Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Calling it a day!

                                                                                     Attribution: Virginia Schaefer
Image: Waving goodbye! (here)

Note: Bidding sayonara to the hectic Poetry month of April

NaPoWRiMo #30  -  with prompt, to write a poem
of farewell but doesn't have to be goodbye forever

Writer's Digest  -  2014 PAD Challenge Day 30
with prompt, Calling it a Day

Calling it a day
Concise pretences if you may
In not so many words
Finding courage to slush the dirt

Poignantly assessing the situation
On finding every reason
To get the impact cushioned
With the right mix of emotions

Saying goodbye is an art
To pluck courage appearing smart
Not to startle nor squirm with sadness
But empathy maintained a stature steadfast

Sympathy extended genuinely
Bidding adieu but not entirely
Prospects of meeting again hoping
Just a respite replete with feelings

Writer's Digest

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

It is Peaceful and Quiet - a Triversen

                                                          Attribution: Alberto-g-rovi (CC-A-SA 3.0 Unported)
Image: A Mare (here)

A  Triversen:  A poetic form developed by
William Carlos Williams where:
- each stanza equals one sentence.but broken into 3 lines and 
- the poem as a whole should add up to 18 lines of 6 stanzas.

We Wordle #16: All the 39
words are used:

leg squat insect spring starving
truth heart air radio laugh yes but
when licking  spongy cat  gentle
wallow wind blue tree draw
picture silver knot weight corner
life small kids rides heart wails
party magic rust sky silent forever

Not able to squat, standing
on my legs truth be told and no
insect is to spring a surprise

Starving my heart out with
the radio blaring on the air
it is a laugh, yes!

But when it comes to licking
and 'milking' it is as spongy and gentle
as to a cat to wallow in the wind

Try to draw a picture so blue of a tree
a silver mare, my mom and small
kids at a party raucous in a corner

Knotted life rides a weight in the
heart to wails of waifs enjoying
the magic of breast feeding

Not here as the quiet rustic sky above
bears witness to a peaceful and silent mode
for feeding time with Mom is a joy forever

Miskey's We Write Poetry We Wordle #16 and
Helen's Talking with animals at Real Toads

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dabbling with Pi

                                                         Attribution: Piledhigheranddeeper at en Wikipedia
Image: Pi Plate (here)

Piku is a poetry form where the syllable count corresponds
to the numbers of pi. The first line has three syllables, one
syllable for the second, four for the third and so forth, just
like pi ie 3.14159265358979323846.
One can write multiple stanzas of 3-1-4 only.  Or one can
stop at any point where one so wishes!

3          Shockingly
1          great!
4          Sensational!
1          Why
5          must really bother?
9          Wallow and have a bash of good times?
2          Never!
6          Go yonder and find out
5          There are better things!
3          Look around
5          You will get it yet!
8          True for those who persevere!

For Poets United's Poetry Pantry #199

Doggie Master of the House!

                                                                                                              Dog on Sofa
Image: Courtesy of Tess' Mag #217 (here)

Combining Tess’ Mag image
to the Sunday Whirl

Sunday Whirl Wordle #158
The 9 out of 11 words chosen:
beastly  become  beading  branch
cancer cheat  chew  leave speak

Let’s see!
I’m beastly
Truly that’s me
But what’s to become of me
Beading is not my forte
Branch of activity
For an old lady

Instead I want to see
The cancer story
On YouTube apparently
Can someone help me?
I can only chew things bony
But I can give orders if you let me
To humans that’s easy!
Leave it to me
I cheat a little let’s see!


Clever human, really!
Doggie and man can switch roles uncanny!

Tess' Magpie Tales
Brenda's Sunday Whirl

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Zest for Living - A Curtal Sonnet

                                                                    Attribution: Americo Nunes (CC-BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Happiness at Sundown

d'Verse OpenLinkNight
A to Z Challenge  #26  -  Z  for Z words (not  too many to choose from though)
NaPoWriMo # 26   -   To write a curtal sonnet

A curtal sonnet is shorter than the normal, fourteen line sonnet. Instead it has a first stanza of six lines, followed by a second stanza of four, and then closes with a half-line. It has an ABCABCDBCDC rhymic structure if one so wishes ( it may not need to rhyme) A 10 syllabic count for the 9 lines is maintained (and  5 for the half line) The syllabic count is also flexible and not necessarily adhered to in many.

A          Zeal to zap for power not zig-zagging
B          Detests  any zombie-like existence
C          And set to counter zealots of all kinds
A          Somewhat  zany but with a zest for living
B          Stuck zippers a phenomena often
C          in haste an obsession for one so blind

D         Having zabaglione instead of pizza
B         A light meal on the quiet all alone
C         An abhorrence to others on the bind
D         Well mannered turn-around none too bizarre

C          Just one of a kind!

d'Verse OpenLinkNight   -  hosted by Beth Winters
A to Z Challenge

Friday, April 25, 2014

Yonder a distance far away!

                                                                                 Attribution: Soffia S (CC/A/2.0G)
Image: A Keilir (Volcanic Mountain in Iceland) in the distance (here)
A to Z Challenge #25:   Y  for Yonder
NaPoWriMo #25:  To write on an Anaphora 

An Anaphora  -  where a word is
repeated at the beginning of each line

Yonder a distance far away
Yonder lies the dreams
Yonder the fun holds sway
Yonder not what it seems

Yonder over the horizon
Yonder lies all the ‘up the sleeve’
Yonder the goodness emblazoned
Yonder they get to deceive

Yonder the memories abound
Yonder of bygone days missed
Yonder of childhood and loves gone
Yonder good feelings virtually ceased

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Munching at ideas

                                                                                                      Attribution: Steve
Image: A Beaver Sitting back Munching (here)

3WW  -   adept edible viscous
CARPE DIEM  -  crane

Grainy in make-up
Viscous thoughts none too smooth a
review in order

Crane the neck above
the crowd straining to assess
the situation

Adept at the job?
Edible not too soon still
munching at ideas

For Thomg's 3WW shared with
Chev’s CARPE DIEM #456

Tell it to the Marines!

                                                                              User: US National Achives
Image: If You Must Talk

A to Z Challenge # 24   X for X-men
Writer's Digest: Day 24
NAPoWriMo: Day 24

They can take it
Being tough nuts to crack
Never a worry one bit
Sense of humor they never lack

Take it within their strides
Other sailors see it too?
Yes, and they stamp it with pride
Not a dull moment to view

Tell it to the Marines!
They size it up with care
Only those who let out screams
Thinking X-men will not dare!

Written for Writer's Digest 2014 April PAD Challenge Day 24
with prompt, Tell it to the............!
A to Z Challenge

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wholesome weary woes

                                                                                                   Attribution : Ayacop
Image: Weary Migrating Bird (here)

A to Z Challenge:  #23  W  for W- words
NaPoWriMo: #23

Willing winsome waif
Wishy-washy with wishes
Wanton wistful wants

Wilted wrinkled wares
Wrangling wagers wafted with
wholesome weary woes

Wretched wasted wrecks
wherewithal with wry wails
wickedly waylaid

A to Z Challenge

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Probabilities do Shock

                                                                     Attribution: Hank's snapshot
Image: Hank with a Whopper

NaPoWriMo : #22

Fishing for high stakes
Probabilities do shock
With luck of the draw

Wants markedly varied
Propensity for success
Not quite ascertained

Stay on the sidelines
Play safe, for happiness not
meant to be gambled

For Chev's CARPE DIEM #452 with prompt  -  fishing

Virtuoso of vital virtues

                                                                                              Attribution: Abrget47j
Image: Boulders on the Beach
cause of Complaints  (here)

A to Z Challenge # 22  -  V for Lots of V Words

Vacated his position
On his own volition
Viciousness of dealing
With various visitors
Volatile in voluminous
Complaints venting
Anger with vehemence
And vengeance

This he found was
In variance with some
Vacationers versed
In variety of versatile
And vibrant conduct

Before he veered
Into vagaries of vain
Venerable vendetta
He chose to venture out

Vamoose so they say
Not vanquished but
Vaulting with verdant
Speed valiant in vestiges
Of vanity and dignity
With valuable lessons
Validated verdant against
A vanguard that might
Verge otherwise into
Veritable voices of  
Insanity virulent of a
Virtuoso of vital virtues

A to Z Challenge

Shadows of Endearment

                                                                               Attribution: Ildar Sagdejar
Image: Shadows of Railings (here)

Shadows Shot Sundays 2
A to Z Challenge: #21  -  U for Unannounced
NaPoWriMo #21
Insecure Writer's Support Group

Note: A shadorma comprises six non-rhyming 
lines and the syllable pattern is 3-5-3-3-7-5.

How I wished
It did not happen
Sun above
fiercely wrought
shadows of endearment on
heels of memory

Day of reckoning
She just left
Much like the passing winds with
good-byes cast aside

For Gemma's Shadowy Autumn's Walkway
of Shadows Shot Sundays 2,
Straight Out of the Camera Sunday
A to Z Challenge
NaPoWriMo : #21
Insecure Writer's Support Group

Friday, April 18, 2014

Buoyed by the turbulence!

                                                                              Attribution: Nevit Dilmen
Image: A Beating Heart

A to Z Challenge: #20  T  for Turbulence
Quickly's :  Bump

Sunday Whirl with words:
stolen twice water rocking bridge 
aches mess open sway sink sharp limb  

Stolen again I did fear
Twice before it had happened
Much water had flowed under
Rocking the bridge to no end

Still felt all over, the aches
Buoyed by the turbulence
It created such a mess
Open secret of some relevance

It did sway and nearly did sink
A sharp rebuke was of no effect
Caused weakening of the limb
Inflicted more than just a smack

Stolen again it was most vulnerable
A pretty lass this time around
Stolen again without scruples
My heart as yet to be found

A to Z Challenge

Sincerity in Friendships - A Rubaiyat

                                                                                              Author: Brandon Shapiro
Image:  Two U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16
Fighting Falcons executing a precision
acrobat technique, March 23, 2014, at
MacDill Air Force Base, Fla

NaPoWriMo #18
A to Z Challenge: #19   S  for Sincerity

Note: A Rubaiyat  with an AABA rhyme scheme
While  keeping a 10 syllable count on all lines
as an option

Seeing double and testing one’s visuals
High up in the clouds very unusual
Two Fighting Falcons in reversed stacking
Working up to something sensational

Reminiscent of two friends together
Extending friendship of feelings so dear
Come what may trusting in one not lacking
But relationships sustained forever

The feelings of heavens opening up
Keeping sincerity of the heart
Giving way that easy not relenting
Tightly in one’s grasp and ever so hard

NaPoWriMo #18
A to Z Challenge

The Magpie had Landed! - Tan Renga

                                                                                             Attribution: David Friel
Image: The Magpie (here)

NaPoWriMo: #17
A to Z Challenge:  #18   R  for  retrace routes
                                                  and resting required
in the backyard
the rainbow in the birdbath breaks -
a sipping Magpie                     (Kristjaan)
a savior for all to see
bless the human heart so true    (Hank)

in the backyard
the rainbow in the birdbath breaks -
a sipping Magpie                     (Kristjaan)
stop awhile for tired bones
season’s  journey overland       (Hank)

in the backyard
the rainbow in the birdbath breaks -
a sipping Magpie                     (Kristjaan)
Migrating birds retrace routes
and resting required though      (Hank)

Note: A Tan Renga comprises a 5-7-5 of one poet (Kristjaan)
combined with another of a 7-7 (Hank)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quick to Avoid!

                                                                                      Attribution: H Krisp (CCA 3.0U)
Image: Odd Man Out (here)

A to Z Challenge: #17   Q  for Quick
3WW  -  animate impassioned  pervert
CARPE  DIEM:  balloon

Indications of
animated gathering
created for all

Made up his mind not
part of the equation and
quick to avoid them

Impassioned plea to
be left alone but foiled by
perverted conduct

Noise ballooned to a
crescendo imposing  hurt 
feelings on others

Thomg's 3WW and Chev's CARPE DIEM
NaPoWriMo  #17
A to Z Challenge

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Prospects of a Good Swing

                                                        Attribution: Mango Leaves by Phyllis Galembo
Anthony Desmond's hosting at d'Verse Poetics: The Photography
of Phyllis Galembo

NaPoWriMo  #16
A to Z Challenge: #16   P  for Prospects of a Good Swing

Quickly # 16 with Prompt:
To choose  6 words from a given list
and to spread them out one per line.
The chosen words are:
awful buried doubt reason continues curious

It was just awful  to think about it
He buried himself under lots of mango leaves
Doubts still lingering in his thoughts
It was not open to reason
But he kept saying, …’a bad golfer continues to practice..’

There were curious stares
He just could not help it
He was ashamed of his bad drives
He needed to get himself camouflaged
The leaves were a good form of disguise

NaPoWriMo  #16
A to Z Challenge: #16
Quickly's # 16

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Outlook on life

                                                                                          Attribution: Aneta Kaluzna
Image: An Opening for Reflection (here)

A Terza Rima comprising 3 stanzas and one
line with rhyming structure of ABA-BCB-CDC-D
and maintaining a 10 syllable count for each line

NaPoWriMo: # 15
A to Z Challenge: #15    O for Outlook

A          Look to the future a peek now perceived
B          None can be denied but one’s destiny
A          Dare say clamoring lots to be achieved

B          A look at life reveals some infamy
C          But care to deny is sad episode
B          Released tensions under close scrutiny

C          Lest allowed to simmer may just explode
D         Responsible beings where are you now
C         Outlook on life to unfairly unload

D         Not likely but stamp it hard with a vow

For NaPoWriMo to be shared with A to Z Challenge

None Are Aware!

                                                                                     Attribution: Jon Sullivan
Image: Not many aware of what bees do exactly

NaPoWriMo: #14 The Prompt:  To write a poem
comprising questions except for the last line
A to Z Challenge: #14     N for None Are Aware

What life has to give?
What soul has bared it all?
What of the moon?
Is it so delicate that cries its heart out?
Can the wind not extend its helping hand?
Is mankind so helpless?
Is mankind not concerned?
Is man so distanced from it all?

What’s eating him?
What is he ranting about?
Anyone knows how he got here?
None are aware?
And all of you are clueless?

Is he the same guy?
The one dating the beautiful lady next door?
The lady who had left town for good not many days ago?

No wonder he has gone bonkers!

For NaPoWriMo and A to Z Challenge 

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Masters Champion

                                                                                                                                           User: Mbrooks
Image: Augusta National Golf Club Hole # 10 (here)

A to Z Challenge #13   M for Masters Champion

The 28 out of 30 words used:
rights song glory pay pallid scurry
drudged sight vision black crow dancing 
kinks towers green belly spiral
grows powers broke spell simple
myth ripple nose say brother bed

Bubba Watson at Augusta right on song
The glory of it all, US Masters champion
Struck pay dirt a cool USD1.62 million
For a 4 days' work last week-end

Others pallid scurried drudged all along
But Bubba had in his sight a vision

Black crow dancing above made no kinks
On his game as he towered over them

His ball did bite the greens while others
went belly up, spiraled and struggled
His game grew with powers endured
and he broke the spell with a simple
3-under winning score

It was no myth and it caused quite a ripple
For winning the Masters twice in 3 years
Bubba Watson could safely thumb his nose
And say, ‘oh brother!’ and went to bed
with a broad smile!

Note: Bubba was US Masters Champion
in 2012 and now again in 2014

For A to Z Challenge shared with
Miskey's hosting at We Write Poems Wordle #14
Kerry's hosting at Real Toad's Open Link Monday

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Human Pyramid

                              Attribution: Raimond Spekking /CC BY - SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)
Image:  Cheerleaders during the final
match of the American football competition
of the World Games 2005, Duisburg  (here)

A to Z Challenge: #12 :    L for Limbo
NaPoWriMo #13

Sunday Whirl Wordle #166
11 out of 12 words used:
briefly chant deeply gaudy papers 
tumble porcelain wrists limbo swear turns 

Briefly the chant is deeply recognized
Dressed in gaudy attire shrieks and
shouts in the beginning laughter and
hoarse throaty cries at the end

A human pyramid is a special effort
And featured in the morning’s papers
is a bonus though they do take a tumble
like a pack of cards or if unlucky like
porcelain pieces on hard surface

Sprained wrists may put them in a limbo
But they swear they should take turns to
be atop the pyramid and hailed as
the darling of their team

Photo Credits:
Photographer: Raimond Spekking
License: cc-by-sa-4.0

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle
A to Z Challenge and NaPoWriMo

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kaleidoscopic and Colorful

                                                                                                       Author: Nadjas
Image: Movements of Colors (here)

A to Z Challenge: # 11:    K for Kaleidoscopic
NaPoWriMo : #12
Poetry Pantry #197

Found Poetry Review:      A Sonnet
This is a Shakespearean sonnet of 14 lines with
a rhyming structure of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
comprising 3 quatrains and a couplet while
maintaining a syllable count of 10 in each line

A Kaleidoscopic and moving briskly
B Hues of bright rainbow colors and patterns
A Forms and shapes subject to changes lightly
B Fulfilling desire to be even

C Life is in tandem with changes secured
D To accord variety of nature’s best
C All the more enticing to the distraught
D Exposure rewarding to one’s own quest

E Can one be faulted for being cheery
F Of character good natured and well placed
E Always be brainy and one of beauty
F Not one to let loose but deep in solace

G A love entwined ideally so divine
G Accorded respect and trust well refined

For A to Z Challenge and FPR Oulipost #12 ,NaPOWriMO #12
and Poets United Poetry Pantry #197

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Sneer on Offer

                                                                                                Hank's Pastel
A to Z Challenge: # 10  -  J for Jeer
PPF : A Pastel on  A4 Dark Drawing paper

A jeer and a fear
A sneer to offer
One’s mere presence
Signifies extreme provocation

A wry smile
A sly foxy smile
Not to anyone in particular

Unflinching unruffled
A trait sinister of bother
Staring into another is disaster

Reminiscent of contention
Of conflict resolution
Though reluctant
but seemingly buoyant

For PPF and A to Z Challenge

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ingenious and Ingenuous

                                                                           Attribution: Stefan Krause

Image: Introduction of Oxygen lighted the Filament (here)

A to Z Challenge: # 9 :   I  for Ingenious and Ingenuous

Is it stumbs
(is there such a word?)
Or is it stumps
A pair of words that gets
one stumped

Or is it to stumble
(there is such a word!)
To fall head over heels
and end up in a blob
Or is it remnants meaning stumps
of a broken tooth or tree branch

Utterly confusing
When it comes to spelling!

Is it ingenious
Being clever to no end
Intelligent,inventive and resourceful

Or is it ingenuous
Being naïve,innocent and artless
An easy target for a con man

Where one is blessed with a
photographic mind
Just a glance at the word
Is enough to determine
Whether its spelling is right or wrong

Otherwise it is akin to a situation
Where one is writing at the
Whiteboard in front of the class
The spelling is correct but still
It appears incorrect
Unless viewed from a distance

Utterly confusing
When it comes to spelling!

For A to Z Challenge

Haven of Hope!

                                                                                         Attribution: Pierre Dalous
Image: Waiting and Hoping  (here)

A to Z Challenge: #8  H - Haven of Hope

horrendous harrowing has hateful 
hellish  heinous  horrid harbinger hail
hospitable house haltingly haven hope

horrible listless moody  -  3WW

Not only horrible but horrendous
A harrowing experience to say the least
Why has it to be so hateful
It’s hellish!

Listless and lethargic it is unsettling
Moody and very depressing
Why has it to be heinous
It’s horrid!

But wait!
A harbinger of good fortune
Hail hospitable house
Haltingly a haven of hope

For A to Z Challenge and 3WW

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Golfing Enthusiast, Pro Advised!

Image:1  Azhar barely 11 years old in 1998. This was taken at Sacramento, California.
We were joined by a local resident for one round of golf

Image: 2  Azhar practicing his irons recently at the Driving Range. He is now a lanky
6-footer at 26 years of age. Very good coordination! The club is parallel to the ground
on the back swing

Image: 3 A shot from the front. The left hand straight,eyes on the ball. The right
leg pivoted to the ground and the left leg balanced. The club parallel to the ground
at the top of the back swing!

A to Z Challenge: # 7  -  G for Golf Enthusiast
# 1390 on the list

Unlike other impact games
of soccer hockey, tennis you name
it for we often wonder
The object balls are all hurtling yonder
when it is being kicked or hit
But not golf, not one bit! 

The ball is stationary it does not move
So says the Golf Pro
So it should be easy to hit.
No, it is not! Not quite right

A precision game highly technical
More mental than physical
But the physical needs to be addressed 
For that, one must be Pro advised
Golfers must start with a Golf Pro
The swing is perfected not for show

My son Azhar was 9 years
when he was put through a rigorous
routine with a Pro
He held his own at Sacramento
And did creditably well as a result
To stand on his own against an adult

When Pro advised
The swing stays for life
One enjoys the game
That's the aim!!

It is feasible!

                                                                                          Author: Biswarup Ganguly
Image: Raw Chicken Egg without Eggshell (here)

fabric facade fervent faction faithful  
faltered fallacious feigning  forestall  
flagrant fiasco forage frivolous frenzy
finesse  flustered feasible famished

A to Z Challenge: #6  F for Feasible

Fabric of his imagination
Maintaining a facade with
the fervent hope of creating
a faction of faithfuls

He faltered a little questioning
fallacious rumors feigning
to forestall a flagrant default
from a fiasco of sorts

A forage into frivolous ideas
worked up to a frenzy can
develop finesse of a kind
Raw chicken egg
without an eggshell
It is feasible

Am I flustered?
I’m famished!

Note:  The white eggshell has been removed by dipping
a normal chicken egg into vinegar for 48 hrs (Wiki)

For A to Z Challenge