Tuesday, June 21, 2022

like our friendship that they sought

                                                                                      Author: Alice Donovan Rouse
Image: Walking hand in hand
invites both Admiration and Envy (here)

Memories drifted of those who dare
To times long past to times laid bare
We had the inkling I had her praised
Her image so clear I was amazed

For all that I had felt so right
Seeing every move to what were said,
All basking in the moment's limelight
Worked wonders when eyes grew bright

They were not happy seeing truly
Happiness of a couple exhibited freely
We sat silent she'd not said a word
Triumphant of our friendship that they sought

We then walked silently without a word
Amid suspicious darting eyes of sorts
Envious classmates but we let them be
We passed them by in all dignity

Sanaa at d'Verse Poetics - peer pressure

Monday, June 20, 2022

They had to live with it

                                                                                                Author: Alpha
Image: Candlelight Dinner - Earth hour (here)

10 of the 12 given words:
flame meek woman seem search 
earth creed wind cross time  
They enjoyed the candle-light dinner 
Amidst the flames of a romantic encounter 
Reminiscent of their courting days before

How meek a woman she was then
Allowing him to pick the occasions
right through to the locations 

It seemed right in search of perfection 
However nothing expensive 
but down to earth in determining the choices
adhering to the creed of responsibility
and frugality 

How they laughed in between songs
in a  reasonably placed restaurant
Oblivious of the crowd they could see
who even clapped and wished them well
when told it was their anniversary

However the winds of change 
came fast and quick
It did not cross their mind to witness 

This time there was no crowd
Just the two of them
to enjoy the candle-light dinner...
at home

They had to live with it
Business were down compounded 
with aspects post-pandemic

They were late in payments 
for their utilities and loans
They prayed it would not linger on 
for far too long
Otherwise it would still 
be candle-light dinner
But imposed unto them when supplies 
were disconnected for non-payment
Unlike before no more on the roll
They would have to rise to the occasion
While things were still under control 

Ingrid at d'Verse OLN 319-midsummer-edition/
Brenda's the Sunday Whirl Wordle 557

Friday, June 17, 2022

‘where every song must end’

                                                                                    Author: Sarah Whiley
Image:  Light at the end of the Lane (here)

youth and age at opposite ends 
surviving with true grit 
of the untested and young
balanced by the spirit of the experienced 
moments shared glory enhanced 
while pain endured

raw nerves employed 
of activities physical in nature
pulsing at the fast rate 
of adrenalin flow of the young

matched by the aged 
afflicted with chronic diseases
sometimes dying but ever willing to act 
like the healthy being 
stalking with a pure heart
extending a wealth of kindness 
to those blessed

mankind is not conveniently divided
for the void in between 
may well be transient
filled by elements prone 
to good intentions
but the parasites of society 
are reflected in ills of human failings

the dusk of the day brings to a finality 
failings to hide in the darkness of nights 
to commence on the morrow 
their nefarious ventures unless and until 
restrained by the arms of the law.

only then will humanity be spared 
though invariably sufferings of the deprived 
would still be sustained for another day
poetic justice will ultimately triumph as 
Providence is a fair Equalizer
ultimately light at the end of the tunnel
will sparkle brightly where   
at the end of the lane  
‘every song must end’

Anna at d'Verse MTB  - fall-seven-times-stand-up-eight/

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Act nice and prim

                                                                                        Author: Ronald Saunders
Image:  The Good Times Together Again (here)

All those moments will be lost in time, 
like tears in rain” -Roy Batty, Blade Runner

Get on with it man, do your job
Bring out the big wrench
Hurry with it man you are no flop
You’ve shown your good sense
You’ve been at it for a long while
No muddle no fumble
You’ve been good with your guiles
And don’t stumble.... What?
The cog and wheels’ on the ground
Who could have done that!
With whom did you last have a spat

You have got to be aware
And always be prepared
Rivals can be nasty
They can play dirty
Your efforts may end up in tatters
It will make matters a lot worse

