Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Desert Pit Stop

                                                                                                     Attribution: Ji-Elle
Image: Desert travelers
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Fitting pit stop for weary
desert travelers

Head splitting stomach
churning rest awhile a long
tiring ride ahead

Tension eased, music
food, peaceful night sky locked in
heaven's warm luster

Note: Caravanserai is resting place in the desert

Written for Chev's CARPE DIEM #260 with prompt caravanserai

A Superhero of Old

                                                                                   Author: Republic Pictures
Image: From Adventures of Captain Marvel
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

My recollection of superheroes
Were mainly of the Big Three of that vintage
Superman, Batman and Robin and Captain Marvel
Of them Captain Marvel left most memories

The impact was on account of many reasons
Captain Marvel had the strength of Superman
He could fly and righting wrongs where he found
And more so his shout out phrase ‘Open Shazam’!

First to be featured in his own serials on film
Sadly it did not sustain its own ‘immortality’
As a result of a copyright infringement suit
It went into oblivion

There were hopes of its return
But given the present crop
Of superheroes wannabes  
With all sorts of electronic peculiarities
It would have to have more on its plate
To come back to its heyday
Of superiority!

Written for Brian’s hosting at Poetry Jam talking on superheroes
as a prompt

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lethal War Machine

                                                                      Attribution: Tomas Castelazo
Image:  An American Crocodile
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

An anachronism
of the dinosaur period
Insisting in maintaining
its peculiar appearance
which had not changed
A crocodile a lethal
fighting  machine

Bulky and unwieldy
Depended on stealth
In hunting for its booty

Its hunting grounds
pools of water dark and murky
Priming itself just below the surface
Eyes nonchalantly darting
barely unseen

An unlucky calf
Stooped to take a drink
Jaws snapped
On soft thigh muscles
Rolled and whirled
In the water
It never stood a chance

Written for d'Verse OpenLinkNight week #107

Monday, July 29, 2013

Space to Move - An etheree

                                                                                  Attribution: S Ivanov
Image: Galaxy NGC 1300
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

One needs
more than  just

Space to muster
Efforts and gumption
to burst out from the chest

So much to rally round that
one is not strong enough to snuff

Need to react positively to
friendly banter with friends and foes alike

Hedge aka Joy is hosting at Real Toad's Week-end Mini Challenge with etheree
a form that progressively increases in syllable count from one to ten
Shared with Theme Thursday with prompt - space

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Melt-down, Pessimism Ahead?

                                                                            Attribution: BigMacSC99
Image: A Gloomy Wall St Intersection
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

A change for the able
A motivation no less
To catapult one to a higher level
Vying for one’s best
Sensing a world of unlimited wants
But stifled by scarce resources
One at the forefront
Discounting unbridled losses

Searching for solutions
To overcome shrinking revenue
Conflicts abound with options
How to make out anew

The business world revolve
On its own momentum
Extending a reach to involve
The reckless shenanigans

But the economy is rudely facing
Trying times without recourse
A market smaller in offerings
Contracting on untimely remorse

Gets frightening
Just thinking
How it had been
Previous sub-prime thing!

Written for Poets United's Poetry Pantry #160  and Kerry's hosting at Real Toad's Open Link Monday

Recycling Old Car Models

Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag

Myriads of colorful balloons
Lifting ‘some baggage’ up high
Old fashioned way to be air borne
Relentlessly reaching for the sky

Great imagination is necessary
To keep the baggage afloat
Such spells in defiance of gravity
Not too soon to gloat

Precursor of hot air bubbles
In big wicker baskets if one dares
Dreams come true in old car models
Driving in space is a daring fare

Dry and Hot Countryside

                                                                               Attribution: Michael Gabler
Image: Kolob Valley, at the Zion National Park part of the Utah Countryside
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

The Wordle with the following words given:
cells crows eroded last one scarce strength rain revisited rooted wove vegetation

Scarce rainfall
one of subdued
strength eroded
vegetation woven
in rooted cells of
dry countryside
where crows
last revisited

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fun and Games (MF)

Image:  Courtesy of Grandma's Goulash week #123

Atlantic City of old
where leisure and pleasure
were woven into a fine
fabric of life's fun and
games to cater for all tastes
and types

(140 Characters)

Note: Atlantic City, known for casino gambling, conventions, and leisure.
Discover everything to do in AC whatever your pleasure!

Grandama aka Linda at Succinctly Yours #123 provided the image above for us to
write a Micro Fiction of not more than 140 characters and to include the word
of the week  -  woven

Liberated and Free

                                                                                       Attribution:  Saloca
Image: Chef at Work
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

What a sight to see
Not uncommon happenings
Tied by apron strings

Deftly started with
the greens and with kitchen knife
Concocted  a  dish

Kids ready for school
Dressed up and down for breakfast
Led to the school bus 

Went upstairs baby’s
Diapers changed tucked in bed. Hail,
Liberated male!

Written for Chev's CARPE DIEM # 257with prompt  -  liberated

Friday, July 26, 2013

Water and Water Matters

                                                                                     Attribution:  Tubantia
Image: A Water Mill
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

From the air to earth’s surface  
A giver of hope and life
Monopolizing the landscape
Found in varied forms
Or hidden underground
Known variously
Depending on regions

Progressing from puddles
Springs streams canal and rivers 
Finding its own levels
To the sea bay and ocean blue
Or tucked away of hidden fjords
Lashed with rain and snow

Harnessed for benefits of mankind
Reservoir hydro-electric water-fall and irrigation
Visible before as water-mills or fire hydrants
For the love of sports and recreation
Boating sailing water skiing surfing
From the sea to land
Artificial dives slides all in fun

Beware though the bane of shipping
Storms hurricanes and until recently
The destruction of the tsunami
No way to run but to appreciate and savor
The reality of the situation

A living being in need
As provided courtesy of Providence
Three-fourth of earth’s surface
A flowing body or expanse of oceans
Water a life’s sustenance

Written for Karin’s hosting at d’Verse to talk everything  of water

Consequences of Confrontation

                                                                     Attribution: Benson Kua
Image: "I found them arguing so I made them talk"
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Bad word best not to
provoke its presence it brings
bad consequences

Hot air fluttering
Tension build up moving fast
Sane thinking flustered

Tempers on thin ice
Just waiting to trigger off
No mood to be nice

But confrontation
in bold healthy arguments 
can create grand results

Written for Chev's CARPE DIEM #256 with prompt - confrontation

Some Deer Fences

                                                                 Attribution: Roger McLachlan
Image: Deer fence in Scotland put up to protect woodland plantings along sides of
the lochs (lakes) to prevent deer from swimming
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

                                                                                     Attribution: Lis Burke
Image: Access stile on deer fence built at frequent intervals along the length of
the deer fence
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Note: The above fences were built to prevent encroachments of wild deer to planted woodlands. The deer fences that I saw in New Zealand were built on deer farms. These were of higher fencing of approximately 12 to 15 feet in height,  more elaborate meant to prevent the deer from escaping.

Written for Life According to Jan and Jer's Friday's Fences #90

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Of A Foolish Abandon

                                                                                 Attribution: Keven Law
Image: An Angry Wildcat
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Never one to pass off an opportunity
He pursued with serious abandon
Despite a slow uptake a duty
To his being he reckoned

Would it be right
Derelict on ideas
But a thinking so bright
He thought not to apologize

But to no avail
Relentlessly pursuing
Lest he failed
To medicate his ego knowing

Fully well
To slow down
A groundswell
of affairs so profound

would be inviting
a disaster
but  he continued
despite signs of impending failure

Written for 3WW with words derelict,apologize and medicate

Charms of the Hibiscus

Image: Courtesy of Chev's CARPE DIEM

Extending its charms
Hibiscus in varied hues
Regal in stature

Softness in beauty
Admiration for a day
Dignified exit

Written for Chev's CARPE DIEM - Imagination #5 - a Chinese Rose

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Grappling with Gripes

                                                                                          Attribution: Jakub Halun
Image: Birds on Sticks - Street Food in Shanghai
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Propelling his mind through sloppy ventures
A slice of ungrateful windows showing their noses
The fury of winds skating on calm waters
Of tenderness evolved shining as shadows

He felt curious stares of mice so blind
Liken to clear surface on table tops
He paced his parched lips on grated lines
And started running slipping back with stops

The shrill cry of nights with sleepy owls
Could fill gritting teeth that pushed his resolve
Blue in his face but he kept playing foul
A factor that kept needling him to absolve

Shaking his head he could only smile
His perch unshaken deep in a broken dish
Self rooted to surface for some while
He was not inclined to such goodness bliss

Still of the night, blasted at his anger
Urged on by graceful maidens he faced
As that was typical of his own bother
He could only strike at knotted white laces

Written for Get Listed, The Grapeling's Way at Real Toads

Monday, July 22, 2013

Animal Unchained and Unchanged

                                                                        Attribution: US Fish and WildlifeService
Image: A Wild Animal
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

You had risen from the heap
Smoking at the nostrils a bull seeing red
Fiery eyes advancing menacingly
Through the shadows gingerly
I’ve seen this animal in you before
And you wanted more

High speed ambulance driver
converted in a flash to savor
Swept off my feet in swashbuckling mode
A seething knight in armor you rode

I’m seeing it again OMG!
You’re giving everything you’ve got
Tempest of stormy weather
Splurged upon me, no small wonder
Told you thousand times before
(Mummy!  I’m done for)

Without an appearance
for far too long
He’s all worked up for all good reasons
A victim of his passion!

Written for d'Verse's OpenLinkNight week #106 and Mrsupole’s hosting at
Theme Thursday, with prompt   -  passion

A Streaker's Dilemma

                                                                                    Painting by Andrew Wyeth 
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag

Done with my streaking
You should have seen their eyes
How they popped out
More of surprise than anger
They did not expect anything like this
And it was also a stroke of good luck
I did not anticipate the large crowd
Tonight it was somehow unusual
And they were very sporting

Did you see the guy with the red hat
The burly and menacing looking
I thought he was trying to stop me
I started with a slow run further down
The ladies were already screaming
when I reached him
He came at me
I thought he was swinging a punch
Lo and behold! He cleared the path
for me. He was making it easier for me
In fact he followed slowly to make
sure I had a clear passage
I owed him one!

It was pretty tiring
That was a long run
I had better get back to my bike

 Hey! Who switched on my lights!
What happened to my clothes?
I was lucky I hid my wallet and bike keys
under the stone in the bush
I’ll better go get them

Lesson learnt
Next time for a streaking stint
No more bikes!
Bring the car!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Reality in Life

                                                                                    Attribution:  ceridwen                
Image: A Decomposed  Leaf  (substitute for
image of a decomposing flower ) (here)

decomposed flowers
silent witness of a relative
red tear-stained eyes
Stark reality in life
Sustenance brief and fleeting

decomposed flowers
silent witness of a relative
red tear-stained eyes
Divine intervention not
invoked by design 

Note:  Kris provided us a haiku and we are to make it a tanka by adding  2 lines
of 7 syllables making the syllable count as  5-7-5-7-7.  I’ve decided an offering
of 2 tanka

Written for Chev’s CARPE DIEM's Tan Renga Challenge #7  and
shared with Open Link Monday at Real Toads

A Mesh of Memory

                                                                                         Attribution: Mdf
Image: Red-headed Woodpecker
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

The given words:

What is to become of a long driven
longing to get some chow and then
just repair to its room,
Its nest!

The key to nights of bliss
on a given slate, no tears
no bother!

But who  would think to have
created this ! Just to stifle its

A mesh of goodness, bird food
now not easily accessible

Written for Brenda’s hosting of Sunday Whirl, Wordle #118 with the given 12 words

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Swooning to the Pop Stars

  Attribution:  National Archief, Den Haag

Image: Sir Cliff Richard and the Shadows at Schipol Airport 1962.
Behind Cliff from left: Bruce Welch, Tony Meehan, Jet Harris and Hank Marvin
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

This has the makings of how pop stars were mobbed
Screaming teeny -boppers, wide eyed, shedding tears unashamedly
Reaching out, waving and grapping where possible their idols
Hysterical and crying out loud sweating profusely

Swooning over the  very same people who cut their records
No YouTubes, DVDs to talk of but vinyl covers emblazoned
With colorful pictures and the tracks inside that they could ill afford
Placed close to their heart or waved vigorously to catch attention

There have been large noisy crowds at present day concerts
But one never gets to hear of shirt-grabbing episodes that followed
Have teens these days matured beyond that the desire to exert
Is no more there as cyber space and FB have made them mellowed?

What a fun thing they had all missed!

Written for Sandy's hosting of One Single Impression #281 with prompt – swoon


Innocence Denied

                                                                                 Attribution: Bob Petersen
Image: Innocence Blooming
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

He stood there holding out for his own
Not the slightest bother on others around
His mind wondered far but he stood his grounds
Seemingly confident without a sound

Wrinkles lined his pock marked face
Had seen better days before in his heyday
He reflected on the twist of fate
It could not be any other way

It was a good lesson
He should have stood up to his rights
He was innocent
But he let his guard down without a fight

He shouldn’t have trusted others
They looked after their own
They disappeared when  it mattered
And left him holding the baby alone

He bade farewell to the good life
Fugitive from the law he was labeled
He now depended on his wiles to survive
To stamp his innocence later when able

Written for Sandy’s hosting at One Single Impression #280
with prompt  - wrinkle

Timely Reminder

                                                                                                        Photo: Hank's
Image: Unripe Dates - Timeless  at an Oasis

Caressed at softly
Time a favored element
Savored by many

Not to be wasted
Not forgotten nor ignored
In squint of instance

Nibbled at slowly
Unique sweetness assured like
dates of the desert

Harsh conditions but
timely distribution with
journeys undeterred

Written for Leo's at Haiuku Heights #266 with prompt - time

Friday, July 19, 2013

Virtue Most Elusive

                                                                           Attribution: Sam Mugraby
Image: A Loving Couple in Trusting Mode
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Virtue most profound
Inspiring belief

Witness under siege
Reliability questioned
Defence’s real nightmare

Reasons to believe
Voice of a politician
Lacking commitment

Quality of trust
Character of  high esteem
Lovers' paradise

Written for Chev's CARPE DIEM #250 with prompt - credibility

A Huitain - Symbolism

                                                                          Attribution:  Paul Friel
Image: A Bald Eagle – a symbol of regal bearing
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

An eagle often symbolizes strength, courage, farsightedness and immortality.
It is considered king of the air and invincible against all other birds

Symbol of strength, courage, regal bearing
and of a nation’s immortality
Bald eagle soars high in all eagerness
Savoring its invincibility
Its strength emblazoned in its entirety
Policing below entire regions
For a common cause of tranquility
Commands a view of peaceful assertions

Written for Tony's’s hosting at d’Verse, Mix and Match

Note: I’ve mixed and matched Victoria’s earlier posting of Sept 06 2012
with prompt - Symbolism. It's matched with one in a huitain form. It  is  of an
ababbcbc rhyming  structure maintaining a 10 syllable count in all 8 lines.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Alone in His Thoughts!

                                                                                                                  Attribution: Carin Araujo
Image: A Smiling Baby
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

His thoughts traverse the ocean blue
His far-away vision seeing unusual happenings
He tried to recall sitting in heavenly comfort
Something strange of yester-years
Floating in wavy flow across his mind

He was young then very innocent
He was brash then unyielding
He was rash and impulsive
He was outspoken quarrelsome
Fluid with all pretenses and he was alone

She was the only soul who dared
She showed her friendly self
Showered love and affections
Taught him to be gregarious
In the face of sneering beings
Afforded and accorded the companionship
That he so yearned but elusive till then

She was all that he needed
She was all heaven in his eyes
She was everything
Assigning her all excitements
Truthfulness, laughter and fun
How she filled the emptiness
With a bundle of joy
So lovely and lively
A part of her beauty retained
A baby boy so endearing
With thoughts of a bright future
How he had wished

But for that twist of fate
He kept staring cold in thoughts
Blank in sight but focused
He was again now alone
having left baby at home

It was peaceful quiet but eerie
With a slight breeze brushing his hands
Like she did before

He was again now alone!
But for her starkly sturdy tombstone.

Written for 3WW with words traverse, pretense and assign

Squeezing Variety

                                                                                           Attribution: Richard Dorrell
Image: Tight Squeeze Access
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Unbearable heat
Squeeze an orange for juices
To quench the parched lips

Honey! come over
This dark corner provides space
let us squeeze in here!

Squeezed of hard-earned cash
Consumers fell victims to
The greedy traders

The wayward persists
Trying to squeeze blood from stone
Just wasted efforts 

Written for Leo's Haiku Heights #265 with prompt - squeeze and Poetry Jam  - with prompt Feel the Heat

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Heat of the Moment

                                                                                     Attribution: jeffreyw
Image: An Angry Bird ( A Ruby-Throated Humming Bird)
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

In the heat of the moment
Rashness of temper
Makes one lose momentum
Wrought good judgement asunder

Plausible explanation to counter
The loss of rational thinking
But is there nothing else to offer
Why a sudden outburst is blamed

Being goaded into action
Nothing substantial
Some minor intransigence
Triggered off the potential

Consequences may turn out serious
Easily offered as an excuse
Just human weakness
A convenient ruse

Written for Brian's hosting at d’Verse’s OpenLinkNight week 105 (significantly this being the 3rd Anniversary of d'Verse) to be shared with Mrsupole's Theme Thursday with prompt – heat 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Unflinching Will-Power

                                                                            Attribution: Kadellar
Image: Striving with Will-Power
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Fervent thrust of thoughts
Sustenance of will-power
Mind over matter

Unshaken resolve
Propensity to stake a
position of strength

A  yearning to win
Pushing forward to strive and
thrive on the quiet

Unflinching finesse
Tenacious stance to forage
Succeed with flourish 

Written for Chev’s CARPE DIEM #247 with prompt  - will-power

Sunday, July 14, 2013

To Meet Her Craving (MF)

Image: Courtesy of Grandma's Goulash

Determined to get her
favorite food she elected
to trudge in the downpour
looking for the familiar
stall which was not
at its usual spot

(140 characters)

Linda at Grandma's Goulash week 121 invites us to write a Micro Fiction based on the
above image in not more than 140 characters and to include the word elect 

A New Planet

                                                                                                Attribution: NASA
Image: The New Planet Fomalhaut-b orbiting its own sun the Fomalhaut
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)
The Sunday Wordle with the given words:

(could not place the word sick)

The space lab was jubilant
It managed to detect a new planet
Make no mistake, it orbits its own sun
With a chic given name, Fomalhaut

Fomalhaut-b is the new planet named
Surrounding it a Saturn-like ring structure
Comprising brown and gold colors aflamed
Leaving them like friends close together

Translating a conscience long noted
Are yet to reveal from the rest of the galaxy
Likely second planets may still be discovered
Takes time it may seem but still very likely

Written for Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #117 with the given words above and Kerry's hosting at Real Toad's Open Link Monday

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Music by Karunesh

                                                                                           Attribution: lin padgham
Image: A Desert Scene
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Beauty of sparkling
desert living, a Spartan
way of existence
Listening intently yet
Unfazed of the searing  heat

Note: Kristjaan provided a music video as prompt with music by Karunesh
that has a Middle Eastern touch

Written a tanka for Chev's CARPE DIEM #245 with prompt - listening

Onslaught of Summer Heat

                                                                               Attribution: High Contrast 
Image: Rudbeckia Fulgida Faded in the Summer Heat
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Blazing summer heat beating down mercilessly
Onslaught on vulnerable living things profusely  
Without recourse torrid of nature’s spurn unfairly
Of good Mother Earth taking the brunt squarely

Nestled in one corner of the garden in all innocence
Making an appearance long after a quiet in hibernation
A patch of flowers in full bloom proudly arrogant
Taking on nature’s discord to survive as a challenge

Unrelenting as all of other living things out there then
Trying desperately in all fairness to sustain a fair existence
Devoid of protection but reaching out without pretentions
Treading each step accepting the specter of nature’s warmth

Such is the snarl of terror of the summer sun
Liken to an act of retribution for dissidents
Daring at the outset to offer mundane resistance
Remorseful eventually reeling against all regiment

Written for Claudia’s hosting at d’Verse , Poetics on 
summer's scorching sun

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mood Swings Malady

                                                                           Attribution: Cyron Ray Macey
Image: The Angry Sky
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Privately one thinks
Upon observation, mood
swings evoke some thoughts

Fluctuates from laughter
to tantrums, within seconds
All without conscience

Mystifying to
the unaccustomed, dreaded
by those familiar

Written for Chev’s CARPE DIEM # 244 with prompt -  mystery and
Leo’s Haiku Heights #264 with  - swings

Trials and Tribulation

                                                                               Attribution: Archenzo
Image: The Will to Survive
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Still wondering of
trials and tribulations of
what life has in store

One reflects on why
it runs smoothly for some but
not for some others

Blessed are those chosen
Providence is always a
fair Equalizer

Written for Chev’s CARPE DIEM #243 with prompt   -  tribulation

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Desires in Calm Waters

                                                                                Attribution: Andy Beecroft
Image: A Young Couple Trying to Make Up
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Whispers of sweet nothings softly
Knocked a little a time expecting
How efficient it was to be silly
Pushed in as much of the same trying

Love knew no bounds but still insisting
Mindful of being snubbed as before
Trudged on tenacious in reckoning
Persisting and pulsating even more

A sly smile was all that he perceived
But just as well there was a response
Open your heart and not to deceive
Desires in calm waters not enjoined

Note: Not schooled in poetry writing wondering if this is acceptable.

Tony hosting at d’Verse’s Forms for All with  - bang bang bang crash on the intricacies of
writing accentual alliteration.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Locked in or Locked Out

                                                                                Attribution:  MGM Inc
Image Elvis in Jailhouse Rock
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Locked out, an indication one is not wanted
The snow, rain and cold out there triggered
Hoping though the weather is kind
A respite in a way to give time
To reflect on what had transpired
For it wears off even the physically well structured

The vagaries of the elements
Impacting on the emotions
Running hot or cold
Subjecting the poor souls
To health constrains beyond
The being is tested and one suffers alone

Locked in is more dreaded
Behind bars or ‘house arrested’
Confined within the four walls
With no personal freedom at all
Free movements are restricted
Or not at all accorded

Is it a good choice then
being locked out or locked in
Emotionally the effect is the same
Whether innocent or delinquent
Allowing those having the power
To allow the rat in the sewer
To act out their whims and fancies
To various forms of indignities
To which the hapless
Jail-birds and nameless
are subjected
to have their resolve wrecked

Written for  3-WordWednesday with words: trigger,delinquent and hapless, 
Poetry Jam with prompt - birds  and Poets United’s Verse First with prompt - lock

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Measure of Strength

                                                                     Attribution: Paramount Pictures
Image: The King
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

A measure of strength
Design of character laced
with regal bearing

Reminiscent of tussle
for power typifying
kings of yesteryears

Pompous appearance
on the podium of honor
befitting stature

Written for Leo's  Haiku Heights #263 with prompt  -  measure

Companions at Hand

                                                                                    Attribution:  Burim
Image:  Old Friendship
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Ignites human cause
Extending life's hand, earnest
in bids of friendship

Occasions merit
sincerity in wit and
like indiscretion

Devoid of feigned feuds
facades of conflicts all for
warmth of human touch

Written for Chev's CARPE DIEM #243 with prompt - companions
and Bjorn's hosting at d'Verse's OpenLinkNights week #104

Monday, July 8, 2013

Nonsensical Nibblings

                                                                                       Attribution: Diego Delso
Image: BMW Tower viewed from the bottom
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Strickened strategy
Sacrificed a winning streak
And stifled success

Rapport not rebuked
Or rebuffed reconciled a
Recluse’s reluctance

Outright oversight
Obscured likely odious and
Obnoxious  ogre

Wrecked in bid to wrest
Wisdom from the wayward he
Wobbled  in weird woes

Written for Chev's CARPE DIEM #241 with prompt  - sacrifice and Real Toad's Open Link Mondays

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Of Ties That Bind

Image: From Left, OPs Adam Tan Sri Aziz, Razali, Akbar, Abdul Aziz (Tan Sri) 
Amir Sharifuddin (Dr) and sitting Amiruddin (Datuk,Dr) Hank snapped the pic.

Note: 1 Six months ago we met for tea hosted by OP Amiruddin (Datuk,Dr)

One could not have really imagined
That we first set eyes way back in 1960
As scraggly school boys to be trained
In a residential school with all things military

And this afternoon we met again
Not of the same vintage
But from the early ‘60s anyway
To renew ties that bind
In keeping with the esprit de corps
Of a military tradition

Now we may not be clean shaven
We may look aged and weather beaten
Very unlike then as school boys of all innocence
Spick and span, smartly dressed in green uniforms

We are now retired from various callings
But the warm friendship we still maintain
With a rendezvous at the Club this morning
For the lost years with grand reminiscences

A big yarn followed by a sumptuous lunch
Courtesy of one who had made it in life
Tan Sri Abdul Aziz happy with his buddies
And he feted Datuk Dr Amir especially
a childhood friend he grew up with

No quiet moment of hours that slipped by
A fleeting moment and then just as fast
It was time to say good-bye!

Note: 2 We were together as school boys in the early 60’s in
a unique residential school administered steep in military
traditions, the RMC (Royal Military College)

We had an informal lunch date hosted by Tan Sri Abdul Aziz
an ex-Deputy Chief Minister, a two-term Senator
in the august House of the Dewan Negara (the Senate)
and currently a titled dignitary of Pahang chieftains
and President of Mubarak (the association of one-time
legislators) The honorific ‘Tan Sri’ is equivalent to 
‘Sir’ in the British government

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Puzzling to Puzzled Minds

                                                                               Author: Meronim
Image: A Chuck Puzzle
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here)

Puzzles are a fascination
an intellectual refuge to test
emotions  so tickled

Puzzling to some
of how so engrossed
one gets in unraveling
a cross-word puzzle

Time and patience are impacted
frustrations ensued
solutions pursued
with shrapnels of ideas blasted into
brains that refuse to operate
and co-operate

On hindsight its sobering effect
is notably a savior to sustain semblance
of balance and
of logic and sanity

Mind games, memory exercises
puzzles,  all impinge on the conscious
to bring out the best in the sub-conscious
to counter a debilitating memory loss
for which a cure is so elusive

Pathetic to observe brilliant minds
plunged so deeply in the dark abyss
of no return of the curse of dementia
a bane to the aging minds

God forbid!
Blogging helps!

Written for Brian's hosting at d'Verse, with Poetics :  PuZZled

Birthday Bash at Age Three

Remember Little Naqip? How he had everyone on tenterhooks the day he was 
born (here) He turned 3 today and what a day!

 Image: 1  'Happy Birthday Naqib'!  The Banner on the Wall,

 Image: 2 The Birthday Boy with sis Sarah Ayesha

 Image: 3 With cheeky sis Sarah Ayesha, cousins, Norman and Kimie

 Image:4 Auntie Azlin, Grandma Shadah and Auntie Wati

Image:5 The Birthday Boy Ready to Blow the Candles, held Lovingly by Mom

Image: 6  Dad Hafidz and Mom Qaty cutting out the cake and The Birthday Boy safely
in the arms of Uncle Hussein

Image: 7 Sarah Ayesha (with mask) friend, brother Nabil and cousin Khalis waiting
for a piece of the Birthday cake

His big day today
Naqip turned three and he has
his friends around him

Mom and Dad giving
a special treat, a birthday
bash at the Mall

How will he take it,
as the music is blaring
and guests keep coming

No fear, he blew the candles
most confidently!

Written haiku for Chev's CARPE DIEM #239 with prompt - curiousity