Thursday, September 17, 2020

where have the blackbirds flown

                                                                         Author:Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
Image: A Red-winged Blackbird (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
rumpled (ruffled or dishevelled appearance)
waving sparse rusty seed shawl gate line 
gone conducting

where have the blackbirds flown
to leave a rumpled bed of roses empty 
of  feelings without waving a goodbye
reminiscent of dementia afflicted being
sparse of ideas and rusty in thoughts 

a pity that seeds of memory are cloaked
under a shawl of emptiness not having
the luxury of surmounting beyond the gates
of decency, much sought by those unfortunate
enough to have gone across the line of 
reasoning memory and thoughts that
conducting normal chores are beyond them

MMT's The Whirligig #284
Bjorn's at d'Verse OLN #274

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Those gleaming green once of a Spring's showcase

                                                                                                              Author: Bigmouth

Image:  Raking and Blowing into Bags (here)

 Those pale flowers might still have time to fruit 
-  Karina Borowicz’s ‘September Tomatoes’

Those gleaming green once of a Spring's showcase
pale in comparison now transformed with
flowers leaves and branches straddling across which
might incur the wrath of those with the back-breaking tasks of
still having to rake them - courtesy of Autumn leaves that
have fallen much to be expected as a welcome  It is
time to exhibit the male prowess before coming 
to the cold months of restricted activities to the
fruit of labour's lost rightly gained.    

Laura's at d'Verse's: Poetics

Thursday, September 10, 2020

it surged through her being

                                                                                 Artist:Johanne Cathrine Krebs (1924)
Image: Contemptplating (here) 

the 11 of 12 given words:
surge drown thoughts heart spinning 
body bulwark bed faults finds luck

it surged  through her being
to drown her sorrows with 
thoughts of him in her heart

spinning without control 
her body a bulwark of resistance
still in bed and still contemplating
were they her faults that drained
her wits through her belly

she realised with finds of queer 
habits still there in him much to 
the annoyance of any 
self-respecting souls 

wanting to make amends
she was praying that with a bit 
of luck the baby would turn out
to be a gem of an angel

Sarah at d'Verse - take a selfie
MMT's at The Whirligig #283

Monday, September 7, 2020

eavesdropping outside the window

                                                                                                     Author: Keithbob
Image: What Can I Get (here)

crying shame
been raining all morning
rainwater gushing from the eaves
little squirrels 
emerging out from their lair
eavesdropping outside the window
spying for crumbs while 
waiting for the rain to stop
no negative intrusions
as humans do
putting their ears to the door
(44 words)

Kim at d'Verse with Quadrille 
Monday #111 with -  ‘eavesdropping’,

Sunday, September 6, 2020

To carry a load on one's shoulders

Image: A Burden to Shoulder (here)

To carry a load on one's shoulders
Unwanted burden that shudders
Careful not to create blunder
Confront head-on the answer
Clear conscience with no upsets
Rid it off at the onset
To carry a load on one's shoulders
Unwanted burden that shudders

Note: The Octelle, created by Emily Romano, 
with a syllable count structure of 8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 
and the rhyme scheme of aa/bb/cc/aa. The first two 
lines and the last two lines are identical.

wee jars at MLMM's Saturday Mix Lucky Dip -  an Octelle

Thursday, September 3, 2020

using the stepladder format

                                                                                                     Author:Tom Parnell
Image: Looks to be a Strike! (here)
the 10 of 12 given words:
stepladder (where the winner 
advances and the loser leaves)
adjusting stepping back room
luck thing change board

using the stepladder format provides 
the drama for it flags itself out naturally

it needs no adjusting but just stepping 
back to see the appearance of a fresh 
face as a contender every time 

there is room for luck to interfere 
though but this is a thing expected 
in any competition 

the change of different persons provides 
more excitement as demanded by viewers 
who pay big money for any grandstand 
views with privileges on board

Michael's at MLMM's Tale Weaver #291  -  flag
MMT' The Whirligig Wordle #282
Grace at d'Verse's OLN #273

