Wednesday, May 31, 2017

dreaming of the good life!

                                                                                      Attribution: Maxine Simpson
Image: Luxury Yacht, Christina O. (here)
(of Onassis fame)

the 12 given words:
window sailing crammed small bare ancient 
rising hummimg light falling friend breast

3WW given words:
kaleidoscopic (adj: multicolored psychedelic)
lacerate (verb: gash slash wound)

definitely a window of opportunity
not to pass off the joys of sailing
though crammed in a small boat
bare of any pretences of luxury
and seemingly ancient by any standards
but lots of fun to a teenager

that was a long time ago
when given the chance
what a thrill!

rising to the occasion
humming a light little tune
head over heels like falling
in love with a special friend
and heaving a heavy breast
with the first kiss

it was a lucky break not intentional
but with kaleidoscopic hallucinations then
on how it could have been a luxury yacht

lacerated in thinking perhaps
but dreaming of the good life!

MMT's Sunday Whirligig 114
Thomg's 3WW #534
Gayle's at d'Verse's OLN 3197

art was not the same again

                                                                                Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Image: Three Sunflowers in a Vase (here)

in the light of dawn
sunflowers reach to the blue sky
praising their Creator                          © Chèvrefeuille

when van Gogh spied its beauty
world of art not the same since           ©  Hank

Chev's Carpe Diem  -  last episode of
the Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017
-  in the light of dawn 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

He had no recourse but to proceed

                                                                                             Attribution: MLMM
Image: Branches (here)

the 12 given words:
breathe cold blue crack  limb seep
crimped (to check, restrain, or inhibit; hinder)
snapped grass stones overlapping season 

Whispers in the Willow Trees
That breathed hot and cold
Feeling blue he had dark designs
To crack his brains and to
pull out limb by limb

Some workable solutions
seemed to have seeped through
But like the bent branches some
crimped back from the efforts
and they snapped

The grass was greener and the
stones were polished shiny
but always on the other side

His mind was cluttered very much
like an overlapping season to mess
his thinking process

He had no recourse but to proceed
There was nothing to be cautious
about but to weave in and out
between the branches

Hopefully the psychic disconnect
could be resolved and the strange
yellowish hues could be green again.

Note: MLMM's choose a title to construct a poem
around it  -  title chosen: Whispers in the Willow Trees

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #301
MLMM's Writing Prompt #209
- It's All in the Title
Kerry's at PU's - the tuesday platform

Seconds ago she was walking on air

                                                                                            Attribution: Eden Hills
Image: Tears of Joy (here)

Seconds ago she was walking on air
Now tears flowed freely, was she unhappy?
Caught on camera but not in despair
Her beau hanky in hand on the ready
Such were strange antics of a happy pair
Newlyweds on photo shoots turned funny
Distractions ahead would be more serious
Cool heads could well be seen delirious

Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #355
Teresa's at MLMM's Saturday's Mix
-  an ottava rima

Friday, May 26, 2017

Brilliance had luck to play its pittance

                                                               Attribution: Seaman Shannon Heavin
Image: Looking through the Spyglass (here)

No spyglass held to view the distance
Life an open book set to differ
Some made a name in all innocence
Some ended the day a sad failure
Brilliance had luck to play its pittance
Most drifted along to remain poor

So success did not discriminate
Some plainly luckless not got it made

Note: Not given thoughts to the 
iambic meter. Not really sure if 
this is an acceptable ottava rima                            

Frank's at d'Verse's
Form for All  - ottava rima 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A maze of innocence to sustain the progeny

                                                                                          Author: Suzanne M. Day
Image: Awaiting the Big Day (here)

the 12 given words:
huffing, pursuing picture maze innocence full
marriage confining capable traces find edge  

3WW given words:
flinch (to draw back or shrink from)
gape hastily

PU's Midweek Motif  -  flowers

Huffing and puffing pursuing a dream
Picture of life in the fast lane more to do
with love and emotions than financial
stability and flaunting of wealth

A maze of innocence to sustain the progeny
Fully aware that marriage and the confining
thereafter is a responsibility not just of  those
capable but all of humankind to contribute

Traces of failures no more are acceptable
Some may find themselves on edge but they
should not hastily flinch from efforts now
readily available leaving many gaping
at the wonderful wonders of ART**

