Monday, October 26, 2020

Restrictive movements may put a damper

                                                                                                         Author: Steve Mays
Image: Halloween 1977 Costume Party 
A thing of the past - no social distancing (here)

'Trick or treats' uttered in jest and in anticipation to force
a response meant to be taken in a light vein just as much.
A nostalgic flood of feelings flowed back in memory on 
how neighborly and fun those occasions were.

It only seemed like yesterday that the friendly neighborhood
came alive. In fact, it was a sure way of getting to know the
immediate neighbors who initially may seem aloof and unfriendly
That may be the underlying reason that it was first mooted  by 
our elders before

Restrictive movements may put a damper on those who 
wish to risk it. It may further subject them to the prospects
of not getting a welcome..  

forays of childhood
innocence face a damper
with the restrictive
movements currently in place
with the new normal enforced 

Frank's at d'Verse Haibun Monday
- happy halloween

hands firmly on the hips standing akimbo

                                                                                    Author:Pearson Scott Foresman
Image: Visibly Upset (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
aura hips eye contact disdain words 
strangers find woman lullaby accent 

showing an aura of authority
with hands firmly on the hips
standing akimbo looking sharply
through direct eye contact her lips

quivering speaking with disdain
words, without doubt, lost in anger
but still in control with restraints
while strangers around sensing danger

slowly retreat making a bee-line
for a safe exit never to mess around
for such a scenario will easily find
an explosive finality, not just a frown

this is not a woman giving a lullaby
not when uttering unguarded accents
to beat it without the normal goodbyes
the unruly scene should come to an end

MLMM's Wordle #212

Friday, October 23, 2020

A logical extension of restraints

                                                                                             Attribution:Arne List
Image:  A Drab Winter Scene (here)

If winter is death, surely, 
red-slashed autumn is the wound that brought it.
A logical extension of restraints 
as colours would have determined

Is it intended that a copper tone is aligned
to reddish hues to beset the season's change

How unkind to view such an outcome
Perhaps unfairly exhorted 
by way of colours for winter 
will be bathed not in
pure and unstained white
but brown to red

Surely the correlation is tweaked more
towards the impending expectations 
of winter's cold and activities curtailed
that it reveals a deathly feeling

Yes, perhaps the feeling is akin 
to making the best of situations 
not unlike adjusting to the new normal
of the pandemic's inconveniences

Dylan's at MLMM's  - First Line Friday

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

much into the unknown

Image: Sadly in Quiet Moments (here)

the 5 charms:
grey life, dim accuracy, pale heat, 
consumed moon, spiritual songs

much into the unknown
a young heart in emotional reflection
clawing in the shadows of misty blues
questioning the grey life looming
in dim accuracy in measured intense
perplexed in a confused state 
of what the future holds

a physical structure of bodily charms
waiting to share blessed moments of love 
yet in the pale heat of a consumed moon
a perfect specimen of Adonis
lay crumpled and contorted 
where is the lovely maiden? 

lost in muted silence
lying prone under the covers
asking in nebulous intent
will spiritual songs help?

Laura's at d'Verse Poetics in
- the Charms of Samuel Greenberg

Monday, October 19, 2020

Magnetized by her presence

                                                                                             Author: The US Senate Office
Image: Big Crowd at a Rally(here)

Magnetized by her presence
Charmed by her outward personality
That carried diversity to another level
A politician and attorney
That mesmerized the minorities

Accepted sexism and racial elements  
Within strong debating strategies
That had opponents stuttering even
Just wanting to say her name 
(44 words)

De at d'Verse Quadrille #114- poetical magnetism

Sunday, October 18, 2020

we are free we are the world

                                                                                          Author:Marry :3 @Madjina
Image: We are taking over (here)

10 of 12 given words:
bend call spill spread hands  
gel scar sting list  frilly 

not driving you humans around the bend
not a desperate call but we are being free
we can spill over an irritant that's the trend
spread our numbers the Covid way entirely

we'll win hands down nothing but a fling
no gel needed but we are just as slippery
leaving no scar we can now attack and sting
the list can go on be on guard nothing frilly 

lots of food left for us you humans are so kind
hurriedly you left leaving the doors wide open
no more strays but owners not unwanted tenants
we are free we are the world that's our song

Carries' at Sunday Muse #130
Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle 477

Thursday, October 15, 2020

ill-defined but understood

Image: Lovingly together  (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
almost, open, define, listen, nights 
expect grew, ways, known screendoor mean

almost an open book 
ill-defined but understood 
listen to the wind in the nights
not expecting an uproar but unusually quiet 
for it grew in ways friendly by nature
in a way to boost your stature

a wonderful soul is known to invest
precious times sometimes awkward at best
to walk past screendoors opening wide
despite locked from the inside

mysteriously swung out with clockwork precision
to accompany goodness accorded unto your person
blessings untold but impacting on my being
when our relationship was left panting 

was often stormy but not anymore
was it written we are meant for each other?