Ok, not to even things
Act nice and prim
All those moments will be lost in time 
like tears in rain
Always seek and procure
Go with the rules and procedure
Like shoes with proper laces
Things will rightly fall in place

For Providence is an equalizer

Laura at d'Verse Poetics - words-of-departure/

Monday, June 13, 2022


                                                                   Artist: Leonardo da Vinci  (1452–1519)
Image: Mona's Enigmatic Smile (here)

yearnings to find 
what could be so specific
on the natural inquisitive mind
that a Mona wannabe could speak

all of the thoughts and guiles  
the magic of da Vinci
that one succumbed just to a smile
under the spell of a mortal's ingenuity
(44 words)

Sanaa at d'Verse: Quadrille #154
-casting a poetic spell

Saturday, June 11, 2022

An idea in making heads turn

                                                                                           Author: anon
Image: Pin on Pretty in Pearls  (here)

Clouds the mind bidding for a home run
The naked truth is still not very apparent
Idea in making heads turn that is the fun
Such are pretty ladies with assets to flaunt

Making waves in calm waters to provoke
Pearls entwined for roving eyes of suitors
Flirting with glee twitch of the eyes to invoke
Flurry of male response with age-old wishes

The ladies will always have the upper hand
Not much efforts to lure the unsuspecting lot
Relying on the weaker sex's hidden strengths
Talk is cheap male ego rocks to the onslaught

Carrie's at The Sunday Muse #214

Friday, June 10, 2022

symbolic of the fallen heroics

                                                                                      Author: Bengt Nyman
Image: Accepted and Not Ostracized  (here)

visually attractive akin to a 
hibiscus and just as beautiful
poppy a flower revered but sadly
on the wrong side of the law 

society regretted for making it
symbolic of the heroics of soldiers
fallen in battle before the scourge
of the drug scene became a menace   

its derivative the heroin instilled 
fear on friend and adversary alike
those deaden unto skeletal frames 
to eventually fade away after 
clawing ruefully back for a few fix 
only the few chosen made it back
successful only after a struggle in rehab

the great many others fail to make it
a futile attempt of no-return an affront 
to the human race in its bid to elicit 
some dignity still left for those forever
wanting for their daily fix instead
and they chose to remain irrelevant

Rosemary at  P&SU's Friday Writings #30: 

Thursday, June 9, 2022

fix your gaze to aspire for success

                                                                                              Author: Jannes Pockele
Image:  A Loving Couple (here)

when chips are down breathe easy
fix your gaze to aspire for success 
drawn back a few notches easily
a distraction of confusion and duress

the beast in us that plays the devil
which negates the positive show of efforts   
playful and non-committal are twin evils
in the light of days spent in comfort

success is a function of time and money
twin elements that spell happiness
an epitome of honour that begets glory
planned and implemented to harness
the fruits of labor so desirous to one’s heart
not equitable to attention but the best
tools of the trade and desire are poles apart
resolve stunted by pain of failure nonetheless

Bjorn at d'Verse ; OLN #318-june-live-edition

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The wonder of love

                                                                                                      Author: Lip Kee
Image: Mixed marriage. 
Can it run smooth? (here)

They had it going for quite sometime
The wonder of love did transcend the divide
Pretty little darling awesome partner for a lifetime
Providence with divine intervention had to decide

Look further on ahead, there between truth and falsehood, 
A little empty space in all innocence
Much like the receding cold months to intrude
Glorious future awaited but now abandoned

Why had it suddenly gone chilly
Ever wanting to share divergent views
Petite lady and dashing beau looking silly
Success in a union based on tested values

Could mixed marriages be given the space
To make it work and forgetting differences?
When transposed into the similarities to face
It was love the pull factor the choice solution!

