Friday, September 23, 2016

One wants to keep the relationship intact

                                                                                            Attribution: 日:Muramasa
Image: A Most Precious Moment (here)

When shades of loss weave with pattern of madness 
                                                                     - Sanaa
(to write inspired by the above from Sanaa)

And we all go bonkers dislodged 
from a pedestal of comfort and security
Where to dismount ebbed of motivations
(to love and sacrifice for one of the other)
is not pleasing to the emotional self

Disparity of levels of awareness and progress
following a break-up is downright unfair 
for one has to face the recoil 
at assessing reality all alone

One wants to keep the relationship intact
but the rationale at keeping a cool head is put on hold
where irate feelings are bubbling at the insides
wickedly wishing the other party is suffering just as much

Such is falling out of love experienced at the outset
where the confident self is at its weakest 
and at its most vulnerable
where one grabs at a likely being 
who happens to be around then looking for conquests
One succeeds in conquering and exacting revenge
or one gets conquered luck deserting at that critical moment

Failure in a relationship is then rewound 
for a second or a third episode following
A reappraisal is rebuffed hoping it will work this time
When shades of loss weave with a pattern of madness 
Will the human mind unravel itself back to reality?

When taking stock of the hurts and recriminations
adjustments are of immediate concern to make
for either a recluse accepting defeat or a fight-back
to salvage the honor and self respect of an esteemed self

Falling in love and out of love is still a necessary evil though
for all the valuable experiences unwittingly garnered 
It was horrid then but good when it lasted
so long as the emotional scars did not cause too much damage
and one is all the cleverer at the next round

For Sanaa's Prompt Nights  -  
When shades of loss weave with pattern of madness 
Bjorn's at d'Verse's OLN #180

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Looks to be irritable

                                                                                   Attribution: Yorian~commonswiki 
Image: Competing downwards (here)

3WW given words:
irritable jarring infected

A 5-7-5-7-7 Tanka

Body of water
Looks to be irritable
Swirling  like madness
Plunging with jarring effect
Infected with mental ills?

For Thomg's 3WW week #498 and
Chev's Carpe Diem #1061  -  waterfall

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

untiring honey bee spreading its goodness

                                                                                            Attribution: John Severns.
Image: Foraging for Nectar (here)

10 of 12 given words:
spreading hops pollen hottest scotched
katydids (any green long-horned grasshopper)
intervene crooked, shoplifting,
gourd (idiom: off one's gourd - out of one's mind)

untiring honey bee spreading its goodness
hops from one to the other covering itself yellow
generous pollen clinging precariously
on its bodily self discarded at the next flower
such is nature's inputs in propagating
the preponderance of greenery

the hottest day scorched by the sun's brilliance
where even katydids hide in the shade not to
intervene with the bee's freedom of movements
during the day

it is only the crooked humankind
hidden by shadows of dark nights
with wanton disregard 'shoplifting' kegs
of enriched honey from the hardworking bee

off one's gourd, it isn't fair!

MMT's Whirligig #78

Monday, September 19, 2016

"I've got an Antarctica cruise coming up in Feb 2018" - so says OP Yusuf Hashim

This posting is unlike the usual Haibun Mondays. It is a wee bit too long. However, it is necessary in view of the many photos within. Remember OP Yusuf Hashim, the Modern Day Explorer? (here) Yusuf is just back from his PhotoSafari at the North Pole. His FB posting is datelined Sept 15,2016 and Hank just cannot pass off this opportunity to share his latest set of photos. To make this a legit Haibun, Hank posted a haiku to accompany the images. As this is unusually long, you may skip some parts at your convenience.

All photos are attributed to Yusuf Hashim
All narrations in italics are attributed to Yusuf Hashim

Image:1  OP Yusuf Hashim  -  ever on Top of the World

The Haiku:
See to appreciate
Feel the cold reality
Touch but to conserve

The Prose
Yusuf Hashim says:
Just arrived home from a month in the Arctic Ocean sailing in Greenland and Svalbard near the NorthPole. Lots of pictures shot and don't know which to share here. Here's a couple I pulled out just before going to bed. I can still feel my bed swaying and rocking like I'm still sailing in the tallship Antigua. It was a gypsetting expedition like no other.... — at 79°7'31" N 11°51'14" E

Image: 2
Yusuf Hashim says:
Sailing in the Arctic Ocean Near the North Pole.
The Antigua, sailing close to the face of the Monacobreem Glacier in North West Svalbard at 79°31'5" N 12°30'15" E.