Grace at d'Verse OLN #276

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

the beauty of having a forest cover

                                                                                            Author:Timothy Gonsalves
Image: Life-giving and Meandering (here) 
the beauty of having a forest cover
which doubles as a catchment area
most welcomed a spot in the locality
where rivers are to meander unobtrusively

to quench the regions blessed within
greenery craved of those forgotten beings
in the scorching heat of dry arid lands
but not quite so for some of the lucky ones

what they miss above they can well forgo
the abundance of riches lie hidden below
for Providence is a fair equalizer to behold
bidding its time to gush out - the black gold
Note: forest,rivers,quench is Covent Garden

Sarah at d'Verse in Poetics - three little words

Monday, October 12, 2020

what has bolstered his hopes?

                                                                                                           Author: David290
Image: A Gleaming Roadster (here)

Dare him to look up from his perch. The morning sun slowly moves
competing with lazy clouds across the sky. He has not flinched his tired 
bones. He will bid his time contrary to some thoughts

We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of time 
far from giving in but what has bolstered his hopes. That no one can tell
He liked her but that was long ago before he went away. He is back 
determined to stake his claims

He feels confident. He is no more the struggling wimp those others 
referred to and laughed at before, unkempt and penniless. He has parked 
his Ferrari far down the street. He has made his pile that he is not to 
reveal. He is waiting patiently for a glimpse of her -  for a surprise.

But is she really married? 
(144 words)

Kim at d'Verse:  Prosey - telescope of time

Sunday, October 11, 2020

not to acquiesce in meek demeanour

                                                                                  Attribution: Sunday Muse
Image: Showing the Way (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
acquiesce shrug inhale pity ruffle 
inevitably groan disgust lament grim

not to acquiesce in meek demeanour
for it is not an option 
but to just shrug it off

to inhale pity without a ruffle
is a tragedy for it is conforming 
to bullying tactics

it is necessary to push forward
the guiding light even 
with a puny lantern
to inevitably put up a brave front
against those hiding 
behind the cloak of cowardice
to cause damage

the expected defense is always devoid
of a groan but to confront the 
disgust of not wanting to succumb
under the weight of surrender  
not even to lament 

a grim outcome to a dignified soul

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #129

Thursday, October 8, 2020

saving grace in hardships

                                                 Attribution: Wellcome Collection gallery 
Image: Helping a Stranger (here)

"Always in these friendships
one serves the other," 
-   The Triumph Of Achilles by Louise Gluck

never had it been ignored
the chain of relief to assist
deserving for such discord
that happened hard to resist

saving grace in hardships
unexpected entry of a stranger
always in these new friendships 
one serves the other

in reality the help was God-sent
for one's good deeds in return
old act in extending a helping hand
guiding the lights of Providence

Bjorn at d'Verse MTB -  googling

Monday, October 5, 2020

a direct assault on power

                                                                                                           Author: Unknown
Image: The Board of Directors    
of a company in 1852  (here)

10 of 12 given words:
flight assault power strip right  
cast doubt contract board risk

care for a flight of fancy
with a direct assault on power
make a way out real easy 
bring the expectations lower

strip off  measures of strength 
with the right to resist the stance
cast a doubt to review at length
there is still a fighting chance

since the contract is binding
new normal is an inspiration
the Board finds it tempting
to seek likes of arbitration

mindful of sinister elements
lurking in the dark recesses
to striking at weak moments
given half a chance of access

invoke a new thinking
risk a catalyst in bad times 
sacrifice in the beginning
big money comes at the end

Rhyme Scheme: ABAB

Lucy's at d'Verse Poetics - ballad  
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #476

magic of golden copper hues

                                                                                            Author: aimnotboy
Image: Golden brown with distinction (here)

magic of golden copper hues
peeking out of the greenery
faithfully right on time
we are to savour with consternation
of missing Spring but still
blessed before the cold blankets
the landscape

seasons come and go but
provides the beauty of colours
craved for
(44 words)

Merril at d'Verse  with Quadrille #113 -  blankets

Thursday, October 1, 2020

an eighth year and lots of songs

                                                                                             Author Unknown
Image: Happiness Through the Years (here)
 (cc logo cc pd CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication   No Copyright)

wonder reminders
an eighth year and lots of songs
to enjoy moments
that spanned years close to one's heart
no virus mess up but fun

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem - celebrates-its-8th.html
Mish's at d'Verse OLN #275

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

to foil a fox

                                                                                   Author:Renee Grayson
Image: Eyeing its Next Move  (here)

to slice ones' desires to shove some
hidden from view under the lunch box
lest one forgets 

to foil a fox known to be sneaky 
is to trust one's conscience
not wanting to ask why 
but to defile a hoax 
the hypocrisy of a twisted mind

it is sad that liars and scammers
rule supreme in the market place
social media is open to the world
given half a chance
will do you in and laugh 
surrounded by their ill-gotten gains

forget the fox for other furry alternatives
a cat is just as cuddly with all its innocence
to let instinct to roll the red carpet
revile in one's own judgment
and live another day!

