Tuesday, January 19, 2021

her heart failed to see the overtures

                                                                                                              Author: Vivaystn
Image: Not as Simple as it Looks (here)

what was the drift?
his mind declined to answer
sadly it had happened again

he let slip the open chance
he tried to keep his chin up
in vain efforts of maintaining
some form of authority

he could not even wrap it up
there was no finality
when given the chance
he could have tried

he towered over the rest
when at his best
but he burned the
goodness this time around
he could only manage to
breathe out some light greetings
before he began to stammer

his heart was open ever so expecting
her heart failed to see the overtures
his mind cluttered and his words muddled
she could guess his attempts 
his body language said so
the ring was safely in his grips
but still in his pocket!
to think this was the second attempt
he could not make the connection

why was it so difficult to pop
the six-million dollar question
and slip it on?.

Merril at d'Verse Poetics - connections

Sunday, January 17, 2021

. "I'm in charge, don't you ever forget it" she scowled!

                                                                                  Attribution: Manuel Martín Vicente
Image: Nice to be Organised (here)

Gigi assembled her planners, her calendars, her pens, 
pouches, and post-its before her on the desk and stood 
over them like a general surveying a map.

"I'm in charge, don't you ever forget it" she scowled!
"I'm in no mood to play games" she added looking down
the line to detect anything out of place, any smirks on 
their faces to belittle her efforts and her authority

Once she sensed some rebellious intent from the left corner 
of the room. She quickly pulled up the little guy who turned 
out to be the informal leader. That's the way it should be - to
nip it in the bud. At other times she showered praises on those
mostly at the centre of the room.
"Credit must be given where credit is due", she muttered softly.

Five minutes to the hour, she stopped. She was done for the 
day. She would resume again tomorrow. She had been on the
roleplay mode for over a week now. 

The play is fast approaching the opening night!

Dyland's at MLMM's - first line Friday

Thursday, January 14, 2021

nothing beats the come hither look

                                                                                                Author: Wiki edit2 
Image: Blue and Green Eyes (here)

bewitching naughtily playful
a pair that looks good
I'm conveniently placed in front
looking ahead
not at the back or I'm dead

I'm two dainty eyes doe-like beady
glassy misty hazy squinting and dreamy
almond-shaped blinking

I can appear differently
not just black as many expect
also sexily so they say
in blue black brown and green
because I'm coloured 
or I can just remain closed

but be forewarned though 
for sometimes sharp as spears
and piercing I can kill
greatness of Providence
for all the blessings
eyes to see with emotions
for different moods and occasions
sadness excitement with laughter
and happiness all bringing tears
in friendly banter

but nothing beats the come hither look
a bane to many young hearts
and also to the stronger sex who
pathetically succumb
with just one look
from the weaker sex
who invariably remain stronger

Grace at d'Verse MTB - personification and imagery

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

an object of envy

                                                                                                 Author: Alexandre Louis
Image: A Brouhot Car in Paris in 1910 (here)

this is not a car
but a convenient item
of a people mover
an object of envy
when in flashy red
of a branded make

it epitomizes success
in the rat race of yuppies
especially accentuated
adorned with a pretty face
at the passenger seat

an object of love
more of value
to the passenger seated
such is the way
but the beauty of it all
when you are 
in the driver's seat
you are the prime mover

Mish at d'Verse Poetics - an object poem

Sunday, January 10, 2021

why scammers are successful

                                                                                             Author: anon
Image: Bad intentions are mirrored
to unsuspecting victims (here)
Homophones: double take
acts – things done 
ax – chopping tool  
complacent – self-satisfied 
complaisant – willing to please

one often wonders
why scammers are successful

they are overly confident
they easily get their way 
their Modus Operandi is time tested
their acts are simple and can be anticipated 
but yet victims are there for the asking

the scammers mirror bad intentions
by extolling the good side
of the half-eaten apple
that appeals to the victim's greed
they hide behind the ease of the social media
and ax their victims to pieces
who ended up parting with their hard-earned money
easily and happily

for the victims are naive and complacent of attitude
and scammers are complaisant in endeavours

weejars at MLMM's Double Take Saturday Mix
Carrie's at Sunday Muse #142

Friday, January 8, 2021

To look back and reflect

                                                                                Author: Bart Everson
Image: New Year Fireworks 
(a thing of the past - post-pandemic ) (here)

Feeling great somehow
Woken up in January
Days of reckoning
For the joy of the morrow
Giving serious thoughts
Contending on good old days

