Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wretched in its belly to fend for itself

                                                                                Author: Jonathan Billinger
Image: Neglected cottage (here)

the 12 given words:
softening hummingbird hover
peony (shrubs having large pink, red, white, or yellow flowers)
burdock (broad-leaved weed that stick to the clothing)
dwindle weeds loss garden whirring stem patterns

3WW given words
fatal harmonious gaping

A softening of the backyard to the Autumn sun
Wretched in its belly to fend for itself
While a hummingbird hovered above
Lost in the thickening undergrowth below
Were little creatures scampering cautiously
Colorful peony dwindled unabashedly
Overtaken by burdock and other weeds

Such loss of desire of a disheartened garden
Where man was not seen anymore whirring with a lawn-mower
Stemmed largely by the crippling effects of arthritis
Fatal to a harmonious exhibition of greenery 
Such were the patterns of existence
Of many elderly couples left on their own
A gaping inconsistency of purpose of parental neglect 

For MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #69 and
Thomg's 3WW week 489

Friday, July 22, 2016

It opened up a whole new world

                                                                          Author: Snowyowls at Chinese Wikipedia
Image: A Loving Couple (here)
Hunger at its most blatant
There was enough to eat
There was companionship
There was the family
There were friends
But they were not the same
Hunger was to blame

Emotional hunger to be delicately satiated
Hunger to hold hands
For a belief thought justified
To cuddle and to share sacred moments
For better or for worse

 To tread in but gracefully by and large
It opened up a whole new world
There were kinks and hiccups
Yes, but they didn't matter much

The biggest change in Hank's life
Blissful for the past 45 years
Thank you my dearest!

For Gayle's at d 'Verse 5th Year Celebration
Part 5; Revisiting Anthony Desmond

Thursday, July 21, 2016

a natural course of movements

                                                                                               Author : NASA
Image: The four gas giants in the solar system,
from top: Neptune, Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter (here)

Set in motion, in cool sentiments each
on its own orbit observed from afar.
Would one wonder how the beauty
of movements could be maintained?
(140 characters)

The Universe, a natural course of
placements devoid of unwanted collisions
Precision of immense proportions
Without the hand of Providence?
(140 characters)

For Bjorn's at d'Verse's 5th Anniversary celebration
Part 4, Catching up with Samuel Peralta - to write
a tweet message of 140 characters

Tugging feverishly at his conscience

                                                                                                  Attribution:  Evstafiev
Image: A Hungry Child (here)

“I am cold,
even though the heat of early summer is adequate.
I am cold because I cannot find my heart.”  - Sebastian Barry
-  to write a poem inspired by the above

Much to his dismay
Not wanting to reveal his weakness
He had been warned of the risks
of being too taken up with sympathy

But a sudden surge worked on him

Seeing the little girl barely nine
Following him with her baby brother
looking tired and hungry in her arms

He wanted to but he had been warned
If he succumbed to his feelings
by giving a dollar or two
the next minute the whole crowd would be trailing him
Wanting some of the same
The strategy of beggar street urchins

No, he must seek relief to alleviate his coldness
Tugging feverishly at his conscience
It went unheeded for a time through his system
He scrambled to find his heart
He was lost
He took the gamble and gave in

He shoved it into the hands
What a dollar could do
She beamed a big smile!
It made his day
He then whisked himself into the shadows
away into the crowd 
before word could get around
Happy for doing a favor to his deflated guilt!