Yusuf Hashim says:
We used these Zodiac boats to go from ship to shore daily ... for hikes and photography shoots. We were told to be very careful about where we put our steps ... because all the moss and lichens were more that 50 years old and the shrubs grow less than 1 mm each year.

Image: 4
Yusuf Hashim says:
Some of the gypsetters who were with me on the Tallship Antigua sailing north of Spitsbergen searching for Polar Bears and Whales in the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole .... all wrapped up against the bitter cold. Sitting on the right in the back row is Dr Nikita Ovsyanikov, who was one of our expert guides.

Nikita has spent much more time in the high Arctic, and around Polar Bears, than most people on the planet. With a PhD in zoology and as a Doctor of Biological Sciences, but perhaps more importantly, with countless months of field experience, he has a deep insight into the lives of carnivores such as the Arctic Fox and the Polar Bear, but also of the ecological contexts they occur in.

Image: 5
Yusuf Hashim says:
Checking out an iceberg, in a Zodiac in the Arctic. Icebergs are KLCC sized chunks of ancient ice which calve off the face of a glacier. Most of this compressed ice from calving glaciers are >30,000 years old

Image: 6
Yusuf Hashim says:
Collecting 30,000 year old iceberg melt water to refill my drink bottle. What crossed my mind was ... hey, this is a great marketing opportunity ... bottling and selling 30,000 years old iceberg melt water to people who are prepared to pay RM 5 per bottle for Evian water compared to RM1 for normal bottled tap water at petrol service stations.

Image: 7
Yusuf Hashim says:
The supreme predator of the Arctic, the Polar Bear, had just pounced on a hapless seal....
Almost finishing his meal ... at 80°54'22" N 23°2'42" E

Image: 8                                                                                                                 
Yusuf Hashim says:
We observed this lone polar bear till evening when the setting sun threw a golden tint in the sky. Mr bear must have spooked these terns as sometimes they forage for eggs and the terns would gang up and attack the bear. — at Arctic Ocean 80°8'31" N 28°0'39" E.

Image: 9
Yusuf Hashim says:
Mr Walrus popped his head out of the water next to our Zodiac and said "Hi !! Whatcha doing in these parts ?" "Looking out for you, of course." Said I. "Now YOU watch your back. Mr Polar Bear is somewhere around and we dont want him to pull one of you into the water, would we?" said Mr Walrus . With that he dipped below the water and was gone.... Hee hee , 

I could have extended my arm and grabbed his tusk ...... he was THAT close. — at North of Svalbard 80°8'39" N 27°58'22" E.

The Antigua, our home for two weeks in the High Arctic, sailing among ice floes, observing Polar Bears, Walrus, Seals, Whales, Reindeer, Foxes, Icebergs and glaciers .... what a rush. We had almost gourmet food on board. Easily a highlight in anyone's life. Doe it not stir you to do likewise ? 

I've got an Antarctica cruise coming up in Feb 2018 and more than half the men and women on the Antigua is signing up. Only fifteen cabins and 42 potential gypsetters. Contact me with your deposit by 15 Oct and get a US$1000 discount off the published rates. — at T 79°30'38" N 12°26'47" E.

For Toni's Haibun Monday at d'Verse
- winds of change
Marian's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, September 18, 2016

He could still recall the glitter in her eyes

                                                                  Author: Internet Archive Book Images
Image: Eclipsed in the Shadows (here)

the 12 given words:
glitter eyes breath 
sillage (noun: the degree to which a perfume’s fragrance lingers in the air when worn.)
exalt forward futile nothingness  
bramble (prickly shrub)
feral (of or characteristic of wild animals; ferocious; brutal)
esurient (hungry, greedy)
microlith (stone tool during late Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic times)

He could still recall the glitter in her eyes
despite the intervening years
Her attractive self, breathless
Exuding sillage of  aromatic tenderness
Walking on air ever so confident
Without a stutter and there she was then
clamoring for his exalted presence

Fast forward a decade to be exact
of futile nothingness
He was all alone now a bramble stalking being
reduced to a blob hiding in the corner
Feral in aptitude much in esurient stupor
Secure among his 'friends' the homeless
Somewhat a  forgotten relic of the microlith age
No more required nor useful

Such could inflict the soul of one so successful
Strutting corridors of power rising fast
up the corporate ladder once

A danger of unrequited love gone awry
A jilted element

For Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #320
MLMM's Wordle #121  -  September 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

They had designs of being champions

                                                                                       Attribution: Sgt. Brian Glass
Image: Players with Markers (guns)
at the ready (here)

Note:  Paintballs (pellets) - the ammunition used
in the marker (guns) are spherical gelatin capsules
of non-toxic, water-soluble substances and dye

the 12 given words:
champion deplorable try spring 
smite (to afflict or strike with deadly effect)
writhe straw guise fire basket dye us

They had designs of being champions
The records of the last few games were
deplorable and they swore to do better

They tried to spring a surprise attack
in the final stages before but unfortunately
they were themselves  'surprised' instead
The hunter became the hunted. What a
smite they received. They could see
themselves writhing in pain as the
paintball pellets were quite lethal on
soft spots of the body not protected 
It was the last straw. They were not about 
to easily forget it this time.