Life-changing in many ways
But to relive the two episodes
Given prominence within the days
Memorable in nature
To look back and reflect
A back to back annual affair
One the low-key Christmas cheer
Two, a quiet New Year 
 How different this time around
To think with all sincerity

Given time to prepare 
To refrain from rushing
Staring at empty walls
The beauty accorded 
By the new experience 
Of the long-standing lockdown

Just being fair to oneself
Given a scenario 
Much out of one's direct control
Not much of it came to fruition
Not much of the elusive resolutions

Sanaa at d'Verse OLN #281

Sunday, January 3, 2021

time to act

                                                                                                                     Author anon
Image: Timeless Energy to Face it (here)

the 11 of 12 given words  
head check silence spine when 
risk yard metal dry haze sleeping 

keeping my head
to check the onslaught 
suffering in silence
all these while

not any more
not being spineless
when it matters
time to act
armed to the teeth
to face the risks

measured in yards or meters
may not be important
chained armor or otherwise
bare hands or metal protection 
it is no dry run

the haze is clearing
no more sleeping
bring the vaccine
here we come

Carrie's the Sunday Muse #141
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #489

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

to plant its balloon

                                                                                 Author: Annija Veldre
Image: Fly Me to the Planets (here)

The 10 of 12 given words:
trail fly up date words 
still cold late say change 

to set a trail to fly up 
to visit each of the planets 
to plant its balloon
each on an auspicious date 

reaching out in other words
to throw some light
to resolve life's mystery
still begging for an answer
a cold fact for a finality

say it is not too late in the day
to change the prevailing wisdom
that plagued mankind's thoughts
since time immemorial 
is there life in the universe?

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #488
Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #347

Saturday, December 26, 2020

living is lean in the year ahead

                                                                                                         Author: anon
Image: Lights to lead the Way (here)

The  10 of 12 given words: 
down path trees apart naked 
chased fields whisper lean silver  
contending to be well at ease
down the path with trees far apart
rather naked seeking out peace
with the plea of avoiding false starts

chased in the preceding year 
by the fields of confusion straying 
through the new normal in a whisper
into the pandemic without warning

living is lean in the year ahead
to forget all the surprises that rocked 
hoping for the normalcy of old instead
no resolutions to temper the shock

praying for a whimper of silver lining 
loss of life of jobs and broken homes 
but craving for answers in between
with hopes to let the imagination roam 

Chrissa's at Sunday Muse #140 - in between
MMT's Sunday Whirlgig Wordle #298

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

a shine that lights up the morning shadows

                                   Photo by cottonbro
Image: Dignified and of Regal Bearing (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
shine light morning gasp divine 
breathe sigh  follow show open

a shine that lights up the morning shadows  
to a gasp of delight of divine assertion
to breathe a sigh of relief that follows
never to show true feelings of dejection

a lovely lady dignified of regal stature
open to critique friendly in attitude
progressive in outlook tolerant by nature
a valuable find to keep in all gratitude

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle#487
Nekneeraj at MLMM's Photo Challenge #346

Saturday, December 19, 2020

the present is leading to despair

                                                                                              Picture: Laura Nyro
Image: Drowning her Sorrows  (here) 

the 10 of 12 given words:
seem fly stream swim present 
lean mouths trim after fire 

time seems to fly away
just as the stream glides fast
to swim the waters at play
is a thing of the past

the present is leading to despair
lean in outlook prospects a gamble
mouths to feed jobs getting rare
politics may head into a muddle

to trim down after-effects of division
among opinions of the elusive vaccine
is providing fire in the imagination 
hoping a happy solution is forthcoming

Fireblossom at Sunday Muse #139
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #486

Friday, December 11, 2020

strengths for all those blessed

                                                                                             Author: Basile Morin
Image: Benevolent Cloud Cover (here)

mysterious landscapes 
rise and unfold before my eyes 
worlds of clouds   -   Chevrefeuilles

mysterious landscapes 
juxtaposed in loud colors
a seeker's secret

rise and unfold before my eyes 
astound doubtful minds 
enticing scene

worlds of clouds
divine cover for fair-hearted souls
strengths for all those blessed

Bjorn's at d'Verse OLN #280
Chevrefeuilles' at Carpe Diem - a troiku
(only one troiku posted)

