Monday, June 30, 2014

Autumn bidding sayonara!

                                                                         Attribution: Takeshi Kuboki
Image: Autumn Leaves in Kyoto (here)

Walking on the beach
Chanced upon a clam chestnut
brown lightly colored

Shell when opened was
like Wedded Rocks together
hiding berry seeds

With Autumn bidding
sayonara a journey
fulfilled with blessings

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #503 Basho's departing Autumn and
Kerry's hosting at Real,Toads Open Link Monday

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A glint in the eye!

                                                        A Game of Patience 1937 Meredith Frampton
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag

Sunday Whirl with words:
approach attach level key glint phase 
grain player single present scratch

Let us go over this again
The approach was wrong
I beg to refrain
He came on strong

Would not attach too much
On what level of restraint
The key to the heart as such
would determine the gains

A glint in the eye
During a phase of innocence
Enough was spied
Of his intentions

Grains of pretensions
revealed a player
with a single passion
as a slayer

My heart should not present
An opportunity to gamble
Pure love to scratch off even
on a slight sign of trouble

He seemed to be a threat
I would not have regrets

For Tess' Magpie Tales #226
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #167 and
Mary's Poets United's Poetry Pantry #207



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brazil goes into the Quarter Finals!

                                                                                            Attribution: Tim Boyd
Image: FIFA World Cup 2010 (here)

I saw Brazil booked its ticket into the quarter-final live just a few minutes ago. Brazil beat Chile in a penalty shoot-out after 120 minutes of play which was tied at 1 - 1.

It was such a thrilling game the drama and excitement akin even to that of a final! The sports news report in the dailies tomorrow might share the same opinion

The first half of 45 mins play was the most exciting. There were strong challenges, robust
play and lots of free-kicks. Surprisingly most of the notable players were victims but the
referee who appeared stern did not punish the culprits. Neymar was a marked man and
in no time he was tumbling all over grimacing in pain

The first goal for Brazil in the 18th min attributed to David Luiz appeared to be an own goal by Chilean defender Jara. It was a deflection from a kick on the right flank.

Before the euphoria could quieten down Alexis Sanchez shot the equalizer with a low ball into the far corner of the net.sometime in the 34th min or so. From then on the strong tackles and robust play were the norm.

The second half was more or less even and both tried very hard to score. But the drama heightened with the Brazilians making forays more often. In fact Hulk their midfielder had 2 goals disallowed that could have put paid to the Chileans' efforts.

The Chileans were a shade better in the first half of extra time. In the second 15 mins though the Brazilians appeared more urgent in wanting to wrap up the game . They were swarming all over in the Chilean half of the pitch.Ironically the Chileans were then slowing the game with feigned acts of pain on the ground. It was as though they were hoping for a penalty shootout

Chile nearly made it in the dying seconds of the second half of extra time when Pinilla's shot rocked the cross-bar but it was not to be!

After 120 mins' of play the score saw no change and the penalty shoot out became a reality

What a suspense it was right to the last dying minutes. It could have gone either way. Even the commentators mentioned it! They remarked 'what a sad way to lose a game' Rightly so! It went ding dong right until the 5th player when the position was still uncertain. Let's see the outcome!

Brazil                                            Chile
1. David Luiz       1                        1.  Pinilla           0
2.  William           0                        2.  Sanchez       0
3.  Macello          1                        3.      -              1  (missed the name)
Brazil now one up to the Chileans
4   Hulk               0                        4    Diaz            1
Now they are squared off  2 apiece
5   Neymar           1
Neymar scored and it could go sudden death 
5                                                     5   Jara            0
Jara missed and Brazil was through to the Quarter Finals!!

For Anthony Desmond's hosting at d'Verse's  OpenLinkNight

Friday, June 27, 2014

On a momentous night!

                                                                                 Attribution: uwdigitalconnections
Image: It's a Goal!  (here)

On a momentous night
With everything still at stake
They deserved it but it came
after an early setback

"We are very proud
We have received a great gift
We were rarely threatened"

Gesticulating furiously
Resisting the pressure
They made just one change
four years ago
A foreign coach

They were happy with the efforts!

Note: A Dada poetry based on a newspaper report
on one of the games of the current World Cup

For Victoria's hosting at d'Verse MTB - writing a
Dada poetry

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fighting for glory

                                                                                      Attribution: Ronald Saunders
Image: Misty mornings (here)

Fighting for glory
But sidelined by men’s influence
Pitting for a voice

Matriarchal culture
Under siege but women fought
back against onslaught

Hazy mists remained
Camouflaged efforts of those
pushing for success

Note:  Mists of Avalon a novel on lives of women
who fought to preserve a matriarchal culture

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Special #99  -  Mists of Avalon

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Man and his antics!