Under guise of night given by the tree
shadows and to hold back fire until
absolutely necessary so as to inflict
maximum hits they did better this time

Their basket of strategies worked wonders
They were not splayed with as much of
the dyes as did before.. It was a successful
outing and they learnt from their mistakes
'They got us before but we got the last laugh'

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #266
Outlawyer's at Real Toad's - following
a thread  -  weekend mini challenge

Unwittingly they kept a date

                                                                                         Attribution:  Daniel Schwen
Image: The 42nd. Street, Times Square
bound shuttle departing from the Grand
Central station  (here)

the 12 given words:
doubt lean pain meet talk love listen 
wild gossip authenticity break tilt

At the precise hour without a doubt
Every morning without fail
There she was leaning against the pillar
Seemingly to prop it up against collapsing

Unwittingly they kept a date
Stealing glances but keeping distance
It pained him to meet 
but they had yet to talk
He would love to listen to her voice
Not to endure wild gossip or chatter
like a bunch of school-girls, but just

The authenticity of purpose, however
was not matched by the desire
to break the ice

They would hop on catching the strap
Almost touching shoulders but heads
tilted to one side away from the other

Meeting every morning barely inches
apart but still remaining strangers
The New York Subway phenomenon

Note: Hank used to take the
shuttle to Broadway years ago.

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #265
Sanaa's Prompt Nights - identity

Thursday, September 15, 2016

the stake seems within reach - a Clerihew

                                                                                           Attribution: Marc Nozell
Image:  Attendees at a Donald Trump rally(here)

A Clerihew is a comic verse of two couplets
with a rhyming scheme of aabb. The first line
names a well-known person and the second
line rhymes with the name of the person.

They said Trump exceeded his welcome
But he is seriously wooing the Russians
Confident, the stake seems within reach
Health issues putting Hilary under siege

Tycoon Donald Trump lording it over
The forty-fifth President come November
Sees the world a market to be exploited
World leaders be forewarned or 'you're fired'!

Gayle's at d'Verse's Form For All -  the clerihew

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

she showed a steely determination

                                                                                 Attribution: Angelika Špicarová
Image: A Singing Sensation (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
whale spell murderous singing offering steely 
core badass expanse whimsy concept

3WW given words:
firm heated grave

a whale of a time
he was spell-bound
despite a murderous rendition
of her singing he still considered
it a great offering
she showed a  steely determination
to the core and he was appreciative

not a badass in demeanor
he was firm in his resolve
her repertoire covered the expanse
expected of her
whimsical at times
or heated at other times
but gravely enduring most times
conceptually tolerable
he had hopes she would make it

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #77
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  appreciation
Thomg's 3WW week #497

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tormented by the onslaught - a Quadrille

                                                                      Attribution: Fortepan - ID 52019
Image: War-time ruins 1945 (here)

Tormented by the onslaught
The lame and deprived
Each contending its right to survive
But imperiled

Why must power be shoved onto
hands of those cruel and inconsiderate?
- inequality forcibly embedded even enhanced
unwillingly endured by the weak

Powerful leaders open to scrutiny!
(44 words)

For Victoria's Quadrille in 44 words
at d'Verse  -  opening to the muse
and to include the word 'open'

Standing tall above the rest

                                                             Attribution: タカラトミーリカちゃん
Image: A Licca-chan Doll  (here)

Tribute to Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)
the haiku and tanka connoisseur (here)
(Jane was also accomplished 
in pottery and doll-making)

Standing tall above
the rest regal in stature
buoyantly smiling
endowed with talents rightly
acknowledged in her lifetime

For Chev's Carpe Diem #1052 - happiness

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Soothing to the heart

                                                                                   Attribution: Jon Sullivan
Image Hibiscus in Bloom (here)

Soothing to the heart
Colors enhancing the joy
Beauty of Springtime

Arranged in bouquets
Etched in mother's memory
Inspiring girls' names

For Chev's Carpe Diem #1050  -  blooms
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  blooms