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

large expanses transformed

Image: Barren Landscape of Melting Glaciers(here) 

to melt and be like a running brook 
that sings its melody to the night  (Gibran)

comes fast depriving nature's might
to melt and be like a running brook 
that sings its melody to the night                         
foraging asunder sans a second look

environment due for a drastic change
large expanses transformed affecting
life forms in a barren iceless  terrain
subdued facing rage of global warming

Laura's at d'Verse Poetics - stepping-off-the-sidewalk

Monday, December 7, 2020

Staying calm is a virtue

                                                                                                   Author:Michal Klajban
Image: Calm Day before Sunset (here)

the 11 given words:
yes type outside rhythm perfect 
swim down answer clump wall  
tirrivee  (tantrum) 

Reading what I have just written, I now believe in the sanctity of patience. Yes, it is a type good on the inside and reflects well on the outside. It maintains a rhythm to perfectly able to swim smoothly down the line Staying calm is a virtue not readily enjoyed nor bestowed on everyone. The answer is all stacked in the clump of bushes mixed but unruly and unplanned. 

Thinking twice before taking the plunge into deciding on issues is paying. To do things fast is to do them one thing at a time Not creating walls at every turn when finishing one item before proceeding to the next can avoid tirrivee. It is less necessary for corrections and time wastage is controlled to a minimum. It certainly is less stressful and It makes it well for maintaining some semblance of dignity for oneself  (144 words)

MLMM's with Wordle #218
Lillian's at d'Verse - some prosery cheer

Saturday, December 5, 2020

beauty of its weathered texture

                                                                                                                                  Author: anon
Image: The strength of old age (here)

old windows and old doors on old buildings
ubiquitously holding out tenaciously bidding
it's oak of old, sturdy strong materials being
replaced by new flimsy panels now seeing
but the beauty of its weathered texture 

much as the maturity of old citizens who 
braved out the debilitating forces of nature
to stake a claim of the privileged few 
under testing conditions to adequately prosper

such is the tenacity of the old and the aged
physically frail in a seemingly weakened frame
but strong in mind who surprisingly managed
to survive with their self-respect maintained
Carrie's at Sunday Muse #137

Friday, December 4, 2020

sustenance of unarmed combat

                                                                                 Author Николай Максимович
Image: Bruce Lee statue (here)

how he stood his grounds
and the music stopped for an eerie silence
enough for those expecting things to happen
but the music erupted again
accompanied by flashes  of red and orange
rays that plunged and rose again

sustenance of unarmed combat
highlighted by the grace of movements
this time error-free but in peaceful blue
with a sudden shriek of blood-curling shout
that stabbed the air hand in hand
with bluish-gray culminating in deathly black

it went a level higher in a melee weapons attack
such is the grace of poetry in motion
movements of ballet stature but of brute force
seen in a dance sequence of colors
Grace at d'Verse MTB - synesthesia

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

They say only the south wind flattens grass

                                                                                                                                                    Author:Oleg Oprisco
Image: What has happened?

10 of the 12 given words
after morning wall lead throw 
stories hold small want black 

after a strenuous hike up the mountains
the morning wind parts company
a blank wall separates the feelings

in open compartments but not enclosed
now they rest for a breather but a new normal
what transpired up there is not important
a tinge of sadness close to offering a lead 
the nearness of the warmth still being felt
a throwback to good times together

they say only the south wind flattens grass
stories can offer a glimmer of hope
hold your fire and start small
wants of relationships may dive down
but a roller-coaster will eventually
come to a stop on stable ground

black as the episode may have been
nothing like putting some colors back

Note: To write a poem with the title:
They say only the south wind flattens grass

Sarah's at d'Verse Poetics - travels in the wild
Image from MLMM's Photo Challenge #343
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #484 with the given words

Monday, November 30, 2020

makes for a disciplined mind

                                                                                                         Author Joseph Lazer
Image:  Confusion and time wastage (here)

never had it been declared
to abide by the rules 
self-imposed or otherwise
makes for a disciplined mind

restrictive in movements 
but just a little inconvenience 
for the returns are bountiful

better seen when not abiding
would result in unnecessary 
time and money wastage
(44 words)

Jade Li's at d'Verse Quadrille - abide

Sunday, November 29, 2020

submerged in murky waters unperturbed

                                                                                          Attribution: anon
Image: Water acrobatics (here)

11 of 12 given words:
ice obstinate murky  garble drama quite 
surrender lighthouse bestow crumble spills 

ice-cold but am I being obstinate
submerged in murky waters unperturbed
no way to communicate but garbled drama

am not quite rational in my thinking
to surrender to the pleadings 
of the lighthouse-keeper 
who is bent on entertaining visitors
to his abode recently bestowed with honor
and appreciation for having located
a vessel that crumbled on the rocks

