Saturday, December 31, 2016

All dressed up but with reservations

                                                                                                  Attribution: MlMM's
Image: All Dressed up for the New Year (here)

Many may not realize it
We anticipate just as much
To welcome a new beginning
All dressed up but with reservations
Where are we heading?
(25 words)

MLMM's New Year’s Eve
Flash Bash: in 25 words or less

Friday, December 30, 2016

Silence is not really an option

                                                                         Attribution: Ben Manski (CC-BY-SA 2.5)
Image: Campaigning can be Fiery (here)

Mama Zen's given words:
adulting - (in a way characteristic of a responsible adult)
alt-right (an ideological grouping characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics and by the use of online media to disseminate deliberately controversial content)
glass cliff  (woman or minority aspiring to a leadership position where the risk is high)
latinx (A gender-neutral or to Latino or Latina)
woke (alert to injustice in society, especially racism)

Elizabeth's given word:
Day 39  -  silence

Silence is not really an option
Adulting through an alt-right insistence
is not right either

Treading on a fine line
whether a glass cliff or latinx
will alert impacts on woke

Beauty of online media being an
unlikely savior to the wiles of
shenanigan assertions of wild
politics is kept in check

Though the euphoria of supporters
is still on high but the voice of
skeptics are just as deafening
(70 words)

Mama Zen's at Real Toad's  -  words 
count with Mama Zen
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 39

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

It was a mountain-top viewing phenomena

                                                                                                   Attribution: Alegna
Image: The Matterhorn (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
bottom breath discovered blue mirror 
match drowning love losing dressed

3WW given words:
dappled (having spots of a different shade, tone, or color)
elaborate  filthy,

Elizabeth's Challenge  - relief

What a relief now one was at the bottom
It was most breath-taking up there
Discovered by chance a long
time ago by some enthusiasts
it was a mountain-top viewing phenomena
A sight to behold

Everything seemed in hues of blue
Though there were spots  dappled of other
tones mottled mirror-like in the foreground
It was an elaborate match to the vicinity of
that around the Matterhorn

Nature-lovers were drowning in sorrow though
Despite the love for conservation they were losing
out to the filthy habits of the anti-social elements
These people found it convenient to have the
environment dressed up with all sorts of rubbish
upon leaving the scene

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #92
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 38  -  relief
Thomg's 3WW week #512

Sustenance of its beauty

                                                                                      Attribution: Mohitmongia99
Image: Moon's reflection on its
Dome a wonder to behold (here)

Posthumous love cries
Shah Jahan's Taj for Mumtaz
Path of eloquence
Strums of sita melody
Sustenance of its beauty

Enhanced reflections
Over its marble structure
Mesmerized mankind
Gradient of honour music
in tandem with Lord Buddha

Chev's Carpe Diem #1109 Siddharta's
Journey by Guy Sweens
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 37 - path

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

a rich uncle bequeathed untold riches

                                                                                                    Attribution; Olevy
Image: Part of the largest treasure of gold
coins found from an exposed seabed (here)

the 12 given words:
stroke gutter discolour sound impatience fabric knife
passel (a group or lot of indeterminate number)
rum cull (a rich fool, easily cheated)
jackboot (bullying authoritarian measures)
gloss (to give a deceptively good appearance)
terminal (forming the end or of something)

By a stroke of good fortune
a rich uncle had bequeathed untold riches
unto his favourite nephew

Having a passel of cronies the
lucky soul was determined not to
be taken in for a rum cull easily
He would not be tamed through
a gutter of spins to discolour
his sound judgement

The vultures' impatience spun
through  a fabric weaved of well-paying
commercial ventures were forthcoming
It could perhaps be nurtured with jackboot
tendencies that might slice cleanly like
a knife unto his head

It would be 'convenient' for them
then to easily lay their hands
on the inheritance

To gloss over a flawed business plan
would be invigorating but invariably
time-wasting and might even prove fatal

A terminal feature of his wealth-saving
device was simple -  just laugh it off!

He was not to  be taken up by any
crazy propositions from such
fair-weather 'friends'

MLMM's Wordle #135
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 36  -  invigorate
Marian's at Real Toad's -  the tuesday platform

Sunday, December 25, 2016

what was the drift?