Monday, September 5, 2016

Not ignorant of the inherent danger

                                                                                           Attribution: Alicia Savage
Image: By the Sea Shore (here)
(MLMM's Photo Challenge #129)

the 12 given words:
shine precise bee lightness ignorant sparkle 
tapestry (fabric used for wall hangings, furniture coverings)
mutable (liable or subject to change or alteration)
threat veiled flaked
Rain or shine at the precise hour
She would make a bee-line to the sea shore
with a lightness most unusual

Not ignorant of the inherent danger
but with a sparkle in her eyes
she sat bathed with expectations of a 
young lover left hurriedly by her beau

She had been lucky this far
for at exactly 0600 hours
a deathly calm enveloped the early 
morning sky
clear of the tapestry of dark 
cloud formations that shrouded the dawn
barely a few minutes ago

A slight breeze picked up the kite 
fashioned like a sailing boat
to greet  the rising sun on the horizon.
The same cuttlefish that came yesterday
would wave her tentacles from the distance

Not mutable thereafter for at least one hour
with no threat to her person
she sat there not a movement was apparent

Then a sudden change of mood occurred
of a somber being that veiled a happy self 
for the past previous hour
it now flaked itself from the quiet mood
to a changed person
The kite lowered itself to her feet and
she was ready to go back

Happy that her hour long daily 
meditation was now accomplished

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #264
MLMM's Photo Challenge #129) and
Marian's at Real Toad's the tuesday platform

Feverishly looking for leads

                                                                        Attribution: Shahzad Rizvi
 Image: Book Cover (2009) (here)

Whodunit wherefore
Feverishly looking for
leads with no progress
Murder investigation
But where is the dead body?

Worried to no end
Big sister was the culprit
Stories gave the chills
No shut-eye three solid days
From cold ghostly mysteries

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #1044  -  mysteries
(a set of tanka)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Pride of living creatures in colorful feathers - Flash 55

                                                                        Attribution: © Twins Seven Seven (2007)

Image: The Singing Birds In Egg Count (here)
(Inspired by Nigerian artist Twins Seven Seven
whose paintings are styled Primitivism)

We look sprayed in kaleidoscopic hues
Pride of living creatures in colorful feathers
Not drab grey of thick skinned rhino blues
But of regal peacocks parrots and kingfishers

We look down on others from high above
Transcending regions miles of distance
Used to freedom without borders
Why keep us caged just to admire our affluence
(55 words)

For Kerry's Flash 55 Plus at Real Toads

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Exasperation written all over his face

                                                                 Attribution: Musée du Louvre
Image: The most known, seen and talked about
smile in the world, that of Lisa Gherardini (here)

We tend to smile in the exact same language  -  Sanaa
(To write inspired by above)

Lost in the woods of concrete jungle
Exasperation written all over his face
The Eiffel Tower far away in the background
could not help to alleviate his concern
Lost in Paris he could only say oui or
where appropriate merci but nothing else
He had been warned, know your French to
get around but never to be heard uttering
whispers of Queen's English or you are done for

The next person he approached he flashed a
big wide smile and got in return thankfully
a friendly response  -  a similarly wide grin

He started talking in his own lingo and with
sign language and  indicated his desire
The frail old lady of course talked in French and
never in his life he had been made guessing of
what the conversation was being bandied about.

He guessed right for after walking over to the Metro
further smiles thrown very generously and peeking
at the map incessantly he finally made it

The Louvre right there in front of him
He felt so sorry she had been patiently waiting for so long
He was glad he had at least arrived safely for his date with Mona Lisa

For Sanaa's A Dash of Sunny Prompt Nights and
Mary's at PU.s Poetry Pantry #318

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Postscript: Yusuf Hashim the Traveler Extraordinaire! - a Haibun

                                                                                  Attribution: Yusuf Hashim
Image 1: Yusuf Hashim the accomplished Photographer at Lake Myvatn, Iceland

The Rhyming Poem
Colors of Spring hovered with scant memories
Obvious tinge of regret and impacting freely
Summer no help but compounding the warmth
Looking forward to Autumn's golden brown

A savior to life's hunger for fruits of all kinds
Autumn adequately fills void to address the bind
Likely a respite to face the harshness of Winter
Yearnings for a White Christmas as did last year

The Prose
To the privileged members of our blogging community with time and money, and an insatiable urge for spectacular photography and a penchant for adventure thrown in, here's something. Just received in Yusuf Hashim's FB posting datelined Sept 01,2016 on what's the latest!