                                                                         Attribution Greg Williams
Image: Charlie in caricature (here)

Borrowed words from Writer's Digest :
toast pop right paper howl little

3WW with words: cathartic jeopardy risky

Man and his antics
What a howler
Waving a little walking stick
Would pop right up in a bowler

A toast to baggy pants
Cathartic character
Comic relief in movements
Funny gait not a bother

Music and sounds in jeopardy
On paper it looked risky
Achievements of a load
All in silent mode

For Thomg's hosting at 3WW and Writer's Digest poetry prompts #268

Monday, June 23, 2014

flutter of the heart!

                                                                                        Attribution: Erin Silversmith
Image: A Rajah Brooke (here)

Roving butterfly
flutter of the heart like a
teen on her first date

Colorful beauty
From humble beginnings as
a squeamish wriggly

Adult Rajah Brooke
Elusive but a prized catch
To adorn blank walls

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #498 -  butterfly
Kerry's hosting at Open Link Monday at Real Toads

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nakedness in all of its beauty!

                                                                          Attribution: VAwebteam
Image: The Fig Leaf  (here)

The term is widely used figuratively to convey the covering
up of an object that is embarrassing or distasteful (Adam and
Eve used fig leaves to cover their nudity)  -  Wiki

Nakedness in all
of its beauty as espoused
by those progressives

Tempered though by that
basic human decency
which gave the fig leaf

Art found acceptance
But decorum still expects
A covering up

A sultry lady
more appreciated when
covered decently

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #497 -  nakedness

A spectacle weird to interpret


Image: Courtesy of Sunday Whirl

Sunday Whirl with words:
levitate creature blood dancing 
dark plague dreadful praying 
tarot gun seduce kiss penny 

To have a halo levitate above
its head a creature of cold
blood is dancing in the dark

What can all this mean
Worries plague his mind
A spectacle weird to interpret
He can only guess

It seems dreadful praying
over tarot cards hoping to gun
for a prized target in mind

To seduce a lame mind
and overwhelm puny beings
is also a wicked option

Kiss good-bye to base tendencies
Think big for penny thoughts
might not bring huge dividends

Brenda's hosting of Sunday Whirl Wordle #166 and
PU's Poetry Pantry #206

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Described as a nuisance - MF


Image: Courtesy of Grandma's Goulash (here)

Described as a nuisance
bad hat,stalker,speedster
on two wheels,purse-snatcher
layabout,a rat that nibbled on
the unsuspecting. Is it true?

(140 characters)

Linda at Succinctly Yours week #170
Grandma's Goulash provides the picture
above for a Micro Fiction of not exceeding
140 characters with nibble as word of
the week to be included

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Can one be faulted?

                                                                                        Attribution:  Waugsberg
Image: It gets rusty and remains a constant threat (here)

Can one be faulted
For assuming everything's fine
When strangers are carting away
furniture from the neighbor's
who are away on vacation?

Can one be faulted
To be hard on the daughter-in-law
struggling to whip up a dish
in the kitchen while sneering
gleefully not offering assistance?

Can one be faulted
For believing in oneself
To strive forward but
knock on others
along the way?

Can one be faulted
Ditching him only after the
first date for a fast-food dinner
knowing fully well the treat
is from his first pay packet?

Can one be faulted
for speeding in the new car
knocking over an old cyclist
and leaving the scene not bothering
he is dead or alive

Can one be faulted for all these
common faults?

For Tony's hosting at d'Verse MTB  -  repetitions

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Risks of High Public Office

                                               Attribution: Patrick Bloodgood (US Army)
Image: 1  The Eternal Flames under construction  (here)

                                                                                                      Attribution: Tony
Image: 2 The Eternal flames burn at the grave-sites
of President JFK and First Lady Jackie at Arlington (here)

We Wordle #20:
eternal, flame glinting, magic, grace, follows
cycle, memory celebratory, shape, grandmother
usually, bowl, border, planet,

An eternal flame burns
Glinting in the sun
As if by magic
To grace following
a cycle of memory
That went back a 
few generations

Of celebratory and celebrated 
status shaped by a matriarch
A grandmother is usually
as influential as in a big family
that bowled over borders 
like a queen by any measure
that was Rose Kennedy

Let’s start with Joe Sr a senior
diplomat to Britain and
Joe Jr groomed for political office
but sadly perished a hero in the war

Left to Jack and Robert who
rose to the highest but mercilessly
cut down by assassin’s bullets
While Sen. Edward was done in
by Chappaquiddick

