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