Yusuf Hashim traveling to Svalbard Airport, Longyear 
from Oslo - Gardermoen  Norway International Airport.
Yesterday at 12:35am Gardermoen, Norway 
Yusuf Hashim says:
Busy summer. From Tuscany to New Zealand, to the Serengeti, to UK to visit the grandkids, then to Iceland, and then sailing in Greenland, then back to the UK, and now in Oslo enroute to another sailing gig in Svalbard near the North Pole. Then I'm off to Taiwan in October for the Crossing Bridges meet, then a short rest before flying to Punte Arenas in Chile to board the Sergei Vavilov for a cruise in Antarctica and the Falklands, to recce a planned safari to Antarctica for 30 Jan to 10 Feb 2018 ...I will do Patagonia as well in April. Come join me. Life is good ..... but short

Hank's little note to Yusuf:
My, what a mouthful! Your plate is full, overflowing in fact, right through to early 2018. Wonder what you had been having for the past 70 years to make yourself prim and fit to take on the onslaught! Keep the good flag flying and the bubbling energy intact. This is just overwhelming!

Pretty obvious then that a peek at the Grid Magazine #54,#55 and #56 (here) can reveal everything else one keeps asking about life on the fast lane 'off-road'  Wishing you the best, OP Yusuf!

P/S Hank has taken the liberty to grace this posting with a sampling of the great snapshots of your previous 'exploits' done through the years!

1. All snapshots are attributed to Yusuf Hashim
2. All narration in italics are attributed to Yusuf Hashim

Image 2: Yusuf Hashim, the Pilot in a Red Bull fighter aircraft

Hank says:
Fantastic! Keep at it OP Yusuf Hashim. You have your pilot's licence. Not clear here if you were at the controls! Given your many talents we can expect anything from you!

Yusuf Hashim replies:
Ha ha Hank, there are dual controls on both the front and rear cockpits. I am not rated for aerobatics so I wasn't permitted to touch the stick and pedals during aerobatic manoeuvres. The captain only allowed me to take the controls briefly, on the more civilised parts of the flight. Quite scary really, because the controls were so light and twitchy, compared to the controls of the Cessnas and Pipers that I am rated to fly

Image 3: Yusuf Hashim says  -  The young man at Namib Desert.crossing the Tropic of Capricorn in Namibia. That's me many years ago when there wasn't any grey matter at all to ooze out of the hair, moustache and beard follicles then.

Image 4: Experiencing the Aurora Borealis. Yusuf Hashim says  -  This was a 20 seconds exposure so I had time to run in front of my camera and do an Aurora dance

Image 5: Yusuf Hashim says  -  This is a group photo of the fun people on my Iceland PhotoSafari at the amazing Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland .

Image 6: Yusuf Hashim says  -  I shot this big fella while hiding downwind in a clump of trees. We were camping in the bush, protected by an electric fence, when I saw this big fellow came sauntering by our campsite. Breaking the rules and throwing caution to the wind I got out of the safety of the protected campsite, and hid in a clump of trees downwind of this bull elephant to shoot this picture with a 70-200 lens.

Image 7: Yusuf Hashim says  -  I'm no birder, but here's a Maribou Stork at Lake Ziway in the Great African Rift Valley, shot with the EF 300mm lens, handheld from about 80 meters. This is a massive, vulture like, bird with a wingspan of 12 ft , height of almost 5 feet and weigh around 9 kg.

Image 8: Yusuf Hashim says  -  Ideally you'll need a long lens like a 300 or a 400 with a multiplier, but this photo was shot with a 70-200 at a distance of about 10 meters. As we are using small land rovers with only two persons inside, we can get really close to the animals and you can get awesome shots like this one of a sleeping Lion King in the Ngorongoro Crater without falling over each other. — at Serengeti.\

Image 9:  Yusuf Hashim says  -  This magnificent pair of 'White Rhinos' nonchalantly crossed my track as I was driving through their territory. They are not actually white, but they are called white rhinos because their mouths are wide compared to the black rhinos whose mouths are rather more pointed for eating shoots and leaves, while the white rhinos have broader mouths because they eat grass. — at Serengeti.

Image 10:  Yusuf Hashim says  -  The guys and gals having fun taking selfies in Iceberg city. The icebergs come in all shapes and sizes and I never grew tired of watching and photographing them. They are simply beautiful and many of them are immense, with the part above water being as high as a 30 storey building.

Image 11:  Yusuf Hashim says   -  This is the 3 masted Barquentine Schooner I have hired (This is a snapshot of the schooner from one of an earlier expedition) It has Cabins with en suite bathrooms. It will be our floating hotel and Arctic Safari ship . It is a three mast barquentine schooner specially fitted for sailing in the waters of Svalbard. A barquentine is a sailing vessel with at least three masts, all of them fore-and-aft rigged, except for the foremost one, which is square rigged.