For Walter's at d'Verse's 5th anniversary celebration
Part 3  - laurie kolp & a summer continuance

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

held in high esteem

                                                                                         Attribution: Jonn Leffmann
Image: Tending to the Bar (here)

the 12 given words:
antlers evil evasive residual struggle dahlia transfuse  pluck
methuselah (a patriarch an extremely old man; a very large wine bottle holding 6 liters.
presentiment (a feeling that something evil is about to happen; foreboding.)
fourth rule (there’s an exception to every rule.)
barkeep (a person who owns or manages a bar)

held in high esteem unwavering by nature
with pretensions of a highly informed person
barely a struggle to maintain this stature
guardedly careful when transfusing information 

antlers held up high with no measure of evil
avoiding presentiments so as not to cause alarm
even in the course of shaking a methuselah bottle
such was the dignity, tact and prestige in a person

he could appear unwittingly evasive 
residual fault in an unguarded moment
Likened it to plucking a dahlia pensive
fourth rule treading daintily in all innocence

Such were the hazardous challenges of a barkeep

MLMM's Wordle #118
with the given words

Sevenling (happy moments)

                                                                          Attribution: Bùi Linh Ngân
Image: Satisfaction (here)

Pleasure centers on three likable satisfactions
Love for emotional balance good food for burping
And reading and writing to tickle the brains

Bouncy souls would be bouncing more and better
If the kitty is full of greenbacks in full support
To ensnare the unsuspecting target male or female

Life is worth living with such a wholesome package

For Victoria's at d'Verse's second in the
series of the 5th Anniversary celebrations
Poetry and Painting Embrace:
We Can’t Forget Claudia Schoenfeld

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Going through life's mysteries - a Quadrille

                                                                       Attribution: Joaquim Alves Gaspar
                                                                                Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic
Image: An Journey not Planned (here)

Going through life's mysteries
A journey of sorts
Extending the reach
Wanting to clear a burden
But it has got a strangle hold
Holding back the smoothness of progress

Favor me an answer
Why is it necessary to stifle growth?
Not being fair!

(44 words)

For Grace's at d'Verse Part 1,
Catching Up with Brian Miller
-  5th anniversary celebration
to write a Quadrille and to
include the word  -  journey

Sunday, July 17, 2016

He felt numb thinking about it

                                                                                       Attribution: Richard Webb
Image: This black sheep like any
ram is not to be trusted (here)

the 12 given words:
numb succumb crack crumble lock luck spark irk
thrum (to recite or tell in a monotonous way)
chum thumb slick 
He felt numb thinking about it 
but he was not to succumb
not to crack under pressure

Many had crumbled before him
They failed to lock out such elements in time
Unashamedly they ran out of luck

It sparked a debate in his mind
He had long been bothered
It irked him to be thrummed and
to be bombarded with a slew of spins
They were too high flown to be believed

Determined to side-step an impending heartache
He decided not to be too chummy with the new guy
The next time they meet he could just thumb his nose at him 

He could smell him from a distance
A slick character if there was one

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #257
with the given words and
Kerry's at Real Toads's   the tuesday platform

Led many astray

                                                    Attribution: Coyau / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Image: A Spent Force (here)

Entangled in the branches
Spent force deflated

Rough winds of summer
Quite unfriendly by nature
Led many astray

For Chev's CARPE DIEM - Utabukuro
(bag of poems) #13 inspired by Jack
Kerouac's  'a balloon caught' and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #311

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Often ends with violence - A Choka

                                                                                                     Author: Paulrfss
Image: Monument commemorating
civilian casualties during WW2 (here)

Choka - comprises 5/7 syllable couplets 
and to end with an extra seven-syllable line

Hate is a portent
element lying dormant

It gleefully waits
To unleash its ugly head

Triggered off with words
Often ends with violence

Once released it will
survive with life of its own

Funny enough that
many find it amusing

It thrives in twisted
minds claiming  a victory

If only they had
to experience the carnage
that they had themselves started

For MLMM's B&P’s Shadorma &
Beyond - to write a choka and
Sanaa's Prompt Nights's - hate’s a 
parasite that rots the soul

Friday, July 15, 2016

Fighting off the strange power

                                                                            Artist: Milena Pavlović Barili
Image: Cupid's Overpowering Stance (here)

Engrossed in wanting to create a masterpiece
Of putting splashes of paint daintily on canvas
'Why am I being stubborn not giving it a miss'
She lamented still trying against the obvious

Fighting off the strange power that overwhelmed
Pulling her away from her resolve so profound
Not realizing the many attempts
Of Cupid's arrow playing havoc in the background
(60 words)

For Words Count With Mama Zen
at Real Toads  -  to write  a 60 word 
poem inspired by the image

Thursday, July 14, 2016

How she loved the freedom

                                                                                        Attribution: Andrew Storms
Image: Happiness  (here)

3WW given words:
carefree ear-splitting
deadpan (a face showing no expression)

Sunday's Whirligig's the 12 given words:
thumb flick lonely parakeet sits plum 
buttocks game shelf nags cook turn

Poets United  -  absence

Carefree days were back and problems kept at bay
No more ear-splitting screams reverberating across the room
She could just thumb her nose deadpan at anything 
that moved with a flick of her fingers
Such was the feeling unshackled off the bonds of a relationship
How she loved the freedom

She felt lonely though, as a parakeet sitting plum on her buttocks
But game for anything to fill up the void
His absence was telling initially as shadows of movements dancing on the shelf
That came incessantly foraging unto her feminine innocence
But now she was spared

At least there were no more nags or long discourse
She could now cook up some ideal scenes of happiness
To turn an empty room into something boisterous
A celebration of sorts with a big hurrah
Yes, finally, evaporation!
He was gone for good, forgotten!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #68
Thomg's 3WW #488
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  absence

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Japanese Garden

                                                                                            Attribution: Fg2

Greenery in Spring
Water soothing to the eye
Nature at its best

Image: A Japanese Garden
Emphasizing a water feature typically with a bridge or even waterfalls at
other times (here)

                                                                                                                              Attribution: Fg2

Stones bushes and space
Ideal physical balance 
Paradise's yearnings

Image: A Japanese Rock Garden
Emphasizing natural rocks with small bushes. The ground is covered in
gravel that is raked into various patterns.(here)

For MLMM heeding haiku with Chev's  - a japanese garden

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Often seen as green wraps for sushi fills

                                                                                         Attribution: Douglas Perkins
Image:  A wakame and lettuce salad 
with seaweed, beans, and tomatoes (here)

Wakame seaweed salad very unassuming
Healthy simple Japanese specialty meals
Seaweed most user-friendly for exotic dining
Often seen as green wraps for sushi fills

New easy to carry package is now available
Simply add water and wait for five minutes
Simple richness of Seaweed Salad on the table
With sesame soy dressing to make it exquisite

For Marian's the Tuesday Platform 
at Real Toads

Not to pass off something unusual

                                                                                                  Attribution: Takeaway
Image: Ready to eat Herring (here)

Not to pass off something unusual
Typically common and freely available
Herring with chopped onions that was the call
To be gulped slowly in ways casual
To the many road-side takeaway stalls
Hank followed as shown by the locals

First was to pick it up by the tail
Roll it over the chopped onions
To hold it then in front of the face
To slowly lower it into the mouth
They took little gulps with such relish
That was the way to take herring
Hank not realizing it was all raw fish

Hank was in Holland many years ago

Apparently they added in the right amount
of salt into the containers at sea so that it
was seasoned enough upon reaching shore

For Mary's at PU's
Poetry Pantry #310

Love for fresh flowers out of season

                                                                                              Attribution: Kaz Andrew
Image: Fresh Flowers (here)

the 12 given words:
child filled room bright blooms love 
season reason wild have when irrational,

wasteful addicted bruise

The child in her had filled the room
Nauseating to see all the bright blooms
Love for fresh flowers out of season
Wasteful just for few days was the reason

Wild imagination unashamedly addicted 
Lots of money to have them imported
Bruised her ego when hubby objected
Seen as irrational but she was not affected

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig#67
Thomg's 3WW # 487

Monday, July 4, 2016

Shoddy preparation could even be fatal

                                                                                                   Photo: Alessio Albi
Image: Surfacing from the Deep (here)

Insistence of  cooling off from the summer's heat
Testing coolness of the water creeping up to the ears
To be immersed in a tranquil pool shaded from the light
Was it a way of maintaining rapport with nature?

She had warned of the consequences
Misgivings of what awaited below the still waters
was quickly answered upon surfacing from the deep
To be entangled with a loose confusion of choking debris
Reflection of trouble ensuing when plunging the unknown
That should put some sense into him

Would I be able to sustain the impact? he mused
But risks taken could go along any directions, she said
Anticipation could reduce possibilities of errors, she added
Can life be tolerable if one is to give way a little? he asked

He had learnt meeting half-way was a problem solving mechanism
Mindful though where risk factors were compromised
Taken lightly shoddy preparations could even be fatal

Anarchy in thoughts might well be contributory to failures

MLMM's Photo Challenge #120
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  compromise

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Envy ran wildly through his system

                                                                         Attribution: Jonathan Billinger
Image: Succulent Tomatoes on the Vines (here)

the 12 given words:
through plants ground order right 
stalk lady cross lick only end ride

Envy ran wildly through his system
Felt the despair turned in his belly
When he spied the green luscious plants
All in a row in the ground in orderly
fashion but sadly 'on the other side'
where the grass was greener literally
What did he do wrong that they did right
It was akin to stalking a beautiful lady

Surreptitiously on the sly following
Not knowing how she would react
When the moment came upon discovering
that there was an admirer following her tracks

It crossed his mind on how to lick the malady
If only he knew how as he kept eyeing the wonders
of succulent tomatoes, cabbages and red chillies
to no end. It was a long ride to getting green fingers

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #255 and
Kerry's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

That war is a game

                                                                    Attribution:National Nuclear Security Admin 
Image: A Pilotless QF-80 jet fighter 
of the 3205th Drone Group (here)

That war is a game
to outwit the enemy at minimal costs
Soldiers are just playthings

Drone warfare cuts through
Causing havoc behind enemy
lines. Troops then advance
for the finishing touch
Isn't it fun for the Generals?

Any loss of civilian lives
Dismissed as collateral damage
Without as much as a tinge of guilt!

(55 words)

Kerry's Flash 55 at Real Toads
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #309

Friday, July 1, 2016

Only moments before very much like us

                                                                                                      Attribution: Ggia
Image: Syrian and Iraqi Refugees arriving in
Greece not too long ago (here)

They used to walk alone trudging slowly
Eyes on the asphalt not gazing yonder
With no designated directions aimlessly
A forked road ahead was not a bother

At other times gathered together in the shadows
Self-conscious not overly friendly among friends
Helplessly quiet like a sheep in the meadows
Around them their worldly possessions

These days their numbers turned bigger
Displaced from their homes, harassed
Family members in tow across borders
Some drowned when their boats capsized

Only moments before very much like us
Caught in the cross-fire of human conflicts
Such misfortune a tragedy of the luckless
The growing numbers of society's weeds

For Rommy's at Real Toad's  -  weeds in the garden

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Finding it hard to understand

Image: Hunk of a guy (here)

the 12 given words:
style grammar sentences voice topic repetition  
redundant tenses fragments draft  lingering,conclusion,

queasy violent unruly
Finding it hard to understand
What prompts the elegant lady
Who speaks in style with good grammar
Typically short sentences in a soft voice
Sexily articulated on any topic 

But in the presence of her man
Who acts 'violent' in a good way
just as she expects she just melts

She begins to speak in repetitions often redundant
She gets all tensed speaking in fragments
Somewhat queasy what with a whiff
of the draft that drifts by but she likes it

'Unruly' translates to the lingering male odor
A scent bewitching to the sensitive female 
In conclusion a 'sweaty' male is a desirable male

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #66
Thomg's 3WW #486
Grace's at d'Verse Poetics: empire of scents
Marian's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Monday, June 27, 2016

They often have a smashing time

                                                                                                   Attribution: Alexxxos
Image: Grafitti artist at work (here)

the 12 given words:
smash corner familiar deface
perfidy(deliberate breach of faith;treachery)
phallus (an image of the male reproductive organ)
heartrending (expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress)
rakefire (a visitor who outstays his welcome)
sediment league 
They often have a smashing time
May not be at dark corners but well in view
Familiar sight in some neighborhoods
To deface a blank wall is not seen as a perfidy
In the eyes of the artist it is a contribution to society
Given of a free will but with responsibility

They take pains to draw presentable images
Even supported with philosophical sayings
No tiresome or base sketches of a phallus
But artist of stature perhaps facing hard times

Certainly not the same as the sexist or obscene 
rantings behind toilet doors in some communities
This is heartrending to others but unfortunately 
may find some following that occupy sick minds

One need not be bothered with such a rakefire
They have sediments in their brains not in league with
expected good behavior of which they are lacking

For MLMM's Wordle #115 with the given words
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry # 308

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Remember the Modern Day Explorer Yusuf Hashim?

                                                                                            Atteibution: Yusuf Hashim

Yusuf Hashim was featured in Alex's 2015, A to Z April Challenge in a number of Hank's postings (here)  He is still at it. His resilience and enthusiasm knows no bounds. A snapshot on his FB wall posting (above) a few days ago.attested to this. Yusuf was aboard an aerobatics fighter bomber that prompted a comment from Hank (excerpts below)

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 says
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.

He has his plate full till 2018. Yusuf already lined himself up as shown below:

Just can't keep up with the pace that Yusuf had set himself

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

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Such is the wonder of nature

                                                                                           Author: Eric Hill
Image: Poppies in the Sunset on Lake Geneva (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
innocent single wanton dandelion wildflowers aflame coastal   
flaring (bright or showy spreading gradually outward)
poppies empty

taboo taut tattered

Every spring it sprouts from the ground
Unwanted waif in all innocence 
Not as a single homeless but a wanton
yellow the ubiquitous dandelion

Other summer annuals that come later
The variety of colorful summer starters
That germinate during spring and mature
right through autumn of the same year

Wildflowers or fondly grown in the garden
Setting aflame the backyard, the lawn
or at coastal areas competing for sea breeze
that intrudes inland

All the greenery flaring colors and beauty
Red and yellow dahlias or in rosy purple daisies
Gloriosa with golden petals and chocolate centers
Poppies flaming red now taboo in measured whispers
as the drug scene is still potent with upheavals

The ground stretches taut with no other
but flowers only to be embarrassingly seen before
the cold months withered and tattered as ever
Eventually just empty waste with advent of winter
Such is the wonder of nature

For Grace's OLN #175 at d'Verse and
rather late for Walter's at d'Verse's Tuesday Poetics: summer starter
MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #65 with the given words and
Thomg's at 3WW week #485

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Shuuchuugouu has a way with moods - a Haibun

                                                                           Author : Léonard Misonne (1870–1943)
Image: April Showers (here)

shuuchuugouu (severe localized downpour)

The shuuchuugouu has a way with moods. It revels in afflicting an innocent
soul sitting at the front porch. One who is looking forward to enjoying a puff.
Playing with a pipe in his mouth nonchalantly twirls it a little as the clouds
above move ever so slowly across the blue skies. He dreams of a beautiful
flower his mind far away his eyes remain close he smiles every so often.

Suddenly a gust of wind swung hard against the open windows with a
loud bang.It signals a turn in the weather and so also his mood. A sudden
chill and the sky turns grey. He is now no more in a dream and he waits

It is bound to happen. In that part of the country that is how the drama
unfolds. A sudden shriek the trees in the distance swaying each trying
to uproot itself to seek shelter. A grimace slightly not outwardly
depressing but thankful that Providence sees it plain he ought to
be doing something.else

The heavens come down suddenly with vengeance. He gets up to stretch
himself. He walks slowly in through the door. He is to fulfill his obligation
inspired with ideas as prompted by the April showers.

Squalls and biting rain
Conscience ignited brilliance
Thankful to nature

For Toni's at d'Verse's Haibun Monday - 50 shades of rain

Monday, June 20, 2016

Harbored a long-standing dream

                                                                      Artist: Tintoretto (1518–1594)
Image: Bearded Gramps (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
dream hesitation license climate 
random length obstruct
atrabilious (gloomy morose irritable bad-tempered)
singe (to burn or be burnt superficially)
cerise (moderate to deep red)

Harbored a long-standing dream
Spied some hesitation making an entry
On rare occasions Gramps would slip in
Of silken white for others to see

For as long as he could remember
Gramps been sporting his prized trophy
Licensed in a climate of regular honor
Of random length not without dignity

Twitched incessantly when atrabilious
Wisely not to obstruct his pugilistic actions
But once it did singe the white tresses
Lighted cerise cigar that malfunctioned

MLMM's Wordle #114 and
Kerry's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, June 19, 2016

He skillfully painted a beautiful picture

                                                                                     Author: Juan Tomas Valenzuela
Image: Skillful speaker (here)

the 12 given words:
boiling fury erupt crow shadow rise 
shimmering ripple park sweep swarm paint  

Boiling with fury it came off suddenly
It erupted beyond reason he was overwhelmed
It was nothing to crow about so he thought

Without a shadow of doubt he 
had then woefully anticipated trouble
It was beginning to give rise
to cries of dissatisfaction 
and misshapen unfairness     

It was shimmering in his heart
It caused a ripple initially but he
thought it was just a walk in the park

There was an attempt to sweep
it under the carpet but he was 
swarmed with loud protests

He skillfully painted a beautiful picture
something akin to what  they had wanted 
and hungrily waited all these years

He got away with it!
Politicians like talented composers
gleefully played by the ear

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl's Wordle #254 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #307

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chosen through divine assertion

                                                                                     Attribution: Leon S.K.
Image: Joy of Motherhood (here)

Made for it in stellar fashion
Chosen through divine assertion
Specifically for a special function
One so structurally efficient

The feminine body dubbed the weaker sex
Demure sexily refined profusely decked
Of charming personality for a fact
When unashamedly upstaged could favor a fight-back
With a sharp even odious gift of the gab

One outrageously though in their favor
To provide an heir when asked for
Risks and sufferings of becoming a mother
A justified rest thereafter
the sweet sauce of labor

For Sanaa's Prompt Night's (6)
-  rest is the sweet sauce of labor

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rose by any other name

                                                                                                   Author:  MM
Image: Exquisite beauties (here)

the 12 given words:
plea  roses thorns bud sins, ,
loathsome thief, sweet mud
canker (that corrodes destroys, or irritates)
love sense

3WW given words:
sassy (lively, bold, and full of spirit; cheeky )
raw quick
A plea for the exquisite
Rose by any other name
are always acceptable to the tormented

They are safely surrounded by 
thorns to ward off uncertainty of 
bloom from bud to 'sinful' flavor 
of its flower

The myriad of colors seem
loathsome to mention but adored 
as a thief of the heart blessed
with the sweetness of aroma

Even wallowing in the mud it can hold
out on its own nothing cankerous
but sassy in all of its potential

As a flower of love, it is raw in its bid
but quick to be accorded pride of place

In a sense it is providing the energy
of strong wind power to match the 
inherent beauty nature had chosen

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #64
Thomg's 3WW #484
PU's Midweek Motif  -  wind power

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Acrobatics on a mountain bike - a Quadrille

                                                                                            Attribution :Thiagonegris
Image: Challenging man-made
wooden tracks (here)
Acrobatics on a mountain 
bike taken too far ended with 
a nasty spill. Padded yes, 
physically bruised not a 
bother but an ego bruised
was more telling

Took up a challenge as a 
show-off of his prowess but 
a sharp turn was his downfall

(44 words)
For De's Quadrille #11 of 44 words
at d'Verse and to include the words spill