Tuesday, July 27, 2021

it rekindled memories

                                                            Author:Trailer screenshot cropped by Dr. Blofeld
Image: He Somehow looks Familiar (here)

the 12 given words:
sparks spontaneous sky far magic rising 
ring rekindled legendary dress heats future

sparks could fly
it was spontaneous
it was not something
that dropped from the sky
far from it
but rather like magic
rising from the realms
of imagination
with a ring of mystery
around it

it rekindled memories
of the legendary
"dressed for the kill" adage
for clothes maketh the man

it rode the heats 
on the silver screens
of the exploits 
of future superheroes

who was he?
if it was not Bond!

Note: for clothes maketh the man
- people are judged according to the way they are dressed.

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle#511
Merril's at d'Verse - Poetics - the proverbials

Monday, July 26, 2021

Ideas streaming into my head

                                                                                                   Author: W.carter
Image: Just like the ideas 
branching out (here)

Ideas streaming into my head competing 
with my headaches. Too much can have 
the opposite effect. The headaches persist! 

But net, net I still have the ideas. They can be 
put to good use given the lockdown. Blessed 
be with no laments or complaints
(44 words)

De at d'Verse Quadrille Monday#132
with the inclusion of 'stream' 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

has everything to do with the driver

                                                                                                      Author: Robin Stott
Image: Stationary Lorry Unattended (here)

two sets of homophones all to be 
used in poetry or prose.
horse – animal
hoarse – lack of voice
stationery – pen, paper, envelope etc.
stationary – still, unmoving

curious and hoarse with wonder 
seeing the lorry remaining 
stationary parked in front 
of the stationery store unmoving 
and idle not unlike a horse 
tied to a post waiting 
to be ridden off

but what can be the bother 
for how stubborn a donkey is 
it can still be lured to move 
with a carrot dangling 
in front of its nose

it has everything to do with 
the driver for to look after him 
well is to motivate him to do 
wonders in the job beyond 
one's expectations

however, if any dissatisfaction 
is imposed or is felt by him then 
whatever persuasion or motivation 
that comes his way will not impact 
as much on him

it is human nature to accord 
respect in cognizance of good 
work that the response will be 
reciprocated more than asked for 
which invariably will be mutually 
beneficial to both parties 

weejars at MLMM's Double Take
Saturday Mix -  homophones

Thursday, July 22, 2021

blessings of a gifted sensitivity

                                                                                                               Author: Acabashi
Image: Roses in Bloom (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
field bloom find fragrant perfume 
root follow trust persist act forgotten

in the field of flowers that bloom
it is common to find fragrances 
of perfume permeating the air

rooting for the source may not be necessary
but to follow the aromatic lead trusting the 
blessings of a gifted sensitivity
not unlike the nostrils and chic noses 
of talented wine sniffers

to persist is to acknowledge 
an act of the naturalist
not having forgotten the privileges
accruing from Providence's creation's  

MMT's The Whirligig #328
Sanaa's at d'Verse OLN #296 Live Edition

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Images in the Sky - An Adventure with Ms Zora Hurston

                                                                                                   Author: Neenekraj
Image1:  The Original Photo Challenge image (here)

Image2: A cropped-up part portion likened to an Alligator's head

Image3: A cropped-up part portion likened to a menacing wolf

Image4: A cropped-up part portion likened to a lizard's head

Interestingly, it is much fun to look up to the sky and to discover unending images as much as the imagination allows. With a casual sweep fast and unthinking a plethora of sub-images is discerned. It would be much clearer when cropped to the likeness of an animal or of a weird creature of sorts.

Missed opportunities are aplenty as to how often one looks up to Heaven's expanse except perhaps when extending both hands asking for forgiveness.

Image2 and image4 can be combined to show an angry 'mother alligator' in a protective mood with having its 'baby alligator' swimming in front in an artistic stance facing the opposite direction to its 'mother' 

Very much like Zora Hurston looking for ways where she could make herself heard that -  No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. 
(144 words)

Process Note: What does Zora Hurston mean by "I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife"?
The quote comes from the personal essay "How It Feels to be Colored Me." in World Tomorrow (1928)

Hurston makes the comment in the context of other writers' attitudes toward their blackness at the time in which the essay was written—1928. Hurston says that she does not "weep at the world" because she is "too busy sharpening her oyster knife." -  Wiki

“the world is your oyster” means that you can achieve anything you wish in life or go anywhere because you have the opportunity or ability to do so.

Lisa at dVerse: Prosery - Finding Ms. Zora Neale Hurston
- to write a prose in not more than 144 words
Neenekraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #375

Monday, July 19, 2021

dreaming in the heat

                                                                                                 Author: anon
Image: Anticipation on the Quiet (here)

a young maiden
dreaming in the heat 
of  late afternoon
clinging against hope
clasping for strength
her beauty only for him
yearnings lost in time
up against gathering storms
building up
bidding for a good omen

a sign of awakening
an offering nonetheless

she with bated breath
looking up to Heaven's norms
seeking  into the distance
faithfully prying

waiting with listless quiet 

rise and come back to me!

Carrie's Sunday Muse #169

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Where the game is still the same

                                                                                             Author: Sebastiandoe5
Image: New Construction 
in the Neighbourhood (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
sound violins, frets protest, broken keeping 
bridge, strings, ruins, belly, brittle, 

Gone were the days
Of fun and laughter
Of sounds of good music
Of melodious violins

Gone were the feelings
Of wanting to be an adult
Of frets tumbles and trauma
To protest and do adult things
And get rewarded

Gone were the backyard
That witnessed broken bones
Of tears of childhood experience
And the triumph of keeping
Boyhood strength that bridged
hidden talents

Gone were the neighborhood
Whose kids have grown
And flew to new nests
Some with no strings attached

Gone were the houses
Close to your heart
Now in ruins
To make way for developers
To enrich their belly 
But we still witness
The antics of those vying
For higher office where
brittle rivalries were rampant

Gone were the players of old
Replaced by new ones
Where the game is still the same
Only the players have changed

Bjorn at d'Verse  Meet the Bar
with chant poetry
MMT's at the Whirligig Wordle  #327

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

What did he do wrong!

                                                                                                 Author: Tomwsulcer
Image: Always Greener at the Neighbour's  (here)

Envy ran wildly through his system
Felt the despair turned in his belly
When he spied the green luscious plants
All in a row in an orderly fashion 
but sadly 'on the other side'
where the grass was greener literally

What did he do wrong that they did right
It was akin to stalking a beautiful lady
Surreptitiously on the sly 
Not knowing how she would react
When the moment came upon discovering
that there was an admirer following her tracks

It crossed his mind on how to correct the malady
If only he knew how as he kept eyeing the wonders
of succulent tomatoes, cabbages, and red chillies
to no end. It was a long ride to getting green fingers

Claudia's at d'Verse Poetics: Gardening

Monday, July 12, 2021

he stood out barely in a minute

                                                                                             Author: Cpl. Kaitlyn Klein
Image: Skills got its Way (here)

Juke: (in sport) make a sham 
move to mislead an opponent.

Welcome back, Brian! Great to see you, sir!

he stood out barely in a minute 
an immediate showpiece of skills
he juked two defenders ala Ronaldo
they crumbled in a heap on the ground
the new sensation making his debut
touted as a new Pele 
and he is not even a Brazilian
(44 words) 

Brian's at d'Verse Quadrille#131
to include the word  'juke'

Sunday, July 11, 2021

countless fish in the water?

                                                                            Author: Jasper James
Image: Difficult to imagine
what lies beneath the water (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
unravelling shadow spray flame 
language risk feast fish off saved eat

would it need unravelling
of imagination in the mind
a shadow play of happenings 
to spray flames of languages 
in bright daylight to risk a feast
of colourful images

countless fish in the water
desiring to get off to glide 
freely in the air wanting 
to be saved from having to eat
in a polluted environment

such is the new normal
restrictive in movements
affecting life even in peaceful
reaches of supposedly 
clear and clean water
in major waterways

but not anymore

Carrie's Sunday Muse #168
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle#509

Thursday, July 8, 2021

not to holler up the bridge

                                                                                                                           Author: anon

Image:  Help me!  (here)

the 12 given words:
brave, limit, holler, free trot natural, making, 
without hate allowed bones awake,  
remaining brave knows no limits
not to holler up the bridge but feel free
to trot along in a natural gait
making a bee-line to victory

time is without restrains nor hate
what is allowed ought to be utilised
make no bones about it
to be awake and to realise

an unseen enemy for all to see
not subdued through conventional means
to feel to hear in all reality
now airborne untouched and unseen

MMT's The Whirligig #326
Nekneeraj's Photo Challenge#373

Monday, July 5, 2021

at the crossroads clamouring to prove a point

                                                                             Author: Post processing by User:W.wolny
Image:   Keep Out! (Cologne, 
Germany 1945) (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
effervescent : (vivacious and enthusiastic)
border ferocious child rising finery 
form fire sky surprise poor 

an effervescent young bordering on being adults
the ferocious child now rising to face the world
all dressed in finery spick and span to exalt
a form of fire but not appearing to be cruel

the sky is the limit so they insist vehemently
at the crossroads clamouring to prove a point
not surprising considering the current realities
poor child about to step into a typical war zone

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle #508

Saturday, July 3, 2021

spiritually pure white lotus

                                                                                                        Author: 阿爾特斯
Image: The Lotus Flower (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
lotus floating waters fill my memory 
little flap window made wrist 

spiritually pure white lotus flowers
standing guard in the early morning mist
serenely floating in calm waters 
to fill my memory's desire with ease

the little flap across the window's view
accentuates the desire to spy out more
with progress on the promise made anew
the whines and laments spun off-colour

nothing at all encouraging impacting hard
when the wrist takes the brunt of the pressure
not to unduly get all confused and worked up
best to let the flow take its course at leisure

MMT's The Whirligig #325

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

frozen in time

                                                                                         Author: Bruce Boyd
Image: Flowers Frozen in Ice (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
perplex burst hesitation airless forbidden frown 
stone-carvings massive quick obliterated render

perplexed with bursts of tall questions
hesitation to up the ante of artistic images
trapped airless biddings not at all forbidden
not frowned on but under innovative guises

not stone carvings but beautifully frozen
in ice so delicately with massive potential
myriads of flowers mostly in full bloom
with admiration to appreciate and to ogle

like a good thing coming in with a quick entry
it begets a quick kill to be obliterated with awe
melting excruciatingly dripping with dignity
but slow in process to render time to adore

Nekneeraj at MLMM's Photo Challenge #372
MLMM's at Wordle #247

Sunday, June 27, 2021

it now walks alone

                                                                                                Author: anon
Image: A mean machine
in the past  (here)

Quenching its thirst 
It's being through with running
a mean machine 
in the past
but now tiredness is of right
a respite is mandatory
to rest awhile

survival is not an option
but a life and death thing
so as to be able 
to walk the next day

it now walks alone

there was a pack
following at his rear
not anymore
it was long gone

a dominant leader emerged
and enticed them away

the human kind
who flew out the nest
they did it on their own accord
but they are still emotionally attached
for family attachment is sacred
of ties that bind

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #166

Friday, June 25, 2021

Me and My Shadow

                                                                                                                 Author: Crep171166
Image: Me and My Shadow (here)    
Me and my shadow
It follows most faithfully
And no strings attached
Rightly it is on its own

MMT at Shadow Shot Sunday 2:
 A Bit of Shade

Thursday, June 24, 2021

He is still at a loss

                                      Author: SMasters
Image:  The Mangosteen (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
box pang heavy moved held share 
blooms trail forget writing could

He is still at a loss
Nothing in the lunch-box
but pangs of hunger brought him back

Something's on the kitchen table
She had the good sense
of putting some grub there
His guilt feelings seemed too heavy
He should not emulate the mangosteen
The outer skin is hard
He has to give way much
She was moved he thought 
It all seemed too easy to hurt her

He held designs 
to share a lot with her
He held promise of things easy
Blooms all the way along the trail
Forget minor inconveniences, he thought
The writing was on the wall
He could have seen it
He should!

She had said ‘no’
Why did she change her mind?

He has learned that much
about her to know her
He had known her that long
He had known her all his life!

She had gone through so much herself
He had not been that easy a guy to please

She’ll give in again this time
It had worked even 
during the turbulent teen years
After all, Mom knows best!

MMT's The Whirligig #324
Bjorn at d'Verse OLN #295

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Faint heart given a nudge

                                                                                                   Author: In twilight
Image: Opening up to 
its Beauty Eventually  (here)    

Isn’t it pretty to think so? – Ernest Hemingway 
in The Sun Also Rises (1926)

Case of misconstrued insanity
Could he be faulted for a time
Lingering in throes of secrecy
Not really worth a dime

He searched his conscience
He thought he had it made
Sweetie Pie, he even gave a name
But she would rather have him dead

What did he do wrong
Whispering sweet nothings?
Choice of words all along
Not open to feigning 

But he was not about to give up
Faint heart given a nudge
Plodding on would be smart
Time would be the judge

Jade at d'Verse Poetics - One true Sentence

Monday, June 21, 2021

To retain a semblance of authority

                                                                                          Author: Husseingallery
Image: Either Fooling Around or 
Safeguarding their Turfs (here)

the 12 given words:
onslaught people rights end signs pour 
drought  history still slide symbol week

The onslaught on people's rights
A peek toward's the openings of war
No end to human conflict and slights
Signs of old forever at the door

Pour it all out and end the drought
History still nagging to arrest the slide
The reaction is symbolic of a sort
Not wanting to give way without a fight 

If they can find their own tufts
But for weeks as always the case
It’s space and acting terse
Instinct determines the pace

Just a quibble and they erupt
They take positions aggressively
The equation is quick to disrupt
They bite lash and gnarl incessantly

They just go berserk without warning
Like the dog in the manger reacting
Not unlike a human provoked parrying
Off blows after blows contending

Each having as many rights
To wrench away at victory
Insisting to resolve to fight
To retain a semblance of authority

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #506

Saturday, June 19, 2021

I have reached this far

                                                                                                                  Author: anon
Image: Trappings of Success (here)

I have reached this far
Chauffeur- driven it is a beautiful car
But this flower at the lapel is in the way
Despite an hour hunting for it yesterday

It is a pretty flower, a beauty indeed
Get it right fast for I have a date to keep.
My desire is stunted I am left flustered
The evil is afflicting me hard and I’m all frustrated       

I have been through a trying existence
Fading by the minute the bother is an irritant
Time is fast-moving my chances in a deep abyss
A flower between me and that all-important kiss

Fireblossom at Sunday Muse #165

Thursday, June 17, 2021

crimson yellow peeping over the horizon

                                                                                                   Author: Denizb33
Image:  Beautiful Crimson Yellow Sunrise (here)

Trimeric was invented by Charles A. Stone.
1. A Trimeric has 4 stanzas
2. The first stanza has 4 lines
3. The other three stanzas have 3 lines each
4. The first line of each stanza is a refrain of the corresponding line 
in the first stanza (so 2nd stanza starts with the second line, the third 
stanza starts with the third line, etc.).
5. The sequence of lines, then, is abcd, b – -, c – -, d – -.
Note: No other rules on line length, meter, or rhyme.
but Hank kept the rhyming

crimson yellow peeping over the horizon
getting brighter by the minute but not fully
just stirring up and still dizzy feeling broken
already sunrise with birds chirping incessantly

getting brighter by the minute but not fully
the free-flowing booze made his head heavy
felt like throwing up but kept his senses easy

just stirring up and still dizzy feeling broken
reflecting sadly he was not where he belonged
an idler not used to staying on the job for long

already sunrise with birds chirping incessantly
yet to receive the stipend he was to get rightly
but none seemed to bother he sensed ruefully

Grace at d'Verse Poetry Form:  trimeric

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

unwittingly endured brutal in consequence

                                                                                   Author:: Carol M. Highsmith  (1946–) 
Image: At a Loss for directions (here)

the 12 given words:
endure brutal nothing home, hard mother 
help work way beyond reach field 

unwittingly endured brutal in consequence
nothing gained except home on the blind side
hard to imagine mother nature's vehemence
help cried for to work its way as of right

was it confusion beyond the reach for a spell
go, make a decision to arrive at any destination
directions plain to see road signs displayed well
being lost is a step towards a chance resolution 

a challenge to invoke beneficially good returns
to slash the field  to regain stature from slumber
life is a gamble in all of its contending spectrum
gambler's luck may unfold as a happy rejoinder

MMT's The Whirligig Wordle #323

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

abandoned by love and planned obsolescence

                                                                                                    Author: Glenn A. Buttkus
Image: Old Rusty Truck (here)
“The isolated Model T truck bears the weight and pride of a 
hundred years of rust, becoming prairie art and sentinel.” - Glenn A. Buttkus

abandoned by love and planned obsolescence
as Shakespeare would have rightly acquiesced 
tragedy of sorts the likeness of a sustenance 
of Romeo and Juliet, renowned young lovers

oblivious of time ignored in many ways
of what outcome stuck on unpaved lanes
out in the open but had seen better days
wrought with sorrow and lots of pain!

cast a blind eye mocked with laughter
regretfully betrayed in a web of intrigues
a history of happenings akin to gunfire
enemies within unseen but well in league

Sanaa at d'Verse Poetics: 

Monday, June 14, 2021

what's wrong!

Image: What seems to be 
the bother?  (here)

what's wrong!
what is troubling my mind?
a whole lot of encounters
making merriment 
mysteriously taking liberties
a troubling big smudge right
across my brain.
telling Hank something unlike
anything before, why?

a warning sign apparently 
must keep a lookout for
some other hints! 
(44 words)

Mish at d'Verse Quadrille #130
to include the word 'smudge'

Sunday, June 13, 2021

swirled around devoid of blame

                                                                                              Author: Carrie's
Image:  Talented Hands with
Beautiful Creations  (here)

sincerity an elusive element 
swirled around devoid of blame
in the quest of beautiful creations  
rollicking akin to playing games
exhibiting an array of creative forms 
takes efforts to stake a claim

other times easy to come by
relationships extending for life
stimulant to good-natured highs
not given to having to strive

outwardly small in significance
stellar makeup, jubilant in feelings
extending help beyond expectations
good friends count as rare beings

Carrie's at The  Sunday Muse #164

Saturday, June 12, 2021

they were lost in a reach of nothingness

Image: Sadness Written all Over (here)

a mind that swirled in eventual wildness
of tidal wave proportions in readiness
impacting on a barefaced soul of likeness
they were lost in a reach of nothingness

the amphetamine's initial overall effects
had a way then to transform the relaxed
slow progress in determined resurrects
to relate and  relent within strong impacts 

what every junkie had sadly hoped for 
to untie in time to untangle those knots
after popping in a fix, it softened of sorts
no more  resistance in enhancing the rot

but there seemed a common possibility
of the common reaction being triggered off
spasms of violent reactions showed chillingly
 a peacefulness side-stepped and not absolved

they eventually suffered alone in a dream-like
stupor not bothered nor aware of the real world

newepicauthor at  MLMM's LSD 25 
Music Challenge #184  - to write something
of the drug scene

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

must dreams keep appearing

                                                                                   Author: Imogenisla
Image: He willed himself
to dream again tonight (here)

10 of 12 given words:
nightmare, worst stony darkness revelations 
indignant word cradle, beast hand

fragments of his memories or
just figments of his imagination
salacious episodes popping
not a nightmare but worst

stony silence in the darkness
revelations of past events 
light and dark images dancing
in the shadows gone berserk

nothing had changed in his routines
but must dreams keep appearing 
in the still of nights

indignant and very much disturbed
he watched the clock ticking when
startled from his slumber eyes blurry
not a word through the whole episode

he cradled his imagination 
with a slight moan 
theft of his sleeping hours would leave 
him woozy but he remained uptight
the beast in him wanting to emerge
on the one hand his anger was subdued

he kept asking but answers eluded him
not that young to be privileged with
erotic dreams he persisted to get answers
he would like to dream again tonight!

MMT's the Whirligig #322
Lillian's at d'Verse OLN - how's your remodelling

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

if need be to even risk going into the deep

                                                                                   Author: Francesco Ungaro
Image: Risking the Deep 
for Solutions (here)

ironically the space extended is suffocating
why must freedom to move be curtailed
the surge to create space is most appealing
if reasons delimiting will not make it fail

if need be to even risk going into the deep
in search of wonders not known to man
find the staircase even to delve in while asleep
afflictions are solved guided through Providence

repent and not to provoke a reaction
good feelings are not subject to sanctions
under no pretext but on proper reflection
good intentions should not be abandoned 

Tricia at d'Verse : Poetics - take a risk
Nekneeraj at MLMM's Photo Challenge #369

Monday, June 7, 2021

Most perplexing to the mind.

Image:  At the Crossroads (here)

To include the following sentence:
“Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end"

Most perplexing to the mind. Having to seek a remedy seem the second-best
thing to do. Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end. One 
is invariably stuck midway. To move forward is equally impossible as to retreating 
backward. The idea is to make a start and then move, just move. It is bound to 
lead somewhere.It makes it easier then to decide mindfully of the resources available 
and the stamina to sustain. It is more to favour going forward. To adopt this 
stance is to be progressive going along with prospects of discovery, and fulfilment.

By extension, it is going towards the end, expecting to reach a goal working on a 
prospective target. On the contrary to go to the beginning is to be searching for 
indications of a likely direction with prospects of keeping on searching.
(144 words)

Merril's at d'Verse: Prosery -finding your way

to grab the elusive rainbow

                                                                                  Author: IIP Photo Archive
Image:: Rainbows and departing 
storm clouds, (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
stretch scene seek sing break 
closet open claim pride rainbow

extending a stretched hand to go beyond
to a scene yonder across pristine skies
to seek an endearment spellbound
singing across daffodils in the wilds

ungainly steps break over fast waters
that plunge icy cold furiously down below
lamenting a closet of life's woes that enter
into an open abyss of melted white snow

resolute resolution stamps a hard wallop
to readily claim the little pieces and get on
pride of lofty goals a little more assured
to grab the elusive rainbow the ultimate aim

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle#504