For Walter's at  d'Verse's MTB -   the reason for rhyme

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Remember the Modern Day Explorer? - an Update!

                                                                                            Attribution: Yusuf  Hashim
Image:1  Yusuf Hashim  -  on Top of the World!
(Yusuf Hashim says - We carry a couple of ancient single loading bolt action rifles each time we go ashore, for protection from Polar Bears in the unlikely event that one of them decides to have one of us for lunch. Usually, firing the gun into the air will be enough to scare them away)

                                                                                          Attribution: Yusuf Hashim
Image: 2 Stopover for a Look-see
( Yusuf Hashim says  -  As we sail among the icebergs, occasionally we will 
decide to go ashore to do a short hike up a little hillock 
to survey the landscape before us )

Remember the Modern Day Explorer, OP Yusuf Hashim? ***(here) (here) He was recently featured on the Front Cover of the Grid Magazine, incorporating also his maiden article inside!

(an excerpt of Yusuf's FB posting datelined Aug 26, 2016)
Yusuf Hashim says:

I was incommunicado for nearly 2 weeks while sailing a two masted wooden schooner in Greenland. I flew into Reykjavik from Constable Point in Greenland this afternoon, had a nice warm shower, and then proceeded to clear out the accumulated junk from two weeks of being away from civilization, with neither mobile network nor internet connectivity.

Then I came upon this gem. (Blush Blush)
An old goat I knew intimately, was on the cover of Issue #54 of The Grid Magazine !!

He was not only on the cover, but inside he was being featured on no less than 26 double spread pages ….. out of the 145 pages of the magazine.

The Grid Magazine has been around for more than a decade. The reason why we mere mortals have probably not seen it is because it’s content appears to be targeted at high net worth individuals as it features revues of yachts, private jets, exotic marques like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Panerai, etc.and all manner of playthings for the rich and the privileged.

In the words of the Publisher, the Grid is… “…. a stylish potpourri of the fine embellishments of life. It showcases the special flourishes that makes life a grand medley of passion, pleasure and privilege.”

Wow !!
A couple of weeks before leaving for Greenland in early August, I was interviewed by the Editorial Team from the Grid. I simply answered the questions they asked, and was totally surprised that I was invited to be their regular columnist on Gypsetting, Travel to Exotic Destinations and on Photography, the triple passions of my life.

Of course I accepted the invitation, and the challenge. I was simply asked to write a maiden article, so I wrote a piece on the Serengeti, where I was shooting the wildebeest migration the week before. Hee hee hee… it surprised me to bits that they actually published the interview, and the article and even put that old goat on their cover.

So now I have to write the second and third articles for Issue #55 and #56.I will try and write them on those cold nights next week when I'm sailing in the barquentine Tallship the Antigua near the North Pole, looking for Polar Bears, Whales, Narwhals, Musk Ox, Seals, etc. to photograph. The magazine is published once every two months. You’ll have to wait to see what I will be writing on in the next 2 issues.

*** Note:  Many of Yusuf Hashim's adventures have been posted in Alex's A to Z  April Challenge in April 2015. Two of the links are given above

Apologies: This is not a poem as such but a prose proper. Hank
contends the theme is relevant to the prompt as it is a conquest of sorts

For Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  conquest

more than just brilliance of sight in darkness

                                                                                            Atrribution: Unknown
Image:Painting the Moon (here)
(MLMM's Photo Challenge)

MLMM's 15 given words:
sodden angular prickly satin feverish
bristly (easily antagonized)
pumice (a spongy form of volcanic glass, used as an abrasive;to rub)
malleable (capable of being shaped).
viscous (of a glutinous nature;sticky; thick; adhesive)
waxy course cleft
tangible (capable of being touched;rather than imaginary or visionary)

Standing on sodden ground trying in an angular way
It was rather prickly to attempt to paint garbed in satin
Sounding feverish she was transformed to a bristly soul
Needing a pumice rub-down in elements to clip rough edges
Of a rigid self in a malleable way to allow her to reach out

Viscous but waxy it left a coarse trail of loud colors
Of an artist struggling to create a realistic perspective
To extend an appropriate depth of field of visual picture
Slightly centered with perhaps a cleft on the moon's chin

No, there must be something dearly tangible to touch
Certainly more than just brilliance of sight in darkness
Feelings of restrictive movements of a barb wire mind
She could only lament of not fully achieving her goals

