Monday, May 25, 2020

he knew he had tried in earnest

                                                                                              Author Creative Ignition
Image: Muddled (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
foliage earnest
aeromancy (prediction of future events
from observation of weather conditions).
hamster running birch sleep 
hesitate smoke awake shoes

through the foliage of challenges
unwittingly hiding his vision
he lamented his misfortune
he knew he had tried in earnest

now his senses were stultified
if only he could invoke his skills in aeromancy
it was most unfortunate
his knowledge rudimentarily acquired
were now further muddled
emerging rain clouds dealt a cruel blow
he could only sigh

his choices limited
he was restrained in contemplation
suddenly he spied a hamster running up a birch tree
that brought some painful realization
he should get out of this seemingly deep sleep
and start running himself

he hesitated for some while
the smoke then cleared
he was now fully awake
he grabbed his shoes
he had to move fast
he had now made his decision
he had a fighting chance!

MLMM's Wordle #191

Sunday, May 24, 2020

delicious to the eye

                                                                                                            Author: Uoaei1
Image: A Purple Phalaenopsis
Orchid (here)

the 12 given words:
delicious eye graduate concentrate 
inflate no trip fly world go sing true

delicious to the eye
on a graduated scale
of one to ten
it won hands down

to concentrate a contention 
in shades of purple
that invokes an inflated ego

no necessity for a trip to fly
around the world but
to go and sing along
in true fashion for a noble cause

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle 457

Thursday, May 21, 2020

sweet goodness an attraction

                                                                                                     Author Jon Sullivan
Image: Pollen laden and
ever so busy (here)

busy bee airborne
sweet goodness an attraction
nature's way invoked
we not freely visiting
restrained safety insisting

Frank's at d'Verse MTB - a
5-7-5-7-7 tanka

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

a move to open up the power

                                                                                Photographer: Asma Laajimi 
                                                                                          Rights owner: Moncef Zahrouni
Image: To pry for an opening (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
choice move power hear seek
aeolian (of or caused by the wind; wind-blown.)
confusion break harness severity 
scrupulous (having scruples or showing a strict regard for what one considers right)

with one foot forward a choice
a move to open up the power
inherent in an alert mind to rejoice
to hear and to seek an opening, a door

a path in the aeolian form
swaying in midair unashamedly regal
in a bid to unravel a confusion
where is the opening, a portal

give it a break a right to harness
the severity unduly without feelings
the bane of a clouded mind in tears
an unscrupulous urge to have sent it reeling

MLMM's Wordle #190
Anmol's at d'Verse Poetic -  portals

Monday, May 18, 2020

they clamor for a quick fix-it

                                                        Artist Aksel Waldemar Johannessen  (1880–1922)
Image: Apples, Morning,
Noon and Night! (here)

they clamor for a quick fix-it
like a junkie for a fix
out of a job
no dough with little food
locked down facing not the wall
but sunken looks of hungry kids
bleeds the heart
when will it end
how will it end?
(44 words)

De Jackson's at d'Verse Quadrille Monday #104

Sunday, May 17, 2020

shy of physical contact but of social distance

                                                                                             Author: Cynthia Griggs
Image: Signs and markings to
enforce social distancing (here)

11 of 12 given words
breathe distance droplets kill liberty 
dance meet shy ignorant loser see

breathe easy to last the distance
droplets that filled the air floating leisurely
could kill in a blink as a consequence
just how deadly it could be

the liberty to dance around it the very instance
deflecting the woes contending to meet
shy of physical contact but of social distance
not to be ignorant of the requirement not to greet

not a loser but being wise to the new normal
to see that none would falter
the better the will to avoid a reversal
or clusters would readily bid to move faster

The Sunday Whirl Wordle #456

Saturday, May 16, 2020

feelings could tell

                                                                                Attribution: Geoff Pick / CC BY-SA 2.0
Image: Having Good Friends (here)

caught flatfooted
way out altered
if self centered
better not stay

being good friends
acting good gents
in a real sense
let it not sway

so it worked well
feelings could tell
it would be swell
for a great day

rest assured then
with such good friends
giving their time
no skies were grey

MLMM's - Saturday Mix Lucky Dip
A Rhupunt - a Welsh poetry form.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

to nudge a thought for idea creations

Image:  Putting creative
ideas on paper (here)