I am now being asked to do spills and splits
in this glass cage in the absence 
of other forms of entertainment
after all the visitors having braved
the elements coming this far

Chrissa at Sunday Muse #136
MMT's Wordle $217

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

here I stand to dream the ultimate

                                                                                      Author Hunter Tober
Image:  Meant to Go Forward (here)
the 12 given words:
stand dream slip wonder hawk heat
hands shell push pillow call find

here I stand to dream the ultimate
lingering but not to let it slip by  
crying out loud for Heaven's wonder 
clawing for Nirvana's salvation

a hawk in my nature 
imploring to invoke the heat 
despite hands being empty 
eyes blindfolded but not enclosed 
in a shell so I'm still lethal 

not to push a pillow to my head 
I am called to find the strength 
to fight for my cause

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #342
MMT's The Whirligig #294
Sanaa's at d'Verse OLN #279

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Pleiades are of the mysterious 'seven' in the heavens

                                                                                      Author:Pablo Carlos Budassi
Image: The Pleiades star cluster as photographed 
by Pablo Carlos Budassi an amateur astronomer (here)

Pleiades are of the mysterious 'seven' in the heavens
Lie in a cluster but claimed by many in contention
Exopolitics believe they are off-world distant cousins to humans
Iroquois petition the constellation for happiness and salvation 
Assist humanity in spiritual transformation echoed the Pleiadians
Distinctive Nordic, appearance still in progress in evolutionary terms
Earth's closest cluster used cosmic distance ladder to plot distances 
Subaru took it upon themselves as their logo in  all permanence

Note: The Pleiades or the 'Seven Sisters' is a conspicuous cluster of stars in 
the constellation Taurus. In Greek mythology, these are the seven daughters 
of Titan Atlas and Oceanid Pleione who were turned into a group of stars. 

Hank chose the  ACROSTIC poem of PLEIADES 
with each letter starting the first word of subsequent lines

Laura's at d'Verse's Poetics - stars that count

Monday, November 23, 2020

caring reflects the tenderness

                                                                                                                User: RuneX2
Image:  A Mother's Love (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
reason thread life goddess reflect doorway
 savor message prove catalyst keep

There is no reason not to believe that the thread of life
lies in the hands of the mother. A goddess in her ways
of caring reflects the tenderness as nature has intended

Hank's cat gave birth recently. It is fun to watch its antics
One can detect the pull of motherly love. She may be going 
through the doorway or along the floor walking slowly but 
when she gets waylaid by the brood on the ground she 
would lie for them to savor the goodness of motherhood. 

The message is clear. The motherly instinct proves to be 
overwhelmingly strong as a catalyst to keep the progeny 
going for the next generation 

mothers invented
the world has not looked back but
is in awe of her

Kim's at d'Verse's Haibun Monday

Sunday, November 22, 2020

so don't blame me!

                                                                             Author: Justin Dingwall (here)
Image: Now I Know!

where is everybody?
the gate was left open
I gladly walked out
how careless can they be
but where is everybody? 
I thought the grass is greener
over this side

so don't blame me
it is a fattening time for Thanksgiving
is it a turkey or me?

I'm not going to stick 
- my neck out
- to find out
- count me out
- have to chill out
- I have to look out
for her
where is Little Bo-Peep?

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #135

the sincere feelings of togetherness

                                                                                                   Author: Benh LIEU SONG
Image: Contented, none to bother (here)

the 12 given words:
family mince tender wind road silver  
frill flow gratitude feed home finger  

family and friends 
are quick to understand
they do not mince their words 
tender as they are
the winds of change
belie their concern
they are on the road to discovery
the silver lining is apparent
but they are not to lose their senses

no frills need be invoked
just plain flow of gratitude
to feed home 
the sincere feelings of togetherness

not to put the finger 
unnecessarily into the pie
trying times beget unusual initiatives

these are trying times
tolerate the minor irritants
and things will fall into place

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #483

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

not to doubt but eyes could kill

Image: Innocence belie the wild (here)

attractive blue eyes rightfully at birth
acclaimed as the most beautiful therein
of eternal youth with the right to unearth
bestowed to groups of beauty with brains