For MLMM'special addition wordle in August
Kerry's  The Tuesday's Platform at Real Toads and
MLMM's Photo Challenge #128

Restricted movements can determine the lifestyle - a Quadrille

                                                                                         Attribution: Evans1551
Jmage: Autumn Leaves (here)

Fall most craved with nostalgic strains of
'Autumn Leaves' ringing preceding harsh
Winters.Young lovers with burning desires
set to welcome a last fling while oldies were
happy with just holding hands before retiring
Restricted movements can determine the
lifestyle of opportunities against choices
available.(44 words)

For De's at d'Verse's Quadrille #15

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bless be not to brush off good fortune

                                                                                           Attribution: renee
Image: Loving care in Heaven's name (here)

the given words:
bless brush cross enter free left 
part plate post turn count only

Bless be not to brush off good fortune
Contending an eagerness to cross the divide
Enter at your own free will most opportune
Mindful to avoid any disparaging slide

You are left with designated options in part
Fill the plate to the brim leaving nothing to fate
Post your interests in turn to count on a good start
Standing room only waiting at Heaven's gate

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #263 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #317

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A moment captured no more a rarity

                                                                                  Attribution: Hank
Image 1 : Kimie with some newly acquired load of Durian

                                                                                Attribution: Yun Huang Yong
Image: Two Varieties of Durian (here)
(The one on the right is a Durian 101 variety
which has a rich yellow colour and a smooth,
rich, creamy texture)

'A photograph is but a memory in raw format'  -  Sanaa
(to write inspired by the quotation above
plus one's own downloaded photo)

Note:1 The Durian considered the King of Fruits
in our part of the world (South-East Asia) gives
an overpowering aroma. It is welcomed by those who
love the fruit but regarded with disdain by those not
familiar. To consume it is to bring it home and enjoy
at leisure. It is not allowed in hotels nor into any
carrier for travels by air. After eating durians one is
expected not to burb for the next 2 hours or so or
the same overpowering aroma now fermented would
permeate the air.

Note 2 : Sanaa should be able to have a taste of durians
(currently in season) since she is now stationed  in
Kuala Lumpur (bring along a tupperware and have
them peeled immediately to bring home as it is
bothersome to do it on your own)

A moment captured no more a rarity
Selfie culture ingrained without a thought
Unlike before a loaded camera at the ready
Or that fleeting moment sadly missed out

A moment in time caught for posterity
Later shown to the young ones who were then tiny tots
Treasure close to the heart to enhance memory
For them a blessing that could not be bought

The ubiquitous smart phones a God-sent device
Every and any memorable episodes  could be recorded
A boon to those sentimental folks who were wise
To easily recall growing up years greatly boosted

For Sanaa's A Dash of Sunny -  prompt-nights

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sunset in awesome likeness

                                                                         Attribution:  Manuel González Olaechea 
Image: Sunset in Biarritz (here)

'Nature always wears the colors of the spirit'  -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
(tanka inspired by above)

Garbed from head to toe
All of its intensity
Red and orange hues
Likely burden to endure
Sunset in awesome likeness

Cool April showers
Man, Woman instigated
Extending love bids
Feelings accentuated
Radiance captured by young hearts

For Chev's CARPE DIEM#1035 the colors of the spirit
Bjorn's at d'Verse's OLN - #178  -  saving grace

Monday, August 22, 2016

She used to cry as an infant

                                                                                      Attribution: Brooke Shaden
Image: Sinking Lantern (here)
(MLMM's Photo Challenge #127)

the 12 given words:
harsh scornful silly old senseless cry infant, 
absolution (a freeing from blame or guilt)
dreams serene songs
smite (to strike or hit hard)

3WW given words:
tart (sharp biting scathing acrimonious )
underhanded (deceitful, deceptive unethical)

Tired of the harsh treatment mete
out by her fiercely scornful step-mother
a silly old lady she used to refer to her
she reasoned it was senseless to remain
under one roof with one so unreasonable

She used to cry as an infant abandoned
to her wits for which even her father was
unaware an absolution of responsibility
and she suffered as a consequence

With dreams of a serene childhood of
songs and dance with step-sisters was
only reminiscent of Cinderella's woes

She was not to smite back in a tart way
nor act underhanded or vindictive but to
muster blessings from the ocean deep
She had hopes of a reformed step-mother
to love and be loved like one of her own

MMT's Sunday Whirligig #74
Thomg's at 3WW #394 and
Marian's at Real Toads's  - the tuesday platform

When nature decides

                                                                                    Attribution: Eryn Blaireová
Image: Rain clouds developing (here)

It clouds his mind to be told there is no outing for the day.
They so very much  look forward to it. They have been together
for many years. They see each other come and go.They develop
keen friendships learning from each other. It is to be expected.
A treasure trove garnered in their working life by way of a career
or led by the unsatiated attraction of hobbies or sports. Now they
are bored.Cumulonimbus building up in the skies. Their minders
are right in not wanting to let them out. They may yet get their
opportunity some other day. Time is at their disposal. He is quite
happy with the explanation.They are well taken care of unlike at
some other homes for the aged.

