Monday, October 22, 2018

sophisticated and cultured

                                                                            Artist Leo Gestel  (1881–1941)
Image:   Two elegant ladies (brush and
black ink and watercolour on paper) (here)

the 12 given words:
femininity floodgate flutter foreshadow
fashionista  (a person devoted to fashion)
forfeit
flibbertigibbet ((n.) a gossip)         
fault froth flesh flight attendant fruitless

femininity at the floodgates
waiting to overcome the gatekeepers
causing a flutter to foreshadow
an icon of a fashionista
dedicated to elegance

cleanly forfeiting the unproductive
culture long identified with that of a
flibbertigibbet of old

the good ladies have been
intelligent beings to a fault
sophisticated and cultured
not frothing at the mouth
with juicy tales nor seen as
flesh objects least of all not
to be taken for granted

responsible better half
helpful as a flight attendant
loving counterpart
most of all a caregiver
for family and friends

no more a fruitless search
for a unique specimen on earth

Yves' MLMM's Bonus Wordle  -  the letter 'F'
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Saturday, October 20, 2018

laid bare to waste and abandoned

                                                                                Photo courtesy of Fandango
Image:  Bare and Decadent (here)

10 of 12 given words:
pick charge charm electricity sink site wave
resonate (filled with a deep clear sound that continues)
needle class 

stumbled upon an exciting situation
with pick of nature's choice of entry
laid bare to waste and sadly abandoned
but charged with charms of mystery

of bewildering wonder in acquiesce
what could it be with no electricity
to sink to levels of debilitating appearance
where absent was a sense of urgency

on site resolute of its own standing
with waves of music that resonate in tribute
needling the inquisitive mind wondering
perhaps props in a class of artistic pursuits

Susan's Sunday Photo Fictionoctober- 2018/
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #425

Struck at with fury

                                                                                                Author: Juliette Khalil
Image: Strong waves (here)

Struck at with fury
Up against the water lost
What did I do wrong?

Made known the hard way
As strong waves let out a cry
They set the ground rules

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem Leafless Tree #1
introduction "beautiful waves"

Friday, October 19, 2018

colors of twilight with hues of brown

                                                                                                       Author: myself
Image: Twilight near Brenig
in Germany (here)
                 
the 10 chosen words:
aspect October  plunge colors twilight frost gravel touch 
lucid (clear perception or understanding; rational) 
leaf                 
(Hank decided to take more
than the minimum 4 words)
   
an aspect of October plunged into
colors of twilight with hues of brown

detesting frost gravel-like even
with a touch of cotton's softness

lucid moment in its madness
of frightfully expecting the white
of frost to envelop the landscape

a leaf with its hues of brown
changing colors at great speed
floated down wanting a quick kill

it should sleep well prostrated
on the ground among little
creatures hurrying to comforts
of hibernation

set to tone down surprises of
seeing bare branches devoid of
leaves it was but just a mild
compensation of  an annual
phenomenon

Sanaa"s at Real Toad's  -
get listed - october's edition
Grace's at d'Verse's OLN #230

Thursday, October 18, 2018

facets of youthful abundance

                                                                                         Photographer: Peter Asprey.
Image: A Measure of Youthful Abundance (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
youth, false wisdom ripe green bitter 
time stale longing ground dead 

facets of youthful abundance
conjured images of false wisdom
ripe for pickings but a little green
bitter in essence wanting to appear prim

at times stale not ready for a refresh
but persistence created a longing
able to grind to a halt dead on target
such was the strength of character
best provoked by youthful vigor

Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  abundance
MMT's Sunday'sWhirligig #184

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

is it something unforgivable?

                                                                                           Author: Brocken Inaglory
Image: A hermit crab in an unusual shell fighting
another hermit crab for a new home  (here)

it is not a desired act
for the need to hijack
one that belongs to others
imposing dishonest measures
not legit nor acceptable
for in principle
tossing norms out the window
one is up against a foe
for one's selfish intentions
clearly in defiance
with a swagger one strode
to occupy another's abode

but is it something unforgivable
when one by nature is evolved
fleshy and soft with no outer cover
the next best thing to do
is to find a shelter
lest one gets into a fight
when showing a formidable might
hopefully it is as empty
as can be

Isn't it a beautiful thing
it may be ugly not to build one's own
but still beautiful to recycle
an abandoned 'home'

Mish's at d'Verse Poetics: beauty in ugliness  

Monday, October 15, 2018

emulation of a rare mermaid's gambit

                                                                             Author: Manipulation Arts
Image: Lady of Leisure (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
elsewhere enough exact entry
emulation ((n.) jealous rivalry)
ethereal (extremely delicate or refined) 
edge erase 
exoteric ((adj.) suitable to be communicated to the general public
easement (something that gives ease; a convenience)

elsewhere seems a picture of emptiness
enough to endure but lacking of pleasure
exacting into realms of powers of fondness
for entry into an exclusive club of leisure

emulation of a rare mermaid's gambit
ethereal beauty of exquisite measure
in its wonder for affections' exquisite
with images of a dashing paramour

sitting on edge unsure since morning
exoteric in its quest for quiet protection
likely to erase any pretenses delimiting
for easement of attracting attention

Carrie's the Sunday Muse #25
Yves at MLMM's with Bonus Wordle 'E'
Vivian's at Real Toad's the tuesday platform

Saturday, October 13, 2018

much to be desired at the moment of truth

                                                                                             Photo by Scott Bauer. 
Image: A pinto bean variety that resists a host
of harmful fungi and viruses that can otherwise
cheat growers of a bountiful harvest (here)

(The pinto bean is most often eaten whole in broth
or mashed. It is a common filling for burritos)

the use of antithesis through two opposing words
– harvest and plant
– lower and raise

much to be desired at the moment of truth
setting a norm to allay fears at random
engaged in efforts most wanting to refuse
were there fairness in attesting to wisdom?

to lower expectations to then raise the bar
how to balance current deeds for future needs
to draw on hidden talents underutilized this far
worth the efforts a noble choice indeed

satisfaction to harvest fair returns to the plant
to be one step ahead was often elusive by nature
sensitive to growth the eager beaver would want
hoping for bountiful blessings for a great future

Yves' at MLMM's  - saturday-mix-opposing-forces
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #424

Friday, October 12, 2018

to learn rudiments of counting

                                                                     Author:Dietmar Rabich  (1962–) 
Image: Four Bells a Ringing (here)

"one for sorrow, two for mirth, 
three for a wedding, four for a birth, 
five for silver, six for gold, 
seven for a secret that's never been told"  -  .Cassandra Clare

'one for sorrow, two for mirth'
never seems silly of recounting
trending easily for all of its worth
avoiding a bedlam of remembering

with means ready for musings
a nursery rhyme set in motion
to learn rudiments of counting
some little structure as fashioned

to remember it as 'learning by heart'
learning by rote that makes it easy
it all means less of stress right from start
when already imprinted in memory

MLMM's First Line Friday  - 
'one for sorrow, two for mirth'

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet

                                                                                   Author: IndiaFM
Image:  Indian actress Preity Zinta
(modesty apparently is maintained
by a little twist in the name)  (here)

'Hank' means 'Ruler of the Home'
Taken to mean leadership is provided
within the environment  of home
The brood within given shelter not scattered
Stable home surroundings extended
Matching to Hank born a Leo the lion-hearted

'So what's in a name?

'A rose by any other name would
smell just as sweet' so quipped Juliet to her beau, Romeo.!

Whatever had been given to those privileged as a name
are called upon to jealously, and honorably keep them
safely guarded. It is the sweetest word in the dictionary
for one to hear one's own name and it is offensive to
not calling a person by their names

There will be attempts in real life to cause anguish and
that a name may be subjected  to ridicule and besmirched
perhaps through uncalled for rivalry or through bad intentions.

It has been said a name with some dubious meanings but
sweet-sounding unwittingly given may cause hardships to
the person who are often dogged by ill-luck through life

On the other hand there are old fashioned beliefs among
eastern cultures that one should not antagonize the spirits
by unabashedly giving names like Miss Beautiful to a
pretty girl. In fact modesty may even be taken to the
extreme by naming the pretty child as Miss Ugly just
so she is not scorned by others for thinking too highly
of herself so Mom unashamedly named her so.

So what's in a name?

Amaya's at d'Verse's Poetics  -  what's in a name?
 

Monday, October 8, 2018

never devilish in attitude nor derelict in thinking

                                                                                  Author:BardanBand
Image: Music to the Ears (here)

10 of 12 given 'D' words:
devilish derelict darkness drench drizzle 
drywall (a panel made of calcium sulfate dihydrate ie gypsum board)
dandelion (a weed with yellow flowers but with health benefits)
diapason ((n.) a full, rich outpouring of melodious sound)
dispensation (something that is distributed or given out)
deafen

never devilish in attitude nor derelict
in thinking but the darkness in creativity
may drench more than just a drizzle
to dampen the confidence

it may be as thin as a drywall to
overcome with ease but it has the
tenacity of a stubborn dandelion

the tendency to erupt into a diapason
of melodious talent is always there

its tactful dispensation of musical
strains is so pleasing to the ears

it helps to deafen the presence of
hecklers out for some mischief

Yves' at MLMM's bonus wordle 'D'
Sanaa's at Real Toad's -  the tuesday platform

Sunday, October 7, 2018

to the stars the moon a relenting matriarch

                                                                                   Author:Amanda Clark
Image: The Hare and the Crow (here)

to the stars the moon a relenting matriarch
to welcome the day's end for space above
stragglers hurrying home before it got dark
into the arms of those whom they loved

the hare frantic in its desire to be home with ease
avoiding along the way whatever forms of distractions
still smarting from the debacle with the tortoise
not to engage the crow and with no compunction

out for some mischief and some unrehearsed fun
the crow contended a hunting party was behind
flying overhead and taunting for a faster run
harassing and gleefully enjoying such pranks

in its haste it missed a step and landed in water
crocodile-infested untimely reversal of fortunes
its fate sealed despite just foolery and light banter
no bad intentions but still paid for the importunes

Carrie's Sunday Muse #24

Saturday, October 6, 2018

a radiance that gleamed of hope

                                                                                  Author Fir0002 at en.wikipedia
Image: Beauty of Lights and Shadows (here)

to use synonyms of the given words:
light - glare shine radiance gleam
man -  dude gentleman
handle - grip designation moniker
bag - grapple pouch
wind - breeze tempest gale waft

the glare gave it a good shine
a radiance that gleamed of hope
the dude a gentleman refined
extending a grip within the scope

that of an accepted designation
a moniker enough to grapple
with a derogatory reference
of an uncomplimentary pouch

managing to breeze through
a contemptuous tempest of a gale
which was reduced to just a waft
given his personality that prevailed

Yves' at MLMM's Saturday Mix - sams same but different
Mary at PU's Poetry Pantry #423

Friday, October 5, 2018

a fight among equals

                                                                    Author: Christopher Peterson. Izvor:
Image: Paul Newman at a political rally
for Eugene McCarthy in Wisconsin, 1968

the 11 of 12 given words:
fight among breath balance delight 
bring loss waste leave crowds
tumult (highly distressing agitation of mind)

a fight among equals
a breath balanced in nature
a delight to witness
to bring a loss to waste
to leave crowds in titters

to conceal tumult of defeat
the vanquished laid bare
very unlikely though
a smack on the face for
they were all thick skinned

political disagreements
among known icons
were often public knowledge
left trending and actively
alive for in politics there
were no permanent friends
nor permanent enemies

they could cut a deal
where it suited them
all in furtherance of
personal interests rather
than fighting for a cause

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #182
Grace at d'Verse's OLN #229

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

a repertoire of works

                                                                                           Author: Natalie Ruka
Image: Crammed space but
a productive mind (here)

up early in the morning
in an artist's workspace
confidently and quietly musing
a song in a studio a place

to fondly call one's own
where within such restraints
seeds had been sown
faithfully all in her own domain

an alignment of works contending
banding together in artistic fields
varied and expanding
songs created to fulfill

a hungry void ever present
of a prolific young talent
a measure of creative abundance
a repertoire well balanced

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #232
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif balance
willow-switches at RealToad's  - the tuesday platform

Monday, October 1, 2018

A Crush on her Demeanour - Haibun Monday

                                                                          Attribution: Walter Baxter  CC BY-SA 2.0
Image: A Murmuration of Starlings at Gretna

the 11 of 12 given words:
crush consider currency chronic 
callous (feeling or showing no sympathy for others )
cervical ( adj. pertaining to the female
cervix: i.e. the neck of the uterus)
cause contemptuous 
counterweight (a weight that, by exerting an
opposite force, provides balance and stability)
closure

The Prose
A crush on her demeanour but not down and out
Rallying all energy and efforts to consider currency
of purpose for her to combat a chronic ailment
accentuating her manic mood and continuing silence

A callous indifference to her sufferings tactless 
response and reactions perhaps the cause of a 
relapse of cervical cancer for which she took 
pride in being a survivor the past few years

The presence of contemptuous minders akin 
to  murmuration of starlings that twist and turn
come and go but a negative counterweight
- an element very much a curse to basic human
sentiments are ever present and she is
crying for a closure

The Haiku
What was to become
Humane in thoughts damned to fail
in deeds extended

Yves' at MLMM's Bonus Wordle - the letter 'c'
qbit's at d'Verse - Haibun Monday - murmuration

Sunday, September 30, 2018

it was no more a worry for parents

                                                                                             Author: Cyprien MacCamley
Image: Teens on Vacation (here)

the 12 given words:
worry stand talk sex plans know 
knock blend awful here face fact   

it seemed no more a worry for parents
teenagers took a stand not to talk about sex
it was reassuring for they had plans?
wrong!
no more talk, they just did it
'they know everything even in graphic details....'
they knocked around the social media
the blend of presentation left
nothing  to the imagination
awful to parents

but here teens came face to face with facts
birds and the bees now seemed kids' stuff
fit for the kindergartens

they were already adults
they talked and did adult things
or risk being labelled as old-fashioned prudes
now reserved only for parents

Brenda's Sunday Whirl #371
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #422

Friday, September 28, 2018

awareness was given a push away

                                                                                                      Author: Medium69.
Image:  Image composite illustrating main
factors affecting climate change.   (here)

11 of 12 given words:
berserk brisk bleak breast breakthrough bottomless 
borrow bloodshot because billow breeze 

they would have gone berserk
if not for leisurely but brisk walking
would have been an endeavour so bleak
but to breast, the tape winning

a breakthrough nevertheless
it was discovered purely by chance
the damage was kind of bottomless
to borrow a description for a dunce

with bloodshot eyes red with anger
at plastics and debris in dead tummies
because climate change was a danger
to mankind forgetting the release

also of noxious fumes unseen and unfelt
but billowing waving in the breeze
still awareness was given a push away
a smile of guilt but just a lip service

Sherry's at Real Toad's Wordy
Thursday  -  earth's grief
Yves' MLMM's Bonus Wordle
- the letter 'B'

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

accepting 'likes' unsolicited - a Quadrille

                                                                                                    Author: A4ernyh
Image: Friends like Water finds
its Own Level (here)

no ill-will intended
harbouring good intentions
tactful and friendly not shrouded
in pretences of innocence

accepting 'likes' unsolicited
 'friends' across the divide
grounds below thundered
with followers spread wide

ever wondered
the spectrum of honour
sustained by players
comprising of whatever vintage
or creed?
(44 words)

Lillian at d'Verse's Quadrille Monday

Sunday, September 23, 2018

a train of thought viewed with disdain

                                                                               Attribution: Fair use of Google Images
the 12 given words:
afoot chain design crime train disdain 
line shine feign nine root sliver

what's afoot?

a chain of events designed
towards the furtherance of a crime?

a train of thought viewed with disdain
was it in line with prospects of gain
to shine on the ability to feign
a nine to five restrain?
or perhaps rooting for fame
it was lame!

with sliver slowly dribbling
from sides of the mouth trailing
to think the fan was that powerful blowing
to cause the spots flying

not privy to spots being stains
or the adhesives were inferior was plain!

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle #370
Carrie's The Sunday Muse #22
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #421

Saturday, September 22, 2018

a clean-up or even a restoration

                                                                                                    Attribution: Google Images
Image: Ruins (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
fish tap bucket dream ask swirl 
lamp night water roof call 

to fish for ideas for salvation
to tap into the survival instincts
a bucketful of leads for solutions
are but a dream

to ask questions is to beget
more questions that swirl
in the cluttered mind

a lamp dim-lit at the staircase
the only living thing left
intense in tenacity to keep staying
alive now long gone

nights are cold hot water is
but a wish except for drippings
of leakage from the roof-top

allowed to succumb to vagaries
of nature and left in ruins
a big responsibility to call
for a clean-up or even a
restoration

a face-saving attempt
to right a split-up of parents
imposed on young shoulders

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #180
Michael's at MLMM's Tale Weaver #189
Mish's at d'Verse's OLN #228

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

an attraction through the years

                                                                      Attribution: Andrew Cutraro/AFP/Getty Images 
Image: The Flying Wallendas performing the seven-person
Great Pyramid in 1998, at the Shrine Circus. Two members
of the family were killed in the same arena while trying to
perform the same act 36-years-ago (fair use)

the circus came to town
a fair ring of truth to the youngsters
a clamber to see the clowns
an attraction through the years

wild animals tamed for their acts at will
never thought ringmasters were so brazen
cracking and snapping a whip for a shield
mauled or stomped on, on occasions were known

the Ringling Barnum Bailey and Wallendas
entertained for generations of clamouring outbursts
despite change of ownerships tragedies, and a Big Tent fire
final curtains last May having sustained for 146 years

in 1928 the Wallendas' inaugural with Ringling
was staged at the Madison Square Gardens
where Hank was also privileged to be attending
a circus performance there during an NYC sojourn

Sarah's at d'Verse's  -  come to the circus

Monday, September 17, 2018

clever angle of a spin to outsmart

                                                                          Attribution: © 2017 Jee & Rani Nature 
                                                                                           Photography (License: CC BY-SA 4.0)
Image: Eye Unwittingly
Playing tricks (here)

the 12 given words:
Abracadabra Almond Always Amplify
Arduous (hard to accomplish or achieve)
Artifice (cunning; ingenuity; inventiveness)
Atypical (not typical; irregular; abnormal)
Angle Avoid Agonize Ankle 

abracadabra... an almond-eyed beauty
always contending to amplify her talents
in arduous magical endeavours surreptitiously
created with artifice and atypical assertions

a clever angle of a spin not just to outsmart
but to avoid a conflict agonizingly expended
with ankles deeply embedded in the mud
waiting in the cold equally frustrated

a lesson learnt for in all innocence
the desire to inflict a hurt on a person
not physically but still with bad intentions
will fail in whatever forms of connivance

Yves' MLMM with a Bonus
Wordle of the letter 'A'
Vivian's at Real Toad's the tuesday platform

Sunday, September 16, 2018

an instinct for flaunting the spirit of perfection

                                                                                                 Attribution: Carrie
Image: The Beauty of Reflection (here)

the 12 SW given words:
buzzer finish raffle instinct spirit stage 
drive speed strength letters ten blow

sophistication personified
a buzzer to the finish
not ever from a raffle draw
but an upmarket Big Apple outlet

it is but an instinct for flaunting
the spirit of perfection endowed
on a privileged soul

the stage is set when a drive
for enhancement of Providence's
blessings are extended the speed
of  nature's strengths

acts of divine approval do then
surface from seeming letters of
support in tens overwhelmingly
accentuating the winds of
protection to blow over

an opening to the act of
shadowing a Prophet
providing cover from
rays of the blazing sun

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle  #369
Carrie's The Sunday Muse  #21

Saturday, September 15, 2018

stated often enough they are truths to the ears

                                                                                                          Author: Dellex
Image: Using Their strong Tails
to the fullest (here)

the 'opposing forces' words are:
 – admit and deny
 – presence and absence

in an instance they reveal themselves
and they reckon they are overly smart
to admit is to knock off arguments of others
but to then deny is a measure of a dud

one cannot avoid but pay the price
those who hold sway to press the button
resorting to threats veiled or otherwise
used  to explain an unwanted presence

virtues of credibility have blatantly ignored
the absence of reasons has caused it to adhere
to surviving life's lies brilliantly employed
stated often enough they are truths to the ears

weejar's at MLMM's Saturday Mix - opposing-forces
Mary at PU's Poetry Pantry #420

Friday, September 14, 2018

risks of a safari situation

                                                                                                         Author:  fffriendly
Image: Out on a Safari (here)
(alphabet sestet is a poem of 6 lines with 
a 6 letter sequence in the alphabet, in this 
case J-K-L-M-N-O and A-B-C-D-E-F)

Jet-setting happily across the globe
Knocking off the travel bug senseless
Letting it be known with such hopes
Mindful of the joys but breathless
Not to limit in terms of time and space
Of the likely motivation in strict confines

At the outset decide that it is not a race
But to be carefree and easy not to bind

Catching the sun in an ideal location
Detrimental only to those sedentary by nature
Effectively riding risks of a safari situation
Forced to carry guns as an element of adventure

Lillian at d'Verse's MTB  -  alphabet sestet

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

at sunset a signal for a smashing time

                             
                                                                                                      Author: Jerry Segraves
Image: Blackbirds Like the Homeless
Coming Home to Roost at Sunset (here)

the SW's 11 of 12 given words:
whiskey dangling smashing glass street sari
lantern dandelions subway bakery made

a bottle of whiskey left dangling
at sunset a signal for a smashing time
readying them for a session of drinking
a group of the homeless set to dine

sitting in the street atop a spread-out sari
glass clinking was music to their ears
a lantern turned bright yellow dandelions fiery
could provide joy even with no beers

rumblings in the subway not a bother
empty talks enlivened them and held sway
while a bakery sent loaves made to order
could they be faulted for a raucous day

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #179
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  - sunset

to preserve tact of purpose

                                                              Author Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Image: Test of Patience (here)

To settle for less
to preserve tact of purpose

Winds of change demand
that rivers wind across plains
learning to tolerate well

Chevrefeuilles' Carpe Diem.-
quest-for-new-masterpiece #3

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

destined to be alone to face the grind

                                                                                          Attribution: Annija Veldre
Image: Fighting her Own Battle (here)

the advancing waves rose rightly higher
menacingly secured in all of its strength
never the intention to challenge nature
but when it did come with bared fangs

ready to face the onslaught unarmed
seemingly against this lady defenceless
but with inner strength deftly enhanced
dragging a long red shawl in readiness

unsuspecting in earnest but a brave front
tracing a memory still fresh in her mind
robbed of his presence tragic in circumstance
destined to be alone to face the grind

MLMM's Photo Challenge #229
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

the wild winds of change

                                                                                        Saved by Carrie Van Horn 
Image:   The Sky's the Limit  (here)

the 12 given words:
wind sky rising many farm usual 
find grass freak wrap twice stars 

the wild winds of change
opening up the sky painfully
anger in check not rising despite the pain
not wanting to upset the many

life on the farm goes on as usual
one may find in the grass a freak
thumbing its nose so casual
that wraps it up but not imposing the big stick

some little critters can be playful
having met twice one is considered a friend
stars in the making being so artful
human nature is not easy to understand

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #368
Carrie's Sunday's Muse #20
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry  #419