Monday, July 6, 2020

strike the orange cord

                                                                                              Author: Colin Keigher
Image: Horizontal Traffic lights (here)

the 12 given words
field stumble meteor eerie blood sleep never reject orange
Vox Populi (popular opinion)
fade place 

in the field of human endeavor
should one stumble or be struck
by a falling meteor 
eerie it would seem blood-curdling
but very unlikely to happen
wise not to lose sleep over it
nor to be unduly worried

strike the orange cord just be forewarned
not to strike green and immediately fly away
to vamoose without thinking
it is best to be hesitant
to strike red and to be cool
unmoving for that split second

never to reject outright the Vox Populi
of an outcome yearned for
a big election rally may not translate to easy victory
stay cool and rate the chances objectively
experience in such a situation is the ideal teacher
strike orange stay cool let the clouds fade slowly away
a clearer picture will be educational
success is better placed to allow for likely victory

MLMM's Wordle #197

Sunday, July 5, 2020

not to dice about but to reach out

                                                                    Attribution: Atelier Manasse Studio
Image: The Elegance of Fine Wine (here)

The use of antithesis in  opposing forces :
ascend and descend 
hope and despair

to ascend to belittle from the highest steeple
a smirk contending to provide company
but more to stand astride against the common man
that having breached the limit fate has tempted
to say and insist on a descend later boastfully with pride
it is never to ascend and descend within reasons
but to rekindle upmanship with a sly smile
given that my descent is from a higher plane

not to dice about but to reach out
for hope is there looking through grainy smog
to blanket the seemingly lucky streak of goodness
playing hard to get to stultify a yearning
where human labour is exhaustively appealing
to rally the call where there is life there is hope
where there is hope there is every possibility
success is in the hands of those bidding their time
to shove off despair to walk the plank
for they are forever playing tricks  
on those of impatience of standing
who by nature is continually bothered 
silently entertaining anger with gritted teeth

it should always be invitingly friendly
like fine wine to be taken with sips
slowly with the elegance of blessed upbringing
lest one gets unduly drunk in fine company

weejar's in MLMM's Saturday Mix - opposing forces
Carrie's at Sunday Muse # 115

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

hair looking clean in braids

                                                                                               Author: Stilfehler                                    
Image: Girl in Braids (here)

the 12 given words:
middle back times simple joy bliss make gate
braids (a length of hair of three or more interlaced strand)
grace swimming parade

unwittingly being in the middle of it all
it was so to speak back to good times
simple joy blindly accepted having a ball
a bliss in any of a kind without a bind

crying in silence to make for the gates 
on the sly to avoid being taken for a ride
set woven hair looking clean in braids
organized thinking extended with pride

grace of swimming gently in her head
a picture of a changed person in identity
exhibiting imbued confidence as on parade
overcoming likely irritants with dignity 

MMT's Whirligig #273

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

to caress a column of cumulonimbus

                                                       Author Karlunun
Image: A Developing Cumulonimbus (here)

the 12 given words:
call cart can
cacophony (a harsh discordant mixture of sounds). 
caress column cover cotton coal color corona 

a call to cart them off is received
can expect to confront an unruly crowd
a cacophony of deafening roar in disbelief
extends over the air culminating in shouts

to caress a column of cumulonimbus cover
threatening and progressing slowly but surely
cotton forming and darkening coal in colour 
taking the likes of a coronavirus in intensity

a crown precariously perched on the head 
teetering in the cold winds of a pandemic
out of control despite assurances made
a coveted vaccine longed for to avert panic

Brenda's Sunday Whirl #462

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Stuck in a cloudy mess of smoky pink

                                                                                                   Attribution; Carrie's
Image: White Rose,
a Solitary fight-back (here)

A white rose bravely taking a stand
Stuck in a cloudy mess of smoky pink
Holding on fighting back on the bend
Wanting to stick to its guns with a sting

Looking down from way up in the sky
A bird's eye view spanning the horizon
Moral support lacking either way up high
Tightly in a sphere painstakingly bound

Doubly protected with a thorny aroma
Shooting blanks in noisy staccato bursts
Playing to a show of set political drama
Contending to win easily with lots of firsts

