Sunday, January 20, 2019

words of deception on the rise

                                                                                       Attribution Susan Spalding
Image: Caught by Surprise (here)

the 12 given words:
lonely walk trees pebbles despair calls 
wild love air knees repenting world 

a lonely walk among trees
upon pebbles treading in despair
calls of the wild pleading incessantly
for love is in the air

on bended knees repenting
a world of difference it makes
to a damsel by nature is caring
vulnerable to pleadings of fakes

unwittingly caught by surprise
tugging relentlessly at her conscience
words of deception on the rise
to be more careful as a consequence

Susan's Sunday Photo Fiction
Sherry at PU's Poetry Pantry #436

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Talents make for strong support

Image: The Resolve to Overcome (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
rat, message, shadows waving bowl 
shreddedstick, text, candles, gone 

Rats! the message is clear
Shadows waving incessantly
One gets bowled over
Shredded and abandoned early

Stick to the text
Candles don't work in the cold
Beethoven's wonder can take effect
To stave off hecklers from the fold

Gone the worry so play it cool
Talents make for strong support
It may be cold on the stool
But never discard the gallant efforts

The resolve to succeed
With a winning hand
Will always outlast the limits
To bask in popularity enhanced

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #197
Carrie's Sunday Muse #38
Sanaa's at Real Toad's -  the tuesday platform

Saturday, January 12, 2019

not contending to exert authority

                                                                                              Author Zeynel Cebeci
Image: Despite in hues of black
and white but still beautiful (here)

To include the line:
'the skyscraper kissed the sky'
in a play of personification

not contending to exert authority
as a show off among the high and mighty
the skyscraper kissed the sky
belittling others sprouting up high

not unlike the flashy peacock's stance
in colors, regalia decked and fully enhanced
some are thrust with such blessings
not their intention to go with slight teasings

beautiful butterflies symmetrically designed
pinned to the wall amidst soundless whines
did not ask to be unceremoniously displayed
crying out loud shying away left to their fate

MLMM's Saturday Mix
Grace at d'Verse's OLN's #235

Friday, January 4, 2019

of a people staring at hunger

                                                                                        Attribution: Nekneeraj
Image: Pangs of Hunger
Beginning to be Felt (here)

the 10 chosen words:              
percussion deep morning heat January  
snow slightly ache pensive  obvious deep                                                                 

deep in the morning
in the heat of the receding January snow
in the percussion of life's misgivings

what gives?

slightly sporting an ache in the head
pensive and staring into space
pretty obvious of the deep-seated
disappointment, despair, and despondency
of a people staring at hunger

the will to look for bread
the will to just taste the luxury
of not being hungry
the will to survive

what stops one from
from stealing
from the deceit and from deceiving others

just to let a child have bread
when all around are the machinations of war
devised and perpetrated by fellow men
to prevent other fellow men women and child
from wanting and getting their bread

why the weak are made to suffer
for the strong to grab everything
are they blind to the fact that
it is a zero-sum game
for whatever one takes
the other has to sacrifice

what gives?

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #245
Sanaa's at Real Toad's Get Listed January

Sunday, December 30, 2018

they finally arrived at the border

                                                                         Attribution: Mr_Kasser
Image: Arrival in the Wee Hours
of the Morning (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
border seek joy flood hope risk 
poor welcome open tired hypocrisy 

they finally arrived at the border
to seek for the joys incumbent in
the land of milk and honey which
used to bid for their presence

but things had changed drastically
there used to be a flood of hopefuls
who risked their limbs and lives
who sneaked across and back again

but now markedly apparent was
barely a trickle of the poor souls
who had exceeded their welcome
shutout with no open passage

the authorities were not just tired
of the influx but more to see to the
pledge of an as yet an unfulfilled
election platform

the hypocrisy of a politician who
unwittingly laid bare of the difficulty
of having the construction physically
done - a wall

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #384
Carrie's at Sunday Muse#36 
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform                           

Monday, December 24, 2018

not shaken by the enormity

                                                                                                         Attribution: Tota
Image:  Talents abound (here)

the 12 given words: 
morning shadow spent stop string treat 
brew shaken dogs view notes ship       

of an early morning ritual
never a shadow of a doubt 
of time well spent
not to stop the strains of sounds
of a string instrument for ages
that accompanied masters

what a treat!
at an early age providing a brew
of Beethoven's compositions 
not shaken by the enormity
that dogged many a young heart
to view it as just another recital

notes upon notes to digest
but a plaything of a child prodigy
who had shipped off all negative thoughts
but to provide an outlet for his talents
God-given of a chosen few 

Carrie's Sunday's Muse #35
Brenda's Sunday's Whirl Wordle #383
willow's-stitches Pat's at Real Toad's
tuesday's last platform

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

a city kaleidoscopically engulfed in lights

Attribution: James G. Howes
Image: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
(a 75 ft (23m) high Norway Spruce
decorated with 18,000 lights).

the 10 of 12 given words:
city bare cut foliage look letter refuse 
spires (a tapering structure on the top of a building)
Christmas boughs 

a city kaleidoscopically engulfed in lights
nothing bare, but cut out into a concrete jungle
foliage not just green but varied and bright
a look perfect to the letter nothing abysmal

atop a giant spruce tree regally standing
painstakingly transported without fanfare
taking its place surrounded by tall buildings
refusal to be dwarfed by spires amidst the glare

transformed into a giant Christmas tree
its boughs decked with flickering lights
at Rockefeller Center annually since 1933
national tradition ushering cheers of yuletide

Merry Christmas, everyone!

MMT at Sunday's Whirligig #193

Monday, December 17, 2018

the enigmatic smile so proclaimed

Image:  Modern Day Mona Lisa   (here)

the enigmatic smile so proclaimed
so captivatingly to many for centuries
the fascination of a kind so sustained
extending it to the male species 

yearnings for all the pleasures to find
what could be so specific to accentuate
a hold on the natural inquisitive mind
that a Mona wannabe could equate

all the thoughts of times erstwhile
such was the magic of da Vinci
that one succumbed just to a smile
to showcase a mortal's ingenuity
Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #243
Vivian's at Real Toad's the tuesday platform

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Being Symmetrical seen in Perspective - a Haibun

                                                                             Attribution: Allana
Image: A Symmetrical Image
seen in Perspective (here)

symmetrical if it has at least 
one line of symmetry, i.e. it 
can be divided in such a way 
that its two halves perfectly 
match each other
drawing of parallel lines as 
converging in order to give the 
illusion of depth and distance

The Prose
A beautiful image that embodies
both a classic example of being
symmetrical with its own reflection
in the water. It simultaneously is
represented in perspective to accord
depth and distance.

Awareness of both principles can
render an artistic impression most
eloquently as seen here

The Haiku
brought back to those times
of the first lessons in art
of those bygone days

Carrie's at The Sunday Muse #34
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #433

it was a spin of a kind

                                                                                Author Official U.S. Navy Page
Image: Howls of Laughter (here)

the 12 given words:
drop howl hundred train touch spin 
plan shop wind lucky neck play

he dropped a bombshell
it could have ended
with howls of laughter
if not for the big break

a hundred to one chance
his train of thoughts
were not in touch with reality

it was a spin of a kind
unplanned for the most part

a countdown to disaster

he should have shopped around
for life was ripe for the picking
and he was in a position to cause
a wind of change

at break-neck speed, he acted
how lucky it turned out to be

it was close he thought!
he gloated over his  good fortune
he played his cards well

Brenda's The Sunday's Whirl #382
Magaly's at Real Toad's Week-end
Mini Challenge -  life is ripe

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

out in the cold a winter's blast

                                                           Attribution: Adam Ward / An Icy Blast / CC BY-SA 2.0
Image: An Icy Blast (here)

the 12 given words:
bones keep play end valley stars 
find cold winter dome  love limber 

make no bones about it
keep it in play strive to no end
in the valley of stars do they meet
easy partners they hope to find

out in the cold a winter's blast
the year to end nothing left undone
the strong and lively made to outlast
the tough with strength enhanced

dome of love set to limber and dance
to provoke and harness many movements
appearing brightly opaque in a glance
to spread out wide as healthy elements

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #192
Grace at d'Verse's OLN #234

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

she stood her grounds uninterrupted

                                                                                               Attribution: Jade Lizzie
Image: Balanced of Mind Despite
not being so in Appearance (here)

the 12  given words:
nuanced (a quality of something that is not easy to notice)
uninterrupted, carrion (dead or decaying flesh) wrestling 
effusive (expressing welcome or approval with strong feelings)
magical impact dominant regulate input 
chiromancer  (n.) able to predict by interpreting the lines on the palms)

her insistence in challenging vagaries
of the violent weather nuanced in her
confidence evident of any elements
of panic or haste

she stood her grounds uninterrupted
in a show of balance none of a carrion
soul still-born in thinking but wrestling
in her mind without any show of effusive
tendencies but of  a stable nature

such is the hold and strength
of the magical yin and yang that
impact on a dominant part of self
to regulate the unobtrusive inputs
marring an even sight

she is no chiromancer bent on  trial
and error but very measured in her
dealings with honest intentions

can she be faulted being so?

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #33
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

alone in all seriousness

                                                                                    Photographer: Julien Lamour
Image: Lost in Thoughts (here)

lost in thoughts
alone in all seriousness
leaning aimlessly by the wall
not certain as to directions
will it come to this far

-  might of loneliness tugging -

set in motion
searching for company
seething at the mouth
bent with emotions
regret is a known realization

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

Friday, December 7, 2018

serene nights of wonder

                                                                                                   Author: Mike Cline
Image:   Yellowstone Park -  The Meadows
Below Midway Geyser Basin on the Firehole River  (here)

placid crystal clear
pleasantly calm and peaceful
warmness of embrace
locked tight in earnest, surprised
at night's blessings of wonder

Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif surprise
Chèvrefeuille's  Carpe Diem #1561 - a tanka
Yellowstone National Park  - a love theme at the meadows

Sunday, December 2, 2018

a penchant for the personal touch

                                                                            Author: Catrin Welz-Stein
Image: If Only he Responds (here)

the 12 given words:
personal wild candle buffet torpedo
melancholy (a gloomy state of mind a feeling of pensive sadness)
cantankerous (difficult or irritating to deal with)
badmash ((n.) a hooligan)
ruler pertinent lighthouse oily

a penchant for the personal touch
a little on the wild side perhaps
or the sought after candle-light dinner
or even a plain buffet
either way, lauded

but torpedoed without reasons
utterly unreasonable
from a melancholy baby
cantankerous when he chose to
not unlike a badmash
who acted as a ruler of his domain
comprising like bad hats
pertinent only to themselves

still hoping for a savior
a  beneficent lighthouse
flashing encouraging signs
across the expanse
of crystal clear waters
with nothing of any oily patches
of polluted contaminants

Carrie's The Sunday Muse #32
weejar's at MLMM's Wordle #212-2
Sanaa's at Real Toad's -  the tuesday platform

ready to blaze the trail

                                                                                             Author: Beals
Image: Jessie Tarbox Beals (here)
America's first female photojournalist c. 1904

an impassioned plea
a determined look in the eyes
never to question
one who had decided to break new grounds

a confident look
clear enough
astute in the challenge
fully equipped
ready to blaze the trail
for other females

being the first was earth-shattering
to the male chauvinist

women had a place in the calling
(55 words)

Kerry at Real Toad's - camera flash 55
Mary at PU's Poetry Pantry #431

Friday, November 30, 2018

a coming of age of a teenager

                                                                                      Author: Michael J. Bennett
Image: A Special Treat -  Beef prime
 rib dinner plate (here)

Same Same But Different -  to take the five challenge
words and NOT use them in a poem but their synonyms

switch -  reversal shift substitution swap
floor - ground deck stage mat
polish - gloss brilliance sparkle luster
fabric  - textile fibre
water - drink rain tears Adam's ale shower

a reversal of a fortune
a shift to manhood to a higher order
a swap of a kind
a coming of age for a teenager
from the ground up onto a higher deck
the stage is set

the brilliance providing a sparkle
the gloss of a luster
isn't it fun to be considered an adult
doing adult things?

fat chance! without fibre but a conjecture
hoping to mirror an adult is not just yet

this is a special birthday dinner for you
you've just turned 18, an adult legally yes!
but in my eyes as a parent
you're still a child, my child.

no drinks for you, just Adam's ale
you may have tears in your eyes
but you're showered with love as a substitute
you're wondering why?

well, we need someone sober
to drive us home!

weejar's at MLMM's Saturday Mix
Mish's at d'Verse's OLN #233

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

saddled with the morning after

                                                                                             Author: Christopher Michel  
Image: Sick in Bed the Morning After (here)

the 12 given words:
awesome test missing acrobat apron kiss 
goodbye  play chord aim afraid admire

awesome, a test of strength
mind over matter
life can be bland
saddled with the morning after

boys' night out but done in, in the mornings
lots of fun when it lasted
but upon waking up something's missing
except for a heavy head all busted

life is acrobatic with time for fun
but there is a need to don the apron strings
time to kiss goodbye  when the point comes
where responsibilities cut in

play the chords right is the aim
to keep the house in order
not to be afraid of losing friends
there are wonderful ones in place to admire

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #190
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif ~ morning poem

Monday, November 26, 2018

deja vu of the ultimate sacrifice

                                                                                           Attribution: Google images
Image: To Fall to Temptation (here)

10 of 12 given words:
frost twist between chill dread 
wish shock lift mend fill

frost free and devoid of vegetation
a yearning for greenery of paradise
a twist of the act of temptation
deja vu of the ultimate sacrifice

between chills a dread invoked
the offer of the apple in reverse
a wish the shock be not provoked
that to lift the flower be rehearsed

as a prelude to mend the mistake
to fill the desire expected to unfurl
back to the joys of Heaven's gate
redemption of a now troubled world

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle#379
Carrie's Sunday Muse #31
willow-switches' at Real Toad's the tuesday platform

Monday, November 19, 2018

some people are blessed

                                                                                       Attribution: Willem van Herp
Image: Eating and Drinking (here)

the 12 given words:
cheers free flow ease drift regret
binge (unrestrained and often excessive indulgence)
fringe sail news stream
sting (an elaborate confidence game to trap criminals)

'Cheers' a free flow with ease
what a drift with no regrets
binge drinking with the regulars

fringe benefits of a live-wire
man of the party
will often sail through

news of a good reputation
precedes his presence

talents running in a clear stream
gushing at right moments
some people are blessed
without really trying

a sting to stifle his progress
in life has been frustrated
many a time

it has been said those
with good intentions are
known to be protected
by unseen hands

Brenda's the Sunday Whirl #378
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #430

getting to be swollen-headed

                                                                   Author – Kelogsloops @ Instagram

Image: Making Fun of Egotism (here)

the 12 given words:
periodically stress dare
marplot (n.)) a person who mars or defeats a plot, design, or project by meddling)
overwrite ( to write in excess of the requirements)
black treble company fix bright
laeotropic (adj.)) oriented or coiled in a leftward direction, as a left-spiraling snail shell.)
asteroid (asteroids and meteors are both types of space rocks)

getting to be swollen-headed
one periodically is subjected
to a stress on the being much to dread
but a dare is as much to be avoided

a marplot is ever so often close at hand
to overwrite black tryouts to stifle
one's efforts unnecessarily to offend
with suggestions and distractions treble

the frequency onto a wild goose chase
pitting one another in bad company
to fix at random putting into place
perhaps some intended amusements really

for some fun in some weird laeotropic sequence
but stop a moment and look on the bright side
say a prayer it can rain down asteroids in abundance
but one gets positively motivated outright                           

Yves' at MLMM's Wordle Back to Wordle
Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #239
Susan at PU's Midweek Motif prayer

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Within the four walls naked in thoughts

                                                                                    Author: Susan Spaulding
Image: An Empty Nest Crying (here)

Had those familiar empty feelings
Gasping for air but nothing untoward
Grabbing on fine linen incessantly pulling
Stressed out being shored up unperturbed

Within the four walls naked in thoughts
Heaving heavily thinking of the good times
Warm embrace extended generously now wrought
With regret and anger lost in continuous chimes

Must you leave surreptitiously unannounced
An empty nest crying for the love unfulfilled
The emotional slack all the more pronounced
With lots of unilateral actions yet unrevealed

Susan's Sunday Photo Fiction - nov
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #429

Thursday, November 15, 2018

life's journey was a complicated affair

                                                                                                             author: anon 
Image: Board-Walk Trudging on Life's Journey (here)

11 of 12 given words:
blind mind world eyes music blood fluid view ice sun
astral (pertaining to or proceeding from the stars; stellar)

blind to any assigned purpose
the mind locked but to a chosen path
a world in motion along a course
in a controlled dream so tough

beyond what the eyes were able to see
in music painfully of blood and tears
such was the endurance of life's journey
though fluid in the run-up of fears

in a semblance of organized thoughts
with a view of some controlled sequences
astral in make-up but guided by hordes
of ice cool ideas from the sun's brilliance

life's journey was a complicated affair

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #188
Michael's at MLMM's Tale Weaver #197 -  life's journey
Frank at d'Verse's OLN #232

Monday, November 12, 2018

injury prone in mid-life - Ode to Age

                                                                                                                 Author: Broc
Image: A Questioning Young Mind (here)

the 11 0f 12 given words:
inept inconsequential injury impinge invoke
interior immune impurity incorrigible  
icily (in a cold manner)
ictus (an epileptic seizure, a stroke
a cerebrovascular incident)

age of reason inept in a young mind
inconsequential to decision-making
lacking measures that squarely defined
the confines of a responsible being

injury prone in mid-life to impinge
on career demands and refinements
to invoke passions to rightly infringe
on a stable interior to cause confusions

attainment of success in life immune
to doubts and impurity of confidence
not incorrigible but ideas finely tuned
heading corporations in high positions

old age crept in icily sending shivers
and forever a danger to engulf the icon
with shadows of ictus hovering above
vital to fight the onslaught head-on

Yves' at MLMM's Bonus Wordle - the letter 'I'
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  - Ode to Age

Sunday, November 11, 2018

a cinch it'll fulfill life's sanctity

                                                                                                     Author:  Elena Ray
Image: In prayer  (here)

the 12 given words
cinch (a certainty to happen)
chime sign fine line sleepy 
child snow junk bud trees trunk

Namaste, Suwadeekap!

extending a welcome or in prayers
the clasping of both hands in humility 
draws on the sub-conscious
a cinch it'll fulfill life's sanctity

the emotional void subject to chimes
to rightly check the blessings of Providence
between awareness of guilt signs
to that of prostrating in submission

fine line trending devoid of emotions
like a sleepy child in snow drift amidst the junk
a bud about to bloom without directions
but with potential befitting of a strong tree trunk

Carrie's Sunday Muse #29
Brenda's Sunday Whirl #377
Vivian's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform

Saturday, November 10, 2018

to contend with no entrapments

                                                                                 Attribution: Gerhard Elsner (GFDL)
Image: A wire-form of a mouse-trap (here)

Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces - the use of antithesis
the words are:
– simple and complicated
– vowel and consonant

can it get any worse than it is
waiting cautiously for attention
looking for an answer to please
amidst throes of anticipation

simple solutions wrought
with complicated arguments
not something to be fought
to contend with no entrapments

lots of vowels of abhorrence
within blandishments of consonants
cajolement with good sentiments
wise conclusion of appeasements

weejars at MLMM's  -  Saturday Mix
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #428

Sunday, November 4, 2018

dreams of a journey likely to invoke a reality

                                                                                             Author: ChieuMua 
Image: Faith of a Dreamer (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
journey fly light machine pitch
promising yearn sing talk stick strand    

dreams of a journey likely to invoke a reality
to fly over along the avenue Champ de Mars
a light machine would be a designated beauty
a pitch complete with a sensational repertoire

a promising song to yearn for over the horizon
and a sensation to accentuate for love or pleasure
but to sing or to talk is a choice open to reasons
stick to it not to be stranded for good measure

Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #427
Brenda's the Sunday Whirl #376
Carrie's the Sunday Muse #28

Saturday, November 3, 2018

attired in an apparel in all formality

                                                                                         Attribution: anon
Image: An Old-Time 'Photoshop'
occurrence entitled 'trick pic' (here)

take the five challenge words and
NOT use them but their synonyms:

The words are:
dress - apparel attire costume frock gown skirt
soak - absorb immerse moisten submerge wet
eat -  bite chew devour dine feed ingest nibble
heat - warmth passion hotness swelter
draw - tie deadlock stalemate attract captivate tempt

attired in an apparel in all formality
called upon to take a bite to devour
in the hotness of a summer's tranquility
in the warmth of a passionate fervor

a stalemate of sweltering endeavor
to invoke a response to captivate a maiden
immersed in a deadlock not to favor
a conflict of interest in intentions

of whether to stand tall or to be shorter
by a head moistened in submerged readiness
to absorb the demands of one in anger
perhaps to tempt a roving heart in all fairness

weejar's at MLMM's Saturday Mix
Kerry's at Real Toad's Camera Flash 55

Thursday, November 1, 2018

the brilliance of a supple physical attribute

                                                                                Attribution: pexels-photo 268
Image: A Pose of Present Times (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
cool swings, slides break happy test 
syrup rule homework first despair

the brilliance of a supple physical attribute
can never be underestimated when called upon
even in light waltzing, the affirmation contributes
greatly to the strength and poetry of movements

cool ballroom grace will mask a pin-drop sound
not the swing and slides of rock or break-dancing
light music and flow of happy couples in unison
very much an oldies' attraction of favorite showing

in recent times the Gangnam style took it by storm
the test of the syrup was in its expressed popularity
it made its mark as the easiest of all dancing forms
as a rule an early demise is due usually to simplicity

lots of homework and learning for first-timers
will help though to avert frustrations and despair
smoothness and elegance of style are clearly stunners
focused on the lithe and agility of a dancing pair

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig Wordle #185
Michael's at MLMM's Tale Weaver #195 - dance
Kim's at d'Verse's OLN #231

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

nothing untoward in the legitimacy

                                                                            Attribution: – PrettyScary @ Deviantart
Image: The Return of a
Long-lost Soul-mate (here)

once upon a slumber
dedication of a sleeping partner
given to heaven's blessings
of sharing a bed

nothing untoward
in the legitimacy
of  perhaps of being a ladies' man
caught red-handed but
rather keeping company
to ease off a faint heart
requiring attention

the sacred will of a longing
for a childhood friend
a soul-mate
long lost but appeared
one day at the door-step
to claim the love and affections
of a friend of having
grown up together
now united and inseparable

Nekneeraj's  at MLMM's Photo Challenge #236
Lillian's at d'Verse's  - stock phrases