Spanish eyes could heighten the desire
a peaceful calm on an undisturbed surface
of an expanse of water on a day so clear 
portent truthful and not likely debased
centrally befitting the strength of purpose
sensuous with sincerity to gracefully fulfill
bewitching almond pair aligning its worth
blessed be not to doubt but eyes could kill 

Mish at d'Verse Poetics - look into my eyes

Monday, November 16, 2020

a touch of class

                                                                                       User: Genghis Smith,
Image:  Alvin Kraenzlein, the Gold medal-winning 
hurdler at the 1900 Olympic Games (here)

the 12 given words:
allow touch soft lips affix serene 
voyage chest lower heartbeat 
satisfice (pursue a course of action that 
will satisfy the minimum requirements)
telepath (the ability to use telepathy)

to allow a touch of class
to let the soft lips affix
a kind of love 
serene in its mix 
on a voyage of discovery

not to thumb the chest
nor to shout out loud
but to lower the tone

the heartbeat may be running fast
just satisfice
trust the telepath with quick calls
and take off on the road to success

MLMM's Wordle #215

Thursday, November 12, 2020

most graceful of rhythmic gliding in the water

Image:  Butterfly stroke  (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
blue, speck, sank slid butterfly, 
sing, sunny tender stalk  longer

a blue speck from the distance diving in and 
sank just beneath the surface and who slid out  
again gracefully at the start of the butterfly stroke
one of the most difficult and exhausting yet the
most graceful of rhythmic gliding in the water

akin to singing on a sunny day in the cool of the 
pool tenderly with captivating poetry in motion
reminiscing of a shark stalking  its doomed prey
the longer it was the more mesmerizing one felt  

Linda's at d'Verse OLN #278 - rejoice
MMT's Whirligig #292

Monday, November 9, 2020

emptiness swirling around him

Image:  Walking reflection - aimlessly trudging (here)

whistling in the wind (trying unsuccessfully to 
change something which cannot be changed)

He often feels the loneliness of times, the emptiness swirling around
him not really a bother as it was more of desperation. Clawing through
that misty morning not finding the desired opening is depressing. It wears
off the initiative to render a sudden feeling of helplessness. A barrier is
always popping up to stifle the probing mind
Myriads of options but there is nothing behind the wall except a space 
where the wind whistles. His mind numb hands flailing uncontrollably, 
searching for a solution. Whistling in its innocence does not move 
mountains but keeps staring fixedly not at him but through him offering 
a sly smile. An occasional wink provides a slight respite.

The much-feared writer's block? Facing it squarely with defiance is an 
exercise of consternation. A better alternative is to abandon the throes 
of frustration to fight another day. Take a walk!
(144 words)

Merril at d'Verse - prosery

Sunday, November 8, 2020

never to surrender to stormy weather

                                                                                           Author JScottish  
Image: Lighted Bottle  (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
family joy owe passing act 
back soul those progress power 

a family joy owed to a passing fancy
an act of wanting to anticipate an outcome
back then a message in a bottle is quite known
but a lighted candle what can be foremost
the reason and how will it last in that state

oxygen permitting to guide the soul 
given to those living the lives of the heart  
to progress in an ocean blown by the wind
will require the strength of spiritual power 
but never to surrender to stormy weather
placing one's hopes and aspiration strongly
in divine protection to survive the perilous
journey into the unknown

Brenda's Sunday Whirl  Wordle #481
Carrie's Sunday Muse #133

Friday, November 6, 2020

colour me fair for it flows

                                                                                      Author: Okkatie
Image:  Acrylic on panel (here)

pour your heart's out
colour me fair for it flows
cleanly along the tilted canvas
black on white colours of opposing forces
the pattern discerned when 
it finds its own level
it runs the whole gamut 
of the four season's play
of greenery blazing yellow copper 
black and white of the cold months

all on its own strength
making brave red facing a crowd
kaleidoscopic and reminiscent
of the rainbow spanning the sky
to showcase strength and vitality

enhanced with silicone drops
or thicker resins with drops of glue
as a show of tenacity all on the groove 
of the swipes using plastic sheets and chains
plus flip cups of varied sizes and shapes
a show of versatility of yellow

acrylic pour painting with bubbles
at its best magenta pink blazing red 
turquoise blue to be swirled and torched
to invoke a warm and heated effect

the technicalities and items involve
a new normal like the pandemic
unlike the quaint brush strokes 
of peaceful blue of yesteryears
Such is the acrylic pour painting of today

Grace at d'Verse MTB - synesthesia of colors