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

a peculiar accent of speaking

                                                                                        Artist Adolphe Joseph 
                                                                           Thomas Monticelli  (1824–1886)
Image: A Conversation Piece (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
impact accent breath captive power love
vanguard (the forefront of an action or movement)
glancing journey moon scent

the impact of the discovery was telling
it was more of a long lingering drawl
they had a peculiar accent of speaking
breathed out of a warmth lying sprawled

with power more pronounced than love
that can take ordinarily in usual talk
but caresses eagerly sought to move
sweet nothings whispered to the dot

is it not the way of stealing the heart
to be a likely defense of maneuvering
for it can measure up as a vanguard
against a hiccup of ideas gone missing

it is good glancing over the shoulder
every so often as a respite to draw out
some brilliant moves coy to a young lover
such is the journey of survival to be bought

the situation belies a good talker to adore
rather than implore his presence pleading
to moonwalk and offer the scent of pleasure
a knight of armour transformed for a Queen

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle #471
Michael at MLMM's Sunday Writing - discover
Sanaa's at d'Verse's Poetics : exploring erotica

Monday, August 31, 2020

Remembering Paradise undisturbed

                                                                                             Author:Basharat Shah
Image:  Dal Lake, Srinagar (here)

Tucked away in the mountains far north. It is exhilarating. Hank was 
there for a week way back. The serenity of undisturbed nature was just 
overwhelming. It brought back fond memories to inspire this.

The Kashmiri landscape is to be seen to appreciate in awe. Rivulets of 
clear streams gushing down the mountainside snow-capped mountains, 
with overhanging clouds over most of them are all around us.

Hiking came in spurts. The taxi would leave us at a spot for the day and we
would be on our way on foot but not for long. There were as many lakes as 
mountains. Getting in and out of boats, for quite some distances and resting
for food in between. We were in Gulmarg and Pahalgam and cruised a fair
bit on the Dal Lake. It was all hiking in paradise with no endings until we were 
back in the house-boats in the evenings

the flowers blue skies 
with gushing streams picturesque 
virtually untouched

I remember thee 
Srinagar again beckons!
yearnings rekindled

Frank's at d'Verse Haibun Monday - take a hike

Saturday, August 29, 2020

an essential tool that baffles the unaccustomed

                                                     Author: Quest4shots
Image:  Play of Shadows and Lights (here)

shadow shots, 
a fascination of many aspects of reality
a classic show of contrast very distinctly
of black and white of strict outlines or misty
steals the attention in depiction of photography  

a stake in painting accentuating realism in form
an essential tool that baffles the unaccustomed
shadows and light would give effects of  3-D 
for individuals naturally blessed with sensitivities 
for guidance of artists and those with the ability
it is classic but basic without a doubt, really!

MMTs at  Shadow Shots Sunday

dried up or fast asleep at daybreak

                                                                                              Attribution: MLMM
Image: Wilting Sunflowers (here)

The given words:
distant, near

in the distant seas across the oceans
peeking at life's  norm be it sunset
or sunrise much of an open season
to lie awake with awareness intact

nearness of location to set directions
all dried up or fast asleep at daybreak
guesswork is made out as a function
of some form of order to overcome fate

van Gogh is slighted feeling uneased
wilting sunflowers unlike his masterpiece

weejars at MLMM's  -  opposing forces
Chrissa at The Sunday Muse #123

Friday, August 28, 2020

very much hungered for human hands

                                                                                                                           Author: jooleeah_stahkey
Image: Books well  arranged (here)

untouched books crowded his shelves
shiny leather spines and faded first editions, 
meticulously dusted and never read
he was at odds as to the eccentricity of course
questions erupted aggressively on his being
was he the odd man out blessed with knowledge
visibly well-arranged by Library of Congress
rules but very much hungered for human hands

failed miserably on his target setting prowess
tagged to one of his annual resolutions that
kept appearing without fail year by year

bandied about a number of 50 books by December
yet not one to claim success with barely a quarter
set aside with only half of it read as intended

something's ought to give whispered a voice!

Dylan's at MLMM's  - first line Friday

Thursday, August 27, 2020

quite a job shadowing the embers

                                                                   Author: Dirk Beyer (GFDL and cc-by-sa-2.5)
Image: A Beauty of a Campfire (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
bridge grace cinders fingers shadow 
frame sculpted water edge bone

to bridge the gap and grace the occasion
is to cinder and finger the flames gingerly
it is quite a job shadowing the embers 

framing the campfire sculpted into sections
is to water the fuel liberally to edge on the heat
to bone out the unburnt hardwood is a bother

but still, the flames dance merrily all night
to rekindle the fun of the young in yesteryears

MMT's the Whirligig Wordle #281
Michael at MLMM's Tale Weaver #290 - campfire
Bjorn at d'Verse MTB - verbing