JadeLi at d'Verse Poetics - the vatic voice

illuminating the skies on most romantic nights

Image:: The Moon over Acropolis 
of Athens in the evening light. (here)

Apparently, you're the planet's only natural satellite. You maintain a  
rotation with Mother Earth so that we can only see the same side of 
you. It is beautiful! 

Romances accentuating your beauty have commonly alluded to your 
stature and they are very unlike the rough surfaces unfairly shown.
during the moon landings - very unflattering to what we have been 
used to.

You are being the second-brightest after the Sun but unlike the Sun 
you can safely be ogled at by loving couples enamored by your presence. 

Most fortunate that you are now given a respite with no more instances 
of interruptions of human presence 

faithfully therein
illuminating the skies
keeping a vigil

Frank at d'Verse Haibun Monday - the moon

Sunday, September 27, 2020

brushing aside all of the likes of coldness

                                                                                             Author: Vladimir Pustovit
Image: Happy to be Accorded
the Blessings (here)

it came as no surprise to anyone 
when she entered the arena and found it 
inhabited by fluffy cuddly creatures

she had very much liked to hug someone
or something warm and compromising
the tendency of the new horizon of offering
such an opportunity seems endless

brushing aside all of the likes of coldness
as dark clouds race across preceding the
downpour unexpected to dampen her ego

daring to pick up the pieces she makes a show
of reluctance imbued with braveness in quick
takes of succession of cuddling and of running

she is glad to have found the reason to be 
accorded the goodness in a moment of despair

Michael's at MLMM's  - creating a context

Saturday, September 26, 2020

second chance with the new experience

                                                                                                   Author:Jannes Pockele 

Image: Blissful partnership (here)

– divorced and married 
– exit and entrance

to be divorced and married again
is it a mistake meant as a repetition
is it risking the episode without restrain
how's second time around in anticipation

is directly an exit and an entrance
not exactly from the pot into the fire
but second chance with the new experience
to make amends a good start without fear

a lesson in love is always welcomed

weejars at  MLMM's Saturday Mix - opposing forces

Friday, September 25, 2020

but my life is not of my own

                                                                                            Author:Tahsin Shah

Image: Trained for Begging 
with Showmanship (here)  

had never had it so good
good provider all along
gave me shelter and food
not complained for so long

but my life is not of my own
being controlled at his whims
slavery here right at home
to do things that please him 

Grace at d'Verse MTB - protest poetry

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Scary but True

                                                                                              Author: Catrin Welz Stein                                      Image: In a Dream (here)

A moment in time a moment of reflection
Life has been in turmoil on many occasions
Never had it been this way
Impinged on life every day
Invisible to the naked eye but such destruction

Wither the answer on many minds asking
It gets tedious with eyes closed, frightening
Innocent lives are waiting
Sadly it is long in coming
Scary as it progressed, come by the vaccine

Lillian's at d'Verse's Poetic - let your 
words be a paintbrush

Monday, September 21, 2020

both exude scenic beauty

                                                                                  Author:Jason M. C., Han
Image: Blue Skies over the Blue Danube (here)

Blue sky, Blue Danube both exude 
scenic beauty providing life-giving 
water facilitating long-distance travels 
accentuating  economic activities 
for sky is the limit. 

Seasonal changes affect the moods 
and lifestyles a damper to nature's 
blessings. However, it makes it more 
interesting with variety in life.
(44 words)

Whimsygizmo's at d'Verse Quadrille\
#112 with 44 words and -  sky

Sunday, September 20, 2020

to bask in nature's blessings

                                                                             Artist David Cox Jr.  (1809–1885)
Image: A Lonely Desolated Moorland (here)

moorland (upland areas in temperate shrublands 
characterised by low-growing vegetation) 

peacefully quiet
greenery kind to the eyes
a reassurance
to bask in nature's blessings
of cleaner air and beauty
(a tanka)

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem time-challenge #3-moorland

Saturday, September 19, 2020

unashamedly laid bare

                                                                                      Author:Brooke Shaden

Image: A Flaming Heart (here)

drowned my sorrow 
with a flaming heart
is there no tomorrow 
now that it is apart

rightly open to abuse 
set to be duly warned
is it of any excuse
to discard all the warmth

unashamedly laid bare
exposed fully my soul 
aren't you to forebear
and rightly be bold

my blood my life sentence
not for an empty sacrifice
despite being overwhelmed 
just don't believe their lies

Fireblossom's at Sunday Muse  #126

Friday, September 18, 2020

trudging in slush

                                                                                                   Author: asoqpathak
Image: Muddy road (here)

sitting in deep thoughts
emptiness across the eyes
brightness far beyond
blind to the present sometimes
trudging in slush for some days
(a tanka)

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem Haiku Kai
- Hosomi, preview of Basho's school for haiku

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