Monday, October 20, 2014

Granted they were just neighbors

                                                                                                   Attribution: Tess
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag (here)

MM Wordle #31 given words:
murder slope currency dismiss crunch 
lichen invisible neighbors recede enamel 

He cried murder when told of his mother
The slope of his mind gained currency
As they seemed unaware of his sentiments
And he had not dismissed them at all

His mother was the world of his life
He had not detracted from these thoughts
The crunch was the recent black out in the area
She was all alone and none came to her aid
Granted the lichen was thick around the house

How could his mother be invisible to them
Granted they were just neighbors
How could they recede to their private corners

Groping in the dark guided by enamel panels
She managed to make her way out of the house
Whisked to the hospital she made quick recovery
She was lucky some boys found her in the open
She was shivering and blue from the cold
He decided to stay and be directly responsible
He had the task of getting a job in the vicinity

For Tess' Magpie Tales #242
Mindlovemisery's Menagerie Wordle  #31 and
Kerry's hosting at Open Link Mondays at Real Toads

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Grain of Imagination

                                                                                    Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Image: Three Sunflowers (here)

It just takes a little time
Quiet moment of splendor
In some seconds sublime
To lovingly dream in wonder

Far away let it just wander
In likes of heaven’s expanse
Surfing timeless fervor
Akin to free falling sense

Creating pictures captured
Of one’s yearnings anew
Something better enraptured
Even of kaleidoscopic few

Let the imagination run wild
Little grain transforms into silos
A masterpiece easily profiled
Of reputation sans minnows

For Mary's hosting at Poets United's Poetry Pantry #223 and
Kerry's Sunday's Mini Challenge at Real Toads

With childhood friends one shares laughter

                                                                                     Author: Vincenzo Canuccinici
Image: The Death of Caesar (here)

Sunday Whirl words:
crazy shadow childhood laughter stranger
secret diamond shines prisoner steel

“A good friend will always stab you in
the front”  -  Oscar Wilde

What crazy thoughts shadow crazy ideas
With childhood friends one shares laughter
Not a real stranger or someone unknown
But betrays one’s trust in a way blatant

Nothing secretive but a diamond that shines
Sharing what is mine is yours and yours mine
Not a prisoner restricted in all of his dealings
Of steel in character and warmth in feelings

But mindful of the wise words of Oscar Wilde
For friends create trust easily devoid of wiles
Then without warning one gets the full brunt
 “A good friend will always stab you in the front”

For Mindlovemisery's Menagery  - to create
a verse inspired by quotes of Oscar Wilde and
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #183

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Diana ever so sweet!

                                                                           'Diana'  by Hiram Powers
Image: Courtesy of Margaret Bednar (here)

Diana ever so sweet
With a Mona Lisa smile
Certainly a special treat
Fluttering heart awhile

So humanly realistic
Even in marble form
Caught in some mystics
Keeping rightly warm

Margaret's hosting at Real Toads with Poetic marbles

Friday, October 17, 2014


                                                                                              Attribution: Florstein
Image: Kuznechny Market (here)

Perspective in art first
path to understanding
Pen or brush in hand with
paper to know basic
points of Depth of Field to
ponder reality
Perfecting the less known

Note: One of the first lessons in art
is to be aware of ' Perspective' which
shows the effects of Depth of Field
to make the sketch realistic

For Vandana's hosting at d'Verse
MTB on the form pleiades

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Size had its advantages

                                                                                     Attribution: Algirdas Svid
Image: One of Oldest Oak Tree (here)

Imposing presence
Strong oak stood its grounds letting
little acorns sprout

Largely unhindered
Size had its advantages
Enlarged its enclave

Join them to beat them
Fun music among the leaves
Lively ensemble

Susan's hosting at Poets United's Midweek Motif  -  trees and
Chev's CARPE DIEM #112  -  oak deep in the woods

Providence that determined, we only proposed

                                                                                                Attribution: Jebulon
Image: The 24 hr Clock (here)

3WW the given words:
gifted intense rot

Intense yearnings provided the impetus
In spite of all the restrictions imposed
Targets set pushed his luck regardless
Providence that determined, we only proposed

Gifted in ways of life's expectations
Priorities recognized outwardly accepted
Failure pushed aside and not an option
Chances of success could be predicted

Mindful of the rot many had to contend
Hands-on management the rule of the day
Never to be distracted by over confidence
Blessed be good leadership held sway

For Thomg's hosting at 3WW week #397

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Heavens above smiled

                                                                                 Attribution: Alexander Vujadinovic
Image: Cool and peaceful - Isfalls glaciers Sweden (here)

Magical moments
Of evenings shared with loved ones
Heavens above smiled

Eloquence of thoughts
Magic in changing seasons
Memories evoked

With nature's blessings
Man's intrusion cushioned with
softened interludes

For Chev's CARPE DIEM # 583 -  magic fields

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Would they unashamedly accept infamy?

                                                                            Artist: John Alunan  -  'Crashing Cranes'
Image: Courtesy of Mindlovemisery (here)

Paper cranes crowding milling around
Floating clouding an antagonized mind
Fair proposition to a disturbed frown?
Rights to peaceful privacy was divine

Accord space to one tortured unfairly
Legacy of noble intentions in the open
How one yearned to bask in rare ecstasy
If only one dared to seek for assistance

Friends were there and ever willing
Would they unashamedly accept infamy
To be seen with those discarded beings
Down and out their unsolicited destiny

For Mindlovemisery's Menagerie
Photo Challenge #30

Monday, October 13, 2014

Trapped with his eloquence

                                                                                          Author: Eddie Green
Image: The Cover of Music Sheet

The given words:
maverick nimble march cadence 
eel turf waxen goad hew vise

Maverick of his own making
Nimble as a young gibbon
From tree to tree swinging
Marching on in confidence

Smooth talker in cadence
Slippery as an eel on turf
Waxen for quick appearance
Goaded for a kill for love

Irresistible to innocents
Who were hewed big time
Into a vise grip unopened
Trapped with his eloquence

Ladies won devoid of a ploy
Deserting their man willingly
Under the spell of a playboy
They succumbed unwittingly

For Mindlovemisery's Menagerie #30 and
Magaly's Open Link Mondays at Real Toads

Sunday, October 12, 2014

We used to call it 'self portrait'

                                                                                       Self-Portrait by Vivian Maier
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag (here)

Selfie selfie selfie!
Sects sects sects!
sex sex sex!

Show and tell
Anything and everything are game

Everyone wants to have a say
Not enough to be heard
but also to be seen

It used to be 'have gun will travel'
Now it is the other way around

It is go 'travel and have a selfie'
Next minute splash it on FB
It is for the whole world to see!

We used to rightly call it 'self portrait'
Elegantly done with a reflect camera
Not even a modern day compact
With the flash gun at the ready
It was an 'ancient' selfie
Silently done but appreciated gratefully

No one cared and no one bothered
It was to be shown only
to family and friends
Taken with finesse
and proudly passed around

Why a selfie on FB?
One followed by another by the day
To show how one had aged gracefully?

Ok no talking of selfie!
Neither about 'sects' inviting controversy
Nor of sex best discussed privately

Care for a time-out?

For Tess' Magpie Tales #241

of a fat reduction endeavor

                                                                                      Attribution: Joseph Boomhower
Image: Gym Workout (here)

The given words:
brains gimmick hypnotizing liquor chickens flesh
lotion torture uniform machine tease trains

He was the brains behind the
gimmick of hypnotizing the liquor
store operator into making chicken
flesh into a thick lotion as a way
of a fat reduction endeavor

How the chubby and over-weight
freaks had been torturing themselves
through sophisticated weight reducing
machines but being frustrated in
their vain efforts to a uniform body-
builder figure

Just grease their bodies during gym
workouts to tease the fats to burn
the lust and crazed to a trim structure
This would be enough motivation
to push the market 
Not to talk of the manly 
and sweaty aroma of
chicken permeating when
they proudly present their he-man
muscle toned torsos for scrutiny
upon finishing training

Can be a great idea to complement
all the steroid based muscle enhancing
banned drugs that are flooding
the market which may bring early death

Successful business ventures had
been known to have beginnings
from crazy ideas!

Most likely though this chicken
lotion appears way too crazy and 
may not see the light of day!

For Brenda's hosting at Sunday Whirl Wordle 
#182 and  Mary's at Poetry Pantry #222

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kept the flames alight - Shadorma

                                                                Artist:  Van Gogh  - la Courtisane
Image: Courtesy of Bastet's Photo shadorma (here)

A Shadorma:
It’s a 6-line poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5
syllables per lines respectively

Dedication to
their calling
A future
sacrificed, time stood still but
kept the flames alight

For Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

walk across the deep lake waters

                                                                                          Attribution: Heino Ruiso
Image: Deep lake waters (here)

How lucky it was to have finally arrived
A long walk across the deep lake waters
Watched intensely by an elephant in the sky
Not given any quarters holding the diapers
But made good an escape from the moon

Thirst quenched drinking sands of the desert
Skipping over the sun in the still of the night
Observed crocodiles on the stage in a concert
Satisfied with all the snows on the pyramids
But made good an escape from the moon

Trailing behind the tortoise around the bend
A polar bear astride a camel under the sun’s heat
Lions turned vegetarian with gazelles as friends
Never a bother for pizza or any kind of meat
But made good an escape from the moon

Note: Not really sure whom am I kidding!
Hopefully this fits the bill

For Bjorn's hosting at d'Verse Verbal cubism - writing
nonsensical poems

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A library is sacred!

                                                                                    Attribution: Gottscho-Schleisner
Image: The Brooklyn Public Library (here)

The given words from:
Red Wolf Poems: stranger mud-streaked
library illuminations October
3WW: arrogant supple crude
Poets United: exploring

Stranger than fiction
A mud-streaked library?
Mistaken illuminations
Seems somewhat funny

Or users who are arrogant
Insisting to be allowed in
Crude way of wanting to learn
Not the usual thing

Cannot be true
Not in October anyway
There’s so much to do
In many different ways

A library is sacred
‘ Net exploring and surfing
Pleasing and quiet
Not just book lending

Through the years
Supple and alert
Young library members
Had benefited

There’s no saying
That libraries are abused
The smart and hardworking
Have put them to good use!

For Irene's hosting at Red Wolf Poems Wordle #28
Thomg's at 3WW #396 and Susan's at Poets United
Midweek motif

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

threw a challenge in his mind

                                                                                          Attribution: Kenneth Allen
Image: Joggers on the Road  (here)

Feeling satiated having had his evening meal
There he was sitting pretty lounging on his chair
Contemplating life’s excesses affecting his zeal
To just rest and not stress himself silly in his lair

Had not noticed as he had done most evenings
The kitten pushing a rubber ball across the floor
But this time from the corner of his eyes seeing
It being chased and pushed that he missed before

Happenings revolve around him he mused quietly
Lots of fun if he had time to be rightly involved
Joggers outside passing along the road leisurely
If only he was young enough and had the resolve

Setting a target he told himself of his new plans
Being young at heart would be a good option
Fair to himself he threw a challenge in his mind
Emulating the joggers he should be in the open

For Marina's hosting at d'Verse Poetics:
in the corner of your eyes

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

not to be fooled by my smile

                                                                                       Attribution: Ianare
Image: A Smiling Fighting Machine(here)

No castle needed
Perhaps a moat and not to
be fooled by my smile

Sharp teeth not needed
Strong jaws good enough for vice
grip and you are dead

Ancient specie but
still can jump high to grab at
dead chickens at shows

For Chev's CARPE DIEM # 577 -  castle

Sunday, October 5, 2014

should sustain this way but..

                                                            Attribution: Couple Riding Wassily Kandinsky
Image: Courtesy of Georgia's

A shadorma:
it’s a 6-line poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5
syllables per lines respectively

Cuddly in
his arms safe from all
How she wished
it should sustain this way but
alas  -  just a dream

For Bastet's hosting at
Mindlovemisery's Menagerie
with above photo prompt shared
with Mary's at Poetry Pantry # 221

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Just croaking all night

                                                                                  Attribution: Chef Sean Christopher
Image: French cuisine - fried frog legs (here)

Just croaking all night
Medley of sweet melody 
Fun in frog lingo

Out of old pond can
jump in but will stick around
rather for the kiss

Nice legs, pond your home?
Yes but rather curious you
are not French are you?

(42 words)
Note: Personifying a potential
prince in second stanza

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Little Creatures #7
Sokan's - reciting frogs and shared with
Mama Zen's hosting at Real Toads - personification
not exceeding 53 words

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Braving the rough seas

                                                                                    Artist: Christoffer W Eckersberg
Image: The corvette Najaden in rough seas (here)

Walls of water, waves
lashing the sides of the ship
Braving the rough seas

Hidden sun dark clouds
and stormy seas all vying
to make presence felt

Far from shore, sailors
cowered in safety of bunks
Silent in prayers

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #573  -  rough seas

Not owing anyone for a living

                                                                                            Attribution: Ruta Badina
Image: Steadfastly Straight and Confident (here)

3WW -  the given words: 
barren intense worry
Poetry Jam: 

Barren of ideas and intentions
Not wanting to appear deprived
Invoked an actor’s pretensions
To rightly appear to have arrived

Intense lobbying to gain acceptance
To impress but thick skinned to the core
Standing in line waiting for a response
Not one’s cup of tea to care nor bother

Since not owing anyone for a living
Not expecting handouts not a care
‘What Me Worry’magical of standing
One’s confidence is rightly laid bare

Who is there to make an issue
One’s own strength is a strong factor
Not anyone can knock one blue
Despite the fact one is a good actor

For Thomg's hosting at 3WW and
Sumana's at Poetry Jam -  magic

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Unleashed with devastating effect

                                                                                          Artist: Giovanni Tiepolo
Image: The Procession into Troy (here)

Pull a fast one to cloak evil intentions
It has been in the game since the Greeks
did one on Troy

They sailed away left the horse in
its belly with 20 of the best and
fully armed

Towed into Troy as a prize of war
But in the stealth of night stole out
to open the gates

Thus a simple strategy to hoodwink
and outwit to win a war

So also in modern times there is no
let up. Given half a chance to test
his skills there was that smart alec
who had appropriately named it
point blank a ‘Trojan Horse’

Unleashed with devastating effect not
many years ago affecting not just the
innocents of gaming, computer geeks
but so also corporate giants.

And they are still around apparently
for the big kill on an anniversary of
some sort

Just as well as one has to be on guard
Intelligence can be used in many different
ways to satisfy the elements of greed in
a crook’s twisted mind

Note: Abhra has it in d'Verse to tie up mythology 
with modern happenings

For Abhra's hosting at d'Verse 
Poetics: Modern Mythologies

Driven up the wall

                                                               ghost-of-a gone-bird @ Deviant Art
Image: Courtesy of Laura A Lord (here)

Driven up the wall
Menacingly beautiful
Are you not that tall
More than an eyeful

Anger knows no bounds
Seething volcano at the crater
Emitting smoke with gurgling sounds
Woman scorned no laughing matter

Driven up the wall
Hold your horses
Remember pride before a fall
It never falters

Lady of leisure
There’s too much to lose
Patience a good measure
Stand with dignified pose

For Mindlovemisery Menagerie Photo
Challenge # 28 -  climbing the walls

Monday, September 29, 2014

Nature has a way out to avoid the melee

                                                                                               Attribution: Waugsberg
Image: Pupae of Drones (here) 
Those on the right are a few
days older and more developed

Wordle #28
Only 8 of 12 words used:
pivotal  plethora bedlam  conveyor   
mermaid kitchen cinnamon reception

Pivotal to the continued existence of a colony
Drones have specific reasons in the equation
Being male not prolific as a worker honey bee
Considered lazy if ignorant of their functions

Plethora of drone suitors for the Queen Bee
Bedlam can result with many going for her
Nature has a way out to avoid the melee
A drone dies off after just one encounter

No fun to die after few seconds of pleasure
 ‘Conveyor belt’ system to propagate the colony
Happens to be the way as dictated by nature
Likened to a mermaid at rest likes of a Queen Bee

How else to stock up the kitchen with honey
Natural food the best there is without exception
Coupled with cinnamon it is a great home remedy
For arthritis and general good health’s reception

For Mindlovemisery's Menagerie Wordle #28 and
Fireblossom's Open Link Monday at Real Toads

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Eternal Flames

                                                                               Attribution:Roman Plischke
Image: Monument of WWII -  Eternal Flames (here)

Sunday Whirl
10 of 12 words used:
ashes discernment fear flames  
identity joy lot love polarize selfless

An honored rise from the ashes
Discernment extended and earned
No more fear of conflicts and clashes
Allowing the Eternal Flames to burn

What identity of an unknown soldier
Offered no joy as not to be accorded
Lots of sacrifice from that of a warrior
Stifled from honor that was expected

Love polarized with undue regret
Selfless in courage but sadly cut down
Right in his tracks by a sniper’s bullet
Unheralded had fallen where found

 For Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #180 and
Mary's at Poets United Poetry Pantry #220

Safe in deep shadows

                                                                                           Attribution: SoylentGreen
Image: Classic buffer Shadows (here)

Dancing in the dark
Allowed to peek out sometimes
Safe in deep shadows

Stayed on the quiet
Darting out from the darkness
Only when disturbed

Caught in beams of light
Freedom to fly out across
Up high in the sky

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Special #109  -  shadows

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Direct invitation to thieves

                                                                                                    Attribution: Georgia
Image:  The Ladder (here)

A Shadorma
is a 6-line poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllables

Morning mist
Lone ladder leaned on
branches but
bough of the tree was stronger
Why must take such risks?

An Acrostic
is a poem where the first word of each
line creates a word read downwards

Laughable and unwise
Appeared to be a mistake
Dumped outside the wall
Direct invitation to thieves
Endangering those in the house
Risks unnecessarily taken

For Marina's hosting at d'Verse OpenLinkNight and Georgia's
Mindlovemisery  Menagerie with picture prompt  -  ladder

Friday, September 26, 2014

Blanket of peaceful gestures

                                                                                              Attribution: Mrs Gemstone
Image:  Early Pink Cherry Blossoms (here)

Spectacle of awe
Rare find in cool morning air
Coyly peeping out

Tranquil surroundings
Blanket of peaceful gestures
Pinkish endeavors

Nestled in heavens
Behold beautiful colors
Bewitching girl’s dream

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Sparkling Stars #7
Koyu-Ni's  -  tranquil

Unchecked brought to extremes

                                                                                       Attribution: Gideon Pisanty
Image: Female digger bee approaching an inflorescence
of hybrid bugloss (Anchusa undulata) (here)

What was the Universal Truth?
Those empty eyes ganging up
Having witnessed but unamused
Human failings visuals stuck

Face of innocent blank looks
Matured at early age unwittingly
Shocked at antics of the crooks
Sufferings caused the community

What was the Universal Truth?
Brute strengths reigned supreme
Unfair sentiments let loose
Unchecked brought to extremes

Sadly survival of the fittest
Marked the order of the day
Connivance and self interests
Given space to other’s dismay

For Herotomost's hosting at Real Toads -  the universal truth

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Excruciating stomach pains

Image1: Whole Body Infected with Tapeworms (here)

                                                                         Attribution: Mikael Haggstrom
Image2: The Tell Tale Signs (here)

The words:
explosive popcorn skin adequate
trance track bacon emperor parasite

Excruciating stomach pains
Not unlike explosive popcorn
Itchy skin dogged him lately
He had to endure both ailments
Medication were properly
administered but not adequate
It did not alleviate the pains

More in a trance when
the doctor did the scan
It was then they realized
His whole body was infected

The doctor did track the cause
He had a dislike for bacon
It led him to try sushi and sashimi 
He was eating like an emperor

Contaminated raw fish
With larvae of tapeworms
Multiplied in his system
It could be life threatening
if the parasites could find
their way to his brains

For Thomg's hosting at 3WW # 394 and
Irene's at Red Wolf Poems  Wordle #27