach of its birth
Like salmons racing upstream ever so brutal
To drop their eggs and then die in numbers

They pilot their way through the roars of the wave
By instinct to the very spot where they were left
Eggs buried in the sand dismissed to their fate
Many retrieved by humans before being hatched

Often been said upon the laying's completion
Tears in their eyes seen upon leaving with a sigh
As though knowing those sold for human consumption
Not knowing how many left would survive

Fluctuations in number of landings had prompted
them to be designated as an endangered specie
Turtle sanctuaries and hatcheries were created
To enhance numbers back safely to the sea

Claims that villagers were still engaged in illicit
trade bustling at one time but now dampened
The authorities unperturbed  were now more strict
with related acts of enforcement.
Brenda's Sunday Whirl #234 (here) and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #285

How was one to try to understand Picasso’s mind

                                                               Photo attribution: ManicDDaily
Image: Picasso's sculpture an exhibit at
the Museum of Modern Art in New York

                                                                                                         Artist: Picasso
Image: Guernica on the Spanish Civil
War -  known as one of the most moving
and powerful anti-war paintings in history.
(fair use of image)

How was one to try to understand Picasso’s mind
Logic not rendered but gauged through his works
A right brain development that manifested itself
In cubism his invention of abstract modern art

So called of the angular or square look of paintings
Of cubes cones and cylinders that ignored perspective
Where objects and people drawn from various angles
Way off the conventional and the conservatives of art

His famous Guernica's abhorring the war where images
Of people and animals in geometric shapes were mixed
Talents of non-conforming masters led the revolution
The art scene was all the richer by their eccentricity

Note:Cubism was invented around 1907 
in Paris by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.
Cubism was the first abstract style of modern art.

For Outlawyer's Sunday's Mini
Challenge at Real Toads  -  Picasso

Friday, January 15, 2016

Silence bodes well for many reasons - An Ovillejo

                                                                                       Attribution: Dashaundamon
Image: Keeping the code of silence (here)

Silence bodes well for many reasons
for all seasons
Secrets are strictly kept as a principle
among individuals
Loving couples can maintain sealed lips
not to let slip
Blissful then is the love that runs deep
No forked tongue to cause dissention
Outright splendor and heavenly sessions
For all seasons among individuals not to let slip

For De's at d'Verse's  To write a new form  -  ovillejo
Sanaa's at Dash of Sunny, Prompt Nights  -  silence

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A harrowing experience he remembered

                                                                                        Attribution: Richard Smith
Image: 1928 Model A Ford (here)

PU’s Midweek Motif

Sunday Whirligig’s 11 of 12 given words:
memory  father trembling logic fumbling
untie tight knot shoes trying anger

3WW #462 given words:
harrowing imperfect lame

Food for thought so clear in his mind
In memory of his late father trembling
A harrowing experience he remembered
Defied logic in this imperfect world
How did this mean looking machine go
Faster than a horse he could not fathom

He was fumbling in thoughts when as a tiny
Tot he was invited to climb on board the car
As though to untie a tight knot of his shoes
Akin to trying to suppress anger more than fright

A lame effort as he was just as excited
As a joey out of the pocket for the first time
He still remembered it very well
It had happened many many years ago

One fine morning his father brought it home
A Ford A a more modern version of the classic Ford T
Still a mean looking machine he mused quietly
The first of its kind in the neighborhood

For MMT's at Sunday Whirligig #42
Thomg's at 3WW #462
Sumana's at Poets United's Midweek Motif  -  food
Sanaa's Prompt Nights