John Jr a generation after 
had hopes dashed 
when his light plane crashed

Two well-known families
that transcended the globe
the planet in fact
The Kennedys and Onassis
Were cheated of extending
their dynasty which could have a
profound effect on world history
had it not been for Dallas 1963

For Red Wolf Poems hosted by Irene with Wordle: #20


Nature’s wonder at its best! - A Tanka

                                                      Attribution : brewbooks
Image: Tropical forest (here)

Mists descend slowly
Moisture rising from warm creeks
Embroiled in mid-air
Shrieks of cricket fill the air
With bird chirpings in tandem

Stepping on wet soil
Coolness of forests procured
Emotions enhanced
Blending with human venture
Nature’s wonder at its best

CARPE DIEM #494  - creek
Mindlovemisery  -  soil beneath the feet

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

joys of sweet geishas!

                                                                                        Author: OSU Special C&A
Image: Geisha Girl playing the Samisen (here)

Goodness of the day
Nature exudes laughter and
joys of sweet geishas

In bright kimono
and light breeze brushing cheeks in
early morning mist

Standing tall ladies
of leisure keeping alive
a unique culture

Juxtaposed mixture
Modern and ancient both
in sync together
Where one is most likely to
sustain good living alone

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #13 - Kuheli of Kajori and
Abhra's hosting at d"Verse - where you want to be in this world

The vibrations were intense!

                                                                                  Attribution: Derek Jensen
Image: Starting Them Young (here)

Wordle # 13, The words are:
Vibration  Chimney Insomnia Sweat  Strain  
Diffuse Vitiate Dust Construct Butchery

The vibrations were intense
Like dark smoke swirling out
from an old chimney
His insomnia compounded
He woke up in cold sweat

Strain on his being was damning
He tried to diffuse the bother
Vitiated by his love of the game
His worries only turned to dust
He tried to construct a strategy
Just to enjoy it when it lasted
But to no avail

The worst is yet to come
Elbowing blatant kicking rough tackles
Are all waiting to be unleashed
The butchery seemingly expected
Of the World Cup 2014

For Mindlovemisery Menagerie Wordle#13

Sunday, June 15, 2014

die with their boots on!

 Image: Courtesy of Grandma's Goulash

Shame of it all. In the
upheaval following
conflicts the cause is
often forgotten.Sadly the
fighters are ones who
die with their boots on

(140 characters)

Linda's Succinctly Yours Week #169 : To write
a Micro Fiction of not exceeding 140 characters
and to include the word of the week  -  upheaval

And split flesh from bones!

 Image: Courtesy of Brenda's (here)

Sunday Whirl:  A Baker’s Dozen #165
drilled cliff chimney whistle habits drink habits 
rip split wish fortunes drink porcelain pit

Just how dangerous are they
Drilled in them not just to protect
But to maim and kill
Are these just rumors?

They will jump down a cliff
Or race up a chimney
A whistle from their trainers
That is all they need

Led by instinct habits die hard
They are known to rip apart
And split flesh from bones
That is how vicious they are
One will not wish to gamble
One’s fortunes with them

They may quench a drink
From porcelain containers
And given to good life
But should be under leash

Instead they were let loose in fruit
plantations to guard against intruders
A  female foreign researcher
doing studies on tropical fruits
not forewarned was attacked

In another instance recently
Two of them sneaked through the fencing
And attacked two people on the streets
They were actually kept as pets
The owners swore they were not dangerous
Pitbulls and Rottweilers

Brenda's Sunday Whirl and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #205

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Was it Lisa Gherardini?

                                                                             Artist: Leornardo da Vinci
The Yeats' Octave
An 8 line stanza with eight syllables on each line
and a rhyme scheme of:   a b b a c d d c.

a              with a sultry smile bewitching
b             mystifying to onlookers
b             as deep ocean blue registers
a              with a twitch at the mouth musing
c              and questions asked of da Vinci
d             wife of a high ranking person
 d            or plump beauty of innocence
c              was it Lisa Gherardini?

For Kerry's hosting at Real Toads:  A Sunday 
form Challenge  -  The Yeats' Octave

Friday, June 13, 2014

she gingerly peeps out!

                                                                                      Attribution: Aruna at ml.wiki
Image: Winter Melon flowers (here)

To revise Basho's haiku " the Flower of the Melon"
yube ni mo asa ni mo tsukazu uri no hana
(translation by R.H.Blyth)

it belongs
neither to morning nor to evening
the flower of the melon                  © Matsuo Basho
                                     
Playing hide and seek
When dressed for the kill beauty
in stunning yellow

Like a coy maiden
Only seen and not heard she
gingerly peeps out                         Hank’s

For Chev's CARPE DIEM revise that haiku #6

Thursday, June 12, 2014

taste hot liquid wax to cool the tongue!