                                                                                          Attribution: Petar Milošević
Image: He got it right! (here)

the 12 given words:
drift mind decline slip chime sign 
melt chin bananas wrap tower burn

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

he let slip the chime
a sure sign it did melt
he tried to keep his chin up
in vain efforts of maintaining
some form of authority

had he gone bananas?
he could not even wrap it up
when given the chance

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

the ring was safely in his grips
but still in his pocket!
to think this was the second attempt

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

Brenda's Sunday Whirl's Wordle #279
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 35  -  greetings

Saturday, December 24, 2016

....and not caught just yet!

                                                                                        Attribution: Pinterest
Image: Fair use through Pinterest

A riddle through a Shadorma:
a six-lined stanza (or sestet) with
a syllable count of  3/5/3/3/7/5

of no known
address with eight friends
roaming nights
presumed with
gifts unseen but happy and
appeared drunk on coke

be wary
for had the habit
of sneaking
into houses with children
but not caught just yet!

For Bastet's at MMLM's B&P Shadorma and Beyond  -  Christmas,
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 34  -  gifts and
Gillena's at Real Toad's  -  collaborating with Christmas 

Friday, December 23, 2016

He came and went unannounced

                                                                                                       Attribution: Jared
Image: Spectacle of Dancing Lights
 - Santa & Reindeer  (here)

In public in a jiffy
And all in one night

Made it all happen
Finality to efforts
On the Christmas tree
Stockings all stuffed with presents
He came and went unannounced

For Chev's Carpe Diem 2016
#7 - Twas The Night Before Christmas
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 33  -  public

A prayer so true

                                                                           Attribution: longtrekhome
Image: A Falun Dafa's  Fifth  meditation exercise (here)

Hands clasped together
Hoping beyond salvation
A prayer so true
Quiet meditation sought
With no loss of directions

For Chev's Carpe Diem 2016 #6  -  meditation
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 32   -  prayer

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

One of its kind still found on the road

                                                                                          Attribution : Fanny Schertzer
Image: A Vintage Vainly Sought after (here)

11 of 12 given words:
painted white wildest streams 
passing city swish water sleeve cars
pines (to yearn deeply)

3WW given words:
clunker (something worthless or inferior)
apathy (absence of interest in or enthusiasm)

Clunker of a jalopy many had mistakenly
believed but of which he was extremely proud
One of its kind still found on the road
Bashful neither
Embarrassed none
Apathy of others had not rubbed on

Had been tinkering on it for many years
The better of his life so to speak
Had it painted in conservative white
not of any wildest of psychedelic colors

Was challenged by streams of youngsters
passing in their sleek speedsters on occasions
whenever in the city

They menacingly swished past
splashing muddied water in the process
even on his sleeves laughing away

He had not pined for any fast cars
for he breathed satisfaction on this one
and enjoyed the leisurely pace

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #91
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 31  -  breathe
Thomg's 3WW week #511

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

had a way then to transform them

                                                                                          Attribution: Name invalid
Image:Three drug addicts seen smoking
a huge amount of crack cocaine (here)

the 12 given words:
swill wildness tidal barefaced
zilch (zero, nothing)
amphetamine (a drug to lift the mood from a depressive state)
relent (to change become more mild or amenable
reverie (a daydream)
avarice (insatiable greed for riches)
The Fourth Rule (there is an exception to every rule.)
sanguine (cheerfully optimistic)

A mind that swilled in wildness
Likened to tidal wave proportions
impacting on a barefaced soul
They were lost  in a zilch of nothingness

The amphetamine's initial effects
had a way then to transform them
It was a slow progress towards a relaxed
state to relent in beautiful riverie

That was what every junkie sadly
hoped for every time and all the time
after popping in a fix
No more cravings in enhancing
an avarice of worldly wealth

But there seemed a common possibility
 though of The Fourth Rule being triggered off
There could be spasms of violent reactions
to sandpaper all the expectations of
 a sanguine peacefulness.

They eventually suffered alone in a dream-like
stupor not bothered nor aware of the real world

MLMM's Wordle #134
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 30  -  beautiful
Kerry's at Real Toad's   -  the tuesday platform

Red-nosed guiding light

                                                                                                        User: Lomvi Cornelia.
Image: Hurry, Christmas is Coming! (here)

Glowed bright in the night
Protected them on the rounds
Red-nosed guiding light
Earlier taunts long forgotten
Now they gleefully took flight

For Carpe Diem 2016 #3 Christmas Carols and
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 29 - protect

Monday, December 19, 2016

A symbol of the times

                                                                                Attribution: Joe Mabel
Engrossed in talking (here)

12 of 13 given words:
card couch cushion lounge grave now
machine volume never symbol groove grind 

It is on the cards
A couch potato snug on the cushions
Having the lounge all to himself
Appears to be a habit in the making

It may seem grave but now rampant
A mean machine and the TV is on
The volume is full blast
Never a dull moment

A symbol of the times
One is in the groove
A world of one's own!

Fingers on the smart-phone
Grinding his teeth one moment
And laughter the next moment
Interspersed with an occasional obscenity
A game in progress most intense
With someone somewhere
but unknown and unseen
Books do not interest them
The youngsters of today

Brenda's Sunday Whirl #278  -  baker's dozen
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #333
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge
Day 27  -  laughter
Day 28  -  symbol

Saturday, December 17, 2016

He held out on his own strength

                                                                                          Attribution: Charlesjsharp
A Confident Self (here)

Bane of great talents
Development lacked sponsors
No threat to Onslow
He held out on his own strength
All the gain to French music

Chev's Carpe Diem  #1098
Symphony No. 1 by Georges Onslow
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 26 - threat

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Expected to be mothered all the time

                                                                                              Attribution: Julianortega
Image: Nursing 4 Kittens (here)

11 of 12 given words:
warp mutter mother sticky wasting 
ways slipped faces father mouth straw

3WW words:
unacceptable vain wakeful

Held onto a warped view of life
Muttering incessantly to himself
Expected to be mothered all the time
Rather sticky responding to orders
In his own wasting ways
he was vain in his attitude
A father figure mouthing
unpleasantries whenever
he felt like doing it

In his wakeful hours he wanted
them to serve him well
When he slipped under the covers
to retire the night there were
happy faces from those around

He was beginning to be unacceptable
It was the last straw until they realized
it was all but some silly mistakes
He was a she after all!
and 'he' was pregnant!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #90
Thomg's 3WW #510
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 25  -  mistakes
Bjorn's at d'Verse's OLN #186

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Flowing leisurely it seeks to throw its weight around - a Twiglet

                                                                                  Attribution:  NOAA Photo Library,
Image: Cumulonimbus (Thunderstorm)
forming in background (here)

Flowing leisurely it seeks to throw
its weight around to seek its own
level. Mindful though it is shadowed
by the clouds above ever willing to
release its weight when convenient

For Miskey's Twiglet #2  -  the weight of water
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 24  -  shadow

Why couldn't they be more tolerant?

                                                                                                Attribution: Sage Ross
Image: A Hand-held Saviour (here)
(comes in handy with a 'clock')

It made him boil for an instant
He had just walked into the room
Sheepishly he remarked without thinking
'sorry I'm late'
Then someone replied,
'it is ok, we're just leaving!'

On another occasion, unwittingly he blurted out
without even looking up,
'what's the time now, anyone?'
A nerd (Yes, he was!) stood up
He went into a discourse on how to make a watch

Why couldn't they be more tolerant?
Why indulge in sarcasm to show displeasure?
Why time wasting to square off points?
Why not allow for some freedom in little mistakes?

All goes to show the truth of the adage,
'look before you leap'

For Lillian's at d'Verse   -  It’s all in the timing!
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 23  -  freedom

Monday, December 12, 2016

with intent to capture their hearts

                                                                                         Attribution: Nigel Chadwick
Image: Birds Skimming the Water (here)

10 of 12 given words:
birdseed capture heart
ludic (playful in an aimless way)
descendent askance
edelweiss (a liqueur flavored with alpine flowers)
lantern gnash curse

birdseeds placed in the empty cage
with intent to capture their hearts
ludic in a way trying to lure them in
but as a descendant of a wild predator
they looked askance at all the furore
thoughts seemed numbed of edelweiss
they still advanced forward safety as a group
but a sudden gust with force
like a lantern caught in the wind
slammed the window with a loud bang
it tweaked their focus off they flew again
knowing for certain unsafe to be back

how he gnashed  his teeth with fury
how silly to have left the aviary ajar
was there a reason to curse and rant
for forgetfulness endured
was a grim lesson

For MLMM's Wordle #133
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 22  -  endure

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Very high on a woman's priority of listings

                                                                                           Attribution: H.-U. Küenle
Image:Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) (here)

11 of 12 given words:
three hit momentum board answer 
instinct high foul sport win spin

To nurture and guide the three fledgelings
In hitting the right momentum of their being
Together on board on the road to motherhood 
Assurance of security for the innocent broods

The right answer to the maternal instincts
Very high on a woman's priority of listings
Not to run foul of extending the progeny
To be fully conversant of her responsibility

Sporting a winning hand for the family
With a spin around the lake in all gaiety
Four adult Black swans gliding gracefully
To be ogled at subject to close scrutiny

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #277
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 21 -  woman

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Unusually luxuriant in its blessings

                                                                                               Attribution: leslie.jenny
Image: Snow Flakes Slowly Floating
at 'Snow Birthed Tales' (here)

given words:
snow cabin ice

With folding of hands together
More in acts of prayers shown
A coolness to a given cheer
Free yet perplexed being alone

Warmth in the cabin sweltering
Despite thick snowfall outdoors
Unusually luxuriant in its blessings
Ice on the road none that bothers

Such an undertone augurs well
Watered down a little in earnest
Within the few days would be swell
Sustenance to a White Christmas

For Magaly's at Real Toad's  -  poetry and flash fiction
of not more than 13 lines
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 20  -  water

Propriety to one so honoured

                                                                                                    Attribution: Sanaa
Image: Ever so sweet! (here)
(fair use but mindful of copyright)

Inspired by:
Round hour of dawning blush, 
come blow me a Wish – Birthday Special 🎂

Appreciating a dawning of joy
Propriety to one so honoured
Masked with strict compliance

Flash! breakaway in bright colours
Momentous moment centre-stage
Unmasked and there surrounded
Adored as one leading a pack
From wonders of prophetic stars
Contending with lots of action

Conscious of gleaming faces
Of friends from near and afar
Laborious yet so gregarious
With propensity of joy together
Happy Birthday dear Sanaa!
Gem of a star brightly shining!

Sanaa's Dash of Sunny  -  Prompt Nights Special
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 19  -  mask
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #332

Friday, December 9, 2016

Moonwalk and sidewalk acrobatics

                                                                         Attribution: White House Photo Office
Image: A Grand Welcome to the White House (here)

Dolce steps in staccato outbursts
Audace R 'n R dancing without rehearse
Following Bill Haley onto the scene
It propped up Elvis into a regal being

Gyrations stoked the spokes unfaltering
Chubby Checker then came a-twisting
Three allegro unprecedented offerings
Music was never the same again

Kind of diminuendo came a-knocking
Sidewalk acrobatics and break dancing
Hijacked the movement's intensity
Paving the way for Michael's entry

Beat it! Moonwalk special a likely ruse
Sporting purple socks and dancing shoes
His forte that kept others near paranoid
Untimely demise left a glaring void

Victoria's at d'Verse MTB
  - make music of those words
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 18  -  three
Susie's at Real Toad's  -  shoes

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ready to provide a shield of protection

                                                                                          Attribution: Lviatour
Image: Must be Seen to Act (here)

the 12 given words:
shield, unsteady, touch, 
tangles (something that hampers, obstructs)
rejoice, scorn shame grime sane wait tarnished ,
mesh (any arrangement of interlocking metal links)

3WW words:
snuff specific tempting

Ready to provide a shield of protection
Though unsteady but he had the touch
Avoiding tangles nor rejoicing in the deal
No scorn intended nor shame be accepted
He had the ability
He had to take on the responsibility!

Had painstakingly gone through the grime
A sane proposition had to be implemented fast
Fatal to wait for others to move
The specifics must be addressed in the now
Tempting not to act on someone else's folly
But it should not be allowed to fester
For they had tarnished the family name

The mesh had to be unravelled amicably
To snuff off impending disaster pervading
which was likely to overwhelm in its enormity
He had to act

Being the eldest he must be seen to act!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #89
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 17  -  ability
Thomg's 3WW week #509

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

An inexhaustible bidding

                                                    Artist: Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740–1808)
Image: Portrait of a Gentleman (here)

10 of 12 given words:
groove inexhaustible late clutter handbag flattery 
nuance (slight difference in color or tone)
faustian ( spiritual dissatisfaction or torment)
bellwether (male sheep that leads the flock, ringleader)

He went through the groove
An inexhaustible bidding
Though late in the day
A clutter in a handbag of goodies
More of a flattery to his ego

He recognized the nuances
that colored his virtues
Faustian in outlook
he felt the big letdown
His mind was dancing with
naughty thoughts
But he was  unperturbed
a bellwether of a soul
He meant to show them he
was no pushover

From the marrow of his insides
To the tone of his voice
He had the looks and the power
The drive for a push
Was he not a BMOC of old?

Note: BMOC -  big-man-on-campus

For MLMM's Wordle Dec #132
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day16 -  color
Kerry's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Two lovely kittens nonchalantly at play - a Quadrille

                                                                                            Attribution: Pravee1207
Image: Playfully aggressive (here)

Two lovely kittens nonchalantly at play
One bit playfully while the other responded
Aggression invoked to their dismay
At each other's throats they went unaided
She intruded to calm them
They both then pounced on her
Caused scratches mayhem
Scarred her frayed nerves forever
(44 words)

For De's at d'Verse's 44 -word 
Quadrille#22  -  scar

Sunday, December 4, 2016

changing patterns of behaviour

                                                                          Attribution: Josh Semans
Image: Ardent Chat-partner (here)

10 of 12 given words
heave screeching dead chatter patterns 
doors anatomy back reload files 

Slow cruising others heaving sighs of relief
But screeching dead stops were shocking
Could well prove fatal to end up in grief
For chatter at the wheel had many fuming

Together with changing patterns of behaviour
Having a cell-phone was more of a nuisance
No more like talking behind closed doors
But blurting outright without much concern

Zombies walking into walls knocked senseless
Remember anatomy of Pokemon Go back then
Reload on the go with files of virtual monsters
A mobile game that took the world by storm

Novelty waned now, less lustre lacking enthusiasm
Despite updates such as the recent Halloween event
And Thanksgiving with rewards for stardust and experience
Discussions together between friends had died down

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl #277 and
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 15  -  together

Swept off the ground shocked

                                                                                         Attribution: Guérin Nicolas
Image: A Hot Kiss (here)

Night to discover
Reminiscent of surprise
Swept off the ground shocked
Sudden hug out of the blue
Uncharitable first kiss

For Chev's tanka at Carpe Diem #1085  -  the kiss 
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge Day 14  -  hug
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #331

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Warm memories nostalgic in part but put on hold

                                                                                   Attribution: Lookatdesktop
Image: Young Lovers (here)

Inspired by the saying::
Winter my dear would be cold without warm memories
                                                                          -  Sanaa
What of it?
Reflecting on good fortune snug on a pedestal
When life was of prophetic indications pulsating
Looking to the sky clouds bidding as palatable
A tussle to recollect images of a pretty plaything

What of sweet recollections?
Gracious imaginations with mutual feelings of awe
Boy and girl whispering sweet nothings manifold
Insisting on a sacrifice towards a future together
Warm memories nostalgic in  part but put on hold

What of uncanny acquiesce?
The winter of their life together devoid of fears
Meant for each other a relationship so blissful
What kept alive little anecdotes of yesteryears
Two hearts locked in place exquisitely beautiful

For Sanaa's A Dash of Sunny  -  Prompt Nights – #37 and
Elizabeth's Creativity Challenge  Day 13  -  imaginations

Friday, December 2, 2016

Jim Delligatti who invented the quintessential Big Mac

                                                                         Attribution:  Evan-Amos                                              
Image:Jim's Big Mac (here)

10 of 12 given words:
die loss exceptional coming outline,
languid (lacking in vigor)
backmore longing hinted

3WW words
quintessential (of the pure and essential essence)
rabid (furious or raging; violently intense)

Jim Delligatti who invented the quintessential
Big Mac died at 98 yesterday, a big loss
He was exceptional in coming with an idea
that outlined thinking out of the box

Not languid in desire but rabid in putting it
across he got back more than he bargained for
Prickly news when first mooted but it was
a longing for an impact of diversity in thoughts
that chalked up sales to dizzying heights

It was not just hinted propositions but a
reality that changed the business philosophy
of McD to spice up their products
into innovative offerings

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #88
Thomg's 3WW #508
Elizabeth;s Creativity Challenge #12  -  diversity
Grace's at d'Verse's OLN #185

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Softness of touch caressing

                                                                                        Attribution: Leon Brooks
Image: Raindrops to the Ground (here)

Standing in the rain
Light pattering on the face
Raindrops from the sky
Softness of touch caressing
Tranquility pervading

Eyes kept close dreaming
Unflinching in his resolve
Wetness on his face
Thoughts of  childhood innocence
Raced back through his memory

For Chev's Carpe Diem #1082  - raindrops