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

a cat's domain a feed to the finish

                                                                             Photo credit: MLMM's #329

Image: This is Cat Country  (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
feed finish fish follow forge 
flow freeze fringe fiber flirt

no dogs allowed the signage says so
this is a cat's domain a feed to the finish
no fishing here one needs to follow the show
we do it our own way waiting by the shore
fish galore on a good day  
as sacrificial lambs for us to pick and choose
a rich diet of protein sans rice or flour
we sit on grass no rice-fields or wheat-fields  
to forge a flow and freeze on fats and starch
fringe benefits accrue only to us cats
fibers of imagination are closed
just plain nutritious omega-3 rich 
to flirt with any idea of sharing 
with wayside mongrels is nil
this is cat country no two ways about it

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's  - photo challenge #329
Rosemarie at d'Verse Poetics - waiting on wheat

Monday, August 24, 2020

beach bum lazing and loafing

                                                                                                                                           Author:Karan Jain

Image: Boys on the Beach (here)

beach bum lazing and loafing
seeing colours of visitors
beautiful sunsets in evenings
no worry no jitters

no stressful traffic jams
experienced by those with envy
expertise traded often
surfing for money 

surviving with laughter
no deadlines
but not anymore
the pandemic, a disaster
(44 words)

De at d'Verse's Quadrille #110  - bum

Sunday, August 23, 2020

stay up as a big-shot

                                                                                       Author Charles J Sharp
Image: Leo the Lion-hearted Big-shot (here)

The rhyming words are: 
spot knot rot pot trot
clot (foolish clumsy person)

all tied up in knots what a spot
must stop the rot boil it in a pot
leave it way hot that's the plot
just pull it taut to bring it to naught
stay up as a big-shot not a targetted buckshot
not to be distraught just stay out
nor overbought overshot or overwrought
stave off the clot face the onslaught
a juggernaut of sort a runaway hotshot
showcase a fox-trot and forget-me-not!

weejars at MLMM's Saturday Mix - rhyme time

Thursday, August 20, 2020

to live the life of having someone to love


                                          Author :Senthi Aathavan Senthilverl
Image: Love at its Finest Hour (here)

10 of 12 given words:
takes kitchen porch apple crisp 
live bucket, strips cover turns 

what it takes to brood at the kitchen sink
not at the porch to peel an apple in halves
crisp in all reality of oneness in feelings
to live the life of having someone to love

buckets with certainty of love to accord
given to chance in strips of ribbons at risk
never a dull moment of laughter but bored
why this is so as a cover to easily resist

love is made as such to cushion sacrifices
taking turns to drown sadness for the other
to turn a blind eye to some minor vices
to keep intact ties with a serious endeavour

Linda at d'Verse OLN
MMT's the Whirligig #280

Wednesday, August 19, 2020


                                                                                       Author Frank Schulenburg
Image: Yes she is! (here)

Don't you dare mess around with me
I've enough of your kind
Must I police you like a criminal?
Must you make me say it? 

No buts here!
You are either with me or you are not.

I know boss...but..
I'm not your boss, I'm your brother-in-law
You forgot you married my sister?

No, I mean yes...
I am to see to her welfare

Why it takes you so long
Say so, say it right!

We tried everything, many specialists..
Come on, make it fast!
The best there are?

Yes the best!
I'll pummel your face

Yes, we did
You mean ...
You mean she is barren?

Line chosen : Jumpy like a Mexican bean  -  Syivia Plath

Note: This is not about a clown pe se but
certainly about 'clowning around'. 

MSJadeLi's at d'Verse's Poetics - clowning around

Monday, August 17, 2020

check and balance not rightfully understood

                                                 Author: Superbass / CC-BY-SA-4.0

Image: Rather confusing! It's Turkish pastry with cream filling (here)

the 12 given words: 
rain sand glass seeds chain send 
spy well think deep stay net

When it is over said and done it was a time and there was never enough of it
It is a measure of check and balance not rightfully understood. It works that 
way. Human nature is akin to rain that disappears into the sand unlike one that 
runs when on glass which can still be seen Many would have discovered the 
advantage of seeing the direction of flow rather than wondering how to proceed.

Seeds of confusion often develop into a chain of events that send them running 
on a wild goose chase Spy on an action plan to stay well on the safe side. Think 
deep to stay focussed. A boon to patience net of savings in energy, time, efforts 
and costs

A cluttered mind brings out silly mistakes often laughable when given second 
thoughts. Let them laugh with you than at you!
(144 words)

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #469
Merril's at d'Verse's Prosey Monday

Saturday, August 15, 2020

walking down the aisle to be given away

                                                                  Author: Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

Image: A Wedding in 1954 (here)

aisle – walkway   
I’ll – contraction of “I will”
isle – island
alter – to change
altar – raised centre of worship
walking down the aisle to be given away
dad's baby seemingly clinging on for protection
the sadness of losing his little girl has not registered
but the radiance of the moment instead is plainly evident
approach to the altar getting nearer with each step
‘I’ll be doing my last duty’ dad whispers quietly
audible to her and nodding agreeably with a smile
such is the drama enacted in both of their hearts
invisible to the guests gathered impatiently waiting
no man is an island the groom is just as impatient
a big moment not to be altered mindful what the future holds
he's destined to be head of the household in importance
but he's expected to accept the ultimate and eventual sacrifice
for love giveth as sure as the movement of the sun and tides
of the eventual loss of freedom of his boisterous bachelor days

such is the sacrifice which may seem not fully acknowledged by her
but instead is balanced by the love extended by his lady love

weejar's at MLMM's  Saturday Mix - double take

Friday, August 14, 2020

wriggling in unison

                                                                                        Photo:  Pierre79.

I’m bought and worn, but I ain’t no dupe
I'm still me, my own senses not deserting through 
my fingers, my mind's smiling
It is tempting to counter shifts suddenly in thoughts 
but again not blue enough to leave an impact on 
my toes still wriggling in unison with bubbles 
on my feet
Must be summer magic playing tricks with my 
ears in line with emerging thoughts deep in my 
belly to mirror a satisfaction
If both my hands are in braids close to my
nose then I know it is time to stop whining
Dylan's at MLMM's First Line Friday
Grace at d'Verse's MTB streams of conscious
MMT's The Whirligig #279

Monday, August 10, 2020

salvation within reach per utility

the gardens of hope and possibility

accords mankind a secession to wonder
salvation within reach per utility
lauded  as savior

move forward countless for sharing
given a jolt none too soon
threats impinged hard and glaring
lesson learned deflecting doom
never discarding reasonable pointers
(44 words)

Victoria's at d'Verse - Quadrille - gardens

Sunday, August 2, 2020

the elements can be construed as assisting

                                                                                          Author: Damien Casals
Image: There is light in darkness (here)

Our words this week are:  
dark and light 
arrive and depart

the elements can be construed as assisting
leading by the hand in the absence of directions
to persist is to enhance chances of wanting
to rave at openings where opportunities are even

go through the darkness of nights to see the light
that mornings will surely follow with stabs of rays
the realisation of wanting shadows when bright
warmth of coldness intrudes and come into play

to arrive on the sly when hunches are set to depart
a man's presence is more felt when readily absent
pangs of loneliness crying encircling the heart
hugs and kisses lavishly extended to waiting arms

weejars at MLMM's Saturday Mix
 - opposing forces

Thursday, July 30, 2020

bold starting out strong

                                          Attribution: Christian Ferrer / W.Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
Image: An Elmleaf Blackberry (here)

(the image shows stages of the formation of flowers and fruits. 
1. Flower bud. 2. Flower. 3. Faded flower. 4. Fruit buds which 
form from the faded flowers)

bold starting out strong
virgin green fresh as Springtime
to start a lineage 
(Flower bud - bottom right)

flowering beauty
spray of colours brightly spun
domain of the bees
(Flower - top right)

it worked its wonders
attraction no more, fulfilled
mothering the young
(Faded flower - top left)

life cycle invoked
beginnings of a breakout
bold starting out strong
(Fruit buds - bottom left)

Note: all the 4 haiku structured in 
traditional 5-7-5 syllable count

Frank's at d'Verse's MTB - haiku sequence

take heart in the soothing effects of sunrise

                                                                                   Attribution: Michael
Image: Sunrise (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
tormented eyes heart advise self 
pity unforeseen comfort mile smile

for the tormented eyes of all tormented souls
none of your fault that the world is in turmoil
take heart in the soothing effects of sunrise
stay safe to always heed all the good advice

self-pity not a convenience in such trying times
unforeseen that many businesses on the decline
comfort in all good health to gain the extra mile
happiness is all-important to always sport a smile

pray for the vaccine which is long in coming
there is a cure for every ailment it has always been

MMT's The WhirliGig #277
Michael at MLMM's Tale Weaver #286

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

bouncing merrily soaring high

                                            Attribution:  AndyD (CC-SELF; CC-BY-SA-2.5).
Image: Getting dizzy
with bouncing fun (here)

bouncing merrily soaring high
lost in the clouds looking down
what fun to experience  a nocturnal
flight of fancy like a superman of old

one needs a big belly to have the
springing effect to laugh at those
thin 'with hungry looks' to easily
knock them off tangent leaving
them groveling in the dust

it certainly deserves another round
perhaps the following night since
it gives a sense of superiority

can it be repeated upon request
on a cool night a wonderful dream?

Laura's at d'Verse's Poetics - flight of fancy

morose with the singularity of purpose

                                                                            Attribution: David Altmejd
Image: Clawing back desperately (here)

10 of 12 given words:
morose singularity soar claw yo-yo 
neck stain creep floorboards knight 

morose with the singularity of purpose 
soaring up from the brambles clawing back 
where a yo-yo situation is avoided

at breakneck speed to surpass those 
already stained creeping along the 
floorboards not the knight in armour 
creaking  under their weight for a way out
(44 words)

MLMM's Wordle 199-3
Nekneeraj at MLMM's Photo Challenge
Linda's at d'Verse's Quadrille #108

Saturday, July 25, 2020

such is the beauty of nature's whispers

                                                                                     Attribution: Sunday Muse #118
Image: Musical Dance 
of a Water's Drop (here)

the given rhymes:
life wife strive knife rife

can you see it, a plop in still waters
a picture of a double bass player emerges
such is the beauty of nature's whispers
on the quiet but it transforms to pictures

not a stormy life rife with a loving wife
but strive for the best for the everlasting love
romantic moments not to cut off like a knife
but to pursue great times without a shove

Carrie's at the Sunday Muse #118
weejars at MLMM's Saturday's Mix - rhyme time

Friday, July 24, 2020

never to face the onslaught head-on

                                                                                              Author Zeynel Cebeci
Image: Sea Daffodils (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
someone explain harder give incoherent 
dementia quit longtime friend knows, advice

does it need someone to explain
how do the daffodils face the blast
high winds a prelude to heavy rain
harder for the inexperienced to grasp

never to face the onslaught head-on
give in,  the way the daffodils relent
incoherent dementia-like seeking a bond 
not to quit helping a longtime friend

knows how to extend counsel and advice
to forgive a noble act not readily sought
maturity an element absent on the unwise
blessings of divine intervention not to avoid 

MMT's  at the Whirligig #276 
Mish at d'Verse OLN #270

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

the Fab Four, a group one of a kind

                                                                                                Attribution: EMI
Image: Trade ad for Beatles' 1964 Grammys (here)
The ad appeared in the 1 May 1965 issue of Billboard
The ad is not covered by any copyrights for Billboard.

the Fab Four, a group one of a kind 
from the many foursomes of the time
they revolutionize not just the industry
but the whole generation in the 60's

ensemble of trendsetters set hearts fluttering  
a sensation in unison of all the four singing
mop-haired appearance gained acceptance
not considered in furtherance of a bad influence

some adults were steadfast with their stand
an MBE recipient reported of having returned 
it when the Beatles were awarded the same
such mixed reactions previously unknown

Merril's at d'Verse Poetics  - Revolutions

it was dead centre

                                                                     Author : Nekneeraj

Image: The sweetness of candy (here)

10 of 12 given words: 
dead bag deny throw voices 
tunnel wail signal still skip

it was dead centre
right in the bag no denying
it was just a throw from reality

I was amazed
the fortune-teller got it right

voices in the tunnel
she said not a wail just whispers
but very apparent and very real
a signal to skip the search
we are on to something

still not everything will jive
it is getting closer 
it's coming your way
it'll be in your hands. 
My prediction as a fortune-teller
for you

I'm offering you a bowl full of candy
you've been very accurate before
hopefully your winning streak sustains
with the sweetness of the candy

more 'supplements' are helpful 
but skip the candy

you mean you are expecting 
additional payments


Michael's at MLMM's Sunday Writing 
prompt - I was amazed
Brenda's Sunday Whirl #464
Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo 
Challenge #324