It manifests itself in meager forms
One's belief of not wanting to  conform
To care for the small details is vital
Lest one is led astray in undesirables

Let's recap on what is expected
Creative maverick adamant in being selected
Spare a thought then, to be counted
Relating sparingly reasons for an onslaught

Let's talk of simple care for details as a refresher
Playthings of poets, writers but artists in particular
Pen and watercolor the classic tools disregarded
Delve into it to get at the ideas to develop

A sketch-book pregnant with information
Line drawings with color washes enhanced
Journals of travels, sketch on site at real time
Create a personal style and improve on designs

Adept at moving sketched objects around
Liberty to create a well framed composition
Vanishing points and perspectives affords reality
Creates broadsides and looking down streets at infinity
Start and conjure little things with rough details
To complete at later time for what these entail

Mish's at d'Verse OLN

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

the grace of a flyaway beauty

                                                                                              Author :KENPEI
Image: Bewitching purple
in a Purple Patch (here)

11 of 12 given words:
dashed grace flyaway shoulder trucks 
lanes scatter perhaps bounty grateful three

I'll be dashed the grace of a flyaway beauty
Right off the road shoulder where the trucks roll by
Some of the busy lanes this part of the country
To scatter unheeded as nature would freely glorify

Perhaps aligned for a bounty given fair weather
Grateful to be picked out from variety of color
All by itself for three's a crowd amid the glitter
Lest the frown of an unsuspecting visualizer

Planted all to view and to endearingly wonder
Appreciative with all others lovingly together?

Sarah's at d'Verse's Poetics - purple patch

Thursday, May 7, 2020

politeness and friendliness

                                                                                   Author:Butters and beans
Image: relaxed not
sullen or angry (here)

never in his wildest dreams had he known
seen to be a witness of vanity
demonstrated by the sullen who frowned

though devoid of acts of indignity
angry and intensely incoherent
blabbering to no end unashamedly

why insist to willfully abandon
politeness and sense of good upbringing
and forgetting judicious indulgence

shouts of 'simpleton' just kept on ringing
much to embarrassment of those present
ethics and etiquette thrown to the winds

painful and sorely it was a lesson
to be enlightened sane and elegant

Frank's at d'Verse  MTB - poem of 14 lines
(A Terza Rima sonnet and keeping the 10
syllable count in all lines)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Lucky by chance bloggers grinning merrily

                                                                                                     Author Rodney Ee
Image: Rushing to be a Winner (here)

Being alone and feeling so down
Opportunity emerged barely unannounced
Caught by the neck sans much sound
Made to work that many rounds
Was it not the way in this lockdown?

Productivity could rightly overwhelm
But why were there chorus of laments
Surprised by blessings newly found
Not unlike a lottery winner bewildered
Instead with so much in hand flustered
Many confused angered and frustrated

Not the special breed  of creative minds
Who long discovered what to do with time
They searched the realms of imagination
Worked on their efforts and observations

Tickled by the nature of discovery
With flashes of story-telling and poetry
Joy rightly exposed within the community
Lucky by chance bloggers grinning merrily
Lots to do but time limiting awkwardly

Bjorn at d'Verse - Poetics - solitude

Monday, May 4, 2020

have you not seen the grain?

                                                                          Author Christian Mehlf├╝hrer,
Image: Crying out loud!

have you not seen the grain
acting silly making oneself funny
but others view it with disdain
not taking you seriously

act serious and unsmiling
then one appears to be a terror
when acting indifferent seems boring
the circle of friends start to disappear
(44 words)

Lillian at d'Verse - Quadrille Monday
- lighten up a bit

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Ostensibly a claim to fame

                                                                                                Author Raluca Caragea
Image: "A distant future" (here)

The rhyming words given are:
flame frame same claim game blame

The blame game
It is all the same
Faceless but just the frame
Never to reveal a name
Not intended to directly aim
Pointing a finger at a dame
Not wanting to tame
Nor viciously maim

Just a sly cause to defame
To fan the flame of shame

Ostensibly a claim to fame

What then it became
Just an excuse so lame!
A satisfying run to sustain
Not unlike staring into a Great Dane
Fiercely without disdain
Perhaps let it remain
A false alarm without acclaim
None to regret none to explain!