Chrissa's at Sunday Muse #114

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

not expecting a welcome he waited at the gates

                            Photo by mh cheraghi on
Image: Stopped in his tracks (here)

the 12 given words:
welcome waited gates forged fire edge 
belly kettle wanted bread swallows float 

walking taking baby steps ever so slow
not expecting a welcome he waited at the gates
having forged a relationship some time ago 
he sought to renew thinking of her of late

fire in him burning had put him on edge
belly of a boiling kettle oozing with energy
he wanted bread wanting to make a pledge
to swallow his pride making himself ready

her images floating in colours that danced
his mind full of anticipation leading him on
part of growing up with feelings unbalanced
could only hope being still on shaky grounds

Nekneeraj at MLMM's Photo Challenge #321
MMT's at Whirligig #272
Bjorn at d'Verse OLN #269

Sunday, June 21, 2020

it gave a chill thinking of the ascent

                                                         Attribution: Hedgewitch 's Autochrome Lumiere
Image: In anticipation (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:  
chill mountain trail yearning camp 
smoke vapour monarch birdsong current 

it gave  a chill thinking of the ascent
mountain high trail engaged with friends 
snake-like that gripped at the imagination
yearning for the fun of pitching camp 

smoke of vapour that screened the vision
where a monarch butterfly groped blindly
in anticipation of the strains of a birdsong
to break the current stillness of inactivity 

inspiration upwards to the sky insisting
for a friendly hand of a loved one to appear
not forgotten of moments shared now missing
warmth in memory of one long gone forever  

Brenda's at Sunday Whirl Wordle #461
Fireblossom's at Sunday Muse #113

Sitting alone not unduly worried

                                                                                                       Attribution: Pixabay
Image: My gosh, not again! (here)

Sitting alone not unduly worried
Morning sun blazing hot at midday
Even clouds running fast hurried
Chased by the incoming twilight rays

Destined to be buoyed leisurely
By a slow-moving river belly full
Life undeniably knocked into inactivity
Not seen its worst as yet heavy and brimful

Resigned to be resting the tired bones
Must you make an unscheduled stopover
A messy cook up it was the previous occasion
When your friends too took refuge, remember?  

Donna's at Sunday's Photo Fiction

Friday, June 19, 2020

a surprise would be a pleasant act of love

                                    Author Michael Coghlan
Image: A Happy Couple (here)

Jaime spent the whole day browsing the antique store
and left with just one thing clear yet, but what a bore
had designs of getting an antique bed a matching double
considering time spent loafing around was plain trouble

a surprise would be a pleasant act of love and affections
in passing had playfully voiced to her of his intentions
painfully it took a toll on his time and efforts to acquire
wore off his manly frame oak strong but doomed to failure

just the beginning and he was not expected to succumb easily
but interested parties were putting him under close scrutiny
she felt comfortable though not being aware of any flaw 
but not so her stern father, his prospective father-in-law

Dylan's at MLMM's First Line Friday

Thursday, June 18, 2020

putting weight on sane lips

                                                                                             Author: Alvin Mahmudov
Image: Slow dancing (here)

the 10 of 12 given words
bruised dancing joints wedding 
music fiddled bar dusty weight lips

bruised ego dancing
in seedy joints to forget
a disappointment

no wedding music
fiddled with the liberal
bar's downing of booze

but to clear dusty 
minds putting weight on sane lips
like dignified souls

MMT's Whirligig #271
Frank's at d'Verse MTB  -  imagism
with haiku

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

to bring to their senses the beauty of piety

                                                            Oil on canvas, by Konstantin Filippov, c. 1871
Image: Religious festival in Manglisi. (here)

to bring to their senses the beauty of piety
to benefit those of hard-headed elements
an exercise of wisdom, an exercise of futility
drummed into their heads in no uncertain terms

their tendency initially is  to view it as bait
but knowing that wisdom often comes too late
it takes a bit of legwork to intrude past the gate
lending the ever often quoted that it is all fate

the pride of a group of like people is offered
the minority, religious or those of  a chosen way
all have rights of living and must be respected
piety transcends to overcome a negative decay

Anmol (HA) at d'Verse Poetics - pride

Saturday, June 13, 2020

a dismaying display of courageous bravado

                                                                  Photo courtesy of Morguefile
Image: A Failed Attempt (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
dismaying meant envy 
goofy (foolish or harmlessly eccentric)
pray rights jeopardized threat war 
history waver 

a dismaying display of courageous bravado
meant to be the envy of the small vehicle owners
to be able to do justice to its size with impunity
it was plain goofy that unwittingly turned sour
a vain attempt of creating some jest in public

pray be that rights of safety-loving motorists
are not unnecessarily jeopardized by such antics

threats of warring factions may take up the challenge
to exhibit their prowess in instigating such actions
history may just repeat itself, it had not wavered

The Sunday Photo Fiction
The Sunday Whirl Wordle #460

Thursday, June 11, 2020

it was a big relief

                                                                                            Author Yumi Kimura
Image: Happy on Success (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
design drill stripes wild pander 
fill shock press line pass mine

designed to fulfill a need
drilled into his head
he was wary
lest led along a wayward path

stripes of pleasurable tendencies
wild in its make-up
that kept pandering to base instincts
filled his mind lately

shocked at the direction
and pressed for a quick getaway
he quickly checked himself
he managed to draw the line

he got pass the time-zone
out of the mines of a timeless pit 
full of clawing hordes of seekers
out for his blood

it brought a chill to his senses
he was adamant
he had to do it
he  managed to outwit them at their game
it was a big relief

Brenda Sunday Whirl Wordle #459
Grace at d'Verse OLN #268

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

unmoving except for a lone fly

                                                                                                  Author: Paul Goyette
Image: Unmoving and Undisturbed (here)

barely a few hours ago
he was lying on the park bench
unmoving except for a lone fly
keeping him company

thought to be sleeping
had one too many perhaps
stopped sat awhile apparently
none there to bother
nor anyone for company
for the bench looked inviting
tired, his head swirling fell asleep

thus the last moments
not of a wayward hobo
but a respectable community leader
an initiator for community service
well dressed
not unkempt like a homeless

there he was found
a massive heart attack did him in
identified through his wallet
with wads of greenback still intact
the innocent victim with a heart condition
who insisted to be with his buddies at the pub
but left early hoping for a taxi
in the wee hours of the morning

Laura's at d'Verse  - Poetics

Life is meant to run smoothly

                                                                                                 Author Ronyyz
Image: Happiness when successful (here)

This is not something ordinary. This is not imposed nor ostensibly 
a direction to break the impasse. It is a definite desire to explore. 
We go in different directions down the imperturbable street. Why
must there be nature progressing in a clockwork fashion only to be
intruded into by the racketeers and other dishonest elements breaking
the flow with violence and destruction

Life is meant to run smoothly as it would have been planned formally
or otherwise but given a touch of class overcoming kinks along the 
way. Kinks interspersed in between to accord variety making life to be
naturally interesting and more challenging. It does work that way

Why then the testing exceeded the expectations that these ended in 
tragedy instead of ending happily in laughter. 

Is it a hint one is not blessed for recent events and not accorded 
the desired happiness? 
(144 words)

Merril at dVerse Prosery Monday

Friday, June 5, 2020

unfolding right before our realms of seeing

                                                                                                Author: Uoaei1
Image: Groping for an answer (here)

the 12 given words:
unfolding realm spirit, foremother lines  roots
coast, sending, healing string wisdom lessons

unfolding right before our realms of seeing
the spirit of our foremothers of the enormity
of extending empathy towards our fellow beings

lines of the deprived and hungry building up
learning from our roots in all magnanimity
that things are beginning to worsen to disrupt

from coast to coast sending a clear message
none waving the magic wand to invoke healing
instead the old normal to a new reality of bondage

a string of depressing commentary a timely reminder
wisdom of brilliant corporate moves seemed failing
lessons learned of crowd mentality courting disaster

Frank's at d'Verse  - triplets/tercets
MMT's The Whirligig Wordle  #269

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

dark clouds like protruding eye bags

                                                                                                     Author: Sam Hood
                                                                                                             State Library of New South Wales
Image: Martin Place, Sydney 1937 (here)

dark clouds like protruding eye bags
below tired eyes building up progressively
uneasiness prior to the downpour that lags
rain ganging in to disrupt the planned activity

engaging distaste and frustrations
with gritted teeth but accepted as normal
in the tropics barely a thought as God-sent
most treasured in dry lands as wet gold

inconveniences are fleeting for the few
for an after rain smile beats them all

life-giving elements meant for those chosen
come in abundance for those appreciative
but develop into life-threatening flood waters
otherwise who detest it as disruptive

Sarah's at d'Verse Poetics - rain

a crescent moon in the distance

                                                                                            Attribution: Mind Core
Image: A Crescent Moon (here)

the 12 given words:
frothy breathe cottage eggs dish order 
touch whiskey singe lift smoke empty  

frothy in the mouth
to breathe of the night air
a crescent moon in the distance

cottage cheese eggs and bread
with a touch of whiskey water
nothing unusual
of a dish in a single order

enough to singe
the long unkempt white beard
and lift the mood to a higher level

smoke swirling upwards
from the expensive cigar
clenched tight and angry
for not having the right company

feeling empty and uneasy
in a lockdown situation
alone at the table

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #458
Nekneeraj's at MLMM's
Photo Challenge #318

Monday, June 1, 2020

his concentration in tatters

                                                                                     Author: Lolavies
Image:  Sad looking
and chained up (here)

on reflection how he regretted it
off guard, he let slip
flying into the wilderness
his concentration in tatters
his mind in confusion
crying in shame

it played havoc
on his normally stable demeanor
his dad's advice flung aside

no, he acted too fast!
(44 words)

Linda's at d'Verse' Quadrille
(to include the word 'slip')

Saturday, May 30, 2020

to prove it is not a fable

                                                                                 "Rocket" by Brad Phillips                                           
Image: Don't have to be
a rocket scientist to prove
he is not off his rocker (here)

The 6 given rhyming words:
able fable cable label table stable

does he expect to be able
to prove it is not a fable
not having within means a strong cable
but just so to exert a label

not anywhere ascending from a table
just to insist a mind contending to be stable

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #110
weejar's at Saturday Mix rhyme time

Thursday, May 28, 2020

poetic justice a natural safeguard

                                                                                                   Author: Isiwal
Image:  A Sharing of Experiences
just like in a Debate (here)

the 12 given words:
laugh ritual gift tongue turning body
elders poem die met ground taught

to laugh or to cry
a ritual a measure of a gift
one to meddle with a forked tongue
turning healthy debate hot
an uproar of anger

can others respond in the positive
to ease the tension
body language accorded some assertions
elders can snap up the opportunity
they always do for wiser elements
merit a thought

poetic justice a natural safeguard
no more a do and die
but given a fair hearing
it would have met certain grounds
for those good deeds taught
in days gone by

Grace at d'Verse OLN #267
MMT's Sunday Whirligig #268

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

the unemployed may just trade freedom

                                                                                                           Author Wilfredor
Image: Unemployed a Corvid 19 
casualty (here)

feeling safe all within the four walls
who is there to sneak in uninvited
his domain is a hideaway enthralled
never to leave it empty unattended

privacy supreme no reason to roam
under present circumstances, he knows
the unemployed may just trade freedom
for full stomach in a room* without windows

* a jail cell

Laura's at d'Verse's Poetics

Monday, May 25, 2020

he knew he had tried in earnest

                                                                                              Author Creative Ignition
Image: Muddled (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
foliage earnest
aeromancy (prediction of future events
from observation of weather conditions).
hamster running birch sleep 
hesitate smoke awake shoes

through the foliage of challenges
unwittingly hiding his vision
he lamented his misfortune
he knew he had tried in earnest

now his senses were stultified
if only he could invoke his skills in aeromancy
it was most unfortunate
his knowledge rudimentarily acquired
were now further muddled
emerging rain clouds dealt a cruel blow
he could only sigh

his choices limited
he was restrained in contemplation
suddenly he spied a hamster running up a birch tree
that brought some painful realization
he should get out of this seemingly deep sleep
and start running himself

he hesitated for some while
the smoke then cleared
he was now fully awake
he grabbed his shoes
he had to move fast
he had now made his decision
he had a fighting chance!

Yves's at MLMM's Wordle #191

Sunday, May 24, 2020

delicious to the eye

                                                                                                            Author: Uoaei1
Image: A Purple Phalaenopsis
Orchid (here)

the 12 given words:
delicious eye graduate concentrate 
inflate no trip fly world go sing true

delicious to the eye
on a graduated scale
of one to ten
it won hands down

to concentrate a contention 
in shades of purple
that invokes an inflated ego

no necessity for a trip to fly
around the world but
to go and sing along
in true fashion for a noble cause

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle 457

Thursday, May 21, 2020

sweet goodness an attraction

                                                                                                     Author Jon Sullivan
Image: Pollen laden and
ever so busy (here)

busy bee airborne
sweet goodness an attraction
nature's way invoked
we not freely visiting
restrained safety insisting

Frank's at d'Verse MTB - a
5-7-5-7-7 tanka

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

a move to open up the power

                                                                                Photographer: Asma Laajimi 
                                                                                          Rights owner: Moncef Zahrouni
Image: To pry for an opening (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
choice move power hear seek
aeolian (of or caused by the wind; wind-blown.)
confusion break harness severity 
scrupulous (having scruples or showing a strict regard for what one considers right)

with one foot forward a choice
a move to open up the power
inherent in an alert mind to rejoice
to hear and to seek an opening, a door

a path in the aeolian form
swaying in midair unashamedly regal
in a bid to unravel a confusion
where is the opening, a portal

give it a break a right to harness
the severity unduly without feelings
the bane of a clouded mind in tears
an unscrupulous urge to have sent it reeling

MLMM's Wordle #190
Anmol's at d'Verse Poetic -  portals

Monday, May 18, 2020

they clamor for a quick fix-it

                                                        Artist Aksel Waldemar Johannessen  (1880–1922)
Image: Apples, Morning,
Noon and Night! (here)

they clamor for a quick fix-it
like a junkie for a fix
out of a job
no dough with little food
locked down facing not the wall
but sunken looks of hungry kids
bleeds the heart
when will it end
how will it end?
(44 words)

De Jackson's at d'Verse Quadrille Monday #104

Sunday, May 17, 2020

shy of physical contact but of social distance

                                                                                             Author: Cynthia Griggs
Image: Signs and markings to
enforce social distancing (here)

11 of 12 given words
breathe distance droplets kill liberty 
dance meet shy ignorant loser see

breathe easy to last the distance
droplets that filled the air floating leisurely
could kill in a blink as a consequence
just how deadly it could be

the liberty to dance around it the very instance
deflecting the woes contending to meet
shy of physical contact but of social distance
not to be ignorant of the requirement not to greet

not a loser but being wise to the new normal
to see that none would falter
the better the will to avoid a reversal
or clusters would readily bid to move faster

The Sunday Whirl Wordle #456

Saturday, May 16, 2020

feelings could tell

                                                                                Attribution: Geoff Pick / CC BY-SA 2.0
Image: Having Good Friends (here)

caught flatfooted
way out altered
if self centered
better not stay

being good friends
acting good gents
in a real sense
let it not sway

so it worked well
feelings could tell
it would be swell
for a great day

rest assured then
with such good friends
giving their time
no skies were grey

MLMM's - Saturday Mix Lucky Dip
A Rhupunt - a Welsh poetry form.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

to nudge a thought for idea creations

Image:  Putting creative
ideas on paper (here)

It manifests itself in meager forms
One's belief of not wanting to  conform
To care for the small details is vital
Lest one is led astray in undesirables

Let's recap on what is expected
Creative maverick adamant in being selected
Spare a thought then, to be counted
Relating sparingly reasons for an onslaught

Let's talk of simple care for details as a refresher
Playthings of poets, writers but artists in particular
Pen and watercolor the classic tools disregarded
Delve into it to get at the ideas to develop

A sketch-book pregnant with information
Line drawings with color washes enhanced
Journals of travels, sketch on site at real time
Create a personal style and improve on designs

Adept at moving sketched objects around
Liberty to create a well framed composition
Vanishing points and perspectives affords reality
Creates broadsides and looking down streets at infinity
Start and conjure little things with rough details
To complete at later time for what these entail

Mish's at d'Verse OLN

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

the grace of a flyaway beauty

                                                                                              Author :KENPEI
Image: Bewitching purple
in a Purple Patch (here)

11 of 12 given words:
dashed grace flyaway shoulder trucks 
lanes scatter perhaps bounty grateful three

I'll be dashed the grace of a flyaway beauty
Right off the road shoulder where the trucks roll by
Some of the busy lanes this part of the country
To scatter unheeded as nature would freely glorify

Perhaps aligned for a bounty given fair weather
Grateful to be picked out from variety of color
All by itself for three's a crowd amid the glitter
Lest the frown of an unsuspecting visualizer

Planted all to view and to endearingly wonder
Appreciative with all others lovingly together?

Sarah's at d'Verse's Poetics - purple patch

Thursday, May 7, 2020

politeness and friendliness

                                                                                   Author:Butters and beans
Image: relaxed not
sullen or angry (here)

never in his wildest dreams had he known
seen to be a witness of vanity
demonstrated by the sullen who frowned

though devoid of acts of indignity
angry and intensely incoherent
blabbering to no end unashamedly

why insist to willfully abandon
politeness and sense of good upbringing
and forgetting judicious indulgence

shouts of 'simpleton' just kept on ringing
much to embarrassment of those present
ethics and etiquette thrown to the winds

painful and sorely it was a lesson
to be enlightened sane and elegant

Frank's at d'Verse  MTB - poem of 14 lines
(A Terza Rima sonnet and keeping the 10
syllable count in all lines)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Lucky by chance bloggers grinning merrily

                                                                                                     Author Rodney Ee
Image: Rushing to be a Winner (here)

Being alone and feeling so down
Opportunity emerged barely unannounced
Caught by the neck sans much sound
Made to work that many rounds
Was it not the way in this lockdown?

Productivity could rightly overwhelm
But why were there chorus of laments
Surprised by blessings newly found
Not unlike a lottery winner bewildered
Instead with so much in hand flustered
Many confused angered and frustrated

Not the special breed  of creative minds
Who long discovered what to do with time
They searched the realms of imagination
Worked on their efforts and observations

Tickled by the nature of discovery
With flashes of story-telling and poetry
Joy rightly exposed within the community
Lucky by chance bloggers grinning merrily
Lots to do but time limiting awkwardly

Bjorn at d'Verse - Poetics - solitude

Monday, May 4, 2020

have you not seen the grain?

                                                                          Author Christian Mehlführer,
Image: Crying out loud!

have you not seen the grain
acting silly making oneself funny
but others view it with disdain
not taking you seriously

act serious and unsmiling
then one appears to be a terror
when acting indifferent seems boring
the circle of friends start to disappear
(44 words)

Lillian at d'Verse - Quadrille Monday
- lighten up a bit

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Ostensibly a claim to fame

                                                                                                Author Raluca Caragea
Image: "A distant future" (here)

The rhyming words given are:
flame frame same claim game blame

The blame game
It is all the same
Faceless but just the frame
Never to reveal a name
Not intended to directly aim
Pointing a finger at a dame
Not wanting to tame
Nor viciously maim

Just a sly cause to defame
To fan the flame of shame

Ostensibly a claim to fame

What then it became
Just an excuse so lame!
A satisfying run to sustain
Not unlike staring into a Great Dane
Fiercely without disdain
Perhaps let it remain
A false alarm without acclaim
None to regret none to explain!

MLMM's Saturday Mix - Rhyme Time
Carrie's Sunday Muse #106

Thursday, April 30, 2020

say a prayer for it is a freedom

                                                                                  Author: John Robert McPherson
Image: Scenic greenery again! (here)

Z for Zooming Out of Here

the 12 given words:
boys helmet run door splash seeing forgive spiral
glimmering (shining faintly with a wavering light)
moments prayer world

Well boys, put on your helmets
run out of the door with or without a splash
it does not matter for it is a fulfillment

seeing it like it is
for it is a spectacle to see,
to forgive and to let go
let it spiral even if having to shine
under glimmering lights

moments awaited for!

say a prayer for it is a freedom
to seek out the world
zooming out of here
to fulfill the yearnings
it is just overwhelming

no more the restraining order
no more the frustrations
and no more the boring days

no more out of the woods fully yet
but still out of the lockdown in stages
it is exhilarating!

MMT's Sunday's Whirl #264
A to Z Challenge - Z
Kim's at d'Verse OLN

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Splendor of a Parisian Landscape

                                                                   Attribution: Hank's Collections
Image: Hank with eldest
Daughter Adura

Y for Yerteryear Travels

Splendor of Parisian landscape
To start with perfect sunrise
Sustains throughout the day so nice

Ideal ambience for escapades
Effiel Tower awe inspiring
Sets the mood for gallivanting

Choices of visits to be made
Historical ones aplenty

Great tourist sights are there to see

Absolute musts, notable greats
Venus, Caesar, Mona Lisa
At the Louvre that is where they are

Given  time Versailles is safe bet
Musee d’ Orsay, Notre Dame
Seine River ride and the Sorbonne

Splendor of Parisian landscape
Ideal ambience for escapades
Choices of visits to be made
Absolute musts, notable greats
Given  time Versailles is safe bet

Lillian at d'Verse Poetics
A to Z Challenge - Y

The strains of a xylophone

                                                                          Author Lance Cpl. Glen Santy
Image:  At a Marines Rehearsal
for the 2012 Christmas Concert (here)

X for Xylophone

The Prose
The strains of a xylophone would
have been a wonderful accompaniment
for any of the Bard's or Basho's works

An ancient masterpiece of a sonnet
or haiku read over with a background
music of that special tone that could
unmistakably come from a typical
xylophone sound would be much desired

It would be reminiscent of the Bard's
Romances and Basho's Travels to lead
us back to those times of cultural richness

The Haiku
never can be two
masters found far apart, a
genius for all times

Frank's at d'Verse's Haibun Monday - two Masters
A to Z Challenge - X

Monday, April 27, 2020

Wooing a Lady of Choice

                                                                                Author: Andrea Lawardi
Image: Coy in accepting (here)

W for Wooing a Lady
10 of 12 given words:
bluster (to talk or act with noisy threats)
chronaxie (the least amount of time the brain
must send a signal to actually take action)
romance time break highway steel spoon indigo 

wooing a lady of choice seems a drag
a smooth talker but he blusters and brag
more so with empty threats so ineffectively
perhaps lacking in chronaxie ability

romance in time and good looks his forte
and given to frequent breaks on the highway
just so to maintain a steely demeanor
to spoon feed a desire hungry for more

when the bright hot day turns indigo
that he accords time for his bruised ego
often before dark on a certain good day
a respite to recover its right way

a hard call but he learnt it the hard way

MLMM's Wordle #187-2
A to Z Challenge - W

Saturday, April 25, 2020

has it been the privilege in life to be favored ?

                                                                                 Painting by Samy Charnine
Image: "The Sea Inside"   (here)

V for Vicissitudes
(vicissitudes - to a situation not favorable)

where has it been required
that vicissitudes accruing be
all nice and easy to savor

never has it been the privilege
in life to be favored with goodness

is it a test accorded to gauge
the patience and tenacity of nerves
that belies the weakness of mortals
or just plain misfortune

typically creatures swimming
leisurely could be daunting to one
enclosed and imprisoned with
no measure of freedom visible

Carrie's The Sunday Muse #105

Friday, April 24, 2020

Untiring efforts to honest living

                                                                                                          Author: Ermell
Image: Knocking off Some Sweat
to Feed the Family (here)

U for Untiring Efforts

First Line Friday To include the line below
Was that a knock?

In addition, other instances of 'knock'
knocking off a bank (to rob)
knocking off someone else's ideas (to copy or imitate)
knock it off (to refrain) 
knock out (to render unconscious)
takes a knock (to be damaged because of a bad experience)

Was that a knock?
The context of situation determine
that crazy ideas abound in times of crisis
not so much out of mischief
but more of survival.

Knocking off a bank would seem fun
pitting the expertise of the perpetrator
to that of the bank's tight security
but it would be more on how to outwit the system
than to really hope to gain ready cash

Knocking off from some known publications
would help with making short-cuts to genuine efforts
but plagiarism would not be the right way
There could even be criminal transgressions

Just knock it off!
A knock out blow against evil intentions
would be the likely attitude to adopt

One's credibility and integrity
would take a knock otherwise
Play it safe and stay indoors!

Dylan's at MMT' - First Line Friday
A to Z Challenge - U

Thursday, April 23, 2020

stirs an opinion

                                                                                                                         Author: Prosthetic Head
Image: Anything and Everything
can be Uttered (here)

T for Take with a Grain of Salt 
- not to take what someone says too seriously

the 11 of 12 given words:
garbage, field, everything stirs, leaves,
wish,need, stop, dancers, bees,light

the garbage one meets
can be seen anywhere in the field
of social media

anything and everything
stirs an opinion that invariably leaves
a wish that reasoning and motives
may need to be taken with
a grain of salt

just stop to think as dancers
would or the busy bees who
must be expected to be light
on their movements and mobility
so as to accentuate the grace
and elegance of an artist in motion

Bjorn's at d'Verse's  - MTB
- Hank takes the second option of 
random words in a free verse
A to Z Challenge - T

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

walking slowly confident and steadfast

Image: Slowly but Surely (here)

R for Ready for Resilience

walking slowly confident and steadfast
not really aware of the surroundings

flushed with a feeling of magnanimity
gleefully ready for resilience joy and satisfaction

knowing fully well the struggle
long hours of sweat and tears

is now over, victory in hand
on commencement day

(44 words)

Mish's at d'Verse  Quadeille #102
A to Z Challenge - R