How then not to marvel at the challenges
facing motherhood and in overcoming them
Beautiful flowers to be ogled at and to be
showered with all the love by their menfolks
Mankind is blessed that mothers are invented

ART** -  Assisted Reproduction Technology

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig Wordle #113
Thomg's 3WW week #533
Susan at PU's Midweek Motif 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Many Rouge Galleries shine in modern times

                                                                                             Attribution: Unknown
Image: Designated Traitor's Gate (here)

10 of the 12 given words:
message flimsy trips line 
stilted (adj.stiffly dignified or formal)
wonder sing shine run trace 

A likely message exhorted loud and clear
Of which nothing flimsy nor of any pretences
Found at the Traitors' Gate behind closed doors
Unfortunate band of souls with known offences

Regular trips to view on some guided tours
Where were lines of stilted visitors feet shuffling
To wonder of intrigues prior to entering the Tower
Or of one-time inmates at Alcatraz and Sing Sing

Many rouge galleries shine in modern times
Run with progressive precision of reformation
There are fewer traces of harsh treatments
Unlike those of old corrective institutions

Sunday's Photo Fiction May 2017
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #300
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #354

Friday, May 19, 2017

it had been a good game

                                                                             Author: Steve Jurvetson
Image: A Few pointers at the 18th
before teeing off (here)

looking down the fairway at the
18th tee with the legs locked up
it had been a good game

for the past two-and- a- half hours
we were pitting our prowess against
each other below a clear blue sky

Much too hot where even the dark
glasses were complaining at the
rivulets of sweat clouding the vision

beautiful flowers though brightened
up to greet the flight where crows
and sparrows kept company in
the bushes darting out occasionally
upon our presence

pairs of black swans at the nearby
lake gliding leisurely while we golfers
were sweltering and thinking of the cool
refreshments at the end of the game

Susie's at Real Toad's - bits of inspiration

Thursday, May 18, 2017

His father was a good man, a forgiving man!

                                                                  Artist: Pompeo Batoni  (1708–1787) 
Image: The Return of the Prodigal Son (here)

the 12 given Whirligig words:
confused insomniac wrong remember soul
lonely dial college defender thief hear cleanses

3WW given words:
crisis embarrassment decayed

Utterly confused and insomniac
Was it wrong to return?
Remembering his father
was the sustenance to his soul

He felt lonely, he was lonely
He kept dialling for his father
in his mind but refrained countless times
Dropped out of college that was bad enough
Squandered his inheritance, so it was but
he should not be labelled a thief

He was defender of the displaced
fought for human rights in many
of their peaceful marches in the streets

He should hear it himself from his father
It would help cleanse his conscience
There should not be a crisis with his brother

An embarrassment to his being initially but
no decayed thinking should muddle the issue
The return of the prodigal son replayed
His father was a good man, a forgiving man!

MMT at Sunday's Whirligig #112
Grace at d'Verse's  OLN #196

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sea breeze sweeps the shore

                                                                                 Attribution: Steven Fruitsmaak
Image: Taming the Summer Heat
with the Sea breeze (here)

Sea breeze sweeps the shore
Summer heat bids for cool dip
At peaceful white beach

MLMM's Heeding Haiku
With Chèvrefeuille - summer wind

Monday, May 15, 2017

barely thirteen and aware faintly

                                                                                           Author: Flickr user Artem
Image: Teenager Drug addicts (here)

the given words:
never magnitude thirteen
keta (n. an image that inexplicably leaps back into your mind from the distant past)
chair short engulf elusive weed disgrace color
phantasmagoria (a shifting series of illusions, or deceptive appearances, as created by the imagination)
shard (a fragment, especially of broken earthenware)

never a dull moment
the magnitude beyond fantasy
out of this world
barely thirteen and aware faintly
a sad picture of a keta

snug on a chair
short of lying in the morgue
engulfed in throes of ecstasy
in a stupor of recurring phantasmagoria
chasing and clamoring
for the elusive dream

a shard of the child prodigy
he was once acclaimed
it could be weed, grass, ice
anything he could get a hold on
a disgrace to his being
but captured with a wicked smile
defined by a color 
dull of any life

Yves' at MLMM's Wordle #155
Marian's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

sentiments remain intact

                                                                                          Attribution: Velela
ImageYoung Oak standing Strong (here)

The Haiku 
autumn evening
like whispered prayers
leaves float away                                © Dolores

sentiments remain intact
breezy feel impacts on skin                 ©  Hank

Chev's Carpe Diem Tan Renga  - leaves float away

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Shoulder to cry on

                                                                           Attribution: Bundesarchiv, 
                                                                               Bild 183-20728-0003 / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Image: Providing guidance (here)

Shoulder to cry on
Sibling rivalry curtailed
Extols confidence

Thinks 2 steps ahead
Stable home environment
Day for high honors

Chev's Carpe Diem  - Mother's Day

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oscar Night and in walked the glamorous celebrities

                                                                                          Attribution: Isadora Gruye 
Image:1   'School House' 
(use image as inspiration for a 
poem and to include the phrase
'Red Carpet kittens') (here)
                                                                                                   Author Ilya Haykinson 
                                                         GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Image: 2  Preceding the start of
the Oscar telecast. Interviewer is
radio talk show host Jennifer Smart.

10 of 12 given words:
balanced hopeful picnic scrawny, after nails colds
brittle:(lacking warmth, sensitivity)
finches (birds which have a short, conical
bill adapted for eating seeds)
daubs (to smear, soil)

3WW given words
bit anticlimax violate

Oscar Night and in walked the glamorous celebrities
They paraded in stunning styles of the latest fashions
Made their mark on the legendary red carpet
Sporting beautiful designer dresses

The rich and famous of the entertainment fraternity
Individually in their own right or as couples
Glittering and dazzling to be ogled at

Very balanced in demeanour far from brittle
Talented hopefuls set to bring home the coveted statuette

In the meantime, the Red Carpet kittens were waiting
Hand-picked for the occasion they stationed
themselves at strategic positions
They did their utmost to intercept their
targets along the passage-way

TV cameras were all the while focused
on the interviews, live

It was no picnic nothing scrawny but they
were in their Sunday best
After all they too were in the limelight
to be telecasted back home
Very much like finches they too had to fight 
tooth and nail perhaps to be there

It would be an anticlimax to witness an interviewer
who might be a bit cold in their attitude 
They had unwittingly brought daubs
to the privilege and to their being

It was tragic as it did happen once to a local talent  
She was sent there amidst fanfare back home
but did not get to interview for some reasons
She had violated certain contractual
obligations apparently!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #111
Thomg's 3WW week #301
Isadora's at Real Toad's  -  out of standard, photo finish
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #353

imposing in magnificence

                                                                                            Author Mad.madrasi
Image: Male and Female Pumpkin Flowers(here)

A Tan Renga
The flower of a pumpkin
as well as Mt. Ishizuchi
is great in scale                
                                            © Tomiyasu Fusei

small it seemed to compare
imposing in magnificence
                                            © Hank

Chev's at Carpe Diem  -  flower of pumpkin

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

busy bee's delights

                                                                                                   Author: Alpsdake
Image: Attraction to the Bees (here)

The Haiku
fresh fallen snow
the yellow Chrysanthemums look
more yellowish                                         ©   Chèvrefeuille

The Troiku
fresh fallen snow
fluffy white caressing the ground
thoughts of White Christmas

the yellow Chrysanthemums look
loud and bright hues
busy bee's delights

more yellowish
of monk's colored robes
trending for the moment

Note: A Troiku inspired
by Chev's haiku

Chev's at MLMM's  -  Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Man evolved into brilliance and eminence

                                                                                       Attribution: Andreas Weith
Image: Food is already Scarce with Climate
Change what more with Conflicts! (here)

Let there be light
day and nights
Let the waters gather
and dry land appear
Let there be living creatures
and man rule over on earth.

Thus the soil was tended for sustenance
Man evolved into brilliance and eminence
But man staked a claim
and stamped his mark with his name

Borders were created greed appeared
Erupting in disputes and conflicts ensued
Misguided leaders bent on killings
and accentuating pain and sufferings

Might was right on human conscience a blight
Shouts of sacrilege heard against those privileged
Man had gone insane and it never seemed the same, again

Bjorn at d'Verse's  -  soil poetics

wedged within a smallness of space

                                                                                              Attribution: Unknown
Image: MLMM's Photo Challenge (here)
(drowning in a teacup)

12 given words:
shed primitive wedge nasal
pâro ((n) the feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong)
smart mash pile witch  scrawny disagree
vicarious (received, or suffered in place of another)

shed the fears in a primitive sense
wedged within a smallness of space
making nasal sounds from underwater

a paro a defeatist in a way unfair to his
own being for he took himself to be smart
why mashed in, thrust like a pile driver?

was this a vicarious punishment where
karma was seen rearing its ugly head
a witchy imposition on a scrawny lad?

disagree on certain principles but not to
be nasty to one so vulnerable and helpless

Yves' at MLMM's Wordle #154
Marian's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform
Nekneeraj at MLMM's Photo Challenge #164

A voice so sweet to echo a treat

                                                                        Attribution: East Riding Archives
Image: Contented and no more Hungry (here)

Voices so sweet
To echo a treat
Generously given
With shouts from heaven
One good turn
Not expecting a return
Warm and tender
Forever more

Favors are extended
But not obligated
From those helpful
To those who are needful
Not ever expecting a return
(44 words)

De's at d'Verse's Quadrille #32

Sunday, May 7, 2017

radiates with the pioneering spirit

                                                                                        Attribution: Student Art
Image: Courtesy of Margaret's pics taken
at the Children's Art Museum (here)

the 12 given words:
ash born cave origins radiates spirits 
snapped rings stories rain thin limbs

ash-colored born of a young mind's ingenuity
chugging out of a cave contending of simple origins
radiates with the pioneering spirit of the Wild West
snapped out of oblivion with rings of adventure
and stories befitting of the land of opportunities

rain or shine heavy on efforts and thin on leisure during
the gold rush frenzy but where limbs were in short supply
hard labor and loads of luck determined success

Note: Pic borrowed from Margaret's
of the previous posting (here)

Kerry's at Real Toad's -  Play It Again Toads!
Brenda's Sunday's Whirl Wordle # 298
Sherry's at PU's Poetry Pantry #352

Friday, May 5, 2017

nature extends its beauty

                                                                                                       Attribution: Nieuw
                                                     (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)
Image: A Window of a Bed & breakfast suite (here)

Jane Reichhold's Haiku for A Tan Renga
morning breeze
coming in the window
surf sounds                                     -   Jane
sweet tingling to the longings
for a dear one far away                  -   Hank

without lights
the brightness of a blue sky
full of stars                                      -   Jane
nature extends its beauty
Providence's blessings as seen      -   Hank

Grace's at d'Verse's OLN #195

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Early Spring's striking Violets

                                                               Attribution: Fanghong (GFDL and CC-By-SA-2.5) 
Image: Paulownia fortunei flowers  (here)

The Haiku for a Tan Renga
from the paulownia
without a breath of wind--
falling leaves                           © Nozawa Boncho

early Spring's striking violets
colors for barren branches      © Hank

accentuates a beauty
breaks Winter's monotony      © Hank

Chev's Carpe Diem Tan Renga
Challenge - from the Paulownia

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New day accords hope

                                                                                            Author:Jessie Eastland
Image: Beautiful  sunrise (here) 

The deprived pleading
Sunrise reflecting a change
Sufferings for too long

Mental strength stalls the
unfair treatment meted  out
New day accords hope

Haiku with Chèvrefeuille and MLMM's -  a new day 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

normal life as before

                                                                                         Author: George Chernilevsky
Image: Northern white-breasted hedgehog  (here)
(has come out to play again)

Yokoi's haiku for a Tan Renga
the well-digger
comes out into the floating world—
the heat!                                        (c) Yokoi Yayū 

just as well challenge over
to normal life as before                (c)  Hank

Note: the A to Z Challenge is now 
over and the heat has subsided

Chev's Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #2
Marian's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Monday, May 1, 2017

To those zealously sincere

Image: Cherry blossoms in full bloom  (here)

Z for Zealously Sincere in the Quest to be Healthy

Tan Renga
on a gust of wind
the cherry blossoms dance through the streets
in praise of the Creator                 © Chèvrefeuille
For extending nature's best
To those zealously sincere            © Hank
Zest of living much maligned
Stay focused was the answer        © Hank
Heather's A to Z Challenge  - Z
Chev's Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge
MMT's Blue Monday