                                                                                                Attribution: Dicemanic
Image: A Friendship Bracelet - a beginning (here)

Claudia invites us at d’Verse to go to town
with no holds barred in any direction to come
back with wonders on how one’s poetry can
develop. Had never experienced nor anticipated
such ease of freedom in writing poetry

Life’s realities sum up life’s abundance
Desirous of munching an apple tree all in askance
Can one make out blessings of relationships
Chasing the tales of horror of a catsnip?

No, not on your life, life’s greed, lies, lie in shambles
Reeling in many quarters sustaining in grumbles
Wanting to taste hot liquid wax to cool the tongue
Kicking a football of bee-hive to get stung

One is blind to a panorama of life’s pleasures
Picking on a scene of Shakespearean censures
To boast to no end a lovely young bride
One’s head snug within a ferocious lion’s pride

Oy man! An aura of wanting to sooth a soul
Trudging up the stairs on a ten-foot pole
Without words one is smiling with sealed eye-lids
Savoring and lamenting good fortune with such horrid

For Claudia’s hosting at d’Verse's
MTB - Connecting the unconnectable

Not hurting somehow!

                                                                                         Attribution: Emily
Image:  Cool flowers

3WW with words  -  crisis gripe stall
CARPE DIEM #489  -  coolness

Evening coolness
To savor those precious past
Not hurting somehow

Moments of truth to
bring back joys of living none
to stall awareness

To gripe powers that
bind how insane it can sound
for man in crisis

For Thomg's 3WW and
Chev's CARPE DIEM #489  

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The waterways turned murky!

                                                                                Attribution: Broken Sphere
Image: Japanese Occupation Currency (here)

Red Wolf Poems/We Wordle #19
The 23 chosen wordle words out of 35:
docked  palette  float hallucinations  painter art
brush crooks  surface  boat  kill waterways murky
wallow dissecting, truth  sparkling used
foreboreding  spiral  vision, curve, wanton 

My late grandfather was a colorful man
He docked himself with influential people in
Government. His palette pointed to hues
of colors that float around those he dealt
with in business. He had hallucinations
of a painter and his art to his masterpiece.
He had designs of a conglomerate of his own. 
It  was taking shape as he had hoped
He nurtured it well

But bad elements were there
He brushed them off
He did not anticipate crooks all along
could surface with uncanny precision.
They rocked the boat aiming to kill
Business rivalries took destructive forms
The waterways turned murky

He did not wallow in self-pity
He succeeded in dissecting the truth
with a sparkling display of brilliance
and determination. He succeeded
in bringing his business interests under
one roof. Things were working out well

But he had forebodings of a downward spiral
where he saw his vision took a curve downwards
But the way it came about was not
how he had anticipated

No, he did not succumb to the crooks
No, he did not lose support from those
of his friends in government or otherwise
No, the business climate was booming

Instead it came in the form of wanton
destruction of the Japanese Occupation
leading to World War II

The country fell the administration collapsed
The infrastructure destroyed.
Economic activities were at a standstill.
The will to survive a war was paramount
Business took a backseat

For Grace’s hosting at d’Verse with –  a family history
and Red Wolf Poems Wordle #19

Sunday, June 8, 2014

still there’s power in this place!

                                                                                         Attribution: Daniel Sone
Image: A Couple Bent on Swinging! (here)

Brenda’s Sunday Whirl Wordle #164

hello back numbers single sizzle 
stomping existence power 
place muffled right language

Hello baby, you are back!
Say, numbers seems small tonight
Are you single again tonight, huh!

Let’s sizzle and do some stomping
Small existence in this outfit but
still there’s power in this place!

The musical strain’s a little muffled
but it will not restrain our show
Right on baby, let’s show them

Language is not a bother
The swinging should be lively
That counts baby!

Life starts tonight!

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl # 164

Friday, June 6, 2014

cool drinks on a sunny day!

                                                                    Attribution: US Dept of Defense
Image: Cooling off drinks! (here)

Satisfaction of
cool drinks on a sunny day
is overwhelming

Seeing a loved one
even if chaperoned fits
well with the yearnings

Famished, a scanty
meal that of a homeless is
just as heavenly

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #486  -  satisfaction

Loud rusty and brown!

                                                                        Attribution: Gary Halvorson
Image: Foliage in Autumn colors (here)

Yes, not unusual
Mists over foreign highlands
Autumn approaching

In no time beauty
of colors astound the eyes
Loud rusty and brown

In faraway lands
Scenic lusts imposing hues
of nature's greatness

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Make the Haiku complete #5

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Words, words, words!

                                                                          Attribution: Arthur Lorenzo

Image: Loss for words! Overwhelmed with
Love Togetherness and Devotion (here)

Words, words, words
Sects, sects, sects
There are too many of them
And one is loss for words

All religions seem to be afflicted
Too many sects that breed conflicts
and words left unsaid sound the loudest

Oneupmanship against the other
can bring about killings
The power to influence
is overwhelming

And we've not even touched on
Sex, sex, sex!

No! it'll bring it to another level!
Perhaps for another day
It'll be a different ball-game altogether!

Written for Brian's hosting at d'Verse with MTB  -  when words fail

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Grass showing patches of brown!

                                                                                         Attribution: US Army Corp
Image: Lake and Dam (here)

It had been a harrowing experience
Grass showing patches of brown
Young leaves just seeing light of day
Soft luscious and green for only days
But curled up under the onslaught
And eventually shriveled

As a consequence the next season’s
mango fruiting and most of others
will be adversely affected

Such had been the severity of the
dry season this time around

The lakes what about the lakes
at the dam? The catchment areas upriver
They were all in a strangle-hold
Deprived of rain water
the flow was slow
Water level was critical

The bad word of the industry
was then bandied about
Rationing, water rationing debated
It finally did come the first time in
living memory in our region

Finger pointing and severe arguments
ensued no less in the social media

The opposition-led state government
for the last two terms had been
forewarned about five years ago
It was embroiled in a dispute of not
wanting to continue an ongoing
project of the previous government
It was about the transferring of flow
from fast flowing rivers of an adjoining
state to a purification complex under construction
It would have ensured abundant
supply of untreated fresh water

City folks with buckets trudging up flight
of stairs carrying water provided for
from water-laden lorries
A rare sight but was happening
Restaurants complaining of shortage
public utilities dirtied
It was hellish for about two weeks

There was talk of food related factories
even  considering to close shop and
shift operations to Vietnam

As a temporary measure the Central
Government embarked on a run of
cloud-seeding procedure
C130 Charlies were deployed
on those rare dark cloudy days
It succeeded in a respite
Not fully but just
There was rain but just

Then there was a change for the better
The weather was cooperating
The season’s rain came
The water levels at the dams and lakes
improved and water rationing
was discontinued

More good news!
The project that was abandoned by
The state government was revived
despite disagreements among their lot
No more bucket carrying even the
car washing business picked up
Just a little bit of cloud-seeding
was the savior!

Note: This is a true episode of a recent happening!

For Shanyn's hosting at d"Verse  -  seeding

Of melodious softness! - A Tanka

                                                                                 Attribution:  Shoulder-synth
Image: Magnes 890 Electric Chord Organ (here)

Falls of Glory sounds
Contending seeds of talents
Lingering music
Unfurled levels of honor
Nurturing of growth revealed

Moved within balance 
of melodious softness
Greater show of force
Moving forward unperturbed
To a position of strength

Note: A Tanka with 2 stanzas of
a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable pattern

For Chev's CARPE DIEM Special #95  -  one is to
write a tanka inspired by the instrumental  - Falls of Glory 
a composition of Portuguese composer Brunuhville

Monday, June 2, 2014

Designs of good dreams!

Mindlovemisery's Wordle
11 of 12 words chosen:
Cotton  Scribble Shambolic Fraught  Paraphernalia
Synthesis Henna Grace Diffuse Pagan Decanter

Scribble a message
Synthesis of grace diffused
Designs of good dreams

Fraught with danger and
Paraphernalia scattered
Under cotton sheets

Pagan rituals sensed
Of shambolic experience
Of feeling lazy

Henna laden hands
Lifting decanter of wine
Still being lazy

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #483  -  Being Lazy and
Mindlovemisery Menagerie Wordle #11

Sunday, June 1, 2014

To chase a dream

                                                                                                 Attribution: Shizhao
Image: Courtship blooming (here)

Sunday Whirl Wordle #163
chase countless field fluid jovial launch
lean paving propel sturdy terrain scent

To chase a dream countless times
In a field of human endeavor
It is a fluid situation

But one has to launch a start
Paving the right path
To propel a lean program
Along terrain much maligned

It takes sturdy character
Jovial with lots of humor
Faint heart is a disadvantage
A fair lady can scent a phony

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl and Poets United's Poetry Pantry #204