MLMM's Saturday Mix - Rhyme Time
Carrie's Sunday Muse #106

Thursday, April 30, 2020

say a prayer for it is a freedom

                                                                                  Author: John Robert McPherson
Image: Scenic greenery again! (here)

Z for Zooming Out of Here

the 12 given words:
boys helmet run door splash seeing forgive spiral
glimmering (shining faintly with a wavering light)
moments prayer world

Well boys, put on your helmets
run out of the door with or without a splash
it does not matter for it is a fulfillment

seeing it like it is
for it is a spectacle to see,
to forgive and to let go
let it spiral even if having to shine
under glimmering lights

moments awaited for!

say a prayer for it is a freedom
to seek out the world
zooming out of here
to fulfill the yearnings
it is just overwhelming

no more the restraining order
no more the frustrations
and no more the boring days

no more out of the woods fully yet
but still out of the lockdown in stages
it is exhilarating!

MMT's Sunday's Whirl #264
A to Z Challenge - Z
Kim's at d'Verse OLN

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Splendor of a Parisian Landscape

                                                                   Attribution: Hank's Collections
Image: Hank with eldest
Daughter Adura

Y for Yerteryear Travels

Splendor of Parisian landscape
To start with perfect sunrise
Sustains throughout the day so nice

Ideal ambience for escapades
Effiel Tower awe inspiring
Sets the mood for gallivanting

Choices of visits to be made
Historical ones aplenty

Great tourist sights are there to see

Absolute musts, notable greats
Venus, Caesar, Mona Lisa
At the Louvre that is where they are

Given  time Versailles is safe bet
Musee d’ Orsay, Notre Dame
Seine River ride and the Sorbonne

Splendor of Parisian landscape
Ideal ambience for escapades
Choices of visits to be made
Absolute musts, notable greats
Given  time Versailles is safe bet

Lillian at d'Verse Poetics
A to Z Challenge - Y

The strains of a xylophone

                                                                          Author Lance Cpl. Glen Santy
Image:  At a Marines Rehearsal
for the 2012 Christmas Concert (here)

X for Xylophone

The Prose
The strains of a xylophone would
have been a wonderful accompaniment
for any of the Bard's or Basho's works

An ancient masterpiece of a sonnet
or haiku read over with a background
music of that special tone that could
unmistakably come from a typical
xylophone sound would be much desired

It would be reminiscent of the Bard's
Romances and Basho's Travels to lead
us back to those times of cultural richness

The Haiku
never can be two
masters found far apart, a
genius for all times

Frank's at d'Verse's Haibun Monday - two Masters
A to Z Challenge - X

Monday, April 27, 2020

Wooing a Lady of Choice

                                                                                Author: Andrea Lawardi
Image: Coy in accepting (here)

W for Wooing a Lady
10 of 12 given words:
bluster (to talk or act with noisy threats)
chronaxie (the least amount of time the brain
must send a signal to actually take action)
romance time break highway steel spoon indigo 

wooing a lady of choice seems a drag
a smooth talker but he blusters and brag
more so with empty threats so ineffectively
perhaps lacking in chronaxie ability

romance in time and good looks his forte
and given to frequent breaks on the highway
just so to maintain a steely demeanor
to spoon feed a desire hungry for more

when the bright hot day turns indigo
that he accords time for his bruised ego
often before dark on a certain good day
a respite to recover its right way

a hard call but he learnt it the hard way

MLMM's Wordle #187-2
A to Z Challenge - W

Saturday, April 25, 2020

has it been the privilege in life to be favored ?

                                                                                 Painting by Samy Charnine
Image: "The Sea Inside"   (here)

V for Vicissitudes
(vicissitudes - to a situation not favorable)

where has it been required
that vicissitudes accruing be
all nice and easy to savor

never has it been the privilege
in life to be favored with goodness

is it a test accorded to gauge
the patience and tenacity of nerves
that belies the weakness of mortals
or just plain misfortune

typically creatures swimming
leisurely could be daunting to one
enclosed and imprisoned with
no measure of freedom visible

Carrie's The Sunday Muse #105

Friday, April 24, 2020

Untiring efforts to honest living

                                                                                                          Author: Ermell
Image: Knocking off Some Sweat
to Feed the Family (here)

U for Untiring Efforts

First Line Friday To include the line below
Was that a knock?

In addition, other instances of 'knock'
knocking off a bank (to rob)
knocking off someone else's ideas (to copy or imitate)
knock it off (to refrain) 
knock out (to render unconscious)
takes a knock (to be damaged because of a bad experience)

Was that a knock?
The context of situation determine
that crazy ideas abound in times of crisis
not so much out of mischief
but more of survival.

Knocking off a bank would seem fun
pitting the expertise of the perpetrator
to that of the bank's tight security
but it would be more on how to outwit the system
than to really hope to gain ready cash

Knocking off from some known publications
would help with making short-cuts to genuine efforts
but plagiarism would not be the right way
There could even be criminal transgressions

Just knock it off!
A knock out blow against evil intentions
would be the likely attitude to adopt

One's credibility and integrity
would take a knock otherwise
Play it safe and stay indoors!

Dylan's at MMT' - First Line Friday
A to Z Challenge - U

Thursday, April 23, 2020

stirs an opinion

                                                                                                                         Author: Prosthetic Head
Image: Anything and Everything
can be Uttered (here)

T for Take with a Grain of Salt 
- not to take what someone says too seriously

the 11 of 12 given words:
garbage, field, everything stirs, leaves,
wish,need, stop, dancers, bees,light

the garbage one meets
can be seen anywhere in the field
of social media

anything and everything
stirs an opinion that invariably leaves
a wish that reasoning and motives
may need to be taken with
a grain of salt

just stop to think as dancers
would or the busy bees who
must be expected to be light
on their movements and mobility
so as to accentuate the grace
and elegance of an artist in motion

Bjorn's at d'Verse's  - MTB
- Hank takes the second option of 
random words in a free verse
A to Z Challenge - T

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

walking slowly confident and steadfast

Image: Slowly but Surely (here)

R for Ready for Resilience

walking slowly confident and steadfast
not really aware of the surroundings

flushed with a feeling of magnanimity
gleefully ready for resilience joy and satisfaction

knowing fully well the struggle
long hours of sweat and tears

is now over, victory in hand
on commencement day

(44 words)

Mish's at d'Verse  Quadeille #102
A to Z Challenge - R

Sunday, April 19, 2020

it happened sudden and tragic

                                                             Author National Institute of Standards and Technology
Image: The Sky-lift Fell Short (here)

Q for Quench
to quench is to extinguish (a fire)

the 11 of 12 given words:
light tiny shy torn fire shock 
lift mourn stories dream truth 

it happened sudden and tragic
it was light enough initially
tiny barely moving appeared static
shy of threatening bodily injury

torn between safety and risk
the firefighters tried to quench the fire
shockingly it fell short of the sky-lift
if not for the offending electric wires

a bright future unashamedly shattered
mournfully dogged by a minor difficulty
with stories of ill luck and dreams left tattered
often by truths of questionable integrity

A to Z Challenge - Q

Saturday, April 18, 2020

a page from the past

                                                                                          Artist: Rembrandt
Image: Rembrandt's Man
with Curly Hair (here)

O for Oldie but Goodie 
Oldie but Goodie (A person who is advanced
in years but is very likable, reliable, helpful)

a page from the past
remembered it very well
as new employee
and was put 'next to Nellie'
a helpful seasoned oldie

A to Z Challenge - O

mortals meant to socialize

Image: Being friends, no
social distancing (here)

N for New Day Tomorrow

A Tanka
what do I long for
to be free not sanctioned for
new day tomorrow
gregarious animals we
mortals meant to socialize

A to Z Challenge  - N

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

the dilemma of the new normal

                                                                                       Author Brad Flickinger
Image: Engrossed during
the Lockdown  (here)

M for Melodious Cockerel

All through the night tossing and turning
A relief with morning appearance of the sun's rays
Melodious cockerel soothingly every morning
For all to draw on their resources to fill their day

From then on order had seen a change lately
No more rushing in early morning traffic
Unlike the birds that ventured forth freely
Mortals in the house stayed unmoved transfixed

Such is the dilemma of the new normal
Threw order out the window in consternation
Unwittingly acting in unison around the world
Not in living memory of such devastation

A to Z Challenge - M
Lillian's at d'Verse's OLN

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

for it is a rediscovery in fact

                                                                                                           Author :pathlost
Image: They Finally are Together (here)

L for Love in Present Day Blogging 

it is a discovery
a pleasant one considering the circumstances
it is a faint feeling of wanting
to accomplish under dire straits
it is an awareness
after being blind taking things for granted
notwithstanding the stress and and boredom
it involuntarily opens up the mind

only when one is under duress
that wisdom comes too late
that it comes in spurts
it comes with an urging of emptiness
but still it creates a sudden desire
to make amends with that tinge of regret

it matters not though
for it is a rediscovery in fact
of love and affections of old
that overwhelm all and sundry
in the strict confines of the house
love to be shared within the family
all over again!

Jayden's at A to Z Challenge  - L

Monday, April 13, 2020

one feels privileged for having discovered blogging

                                                                                       Author Martin Falbisoner
Image: Rows of Empty Seats (here)
(the regulars are staying home)

K for Keeping the Tradition

keeping the tradition of wanting to communicate
it does not come in a rumble nor using a lone pigeon
but rather a continuous effort through the years
the beauty of not having to physically uproot oneself
from the comforts of one's own domain yet connecting

nor laughing at the same joke at the same time together
as does a TV addict but still alone, feeling lonely
blogging is healthy not outwardly stressed or pressured
but browsing and surfing at one's own pace and leisure

one feels privileged for having discovered blogging
and of enjoying each other's company just as before
a welcomed tool for filling the time of an otherwise
frustrating and boring situation imposed by the lockdown

A to Z Challenge - K

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Jacaranda flowers bloom twice a year

                                                                                                                  Author Illusive255             
Image: Purple Canopy lining the Street (here)
J for Jacaranda

blessed with attractive
and long-lasting
purple flowers valued
for their intense flower displays.

they lined the avenues and streets
but are also common in parks
the flowers bloom twice a year
the first blooming
is welcomed as a sign of spring.

the subsequent blooming
in late spring and early summer
is dubbed as purple panic by students
for they had better take to swotting in earnest
as it signals that the final exams are near

A to Z Challenge - J

Friday, April 10, 2020

No Idiot Box but to the computer screen

                                                                                        Author:Deb Nystrom
Image: An Empty Chair not for Long (here) 

I for In the Moment   

Looking around the confines
Walking about the veranda and garden
Not allowing boredom to dampen the mind
Suddenly an urge enhanced the realization

It invoked a faint enthusiasm initially
Surging in unison with challenge of sorts
Creativity cannot be abandoned that easy
Blogging an open book to fill the void

Thoughtful for a while with much to glean
A lucky lot in rare moments of  emptiness
No Idiot Box but to the computer screen
A savior in many ways for all goodness

A to Z Challenge : I

Nothing wrong in talking to the wall

                                                                           Author Luigi Bazzani
Image: The Corner is a good spot (here)

H for Here and Now

Nothing wrong in talking to the wall
Indoors here and now doing our best
Doing same thing all day big and small
Would you need to stop and take a rest?
No! you get a little tired but not much less
How then to stop would there be a cue
Yes, stop when the wall talks back to you

Note: Rather challenging to maintain
sanity in the present situation.

Frank's at d'Verse MTB
-  to write a stanza of a seven-line poem

A to Z Challenge : H