Dark clouds high above
Impacting on those below
When nature decides

For Toni's at d'Verse's Haibun Monday
-  the sky's the limits

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Life is all about forgiving

                                                                                 Attribution: Sunday Photo Fiction
Image: Solitary Light (here)

the 12 given words:
boot cringe lift stem moon print 
mist live chip spin trim tick

It is sacrilege to boot
One will just cringe for a lift-off
Looking at the scenario for a lead
In all innocence it is an attempt to roll out
To venture outside from the clutches
Of those having undue control
It is only fair to stem off the tide

On a night when the moon is shy
of showing its print
Only when the air is still
can  be discerned nature's hold
Time to take a harder look

It is only right to detect a semblance of order
A night devoid of mist so as to live in peace
To stifle a spin in the making
And chip a wedge in between takes
That is what it should be

Trim off the fat and tick off all the play-acting
Life is all about extending the olive branch
Life is all about forgiving

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #262
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #316 and
Sunday Photo Fiction - August

what kind of weapons would they use

                                                                                         Attribution: Blackmapapa
Image: Boiled but not peeled off yet (here)

we were promised of a shoot-out of some sort
wonder what kind of weapons would they use
there was a mad scramble but the participants
downed them bowl by bowl some without munching
each bowl containing an equal number and the one who
ended with the most empty bowls was declared the winner

their tummies now bloated some were burping
not what we came to see as there was no shoot-out 
it was a competition to gulp most number of boiled eggs

For Kerry's Mini Poetry of less than 10
lines at Real Toad's -  not what we came to see

Friday, August 19, 2016

Melancholy strings tugged hard

                                                                   Attribution: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
Image: Flying together (here)

a. I
depressive mood reigned
melancholy strings tugged hard
dark clouds in the sky
a tell-tale sign to be sad
sunshine must impose its will

a. II
alone by oneself
inviting feelings of loss
for security
when birds fly in unison
worry never in their minds

For Chev's CARPE DIEM # 1028  -  sadness and
Toni's at d'Verse's MTB  -  tanka

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Scottish Fold a house cat

                                                                                     Attribution: Nickolas Titkov
Image: Folded ears of a Scottish Fold (here)

the 12 given words:
tender rushing, unwinding leaning clear hovering
laughter blur water minor flicker anchor 

A Scottish Fold a house cat
Had a once over at the vet
Brought home a lovable pet
Tender furry feline you bet

With little jumps rushing
Unwinding and stretching
Rubbing our legs and leaning
Clearly playful, eyes twinkling
Up the mantlepiece hovering

Source of fun and laughter
But on occasions it turned blur
Never ever a liking for water
Bathtub reactions quite a bother
Though such antics were minor
Flickering hopes for better

Still anchored in one's mind
As a pet it was such a gem

For MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #73 and
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  cat

Monday, August 15, 2016

they were visibly agitated as this was serious matter

                                                                                  Attribution: Ralph Hirschberger
Image: Frustrated (here)

the 15 given words:
titian (a reddish-brown or golden-brown color)
ashen (extremely pale drained of color; pallid)
blotchy (covered in or marked by blotches)
matte (having a dull or lusterless surface)
pellucid (clear,limpid,translucent)
iridescent (of lustrous colors like those of the rainbow)
indistinct (not clearly marked or defined
Hound’s Tooth (a pattern of broken or jagged checks,on fabrics)
deformed glisten sag frail unkempt towering cylindrical

"why, what happened, could somebody explain? anybody!"
they were visibly agitated as this was serious matter
someone clarified it was of titian hues ashen and blotchy
at some places matte black pellucid and plainly lackluster 

they had not expected iridescent bright colors though
but still it should not display indistinct motifs of Hound's Tooth
deformed of jagged lines that glistened with a naked glow
Sagging from a frail support truly unkempt and loose

Point taken so the support should even be towering and cylindrical
The good wife was not happy with the husband's choice
It was good they could get together to discuss before it got theatrical
Good sense prevailed for they were not feasible as grounds for divorce

For MLMM's Wordle  -  special addition and
Kerry's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform