Sunday, August 12, 2018

speckled with colorful reflects of fears

                                                                                                 Attribution: anon
Image: Perspective of a Lonely Road (here)

the 12 given words:
longing  dusty quiet shy yield thin  brilliant
speckled (covered with a large number of small spots or patches of colour.)
rippled blend rain
lilting (A cheerful or lively manner of speaking)

a longing for the big times
wondering of fortunes ahead
barely out of his teens
on a dusty quiet road ramrod and straight

unsuspecting perspectives
shy of his expectations
to yield thinly disguised initiatives
never revealing real intentions

brilliant moves to overcome obstacles
speckled with colorful reflects of fears
that was how spread of life's ripples
with blends of creative ideas

a lilting comedy of shifting of sentiments
from walking in the rain to those snow-bound
but never drenched nor caught in wet moments
such resilience of challenges so pronounced

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl #364
Carrie's Sunday Muse#16 
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #415

Friday, August 10, 2018

simple thoughts are more challenging - a Gogyohka

                                                                                  Artist: Albert Anker (1831–1910)
Image: Thinking Hard (here)

simple thoughts
are more challenging
as creating them
will draw on more
thinking endeavors

after writing a long
letter a sage once
apologized for having
no time
to write a short one

Gogyohka simply means a verse written
in five lines,.The idea is to take the traditional
form of Tanka poetry (of 5-7-5-7-7 which
is written in five lines) and liberate its structure
creating a freer form of verse with no
syllabic count limitations

Chev's Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #45
Gogyohka, a modern way of writing/creating tanka

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rightly a special day for all to endeavor

                                                                            Author Rhoda Baer (Photographer)
Image: Clasping More than just Holding (here)

What it might create is something
That goes through varied human feelings
A sign of warmness open to loving
Ever welcoming prior to snuggling

It may not be that intimate generally
As long as it leaves everyone happy
Often coupled with loads of kindness
Extended with care and much finesse

Blind to social position or anxiety of color
Young and old both make it most popular
Whatever the make-up is not such a bother
Poems conform to a varied thinking endeavor

Note:  August 9th is officially the
National Hand Holding Day

Lillian's at d'Verse's OLN - Aug 9th
- celebrate with me today
Sumana's at  PU's Midweek Motif
of poems

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

fathers and sons developing a relationship

                                                                                  Author Filios Sazeides sazeides
Image: Sharing Quality time Together (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
starved, dreaming,nursing, blast, fathers, 
sons, bodies, gallop, nights, beers, against, 

starved of moments away from home
dreaming to be wholesomely happy
nursing delights of life on their own
what a blast so they thought to be free

aren't they seeing what's coming
fathers and sons developing a relationship
avoidance of conversations seen looming
bodies to gallop separately sans courtship

nights of beer guzzling on the sly
aren't these just fleeting moments of joy
going against the nature of family ties
blind to the blessings that fathers deploy

the right time leaving the nest
would have been the best

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #174
Jilly's at d'Verse Poetics  -  unseen things

Monday, August 6, 2018

such a shame to bend the rules

                                                                                                 Author John Benson
Image:  Canada Geese flying in a
V-shaped formation  (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
bones shame bend refrain 
stones shells sea weight
skein (a flock of wild geese in flight)
shade twine

the Prose
Make no bones about it. Such a shame
to bend the rules nature has determined
One is to refrain from having stones and shells
removed from their rightful place by the sea

A weight off the mind seeing a balance above
a skein in V-formation - not a shade of threat
to worry about. Let nature take its course to
twine and wind along as it pleases but in
clock-work fashion so as to leave one
in awe of blessings accorded to mankind

The peace and quiet a stark contrast to the
sufferings of the mushroom shaped horror
imposed by others on their fellow beings

the Haiku
anniversary
observed to avoid future
annihilation

Note: Today marks the anniversary of Hiroshima. The
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is held each year
on August 6th, at Japan's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl #363
Frank's at d'Verse Haibun Monday - peace memorial

Sunday, August 5, 2018

but it drooped aimlessly

                                                                  Artist: Adolph de Meyer (1908)
Image: Wilting - Life's Attrition Process (here)

what had got into it
the day seemed destined
to be a good day every bit
ordinarily outlined
but it drooped aimlessly
not wanting to be involved
unduly unaffected but selfishly
wanting to resolve
life's hopes and endeavors

from a subdued position
it set about to be devoured
when much concerned
with thoughts to avoid wasting
life's blessings accorded to a flower
subject to the weakness of wilting
a natural debilitating process sans water

but there is water
why? it is a wonder!

Kerry's at Real Toad's  - camera flash

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

deafening but the resilience is humanly absent

                                                                      Author Dietmar Rabich (1962–) 
Image: Peace and Quiet (here)

chasms are wide open but the sound of silence
seeped through surreptitiously invisible to view
deafening but the resilience is humanly absent
opening up is so complicating to a chosen few

when one is saddled with self-made inhibitions
the journey does not seem to come to an end
it progresses on its own steam unconcerned
perhaps to eventually extinguish with a bang

why it must be playing games with our resolve
tickling our conscience to impose guilt feelings
that it should meekly seek to innocently dissolve
when one gives in knocked down hard reeling 

Dwight's at d'Verse the sounds of silence

Monday, July 30, 2018

acts of cooperation in the animal world

                                                                                          Author Charles J Sharp
Image: African buffalo with red-billed
ox-pecker at its nose (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
scrimshank ((v.) to avoid one’s obligations/duties; to shirk)
cellmate larder operation
torporific (n.)) causing lethargy)
malign martyr review panting negligible

an ox-pecker perched gingerly mindful
not to scrimshank on a 'cellmate'
having a nose area a larder of live goodies

such is the quiet operation in acts
of cooperation in the animal world

the torporific buffalo unperturbed
maligned a little surveying the scene
perhaps with designs to turn itself
into a martyr of sorts fighting
for a cause

it provides a respite to review its
thoughts without panting in excitement
with negligible distractions to both

Amber's at MLMM's Wordle #205
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Sunday, July 29, 2018

to create a path for raw talent

                                                                                                          Author: anon 
Image: A Budding Talent (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
gift heart sign staircase trip
quilt (a warm bed covering made of padding)
time travel picture pine pass

a gifted child warming to the heart
a good sign of a quick step up the staircase
ideal moment to anticipate an acceleration
to create a path for raw talent
to take root to be nurtured and developed

a trip that draws the child out
from under the quilt of early mornings
to actively sharpen the rough diamond within

time travel fast forward
a picture of Liberace in the horizon
clearly to inspire and to pine for
to pass over quickly a childhood
not of games and gadgets
but of raw nerve putting hours
behind a faithful piano

no two-ways about parental sacrifices
of time, efforts and financial obligations

Note: Wladziu Valentino Liberace. - known
for his romantic arrangements of popular piano
classics and for his flamboyant costumes - wiki

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #362
Carrie's Sunday Muse #14
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry - #413

Saturday, July 28, 2018

the beach crowded the white sand flawless

                                                                               Author: Fritz Cohen (1913–1981)
Image: The Beach - Peaceful
and Crowded in 1956 (here)

it used to be a big family event
thought off in advance and well planned
like transferring the house to the beach
activities and fun plus a big feast

all included the siblings mom and dad
surprises of surprises even the cat
a memorable event of decades ago
a celebration at the seaside we did go

the beach crowded the white sand flawless
only people with beach-balls nothing motorized
still very safe for youngsters and infants
wading close to shore amidst laughter and fun

the scene now is different open to dangers
they come with skiers boats and scooters
though confined to the deeper parts no less
with people or among them they often crash

the carefree days of old are now transformed
kite-flying or lazing on floats are long forgotten

Kim's at Real Toad's  - Weekend
Mini Challenge - at the seaside

Thursday, July 26, 2018

not the boring piped music monotonously running

                                                                                             Author: anon
Image: On Offer are Favorites (here)

10 of 12 given words:
beef piped running archaic everything 
carry appear shoulders stone hay

where's the beef?
not the boring piped music
monotonously running but variety
not archaic but contemporary
favorites that whet the appetite

everything one desires
requests entertained willingly
they carry a repertoire
that can appear anytime
spanning the years

with just a guitar strap
over the shoulders
not stoned nor playing haywire
but very alert
not minus-one nor pre-recorded
but musical fare offerings at real time

street performers have
come a long way!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #172
MLMM's Tale Weaver #181  -
Kim's at d'Verse's OLN #224

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Of those good times like water-babies

                                                                                Author: Mari Lezhava via Unsplash
Image: Mermaid ballerina (here)

Reflecting on events that impinged on me lately
Like fleeting rain that wet my being utterly
Do I have to care for his feelings regardless
When he stormed out and left me in the wilderness

Regretfully images keep playing profusely in serials
Of those good times like water-babies as a couple
Encouraging memories in learning the various strokes
In an empty pool reminiscing that unduly provokes

Ever swaying incessantly like walking on a tightrope
Life is but a longing that continues with a lot of hope

Amber's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #223
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif -  wilderness

Monday, July 23, 2018

contend with asking questions later

                                                                       ATTRIBUTION. © by James G. Howes, 2008.
Image: Gunfight at the OK Corral (here)

the 12 given words:
lawman holster gunslinger 
churlish ((adj.) rude)
vittles (n.)) food supplies, provisions)
saloon lasso hang spurs
cactus wine ((n.) made with tequila and peyote)
outlaw frontier 

a lawman with holster opened at the ready
a gunslinger churlish in demeanor smirking
he came for his weekly vittles cautiously
not likely a showdown in the right setting

but why a bee-line to the saloon for a look
with a lasso made to hang loosely at the shoulder
spurs depositing mud freely every step he took
after a hard day thin on patience not open to blabber

his favorite cactus wine in a jiffy to whet a thirst
and he thought nothing of the impending danger
but law enforcement was rather to shoot first
and to contend with asking questions later

an outlaw or not would have known better
of the classic unwritten rule at the frontier

Amber at MLMM's Bonus Wordle  -  wild west
Rommy's at Real Toad's - tuesday platform

Sunday, July 22, 2018

created space in the dark

                                                                                  Author Raseem Mammunni
Image: All by Itself  in its Own Space (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
name space dark tinged cry 
tap bound strap cracks red cup

made a name for himself
created space in the dark
but tinged with regret he could cry
it did not materialize earlier

he could easily tap his talents

bound and gagged strapped tight
he could only lament

why he succumbed to procrastination?

cracks came in the way
he now realized
red with tears he insisted
it was not his cup of tea

he resolved to make amends

Brenda's at Sunday Whirl Wordle #361
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #412

Saturday, July 21, 2018

and to unwittingly succumb to the shedding of tears

                                                                    Author Alfred T. Palmer (1906–1993)
Image: The Poignant moment
Prior to Tears (here)

last she remembered she was sauntering along
exhausted from having to escape from the danger
she stopped rested a while but before long
she found himself in the air as leader

of the pack having outwitted the pursuers

she got up realizing she was having a dream
no wonder the sequence of events were truncated
the flow of progress were illogically seen
moving in many directions but unrelated

glad she managed to wake up but amid fears

it was stressful when it showed the outcome
depicting sufferings and isolation in full view
it could be preempting an imminent event
to an  insistence that bad dreams could come true

and to unwittingly succumb to the shedding of tears

Brendan's at Real Toad's 
Weekend Challenge

Thursday, July 19, 2018

happy with no bitterness towards none

                                                Authors: Wyeth, N. C. (Newell Convers), 1882-1945
Image: Happiness Written all Over (here)

10 of 12 given words:
thought distress
indigence (a state of extreme poverty)
shift fog alone emboldened 
happy bitterness eyes 

thoughts in distress indigence of ideas
contending to shift gears out of the fog
alone embroiled in a conflict within
but largely not of his own undoing
emboldened push forward out of the rut
happy with no bitterness towards none
guilt deflected from eyes of Providence

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #171
Frank's at d'Verse's seventh anniversary
(a Septet - a seven-line stanza with 10 syllables for each line)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

where clouds meet the mountain tops

                                                                        Author: Gamze Boskaya (here)
Image: High up in the Heavens (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
preta (n.)) a wandering or disturbed ghost)
cry wither mournful 
cauterize (to burn an injury to stop bleeding and prevent infection.)
Sawbones ((n.) a surgeon or physician)
latex gloves crouch marsh breakable cellar  

all alone high up in the sky
where heavy clouds meet the mountain tops
here I am a preta wondering why
I should be lamenting between sobs

I cry seeing the winds ganging on the trees
wither the sadness mournful of late
to cauterize the bleeding feeling with ease
where no sawbones need to wait

no operation or latex gloves to be utilized
to crouch in the marsh not a necessity
nothing breakable to unwittingly realize
up high in the heavens with ideas aplenty

winds of change brushing tousled hair
not confined in a cellar of darkness
favored position after-all up in the air
provoked into action in all fairness

Amber at MLMM's Photo Challenge #222
Sanaa's at Real Toad's -  the tuesday platform

Monday, July 16, 2018

create patterns trim at the edges

                                                                      Author Jacklee Terence Chua 
                                                                                   Permission (Reusing this file) CC-BY-2.0.
Image:  Fiery Speech for an Impact (here)

the 12 given words:
climb spread tight simple path knots 
pattern trim edge low spray  gravel

in climbing to the top
spread your wings
in tight simple paths
but not tied in knots

create patterns
trim at the edges
low in complexities

avoid itch of spraying
gravel or stones
to maintain harmony

respect human factors
to get over unnecessary
conflicts
(44 words)

Brenda's Sunday Whirl #360
Grace at d'Verse's Quadrille #60

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Been eyeing you calm as a distant lake

                                                                            Artist: Toril Fisher Fine Art
Image: A Raven in Anticipation (here)

Been eyeing you calm as a distant lake
You've been eyeing me eyes unrelenting
It perhaps need a stone to flash a take
That you slip away and get moving

Why are humans bothered with a raven
Am I not a living creature just as much
Why I have to be eyed with suspicion
Is it then a privilege accorded as such

Open seas with regular rolling of the waves
Undulating yet moving with a regular rhythm
I'm just an innocent visitor for as many days
To regard you a calm and friendly person

A raven can be just as human and sensible
Moving in groups gregarious by nature
Wonder if we can be treated in ways noble
Respected like a peacock just as regal

Margaret's at Real Toad's -  artistic interpretations 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

city boys with a touch of class

                                                                                           Author Kiwi He 
Image: Up and Coming City Boy (here)

the 12 given words:
touch, lifelong, crown, close 
sings garden lips parking tundra,
hologram (image made with
a laser where the objects shown
look solid, as if they are real)
stand, anyone, 

city boys with a touch of class
with lifelong ambitions for the big
time to be crowned with success
where finesse favors the street-smarts
the wily and the slime

the country 'bumpkins' though are
close to nature singing songs in the
garden or lips humming with no parking
problems to impinge on privacy

so what then of the country boy?

less glamorous less demanding and
less expectations perhaps awkward
at times but their time and space
are expanse unimpeded

theirs is an environment very unlike
that of the cold of the tundra or the
desolation and rolling heat of the
desert to reflect a hologram
of happiness

confidence is suspect though perhaps
uncomfortable in formalities but to
stand tall solidly within an image
befitting of success

emotional success appropriately so!
anyone?

Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  city
MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #170

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Nature divinely friendly

                                                                                                   Author Roger Kidd
Image: An Evening Walk (here)

Autumn coolness
Balanced weather offerings
Chirping in the trees
Lazy clouds move leisurely
Cheery seniors walking by

Misty evening drifts
With unbuttoned shirts flailings
Butterflies winged up
Nature divinely friendly
That life's worries forgotten

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem.
Crossroads #13- chilly coolness
willow_switches' at Real Toad's 
Poeming - tuesday platform

Monday, July 9, 2018

I'm extending my back to shatter any myth

                                                               Author: Stephen Carroll FotoFiction 
Image: Warming up to Exude
that Much Energy (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
Central Masterful Finesse Illusion Shatter Brevity Empathy Lover Money
Cri De Coeur (n.)) a passionate appeal, complaint)
Nostrum ((n) a medicine prepared by an unqualified person)

Central to the issue is a consideration
How masterful am I to exude that much energy
With such finesse to leave them in consternation
Is it an illusion to blind me to reality?

I'm extending my back to shatter any myth
In all brevity it is expected to command empathy
I'm here longing with ideas devoid of filth
Where is the lover with the money?

This is entirely a  plain Cri De Coeur question
I have to accord with due respect a decent curtsy
Or are you demanding I prostrate in humiliation
I can't expect to concoct a nostrum in all sincerity

Carrie's Sunday Muse #12
Amber's MLMM's Wordle #203

Sunday, July 8, 2018

I am here still contemplating the morning

                                                                Author : Clarence White (1906) Fair Use
Image  Contemplation in the Morning (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
boat cabinet lawn pillow hand 
clock minute shed turbulent store lust

Not rocking on a boat
Nor drifting in calmness
Not locked hidden in a cabinet
where I might be in the dark
Not on the lawn
where I should be free
and not in bed lazing with my pillow

I'm mystified but the hands of the clock
keep moving by the minute

I am here still contemplating the morning
still in my night gown by the tub
unable to shed off turbulent  times
impacting on my mind

Is  it normal for a physically active teenager
to be lamenting when there's a whole world out there?
Just what is in store for the immediate

My lust for life in the fast lane is missing
I'm condemned to the dumps
The gossip line in abundance of juicy episodes
They are all having a ball
I'm not bad looking
but why?

Kerry's at Real Toad's Camera Flash
Brenda's Sunday Whirl #359

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Mid-Autumn Festival

                                                                       Author USFWS Mountain-Prairie
Image: The Autumn Full Moon (here)

Moon-cake festival
A family gathering
Thanking divine help

Note The Mid-Autumn Festival is to give thanks
for the harvest celebrated during the autumn full moon
when the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day
.
Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem. - weekend-meditation #40
- the autumn full moon

Thursday, July 5, 2018

ownership not specified

                                                                                     Attribution: Luis García
Image: An 18th century Azimuthal compass (here)

nature's gift unrelenting ownership not specified
an open book of offering but many left dissatisfied

peace is every step the way but not able to clasp it tight
stake a claim not to get mad and not to deflect one's right

to unravel in the beginning stifled by many distractions
emotions impinge therein elusive in ways apparent

finding the path is
wrought with man-made illusions
but to venture on
the world watching and waiting
impatient for real action

Paul's at Real Toad's peace is every step
Chevrefeuille's Carpe Diem - finding the path

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

a better half rightly so!

                                                                                                         Author Briancua
Image: Happily Ever After (here)

11 of 12 given words:
bread, smile, promise,
braid (material woven into a decorative band for edging or trimming garments)
wrapper sleep kiss candle doorbell porch rock

who to deliver the bread?
did it come with a smile?
was it a promise that came with equality?
all braided in a tight understanding
were these arising from the saying
'equal pay for equal work?'

or was it just a wrapper
to provide a cover
to enclose women within?
to sleep with followed by kiss and tell?

women had been subjected
to such indignities

women are to be adored
with candle-light dinners of old perhaps
not a doorbell at the porch
to be rung at random

women have come a long way
strong and stable as a rock
a better half rightly so!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #169
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  - lady liberty

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

not just the homeless

                                                                                                 Author Geo Swan (talk)
Image: Common sight before (here)

not just the homeless
young lovers, stragglers but now
the nicest people
tired seniors and youngsters
engrossed with their own hand-sets

Prompt:  bench in the park

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem.#1466
-bench-in-park
Sanaa's at Real Toad's 
- the tuesday platform

Monday, July 2, 2018

ever in the spirit of pride

                                                                                                  Author: anon
Image: A Crowning Glory (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
lessons home essence ever spirit flight 
flitting (move swiftly and lightly)
place passions spiral god

it accords good lessons 
brings home the essence of honor

ever in the spirit of pride
very much like a lion's golden mane
or a peacock's colorful feathers
a crowning glory

a little inconvenient in flight though
flitting from place to place
requires a passion for movements
but it is exquisite
worthy of blessings in a million

it need not be spiral
perfect as it is
it may get in the way
but to stall predators at a safe distance
it is good defense

god's creation
one of its kind

The Sunday Muse #11
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #358

Peace beckons but elusive

                                                                               Photo: jana butcher
Image: The Blue Door (here)

Behind  the Blue Door
Peace beckons but elusive
Where are the good guys?
Political will absent
Craved paradise unfulfilled

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem #1465-blue-door.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

An innocent looking lump

                                                                   Author: National Cancer Institute                                  
Image:Six bottles of different
types of cancer drugs  (here)

An innocent looking lump
Small  and protruded a little
Nothing to be alarmed
But the doctor was skeptical

Being an attractive lady no less
Faced with pain and much suffering
For anything affecting the breasts
Cause of concern and much worrying

She had read of the medical fraternity
of not really being sincere in one's ill-luck
in advising doses of chemotherapy
to rake in the big bucks

The curse of the big C
Radiation is scary

Bjorn's at Real Toad's  -  radiation
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #409