Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Queenstown - Attractive city on show

                                                                                                    Attribution: Claudia
Image: Highland Sheep
Water-color painting - Courtesy of Claudia

                                                                                        Attribution: Bgabel
Image: Bob's Peak, Queenstown (here)

Highland sheep dotting the hillsides
Little specks of whites in the distance
Embedded in greenery not quite but slight
Slow movements not very apparent

Skyline Gondola ascending Bob’s Peak
Expanse of Lake Wakatipu down below
Showcasing beauty of the land most scenic
Queenstown attractive city on show

Shotover jet ride terrifying but terrific
Skimming water’s surface sitting on edge
Driving on lonely roads devoid of traffic
Gladly greeted by strangers rarely met

To be expected of a 4.5 million population
Outnumbered by 40 million sheep in reality
Apparently found only in the South Island
While in the North the culture of the Maori

And hot water sulfur spring and geysers
Brought back memories of Hank’s sojourn
Beautiful sights in the Southern Hemisphere
Fantastic canvas-like scenes of New Zealand

For Mary's hosting at d'Verse Poetics: Sketch it Out- showcasing
Claudia's water-color paintings 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcoming the cold

                                                                                           Attribution: Des Colhoun
Image: The first frost will nip the leaf
from the tree and upon decay will provide
nourishment on the ground. (here)

Sunny brightness to
hues of gold and rusty brown
for the months ahead

Welcoming the cold
Swathes of decaying leaves form
carpets on the ground

Nature’s way to force
nutrition for next round of
fresh colors of Spring

For Chev's CARPE DIEM # 552  - decay

Waving off pretences of a rich man

                                                                                     Artist : Julian Falat
Image: An Old Man  (here)

The 10 words:
inimical (antagonistic) senescent
(growing old)threshold fracture
poltergeist static hang alarm
mephitic (foul,offensive) ivory

Not inimical to anyone he met
Senescent gracefully by himself
On the threshold of life’s twilight
Fractured future but always a smile

Wealth stashed in bank accounts
Like a poltergeist felt but not seen
Not static but increasing in amount
Waving off pretences of a rich man

Used to hang out with the youth
But alarmed at their mephitic stance
Eccentricity reminiscent of Hughes
Nice in his ways polite to everyone

Heard say upon his untimely demise
Ivory-like riches to be distributed fairly
To friends and those outwardly deprived
Not that difficult to find in any society

For Mindlovemisery's Menagerie week #24 and
Open Link Monday with Magaly at Real Toads

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Serving needs of extended family

                                                                                               Attribution: Lands Dept                    
Image: Harvesting with horse drawn
reapers and binders (here)

Sunday Whirl Wordle #176
time concern collaborate state care contact
compromising decades serve chat community

Harvesting wheat of times past
Horse drawn reapers and binders
Concern for joint efforts extended to last
To collaborate with foreign workers

Crossing state lines over the borders
Care the best part of the venture
Contacts sustained among neighbors
Compromising decades working together

Serving basic needs of extended family
Empty chats were no more kind of silly
Language barriers were resolved easily
When working within the community

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl and
d"Verse OpenLinkNight - harvest

Saturday, August 30, 2014

In the pairing game!


Image: Courtesy of Grandma's

In the pairing game!
Two succulent pears
paired off.Can you
believe that? To labor
for it took a lot of our
time.But now we've made it!

(140 characters)

Note: Linda provided the picture prompt above
for a Micro Fiction (not exceeding 140 characters)
and to include the word of the week - labor

For Linda's at Grandma's Goulash 
Succinctly Yours week #180

Showered are the blessed!

                                                                                        Attribution: Daniel Schwen
Image: The Impending Cold (here)

A Minute Poem
With a rhyming verse of 12 lines with 60 syllables
It comprises 3 stanzas of 8,4,4,4 syllables
each. The rhyme scheme is:  aabb, ccdd, eeff

a      Filling larders spruced for action
a      hibernation
b      activity
b      a reality

c      squirrels precede Man’s reaction
c      in conjunction
d     with facing cold
d     weather all told

e     prospects of White Christmas welcomed
e     it will be fun
f      brace oneself for
f      the end of year

Note: Hank finds Minute Poems more
restrictive as one needs to contend with
both rhyming and syllable count


                                                                                                 Attribution: Georgia
Image: The Little Ones (here)

A Shadorma
comprises six non-rhyming lines and
the syllable pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5

Tiny chicks
Luscious surroundings
What else should
they ask for
Heaven’s wealth in abundance
Showered are the blessed

Note: For Hannah's Real Toads both poems are 
not directly according to her prompt but almost

For Georgia's at Mindlovemisery's Menagerie  -  Shadorma
and Hannah's Nature's Wonders at Real Toads 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Strains of music soothing to the ears

                                                                                       Attribution: Hila Merenfeld
Image: Deep Penetrating Gaze  (here)

Red Wolf Poem Wordle #25 with words:
holes halls sleeping spiral moment dismissed
looked suits pondered veined solace

An evening out for some fun
Through the various watering holes
Halls often full of the young ones
Set to while away some sorrows

Through with sleeping at any rate
Spiral moments shared among peers
Dismissed from the minds woes of late
Strains of music soothing to the ears

Pondered around for some familiar faces
Meeting penetrating gaze of the other
Garbed in suits quiet in subdued solace
Of veined patterns hiding in one corner

For Irene's at Red Wolf Poem Wordle
and Susan's Poets United - An Evening out

Frigid blue but looking white - Tan Renga

                                                                                                   Attribution: Ariold
Image: Aniwaniwa Falls NZ  (here)

in the pond
reflected trees and drifting leaves
- autumn’s last show                                 Suzanne's
New season’s colors seen
Frigid blue but looking white                     Hank’s

in the pond
reflected trees and drifting leaves
- autumn’s last show                                 Suzanne's
Slowly making an exit
Prospects of White Christmas due            Hank’s

Note: Tan Renga  - To add to Suzanne's
haiku of 5-7-5 with one's own 7-7

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Tan Renga Challenge #48
Suzanne's 'autumn's last show'

Thursday, August 28, 2014

the truth, outcome for those who dare

                             Attribution: Edmund Sullivan
Image: Gathering of Elders (here)

A             Sentiments unraveled that of the old
A             Eying what transpired in a small bowl
B             Men of the desert meeting in a tent
A             Seeking to verify what they were told

B             Sensing travels but folded in a bent
B             Infirmed and the sick not considered spent
C             Dreams of a young lover padded to form
B             To long and to hold a cup full of wine

C             Sense of being merry in part with songs
C             Presence of camels were not out of turn
D             Discarded feel simmering in the air
C             Daring to pitch for some likely reforms

D             Let alone sleeping lion in their lair
D             Discussions let it seem to be most fair
E              Pick the best brains forever be grateful
D             Seek the truth the outcome for those who dare

Note: The 10-syllable count is maintained throughout

For Bjorn's hosting at d'Verse MTB -  the Rubayiat


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

fun in the open

                                                                                           Attribution: Derek Harper
 Image:: Evening Sun (here)

breeze brushing the cheeks
skipping over small puddles
fun in the open

sounds of chirping birds
evening sun bidding to rest
nature bows to wants

nocturnal creatures
commence hunting clubbing and
dining in the night

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Vision Quest #1 Day 3 - 'deep silence' and
Poets United Midweek Motif  - an evening out

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

They were not known to be nice

                                                                                              Attribution: Angela Elliot
Image: Courtesy of Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

She was going to her grannie’s
Not wearing red nor with a hood
Delicately dressed a little risky
For passing through the woods

Brought along reinforcements
Her sister and the neighbor’s girl
To be safe but not a requirement
Were two lunch-boxes of edibles

No adults to accompany them
Nor any weapons as a defence
A resolve to reach their destination
Hoping bad wolves not marauding

If wolves were to approach them
They were then in for a surprise
Neighbor’s girl a karate exponent
They were not known to be nice

For Mindlovemisery's Menagerie
Photo Challenge #23  -  lunchbox and
Kerry's hosting at Open Link Mondays
at Real Toads

Young maiden out to surprise

                                                                                                    Attribution: Xlibber
Image:  A Crescent (here)

Peeking through the clouds
Young maiden out to surprise
the he-man earthlings

New moon shocked to see
struggles unabated in
long standing conflicts

Young hearts struggled with
hopes of finding directions
just for survival

For Chev\s CARPE DIEM  Vision quest #1  - new moon

Monday, August 25, 2014

carted nothing of value

                                                                                      Artist: Starry Night by Alex Ruiz
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag

Sunday Whirl words are:
absence baffles cart bones flight language 
longing rift rickety stutter sustain cliff

Absence did make the heart grow fonder
Baffled him to think that it was ever so true
She had been long gone over the yonder
Considerate though carted nothing of value

No bones to pick but it was a sudden flight
No language to describe the frustrations
Longings taking its toll and not that slight
A little rift and it triggered off a separation

With only a rickety jalopy to move around
Stuttered all the way along the rough terrain
Wishing to sustain love nurtured for so long
He had wished she had exercised restraints

Waiting alone with just a candle for company
Illuminating the night with images he remembered
Moon crescent over the cliff above just as lonely
How to react to rekindled love unrequited

For Tess' Mag #234 with picture prompt above and
Brenda's hosting of Sunday Whirl Wordle #175

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Was at the doctor's..

                                                                               Author: Dept of Foreign Affairs
Image: A Doctor at Port Moresby (here)

A Fibonacci with a syllable
count of 1-1-2-3-5-8

No
Not
tonight!
Why darling?
Was at the doctor's....
Pregnant? No silly, just tired!

Note: Apologies to all the good ladies out
there who are adept at keeping the secret
for just long enough

For Margaret's hosting at Real Toads
with Play it again at Toad's #8 and
Opted for the Fibonacci Challenge (here)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

why some are deprived?


                                                                                                  Attribution: Georgia
Image: Scene of Riva del Garda (here)

Shadorma:
composed of six non-rhyming lines
and the syllable pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5

Heavenly
Serenity a
nature's right
Blessings are
extended to mankind but
why some are deprived?

For Georgia's hosting at Mindlovemisery Menagerie of above photo prompt

Familiar with the scenario? - the RPB

                                                                                             Attribution: Thue
Image: An Unlucky Speed Fiend (here)

Just ten minutes into the meeting
Walks in the habitual late-comer
Sporting a sheepish smile
He walks to the nearest vacant seat
All the while flashing that peculiar grin
Familiar with the scenario?

A compact car weaves in and out
Others had to avoid the speeding fiend
One meets it again at the traffic lights
Revving the engine incessantly
That is if he had not beaten the red earlier
Familiar with the scenario?

The one who puts his hand in the till
Or the opportunist given half a chance
Will swipe an unattended item
School bully pushing his weight around
Familiar with the scenario?

Yes, they exhibit adverse RPB
Recurrent Pattern of Behaviour

It may be mild like the late-comer
But if not pulled up in the formative years
They 'promote' themselves into bigger wrongs
Which will be tragic late in the day

Victoria's hosting at d'Verse MTB - patterns of life

Friday, August 22, 2014

Makes for clear conscience

                                                                              Attribution: Rinina 25 & Twice 25
Image: Padova (here)

Mask of honor seeks
to allay fears of mistakes
Makes for clear conscience

Up in heaven's scare
Clear blue skies belie
impending black rain

For Chev's CARPE DIEM # 544 -  mask

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keeping track is more relevant

                                                                  Attribution: Alina Zienowicz
Image: Obesity should not stop
one from enjoying the sun (here)

3WW with words:
sparse impulsive morose

A dilemma something not to talk about
Sparse in his thinking and he can only lament
Not something about which he should shout
Keeping track is more relevant to his elements

Pointed to him the abhorrence of his nature
Impulsive in having his meals just hard to stomach
Granted though it is none of anybody’s bother
He feels morose but not bound by time or luck

It  should not be worrying to him one bit
Not going to lose sleep just bidding his time
What does it matter eat to live or live to eat
Laugh it off and muse ‘obesity is not a crime’

For Thomg's hosting at 3WW # 38

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Man must endure to taste success - A Nonet


                                                               Attribution: Stepping up by Joel Robinson
Image: Ascending a Path on Air (here)

A Nonet is a non-rhyming form. It has
9 lines. The first line has 9 syllables
the second 8 the third 7 and so on

Note:
Hank chose a normal Nonet
followed by a reversed form

Procreation a natural thing
Strive to win hand of a maiden
Sadly path is not taken
Ideas pervade his mind
Perfunctory needs
to address first
Sardonic saga
looms

What!
Again?
Procure one
Obnoxious but
paltry panacea
Nonchalant female kind
Wrest at the reticent type
Man must endure to taste success
or forever taken as loser

For Sumana Roy's hosting at Poetry Jam  -  path and
Grace's hosting at d'Verse's Poetics: Joel's Photography

Monday, August 18, 2014

Where geese frolic on stopover!

                                                                                            Attribution:  Dave Menke
Image: Aleutian Cackling Geese (here)

Wordle #22 The words are:
exude geese decoy plaster gesture
radiation meaningless legion linoleum
baroque falsetto dormancy

Exudes enthusiasm traversing
the expanse of water-way
where geese frolic on stopover

Decoy plastered all over was a gesture
A warning of imminent danger
Ills of radiation in meaningless pursuits

A legion of honor sitting in leisure
On linoleum in baroque surroundings
Not bothered with falsetto pitch high
but rather in sober and quiet dormancy

For Mindlovemisery Menagerie Wordle #22 and
Open Link Monday with Magaly at Real Toads

Sunday, August 17, 2014

With choice of contending

                                                                                 Attribution: Colin Smith
Image: A Scenic River scene  (here)

Sunday Whirl Wordle #174
Africa rite grand reborn transgression candle
myself oranges demimonde asylum gray

Out to Africa
A honeymoon of sorts
Amid rites of privileges
Not unlike a grand display
Of being reborn to a new creed
To escape transgression

And myself, me
Mindful of not wanting
To exchange apples for oranges
Would rather reserve a candle vigil
With choice of contending
against demimonde tendencies

This is akin to those
in an asylum lacking
gray matter

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #174

Keeps sending wrong signals


Image: Courtesy of Mindlovemisery (here)

A Triquain
A non-rhyming seven-line poem with a
syllable count of: 3 - 6 - 9 - 12 - 9 - 6 – 3

Young lady
Keeps sending wrong signals
Hiding her face but still sports a smile
Confusion reigns not knowing exactly what is
Lazy ocean weakens a man’s heart
Positively unsure
Bids to know

Redemption
Reappraisal  needed
Petrified suitor hangs on hopes
Strength of purpose wholly dependent on good sense
Young hearts opening up
Healthy thoughts!

Kerry's hosting with Sunday's Mini Challenge at Real Toads - A Triquain and
Mindlovemisery Menagerie with Prompt #68 - A Smile to remember

Saturday, August 16, 2014

why must they do this to us?

                                                                                            Attribution: Georgia
Image: 'Old Friends' -  Courtesy of Georgia

A Shadorma
a shadorma is composed of six non-rhyming
lines and the syllable pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5

unwanted
being discarded
you feel too?
Yes I do
why must they do this to us?
why invent cell phones!

A Limerick
Rhyme structure is AABBA (lines 1,2 and 5
rhyme, and 3 & 4 rhyme with each other)

I’m feeling bored and I feel so lonely
I only have you all day for company
No queuing  over us
We are now useless
I miss hearing all those juicy stories

For Georgia's hosting at Mindlovemisery Menagerie
where the picture prompt above is provided and we
are challenged to write a shadorma and a limerick

Friday, August 15, 2014

Shrieks from one so small!

                                                                                                Attribution: Qazwsx96
Image: Fried Crickets, a Delicacy ready for the Palate (here)

Awakened from sleep
Wee hours of the morning
In cool mountain air

Shrieks from one so small
Repeated musical sounds
Nature’s orchestra

Heard from the thickets
Little creatures rarely seen
Among them crickets

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Little Creatures #1 Issa's  -  crickets


Extending its reach beyond

                                                                                 Attribution: Nevit Dilman
Image:  A Wing Icon (here)

Aboard wings of gold
Extending its reach beyond
Bridging the distance

Wings so delicate
Bear the weight of man’s folly
Just partial success 

Destined for success
Stay ahead with wings to fly
Crowd trailing behind

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #540  -  wings

Thursday, August 14, 2014

of crisp air that rang out loud

                                                                                    Attribution: Tobias Tobi '87
Image: The largest and longest glacier of the Alps:
the Aletsch Glacier  (here)

Wordle words: 46 out of 47 words used:
life doubt swings fight stood legs fiery strokes 
crashing stern frayed clasped study mushroom 
low ear found asylum dust wings alley luxury 
nose chills crisp air rang fishnet froze white water 
proud claim miles great mirror drapes paper 
fence salt soap bread gone turn face glassy

Life left doubts in his mind
Mood swings dashed his hopes
Desperately he tried to fight
He stood firm on his legs but
fiery strokes kept crashing on him
With stern frayed hands clasped
he thwarted the sturdy flows that
mushroomed low below his ears

He found a way out of the asylum
through dust laden wings out of the alley
He was used to the luxury but his nose
chilled in crisp air that rang out loud

Akin to a fishnet that froze white
in water he was proud to claim miles
of great happenings

Mirrored in drapes of paper
hung over the fence he lamented

Salt soap bread had all gone up
His turn to face up through glassy
eyes found him looking lost

For Miskey's Red Wolf Poems We Wordle 24

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A home-coming of sorts


                                                                                                         Author :  NASA
Image: Astronaut John Glenn Entering his Mercury
capsule aboard the Mercury- Atlas rocket (here)

Note: On February 20, 1962 Glenn lifted off into space aboard his Mercury Atlas 6 (MA-6) rocket and became the first American to orbit the Earth. After orbiting the Earth 3 times, Friendship 7 landed in the Atlantic Ocean 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds later, just East of Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas. Glenn and his capsule were recovered by the Navy Destroyer Noa, 21 minutes after splashdown. -  Wiki

Why mankind chose to go
‘It is not easy ,it is hard’ he said so
JFK voiced it loud and clear
He capped it up with a tall order
‘Before the end of the decade
We’ll have a man in space’ he said

Lots of reservations lots of questions
Safety factors and health considerations
A target was set
It was met
but just!

Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961
Was the first man to orbit in space, a Russian
The US came later with a sub-orbital
When Alan Shepard was launched for just a while
But who showed the world the following year
To orbit the Earth beyond doubt
It was John Glenn’s victorious entry
Space exploration sparked a reality

What with  the extent of cooperation
Mega Labs and Space Stations
Were shared among the ‘spacemen’
With a mission
One big step forward for mankind
When Neil and Buzz stepped on the moon

Sending astronauts up was less of a burden
Mach 2 landing caused some consternation
Capsules landing in ocean’s waters
Was the alternative for the better
Better yet on April 12, 1981
NASA launched its Space Shuttle program
Smooth landing was then a breeze
In between there were some tragedies  

The honeymoon came to an end in 2011
when the space Shuttle was retired
The current Administration
made it a home-coming of sorts
Placing the program to the back burner slot

All is not lost though
as there are entrepreneurs
Offering space tourism as an option
For those with extra cash to throw around

For Abhra's hosting at d"Verse : Poetics - home-coming

Monday, August 11, 2014

An elusive kind


                                                                                     Attribution: Andrew Spenceley
Image: Slippery surface on Snowy Day (here)

Slips past slippery
surface unless verified
An elusive kind

Revelation hurts
But under wraps truth festers
to cause more damage

Open and sincere
White as snow as extended
Grasped by young lovers

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #537  -  truth and  Open Link Mondays
at Real Toads 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

to live life to the fullest!

                                                                                             Attribution: Alvesgaspar
Image: Frustrated Yellow legged Seagull
clamoring to ride on the fast lane (here)

Wordle #173
bend case east eye grain limit
parts straight sound water way lane

one ought to be mindful
of a bend on the road
facing east at sunrise

a case of young hearts
riding but not wanting to see
bent on testing the limits
with just grains of imagination
and a ruthless killing

An eye of conforming in
parts is as little as necessary
to live life to the fullest
That is all it needs

A road crooked is deemed
as straight safe and sound
until it is too late 
To end up in the waters
is nothing new

The way young reckless minds
bid their living in the fast lane
is just astounding!

For Mary's hosting at Poets United's Poetry Pantry #213 and
Brenda's at Sunday Whirl's Wordle #173


In the meantime the world waits!

                                                                                   Artist: Keith Haring
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag #232 (here)

A feeling of intense desire
A feeling of romance
A feeling of conflicting minds
A feeling of compromise

A ring on the finger
Can well usher in the goodness
The clockwork happiness above
is heavenly as everything can
all fall into place

But the confusion and conflicts below
are as hellish as expected to be
Throw in the carnage and destruction
The civilian population is ruefully targeted
They are dismissed as human
shields to justify the killings
All conveniently termed
as collateral damage
The cycle is chillingly real

In the meantime the world waits!

For Tess' Magpie Tales #232