Wednesday, March 21, 2018

it is morbid, it is evil looking

                                                                 Photographer:Didier Descouens
Image:  Death's-Head Hawkmoth –  dorsal view  (here)

                                                                         Photographer:Didier Descouens
Image: Death's-Head Hawkmoth -  close-up of the thorax  (here)
These moths are easily distinguishable
by the vaguely human skull-shaped pattern
of markings on the thorax.

10 of 12 given words:
morbid giving daylight dangerous 
leave care, friends led trance illness 

it is morbid, it is evil looking in drab
colors a near perfect depiction of bad
spirits giving a scare in broad daylight

it enhances feelings of awe and terror
what is more intimidating is a loud chirp
it emits when irritated and it bites

dangerous to bees as it feeds on honey
and more intriguing is its ability not to
leave the hive for days and not being
stung in there unprotected

does it bother or care to friends and
foe that it seems to be in a trance and
led to believe it will not incur
any illness if touched?

Perhaps not but still it has the uncanny
appearance of a bad omen.

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #154
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif colors

Monday, March 19, 2018

gnarled at mother's conscience

                                                                                                               Author: Lucy
Image:  A mother goose providing
shelter to her goslings (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
peal (loud repeated or reverberating sound)
octave (the interval between one musical pitch and another with half or double its frequency)
gnarl nightmare negligence nullify
boketto (to gaze vacantly into the distance without thinking)
leash (a line or rope used to walk or control a dog)
muscle misrepresent parasite

peals of baby's desperation
high octaves cause of much concern
gnarled at mother's conscience
a nightmare of negligence

reaction to nullify the fright
enhanced the boketto plight
goslings not on a leash was a delight
freedom to move bound to excite

a sudden downpour was a damper
they muscled their way to be under
no attempt to misrepresent the bother
parasitic rush to be under cover

multiple broods accorded by Providence
mother's privilege never to question

MLMM's Wordle #188
Magaly's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Sunday, March 18, 2018

a certain blight on his reasoning

                                                                                             Author: Tomascastelazo
Image: Hand with 'power stone' bracelets
holding a box with smoking incense (here)

11of 12 given words:
blight (a thing that spoils or damages something)
cajole (persuaded to do by sustained coaxing or flattery)
cringe heap called kind close wild wolf means small

a certain blight on his reasoning
he was cajoled into acting foolishly
cringed at the ease of its happening
heaps of flattery working lavishly

called to check on its vulnerability
it was kind of too close for comfort
wild wolf whistles could turn nasty
means of getting attention of sorts

a pretty young lass should not bother
small price to pay but worth the bastions
could be damaging if allowed to fester
let attention seekers resort to other diversions

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #343
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry#395

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Like the old bachelor days

                                                                                         Author Jeangagnon
Image: Just a Slice (here)

Dear All,
The tummy turning
With a strange sounding pleading
Just  not my being
Famished upon waking up
To the galley for some food

What tough luck waiting
Had totally forgotten
Was the maid's off day
Bread and plain water
Like the old bachelor days

Chevrefeuille's Carpe Diem.-#1390 - the flute weeps
K's at Real Toad's - dear poems

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

a super Blue Moon total eclipse!

                                                                                             Attribution: © Ted Strutz
Image: Being Prepared to Capture
a Historic Moment (here)

Remember the Blue Moon? – so called being a second
of two full moons in one calendar month (it passed through
the Earth’s shadow on January 31, 2018, to give us a total
lunar eclipse) It is also the third in a series of three straight
full moon supermoons – that is, super-close full moons. So
it’s not just a total lunar eclipse, or a Blue Moon, or a
supermoon. It’s all three  a super Blue Moon total eclipse!

It is the first Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years

the 11 of 12 given words:
burning burns appear hope cave 
bonds frailty read flowers sugars flares

what a scream!
the first Blue Moon total eclipse in 150 years!

it creates a burning desire that
burns ever since he got news of
its impending will to appear

his hope is a clear night
on a beach definitely
not in a cave

his bond with astronomy
is a romance with the cosmic
mysteries ever since the day he
received a telescope for
his 10th birthday

the frailty of a rainy night though
reads like flowers and sugars
that flares in his mind

but he is unperturbed
he is determined not to miss the
unique opportunity of a lifetime
(100 words)

Rochelle's Photo Prompt - 16th march 
MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #153
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif -  scream

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

No more zooming in Aston Martins

                                                                                               Author Paul Anderson
Image: The Super-heroes wannabes (here)

Super-charged, super strength
Extended technology
Computer animated
All combined to redefine
the ability that defied odds
of Super-power heroes

No more stalking
No more running-around, punching
No more zooming in Aston Martins

It is now flying through the air
wielding firepower from within themselves
that can inflict untold and tragic outcomes
coupled and supported with sci-fi works
flashers and explosions

It has brought Super-hero
exploits to a whole new level

It is fun growing up for the youngsters!

Lillian's at d'Verse's super-me

Monday, March 12, 2018

dreaming in cyan surroundings

                                                                             Author: Christopher Michel
Image: In a trance (here)

10 of 12 given words:
nod gradual mumble gradual
vaunt (verb) (to boast or brag)
asleep scantily tragedy tradition
cyan (a greenish-blue color used in photography and color printing)
Koi no Yokan (Japanese) (the sense one can have upon first meeting a person that the
two of you are going to fall in love)

a nod a gradual mumble
a vaunt regarding his prowess
yet sound asleep still dressed
scantily in pajamas
dreaming in cyan surroundings
lulled in a Koi no Yokan
with an angel of his imagination
all too familiar a ritual
some mornings

a tragedy of sorts

he went against the tradition
of not washing his feet prior to
jumping to bed the night before

is it true or just old wife's tale?

MLMM's Wordle #187
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Sunday, March 11, 2018

an ideal choice to let off steam

                                                                                                   Attribution: Pegman
Image: Paradise unlimited (here)

10 of 12 given words:
fry gift manner star silence sand 
mar charge stormy wired

having other fishes to fry
a gift to reward one's efforts
in a manner not on the sly
to the Bahamas southwards

star offering not known to silence
golden sands on a scenic beach
crowded vacation destination
to mar the natural-like peace

charged up with urban life's challenge
an ideal choice to let off steam
away from stormy unsolicited tensions
to bask in peaceful heavenly dreams

could one be faulted on an indiscretion
that could go a long way to appease
a mind all wired up with office problems
be kind to oneself to be well at ease
(98 words)

Rochelle's Pilgrimage
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #394

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sunny and Bright all Year

                                                                                         Author: Judgefloro
Image: Benguet-Baguio Ciy road scenery  (here)

The tanaga is a quatrain with four
seven-syllable lines.Traditionally all
four lines rhyme, ie aaaa bbbb or
cccc  One can also try other rhyme
variations, like aabb ccdd, or abba

Tanaga from Philippines
Time to visit in between
Sunny all year and green
Whereas the West is snowing

Marian's at Real Toad's  -  fussy
little forms - tanaga

Friday, March 9, 2018

Is there a way out of the doldrums?

                                                                                          Attribution: anon 
Image: What is There Beyond (here)

Contemplating life's challenges
Quietly assessing and reviewing
Is there a way out of the doldrums
Looking outwardly is inspiring

Archway  an open book inviting
Lamenting in the shadows sadly
Venture out decisively by stepping
Under and across perhaps awkwardly

Nothing to stultify a progress desired
Sincere efforts will be aptly rewarded

Sue Vincent's Photo Prompt - arch
MLMM's  Saturday Mix  -  fables

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The final curtain to herald the end of the road

                                Attribution: Michael Trolove / End of the road, Little Stukeley / CC BY-SA 2.0
Image: A Sad End (here)

The heart booming in little cautious palpitations
This is it the outcome of many uncanny episodes
A finality to the goings-on of varied situations
The final curtain to herald the end of the road

Wonder what little pieces of news along the way
What can transpire before the closing of the chapter
Ought to be serials of lively moments that hold sway
Life will be dull devoid of highlights that inspire

A pull-back on memorable moments and fears
Love and all the permutations with 'little darlings'
The highs and lows, of laughter and sad tears
Generally feature most that makes life worth living

Sanaa at Real Toads  -  curtain falls
Grace at d'Verse's OLN#215

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

writing a poem can be frustrating

                                                                                        Author: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Image: Reading for Inspiration (here)

10 of 12 given words:
poem waves glides sleek made things head cuts 
murk (darkness or thick mist that makes it difficult to see)
balsa (balsa wood is a very lightweight material)

writing a poem can be frustrating
it comes in waves of inspiration
it glides easy at odd times feeding
the sleek inquisitive self at random

wading through the murk is plain silly
unlike balsa wood lightweight and easy
things made difficult with no big money
tensions to the head makes it giddy and guilty

it is best not to hurry matters at hand
a rest between takes to cut off the gloom
just heavenly to work with a rested mind
to let the creative juices space to bloom

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #152
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  money

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

nothing like kingfisher diving into it

                                                                                     Attribution: Hossein Zare
Image:  A 3-in-1 Choice

the 12 given words:
sweep foot virtue void bridge hurry kingfisher Nitendo
shimmer (quivering image as produced by reflecting faint light)
tonal (relating to the tone of music, colour, or writing)
grove (a group of trees planted close together)
Burgundy (a red wine from Burgundy) 

A sweep of the intended journey
by foot by virtue of uneasiness 
revealed a void as opposed to
clear directions 

The desire to bridge the chasm
for the token of love was a 3-in-1
choice but a friendly shimmering
light shadowed by an accompaniment  
of light tonal music was the pull factor

He hurriedly proceeded towards 
an unlikely and mysterious orange 
grove that appeared Burgundy red
in the far distance hoping for a find

Nothing like kingfisher diving into
a no holds barred situation just as a  
skillful Nitendo practitioner for which 
he had occasioned his talents

MLMM's Bonus Wordle - Sam's Choice
MLMM's Photo Challenge #204
Sarah's at d'Verse's Poetics : thread's of feelings

Sunday, March 4, 2018

sometimes frustrations stifled our yearnings

                                                                      Attribution: © Jade Wong
the 12 given words:
saw arms small mind scar bar apart haul snarling sharp trunk 
hearth (the floor of a fireplace, usually of stone, brick)

saw with arms outstretched but still without
dilemma for many in grave situations
where small inconveniences were often fraught
with added difficulties in the long run

snowman in mind and body meant to bring joy
a scar to wishful intentions much desired
devoid of movements was not a ploy
but a bar to effectively socialize as required

gregarious living in an urban environment
not apart from society but hauled aside
snarling neighbors added to the amusement
sharp contrast to the quiet of the countryside

place your trunk then next to the hearth
to experience the warmth of human gathering
beg your pardon you were all plainly just ice
sometimes frustrations stifled our yearnings

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #341
Sunday Photo Fiction March 04
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #393

Friday, March 2, 2018

faith in high esteem likely

                                                                          Author: Martin Falbisoner 
Image: Towards Uncharted
Territory (here)

pretentious actions
set to impact on innocents
to make things simple
to know and to appreciate
faith in high esteem likely

Chèvrefeuille's Carpe Diem #1380
- present life

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

he was immaculately dressed

                                                                     Artist :Pompeo Batoni  (1708–1787)
Image: A Gentleman of Old (here)

11 of 12 given words:
father choose shirt tie  closet come
years cloth, blue, buttons, sure, 

a father accorded the privilege
of choosing his own shirts and ties
now found it a challenge

his closet had never been left  hungry
well stocked with the latest new finds
he would come home in the early years
with an array of clothes of loud colours

weakness for shades of blue and brass buttons
for his blazer, he was immaculately dressed
and sure on his choices but not lately

not particular in matching colors anymore
and his sense of pride in dressing took a dip
he was pleasantly happy all the time though

his minders were still trying to determine
what ill-wind was brewing but it was futile

not much difference either way as it would
have the same effect dementia or Alzheimer

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig Wordle #151

Monday, February 26, 2018

ever so assured ready to do her job for the day

                                                                Artist: Helene Schjerfbeck  (1862–1946)
Image:  Girl Friday (here)

10 of 12 given words:
assure transparent granite fairy bleach far-fetched cancer 
chamomile (a flowering plant with daisy-like flowers)
autophobia (morbid fear of being alone or isolated )
layogenic (a person who appears attractive from a distance but not up close)

like a chamomile, she would dance like the wind
to glide gracefully her long skirts trailing in disarray
that was how at the office she arrived every morning
ever so assured ready to do her job for the day

transparent in outlook stoic as a boulder of granite
standing against any intrusion from near and afar
a reliable 'gatekeeper' for her boss as of right
gregarious by nature not restricted by autophobia

envy of her peers blessed with beauty to appear
fairy-like in demeanour nothing layogenic
but bleached of restraints in her character
far-fetched from any cancer of office politics

MLMM's Wordle #186

Sunday, February 25, 2018

a crescendo of silence had proven to be absurd

                                                                                                Author: © Mike Vor
Image:   Ghostly and Winding Boardwalk  (here)

11 of 12 given words:
bare blood gravity crescendo rattle 
honey shatter birds blue electrify teeth

having bared his soul where blood had shivered
gravity of the situation could easily be discerned
a crescendo of silence had proven to be absurd
just not to be rattled by honey-coated reasons

myth was shattered in an eerie looking place
a distant boardwalk far off deep in the valley
spied by little birds then were blue in the face
hauntingly winding not anywhere that friendly

hibernating little creatures electrified with fright
teeth unmoving and barely a sound to be heard
what had become of a utopia sunny and bright
now ghostly and intimidating causing much hurt

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #340
Sunday  Photo Fiction  Feb 25th
Sanaa's at Real Toad's the tuesday platform

Friday, February 23, 2018

For these Boots are Made for Walking

                                                                         Author: user: Safedom
Image: Being fashionable (here)

Is there a necessity to laze around?
Staring at a blank wall with nothing
Inspiration out of reach none are found
Excepting perhaps for lively songs to sing

One is blessed certainly  for bigger things
There are reasons aplenty for existing
Need not create excuses just musings
For these Boots are Made for Walking

Get off the butt and make oneself lighter
Do your own thing and feel dead happy
Remember a blessed soul is a fighter
Nothing owed anyone but glad to be free

MLMM's Music Challenge #23:
inspired with Nancy Sinatra's
“These Boots Are Made For Walking”
Mary at PU's Poetry Pantry #392

Thursday, February 22, 2018

courting a distant song

                                                                                             Author: NASA
Image: Targeting it Higher
and Further (here)

counting one's blessings
courting a distant song
what of it that keeps moving
arresting a progress when wrong

two steps forward and one back
that seems the pattern
must set the sights correct
reasons seem uncertain

the truth of the matter
is to discipline the thinking
to target it higher and further
chances are more fulfilling

pinch yourself a little pain
to get back in line again

Grace at d'Verse's OLN #214

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

to wage a device of balance in life

                                                                                               Attribution: Alin Dev
Image: A Loving Couple (here)

the 12 given words:
point loving loneliness nowhere knowing
crumbs wage device balance standing map mall

a point of loving and loneliness
will go a long way to entail
a feeling of not being nowhere

knowing the crumbs from the whole
is to wage a device of a balance in life

one can then be standing tall having
mapped a way out of the maze

it is no more that feeling of being
lost in a mall of uncertainties but
of having a voice to find a way out

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #150
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif - voice

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

peaceful rolling plains

                                                                                           Author Murray Foubister
Image: Before Sunrise over
Desert Sands (here)

peaceful rolling plains
desolation written all
over, undisturbed

Chev's Carpe Diem  - #1373
Syrian Desert (Southern Route) 

Monday, February 19, 2018

she contended to outshine the other pupils

                                                                      Artist :Alexei Harlamov  (1840–1925)
Image: She was just eight going to nine
(oil on canvas) (here)

the 12 given words:
pupils sultry fragile  eyelashes whispers 
sway close butterflies sweat veranda 
mocha (a high quality type of coffee)
Moment of Tangency (a glimpse of what might have been)

she contended to outshine the other pupils
sultry much to the point of being fragile
with eyelashes accentuating doe-like eyes
speaking in whispers in flagrant sexiness
born to be on the catwalk

held sway against all competition
'keep your feet close to the ground'
that she had been told
lest she had designs of her own

with butterflies tingling in her stomach
she had to sweat it out
careful not open to view at the veranda

'avoid mocha' she was advised
caffeine was a bad word

she had her Moment of Tangency
when a beauty pageant was staged in town
she just could not wait
but her time would come

MLMM's -  Bonus wordle 
- moment of tangency 
Rommy's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Sunday, February 18, 2018

hailed from a strong Chilean upbringing

                                                                                    Attribution: Sascha Darlington
Image: Private Property (here)

The 2 homophone sets are:
hail – frozen rain
hale– robust health
Chile – South American country
chili – dried pod of red pepper
chilly – uncomfortably cool

hale and hearty
attributed to a generous diet
of chili so it seemed

hailed from a strong Chilean upbringing
from high on the Andes
chilly in the cold months but tolerable
often subjected though
to blizzards of hail-stones

through sheer hard work and frugality
he managed to amass
wealth beyond his wildest dreams
invested heavily in landed property
acres and acres of rolling plains
greenery as far as the eyes could see

but what happened that day got him mad

on his inspection rounds but his assistant
had forgotten to bring the keys to the gates

he summoned his workers who were
on the field at the other side to bring
the pick-up close to the fencing

though appearing ungentlemanly
he had to do it accentuating full justice
to his Chilean stock

he had no time to waste
he had to climb over!
(143 words)

MLMM's Saturday Mix Double Take
Saturday Photo Fiction
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #391

Friday, February 16, 2018

Got us wondering why the need to be fast

                                                                                                     Author: old bacon
Image: Sadly Smashed not after an
Accident but After an Earthquake (here)

Chased by the wind and they zoomed pass
Got us wondering why the need to be fast
We might just meet them
At the very next turn
Curled and smashed for they just don't last

Frank's at d'Verse's MTB  -  brevity

So rich in bright yellow spurts of Spring

                                                                     Attribution: Adventures in the Wild     
                                                                                            (Used with Permission)
Image: Insisting to Show Itself (here)

10 of 12 given words:
wrong, know one strength, rich 
makes long measures length love 

It is not wrong to know one's strength
So rich in bright yellow spurts of spring
It makes long measures of wanting to extend
The season's beauty to flaunt its bidding

Length of words to hide the blushes
The young gallivanting with their innocence
The main players snapping up red roses
Love pushing its luck for the occasion

Hoping to get out of the dark
To invoke love's annual exuberance
Happy Valentine!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #149 - Valentine Day's Edition
MLMM's Tale Weaver – #159 –
February 14th – The Coming of Spring
Sumana's at PU's  Midweek Motif  - words
Rommy's at Real Toad's  -  love hurts

Monday, February 12, 2018

was a better bet to win over

                                                                                                    Author:Clay Heaton
Image: Always so Alert (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
process transfix urge twist visitor
profane (deeply offensive and lack of respect for someone's religious beliefs
smirk (smile in an irritating conceited or silly way)
compunction (a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety) .
updraft (the movement upward of air or gas)
Wabi Sabi- In traditional Japanese aesthetics jt is sometimes described
as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”

a process transfixed
in minds of those who hate
preaching to a selected mix
wishing damage so great

invoked with profane intensity
sporting a smirk so plain
instead not urging common courtesy
brought a twist of expectations in vain

a visitor with compunction
was a better bet to win over
an updraft of sympathetic concern
facilitated a Wabi Sabi of wonder

MLMM's Wordle #186
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Saturday, February 10, 2018

a home without windows

                                                                                  Author: J Hardy Carroll
Image: House of Many Doors (here)

The 12 given words:
earth frozen home hazy crazy 
poverty rope folded saint holy gusts
rasping (a harsh, scratchy sound)

what on earth could it be
an intrusion frozen in time
a home without windows
it was hazy
it was crazy

but he remembered it well
poverty imposed certain restrictions
and he learnt the ropes fast

folded into a saint, a holy soul
he stayed put in a house of many doors
gusts of wind had no say
but to bid their time

only rasping noises in the night
convinced him that the wind
was bent on escape

Sunday's Photo Fiction February
Brenda's Sunday's Whirl Wordle 338
Mary at PU's Poetry Pantry #390

a person must heave with such big shoulders

                                                                                                    Author: Artaxerxes
Image: A Fascinating Red Big Harley (here)

Terza Rima -  interlocking three-line stanzas in
which the end rhyme in the second line provides
the rhyme for the first and third lines of the next,
ie  A-B-A, B-C-B, C-D-C

memories of those days still lingered on
when I chanced upon the red two-wheeler
never did I think one was still around

but there it was parked  beside the boulder
wonder who would want to own big machines
a person must heave with such big shoulders

how i loved it cruising with the young thing
lucky none riding pillion wihen I fell
those were the days of freedom of being

Marian's at Real Toad's  -  fuzzy little forms
the Terza Rima

Friday, February 9, 2018

Why must conscience be abandoned?

                                                                                            Attribution: Dillon Davis
Image: Feeding an Abandoned kitten (here)

What had become of life
Moments together all happy
But amid whispers brought by the wind
Of human weaknesses
Of human unfaithfulness
Not believing these were true

Rumors invoked of ulterior motives it seemed
Could not possibly be gulped down at face value

She stood him up once, only once
He felt slighted, all smiles, all forgotten
Contrary to expectations all not forgiven
Why must conscience be abandoned?

So relationships were always on the line
Forgiveness sold but not bought

Hurt stabbed hard on the jugular
Potent and fatal
No turning back

It was that easy to have it all ended

MLMM's Tale Weaver #158  -  abandonment
Kim's at d'Verse's OLN #213

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A pretty face was envisaged as of good assets

                                                                                                   Author: Alvesgaspar
Image:  Granite stairway in the
Castle of Monsanto, Portugal (here)

A stairway was seen as a visual challenge
The way up would engage on many perspectives
Touching on lots of nerves way up to heaven
Audacity of back-stabbing even among cronies

Where one was perceived as a stumbling block
Targetted as easy meat by those ambitious elements
Walking dead could be the balance expected
Staying alive would draw on having good friends

A pretty face was envisaged as of good assets
Same-sex would hardly make a difference
Culture shock before but now readily accepted
At expense of fairness and human development

The stairway towards  rightful achievements
Wound through a maze of winding permutations

Susie at Real Toad's Bits
of Inspiration  -  stairs

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

creativity would necessarily draw on talents

                                                                     Artist: Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky  (1868–1945
Image: Portrait of Artist Konstantin-korovin 
at Work In the Wilderness (here)

the 12 given words:
numb longer soften still coffee mountains 
buildings sad painting each hand even

Midweek Motif  -  shoes

Numb with fear he no longer cared
Softened his attitude but not by choice
Was still caught in a web ensnared
Sipped his coffee devoid of voice

Would it be 'mountains' or 'buildings'?
To get a general theme decidedly hard
Debating on a rural or urban setting
Sadly a dilemma for a painting to start

Each would impose peculiar restrictions
Ideas and colors hand in hand ran counter
Saving device was modern art and 'impressions'
'Writer's block' for an artist was less of a bother

To be in the shoes of a poet would make it even
As creativity would necessarily draw on talents

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #148
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif   -  shoes

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

a lonely figure not quite vanquished

                                                                                       Attribution: Justin Peters
Image: A Ritual before Dawn (here)

11 of 12 given words:
lonely vanquish before dawn glass wall city safeguard fly
malefactor (n.)) a person who violates the law who causes harm to another)
prevaricate (v.)) to speak falsely or misleadingly)
peccadillo (n)) a minor offence, a trifling fault)

a lonely figure not quite vanquished
but subdued found contemplating
on the beach alone

a ritual before dawn freely drawn
not confined within glass walls

sought solace outside city limits
accompanied only by a lighted globe

with safeguards compromised
open to dragons with fiery breath
ghosts with fangs and sneaky
malefactor elements who could
easily prevaricate to gain access

what peccadillo faults
contributed to this state of affairs
- to let fly caution to the winds
perhaps a jilted lover

MLMM's Bonus Wordle - super heroes
Magaly's at PU's Real Toad's- the tuesday platform

Monday, February 5, 2018

Retracing old steps

                                                                                                   Author: Axaqamer3
Image: The dark black line
is the Old Silk Route linking
Indo-Pak to China. (here)

Retracing old steps
Through some countless trading routes
Push for Buddhism
Old Silk Road convenient way
Salvation for the masses

Chev's Carpe Diem1362 -

Sunday, February 4, 2018

a good rest in manageable poverty mode

                                                                                             Attribution: Dawn Miller
Image: Toils of the Farmer (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
bend post missing sense  spectacle 
gentle inject message ink mint spin 

force of habit at the bend of the road
a breather mindful of the inner voice
a good rest in manageable poverty mode
and deserving of the luxury of choice

reminiscing on the strong oak post
used to be there guarding the gate
now gone missing otherwise as host
now not comforting to visitors of late

a spectacle, a gentle intermission
not witnessed by any soul each morning
to inject a message of satisfaction
a lone farmer inked a ritual pleading

a similar episode minted the next day
a spin of wry feelings to the farmer
blessed him in many different ways
grace of Providence provided the honor

Sunday Photo Fiction - Feb 2018
Brenda's Sunday's Whirl  Wordle #337
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #389

Friday, February 2, 2018

Waiting to be enticed by the Prince wannabe

                                                                                                 Author: Charlesjsharp
Image: Prince Wannabe - Before the Transformation (here)

the 12 given words:
beauty, pretend, stars, moonlight, sing 
pass frog flashing,see, taste, clear, air

A thing of beauty, the sleeping beauty
To pretend anxiously waiting in the wings
Waiting to be enticed by the Prince wannabe
A great pretender a star in the making

Blue Moon eclipsed coyly by the clouds
Rare encounter reputed 150 years in waiting
A stranger in the sky anticipating a shout-out
Moonlight bright open for a sing

To pass off as a gentleman, frogs galore
To see flashing in attire a novelty in action
A taste of the Prince in all of its wonder
To clear the air invoke the transformation

Prompt: Pick one stranger and write their eulogy. 
Imagine their triumphs, the funny little stories

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #147
Isadora's at Real Toad's -
eulogy for a stranger

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Aspects of lifestyle revealed

                                                                                      Attribution: Tangopaso
Image: Golden Mirror on the Wall (here)

Through the looking glass
Aspects of lifestyle revealed
Much of hard facts in the past
Recounted seen and sealed

Through the mirrored images
Dorian Gray set to gradually age
Not seen by eyes but set to amaze
Wonder of living picture in its place

Through mirror, mirror on the wall
Arrogance of beauty stamped its mark
Who was then the fairest of them all
Humility invoked spiced with lots of luck

Bjorn at d'Verse's: Poetics -
through the looking glass

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Buried in Mind - a Quadrille

                                                                                             Attribution: Andrea Torres
Image: Buried without Recourse (here)

immersed right up her neck
not an even chance
life's problems clinging
on to her tenaciously

they were not about to leave
she wanted to know why

which could lead to
knowing the reasons

was it a karmic curse
meted for an earlier poem?
(44 words)

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #199
Victoria's at d'Verse's Quadrille Monday
- poem one for me

Sunday, January 28, 2018

I aim to write, anything at all

                                                                                     Author: Kabelleger / David Gubler
Image: A  train hauled by an "Allegra" EMU, 
pushes a plow to clear the snow (here)

11 of 12 given words:
aim trample dense band ransom 
change dangerously tale rain day magic 

I aim to write, anything at all
it does however, encroach unto self-pity
to be trampled or to be catapulted into
the air my mind seems to side-step many times
and gets into a dense band of objections
playing hard to get, making it hard to start

holding my creativity to ransom
change seems dangerously a risky effort
a tale playing against logic and sanity

then the rains appear and awash with ideas
I reach out to snowflakes that float by
ensnared ideas are set to develop
by the day to the long-awaited poems
to support a train of thoughts
pulling through the thick snow
It's magic!

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #336
Magaly's at Real Toad's with  -
weekend's mini challenge

pushing on years - a Cherita

                                                                                             Author: bayral  
                                                                                                                  CCA2.5 Generic license.
Image: An Old Elephant (here)

labelled a rogue

testing the waters again
last fling as a tryout

experienced cold feet
pushing on years
but forgetting wasn't easy

Note: Cherita
A cherita comprises one-line 
verse, followed by a two-line 
and three-line verse.

 Chevrefeuille at Carpe Diem 
- weekend-meditation-17

Thursday, January 25, 2018

now they were still in tears

                                                                                                 Author: SAM Nasim
Image: A new-born (here)

Get Listed words:
pause reflect unfolding years

as he eyed junior's presence
he could not hide his excitement
it brought tears to his eyes

they were in the midst of an anticipation
much maligned to a point of confusion
yes, that was how he felt
he paused for a moment
his thinking took a backseat
looking blankly at the wall
to reflect on the situation
he remembered

unfolding in front of his eyes now
all the years of frustrations and hurt
of anger and feelings of a let-down

his 'emo' now took charge
he was 'emotions-charged'
that was how he explained
to his ever smiling wife

she was at a loss for words too
just sporting big grins
as she acknowledged
the congratulations of those around
with an occasional nodding of her head

it had been a success after all the tears
now they were still in tears
but tears of joy
absolute joy!

she was cradling in her arms
the result of the in-vitro

their most precious and first
bundle of joy, a new beginning!

angie's  Get Listed at Real Toad's  -  new beginnings

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

desiring to peel off some from the rich

                                                                                           Author: Maksym Karmazin
Image: The Snow-topped Matterhorn:
By the Dawn of the Night  (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
peel rich tangerine flames think palms 
spiteful pink tongue fancier snow

desiring to peel off some from the
rich as one would do to a tangerine,
flames of envy on how to make a kill
and with what weapons kept
playing in his mind

to think all the wealth of the rich
just came by easy into the grasp
of their palms was a mistake
a simplistic kind of thinking
 spiteful and even idiotic.

one felt tickled pink, hearing
 from his tongue of fancier ideas
that ran into realms of imagination
where seeing snow at the equator
seemed far more believable

MMT's Sunday Whirligig #146
Sumana'`s at PU's Midweek Motif  - weapons

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

every ailment on Earth has a remedy

                                                                                            Author:  Leisurelyscientist
Image: The Bittersweet Nightshade (here)

Extending a helping hand a friendly gesture
In answer to a cry for help

Its toxic properties converted to medicinal value
Often destructive otherwise

Where it had been said every ailment
on Earth has a remedy.
It was a question of discovering them more
often by accident or guided by traditional knowledge
The nightshade family of plants offered such a solution

One never could imagine its lethal nature
That could kill an invading army given as a trick
Belladonna was supposed to have been the plant
'that poisoned the troops of Marcus Antonius
during the Parthian wars'

Its medicinal value, varied and many
lessens irritability and pain
as a lotion, plaster or liniment
welcomed with glee and relieve
for those with gout and rheumatism
among others

Yet Bittersweet Nightshade in its innocence
is a member of the same family as the potato and tomato

This brings to mind the Poppy revered before for fallen heroes
but now a curse to mankind

Bjorn at d'Verse Poetics - with poisonous plants

Monday, January 22, 2018

yet to be filled to the brim

                                                                                                   Author:Dick Culbert
Image: The Calabash (here)

empty calabash
reflecting the fading sun
a beggar sits in gloom             © Celestine

empty calabash
yet to be filled to the brim
parched lips a-begging

reflecting the fading sun
day is done aptly
rat race ends meekly

a beggar sits in gloom
shadow of rich self
karma's sad judgement              ©  Hank

Note: the hard shells of the calabash fruits are
useful as water containers when hollowed out.

Chevrefeuille's Carpe Diem.a troiku
A Celestine Nudanu (special feature)
Magaly's at Real  Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Saturday, January 20, 2018

a band of crooks bent on a mission

                                                                                     Attribution: Nasa
Image: Crooks can Drop from
the Sky to Infiltrate (here)

The homophone sets this week are:
band – a musical group
banned – forbidden

cent – one hundredth of a dollar
scent – an aroma
sent – dispatched

A band of crooks bent on a mission
Individually they were not that destructive
Believing in unity as a call for strength
Courage in numbers proved effective

They managed to hoodwink some initially
Moles were sent out fast to infiltrate
Few organisations vulnerable with their folly
Tumbled unceremoniously by the wayside

Recruitment then banned at certain events
Measures put in place to reveal their presence
Human Resource easily traced their scents
Foul means for a living not worth a cent

MLMM's Saturday Mix  -  double take
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #387

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

glittering pride to be on one's own

                                                                                         Attribution: Michael Gäbler
Image: Alone but on my Own (here)

11 of 12 given words:
falter under wreath frost hibernate, caves 
rejected whispering, breath mirage glittering 

to falter under a wreath of frost
a mistake to be wandering in the cold
better to hibernate in caves,even though lost
a rejected psyche soul but still able to hold

a guarded but whispering breath
to exhibit the dignity of old age shown
under a mirage of confidence, a wealth
of glittering pride to be on one's own

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #145
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  - psyche/soul