Note: A Quotation: 
To include a line of  Amrita Pritam's poetry,
"Look further on ahead, there between truth 
and falsehood,  A little empty space "

Punam at d'Verse Poetics - women are people-
invoking amrita pritam/

Monday, May 30, 2022

It gets one to useful sites

                                                                                                  Author: Dreysacz
Image: Browsing Intently  (image)

Browsing is fun and simple
often relates to some things
familiar. It will catch immediate 
attention. There is a relief on 
concluding with a tinge of 

It may instill awareness and
wonder for those uninformed
It gets one to useful sites
not anticipated
(44 words)

Linda at d'Verse Quadrille#153
and to include - browse

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Sentiments provoked

                                                                                           Author: anon

Image: Pleading for divine intervention (here)

skies opening up clouds peek out
chirping gets louder euphoria 
over welcoming the greenery of Spring

sentiments provoked to go forward
life for the asking until very recently
conflicts among the big powers 
put the smaller economies in a grim 
and vicious vice

skies inundated with military hardware
draining on cities flattened and lives lost
grains exports restricted leading to
shortage and rising prices

effects of the conflagration 
with far reaching consequences 
bad times ahead economic woes looming

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #212

Thursday, May 19, 2022

a soft sigh in the misty morning

                                                                                         Author:Tanya Grant
Image: The Heightened Tuallang (here)

in the misty morning with a soft sigh 
to limber up lithe supple and stout
to rally and mimic a chime to try 
for a person who is down and out

to detect a signal perhaps rightly
suggest to look up to the sky 
and not to just walk aimlessly
kicking a pebble to keep mobile

slowly move along the road for inspiration
there is never a right nor a wrong way
to shore up the inner self's determination
into an active being early in the day

weejar's at  MLMM's Photo Challenge #414

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

She searched her conscience

                                                     Author:Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington
Image: Depressingly Red skies  (here)

She searched her conscience calmly engrossed
He left without a decent word to allay her fears
Just another gullible victim beginning to be obvious
Believing his words which now seemed spurious

The skies never been this red she recalled in dismay
Perhaps angry in sympathy with her sincere yearnings
Not to appear slovenly and unkempt during the day
Time better accorded instead to counter human failings

The compound word - daytime

Lillian at d'Verse Poetics : compound me

Friday, May 13, 2022

a gaze of wonder

                                                                                            Author: Linda Trarbach
Image: Merrily doing a selfie (here)

curiosity kills the cat
we've always been reminded 
it can lead to a spat 
that one discovers
such like life is made

a gaze of wonder 
full of amazement
moment in time laced with
memories of days long gone

unpretentious subdued and quiet
festivities post pandemic
just days before
with the end of Ramadan

now the lull before the storm
still just as quiet
recording more snapshots
no more squinting behind the lenses
but for the presence of the smart handphones
to merrily focus on selfies
where everyone are in
without having to rush back
to beat the self-timer

that was how she had captured
many years ago of herself
in precious black and white snapshots
tattered at the edges now

there are not many of these anymore
now treasured for posterity
to whet the yearnings of curiosity

Rommy's at PSU - Poets and Storytellers United.
with -  Friday Writings #26: curiosity 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

bare of any pretenses of luxury

                                                                                                   Author:Wouter Engler
Image: Cramped in a Small Craft  (here)

definitely a window of opportunity
not to pass off the joys of boating
though crammed in a small craft

bare of any pretenses of luxury
and seemingly deprived 
but lots of fun to a teenager

that was a long time ago
when given the chance
what a thrill!

it was a lucky break unplanned
but was invited on board
with kaleidoscopic hallucinations then
on how it could have been a luxury yacht

it brought back memories
of that day in May
unreal in thinking perhaps
but dreaming of the good life!

Sanaa at d'Verse OLN - LIVE May Edition

Nature’s orchestra

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

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

Heard from the thickets
Little creatures rarely seen
Among them crickets

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

Crunchy little things
To satisfy curious bids
But smooth down the throat

Note: A set of  Haiku

Misky at d'Verse Poetic Tuesday

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Full impact from all directions

                                                                                                Author: anon
Image: Wind swept (here)

Spring sneaked in so colourful
Greenery galore, it is
Picturesque and beautiful
Great time outdoors peaceful bliss

Cold that enveloped the mind
Was just a passing irritation
Normalcy now all the signs
Appeasing much expectations

The wind taking a cue
Full impact from all directions
Messed up all the hairdo
Lining up all the fun but forgiven 

Carrie at Sunday Muse #209

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

they throw tantrums in their anger of need

                                                                                               Author:Daniel Case
Image:  Children at Play  (here)

need we go far, to take a peek
to see for our own self the situation 
the upheaval affecting not just the meek
but those bashed beyond recognition

not physically but more emotionally
best liken in those of children
who exhibit feelings most naturally
of anger and bargaining without inhibitions

untold joy in having small children around
always the urge to catch one to kiss and hug
like twinkling stars of the night ever present
shrieks and shouts are music unplugged

get two together they readily communicate
in a crowd they'll bring the house down
boisterous and noisy they sometimes irritate
expected of them and not to be frowned upon

they throw tantrums in their anger of need
minders reason to instill discipline and acceptance
in reality a child of whatever bids often slips
the minders are the ones to learn compassion

Note: Delicate reasoning of anger 
and acceptance with children

Jade's in d'Verse' Poetics:  Kubler-Ross’ stages of grief

Saturday, April 30, 2022

hands-free and non-rehearsed

                                                                               Author: Brocken Inaglory
Image: Young Lovers Kissing  (here)

Z for Zest for the Best

to be kissing and planted with a purpose
awkward at times but zest for the best
even hands-free and non-rehearsed
boosted beyond endurance or at rest

neither subjected to prior screening
natural attraction with good feelings
just a peck to keep the heads spinning
for the young lovers it was a scream

A to Z April Challenge  - Z

Friday, April 29, 2022

Golden rays fading

                                     Author: Pepina
Image:  A Sunset (here)

Y for Yearning  to Record

Golden rays fading
A photographer’s delight
Artists and poets

Yearning  to record
Beauty an awe to behold
For posterity

A to Z April Challenge -  Y
Grace at dVerse OLN #315

pine wilt nematode

                                                                            Author S.E. Thorpe
Image:  A Xylophilus female Beetle  (here)

X for Xylophilus female beetle

Note: The xylophilus, commonly known as 
pine wood nematode or pine wilt nematode 
(PWN), is a species of nematode that infects 
pine trees and causes the disease pine wilt.

While native to North America, it spread in the early 20th century 
to Japan and in the latter half of the century to other areas of Asia,
including China, Taiwan and Korea, as well as to Europe, 
including Portugal and Spain.  -  Wiki

A to Z April Challenge  - X

Thursday, April 28, 2022

expectations run high

                                                                               Author: Sarah Goodridge
Image:  Studious Youth (here)

W for Working Smart

just where does the wind blow
on an early summer morning
blinkered looks that sadly glow
empty pockets sincerely hoping

expectations run high quietly vying
to create a fortune westward bound
'go west young man' constantly goading
where riches-lining pavements are found

some get bored will sadly discover
unwittingly they let slip opportunities
but those who painstakingly endeavour
will rise atop a pile of sanity

tremendous luck will give a hand
but luck alone flows a trifle slow
nothing like using the head and mind
as working smart steals the show

A to Z April Challenge  - W

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

passing through the woods

                                                                                          Author: Jeremy Corbyn
Image:  Happiness for Gramps (here)

V for Visiting Gramps

she was going to her gramp’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
resolved 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

A to Z April Challenge - V

Monday, April 25, 2022

credibility is a potent ally

                           Author: Kartikasarichai

Image: Integrity is supreme! (here)

U for Unstoppable

it has finally come to a boil
lost in the woods
ditched in the middle
of nowhere

not wanting to make light
of rumours garnered through
the grape-vine nothing is
more appreciated than to
hear tell it is the truth

the might of the mighty
can be seared at the seams
just through sliver thin
confirmation of unsolicited
credibility is a potent ally
it is unstoppable!

A to Z April Challenge  -  U

Saturday, April 23, 2022

danger of an unfettered pleasure

                                                                                         Author: James Gathany
Image: Spinning its Web 
to prepare for Mating (here)

T for:   Tomorrow Never Comes

The danger of an unfettered pleasure
and an unguarded moment
Right there at the spider's bridal chamber 

Guess why the bigger-sized 
female could live for three years
but the male for only three months on the
average if lucky enough

For in a fleeting moment it had all happened
He was minding his bother beside her
and why the next moment was there inside her

Should the female be having a lover
or should it be left in hunger!

And should the male gamble with its wants
and finds tomorrow never comes!


A to Z April Challenge -  T
Bjorn at d'Verse MTB - guess right or be devoured

Friday, April 22, 2022

van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'

                                                                                    Author:  van Gogh
Image:  'Sunflowers'  (here)

Is Van Gogh 'Sunflowers' a fake?
'Sunflowers', which set an auction record when the 
Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance Company of Tokyo 
purchased it for $39.9 million (£24.75 million) in 1987, 
was dismissed as a forgery. With millions of dollars at 
stake and reputations on the line, the world of van Gogh 
scholarship was roiled as never before  -  Wiki

S for Sunflowers

Van Gogh’s 'Sunflowers'
Series of still life paintings
Bright yellow pigment

A Christie’s record
In the year eighty-seven
The Yasuda fake

Brewing and intense
Mired in controversy
Blow to  the art world

A to Z April Challenge  -  S

Thursday, April 21, 2022

not a drop this time around

                                                                                          Author: Lauri Väin
Image: Only Soft Drinks for Now  (here)

R for Reverie

a reversal of a fortune
a shift to manhood to a higher order
a swap of a kind
a coming of age for a teenager
from the ground up onto a higher plain
the stage is set

the brilliance providing a sparkle
the gloss of a luster
isn't it fun to be considered an adult
doing adult things?

fat chance! without freedom  
but a conjecture
hoping to mirror 
an adult is not just yet

this is a special birthday dinner for you
you've just turned 18, an adult legally yes!
but in my eyes as a parent
you're still a child, my child.

no drinks for you, just Adam's ale
you may have tears in your eyes
but you're showered 
with love as a substitute
are you listening
get real out of your reverie
good things in life
will exert its influence later
not a drop this time around
you're wondering why?

well, we need someone sober
to drive us home!

A to Z April Challenge R

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

questions, questions!

                                                                                                          Author: putnik
Image: The Silent Majority (here)

Q for -  Questions

silence is not really an option
being noisy irresponsibly 
is not right either

treading on a fine line
whether an aspiring contender
or politically unknown will alert 
impacts on making an appearance

with online media being in the open
will it be a savior from the wiles of
shenanigan politicians 
or can assertions of wild politics 
is to be kept in check?

questions, questions!

though the euphoria of supporters
is still on the high the voice 
of skeptics are just as deafening

A to Z April Challenge  -  Q

Peace - but no end to hoping

                                                                                           Author: Raymond Knapman
Image: A Peaceful Scene  (here)

P for:   Peace on Earth

An adventure often withheld
Clambering in heavens shrouded
Likened to a gazelle ensnared
Across leaps of many white clouds

Peering down below wondering
Skipping through whims of fantasy
In guarded joys of blessed wailings
A pleasant surprise unlikely

Where are all the violence and fights
None are perceived no untoward signs
Conflict resolution questioning rights
To dispossess nations and all of mankind

Having their fortune in their hands
Are bared as an open book to see
Wealth and expanse of good lands
Blessed with food for the needy

Chunks of greenbacks aplenty
Not grabbed nor fought but to hold
Thrown to the winds extravagantly
And no takers for the bags of gold

If only Paradise is staged unabashedly
On earth with such ideal settings 
The world is a safe place to live in truly
Not to be but no end to hoping

A to Z April Challenge -  P