Monday, November 30, 2020

makes for a disciplined mind

                                                                                                         Author Joseph Lazer
Image:  Confusion and time wastage (here)

never had it been declared
to abide by the rules 
self-imposed or otherwise
makes for a disciplined mind

restrictive in movements 
but just a little inconvenience 
for the returns are bountiful

better seen when not abiding
would result in unnecessary 
time and money wastage
(44 words)

Jade Li's at d'Verse Quadrille - abide

Sunday, November 29, 2020

submerged in murky waters unperturbed

                                                                                          Attribution: anon
Image: Water acrobatics (here)

11 of 12 given words:
ice obstinate murky  garble drama quite 
surrender lighthouse bestow crumble spills 

ice-cold but am I being obstinate
submerged in murky waters unperturbed
no way to communicate but garbled drama

am not quite rational in my thinking
to surrender to the pleadings 
of the lighthouse-keeper 
who is bent on entertaining visitors
to his abode recently bestowed with honor
and appreciation for having located
a vessel that crumbled on the rocks

I am now being asked to do spills and splits
in this glass cage in the absence 
of other forms of entertainment
after all the visitors having braved
the elements coming this far

Chrissa at Sunday Muse #136
MMT's Wordle $217

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

here I stand to dream the ultimate

                                                                                      Author Hunter Tober
Image:  Meant to Go Forward (here)
the 12 given words:
stand dream slip wonder hawk heat
hands shell push pillow call find

here I stand to dream the ultimate
lingering but not to let it slip by  
crying out loud for Heaven's wonder 
clawing for Nirvana's salvation

a hawk in my nature 
imploring to invoke the heat 
despite hands being empty 
eyes blindfolded but not enclosed 
in a shell so I'm still lethal 

not to push a pillow to my head 
I am called to find the strength 
to fight for my cause

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #342
MMT's The Whirligig #294
Sanaa's at d'Verse OLN #279

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Pleiades are of the mysterious 'seven' in the heavens

                                                                                      Author:Pablo Carlos Budassi
Image: The Pleiades star cluster as photographed 
by Pablo Carlos Budassi an amateur astronomer (here)

Pleiades are of the mysterious 'seven' in the heavens
Lie in a cluster but claimed by many in contention
Exopolitics believe they are off-world distant cousins to humans
Iroquois petition the constellation for happiness and salvation 
Assist humanity in spiritual transformation echoed the Pleiadians
Distinctive Nordic, appearance still in progress in evolutionary terms
Earth's closest cluster used cosmic distance ladder to plot distances 
Subaru took it upon themselves as their logo in  all permanence

Note: The Pleiades or the 'Seven Sisters' is a conspicuous cluster of stars in 
the constellation Taurus. In Greek mythology, these are the seven daughters 
of Titan Atlas and Oceanid Pleione who were turned into a group of stars. 

Hank chose the  ACROSTIC poem of PLEIADES 
with each letter starting the first word of subsequent lines

Laura's at d'Verse's Poetics - stars that count

Monday, November 23, 2020

caring reflects the tenderness

                                                                                                                User: RuneX2
Image:  A Mother's Love (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
reason thread life goddess reflect doorway
 savor message prove catalyst keep

There is no reason not to believe that the thread of life
lies in the hands of the mother. A goddess in her ways
of caring reflects the tenderness as nature has intended

Hank's cat gave birth recently. It is fun to watch its antics
One can detect the pull of motherly love. She may be going 
through the doorway or along the floor walking slowly but 
when she gets waylaid by the brood on the ground she 
would lie for them to savor the goodness of motherhood. 

The message is clear. The motherly instinct proves to be 
overwhelmingly strong as a catalyst to keep the progeny 
going for the next generation 

mothers invented
the world has not looked back but
is in awe of her

Kim's at d'Verse's Haibun Monday

Sunday, November 22, 2020

so don't blame me!

                                                                             Author: Justin Dingwall (here)
Image: Now I Know!

where is everybody?
the gate was left open
I gladly walked out
how careless can they be
but where is everybody? 
I thought the grass is greener
over this side

so don't blame me
it is a fattening time for Thanksgiving
is it a turkey or me?

I'm not going to stick 
- my neck out
- to find out
- count me out
- have to chill out
- I have to look out
for her
where is Little Bo-Peep?

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #135

the sincere feelings of togetherness

                                                                                                   Author: Benh LIEU SONG
Image: Contented, none to bother (here)

the 12 given words:
family mince tender wind road silver  
frill flow gratitude feed home finger  

family and friends 
are quick to understand
they do not mince their words 
tender as they are
the winds of change
belie their concern
they are on the road to discovery
the silver lining is apparent
but they are not to lose their senses

no frills need be invoked
just plain flow of gratitude
to feed home 
the sincere feelings of togetherness

not to put the finger 
unnecessarily into the pie
trying times beget unusual initiatives

these are trying times
tolerate the minor irritants
and things will fall into place

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #483

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

not to doubt but eyes could kill

Image: Innocence belie the wild (here)

attractive blue eyes rightfully at birth
acclaimed as the most beautiful therein
of eternal youth with the right to unearth
bestowed to groups of beauty with brains

Spanish eyes could heighten the desire
a peaceful calm on an undisturbed surface
of an expanse of water on a day so clear 
portent truthful and not likely debased
centrally befitting the strength of purpose
sensuous with sincerity to gracefully fulfill
bewitching almond pair aligning its worth
blessed be not to doubt but eyes could kill 

Mish at d'Verse Poetics - look into my eyes

Monday, November 16, 2020

a touch of class

                                                                                       User: Genghis Smith,
Image:  Alvin Kraenzlein, the Gold medal-winning 
hurdler at the 1900 Olympic Games (here)

the 12 given words:
allow touch soft lips affix serene 
voyage chest lower heartbeat 
satisfice (pursue a course of action that 
will satisfy the minimum requirements)
telepath (the ability to use telepathy)

to allow a touch of class
to let the soft lips affix
a kind of love 
serene in its mix 
on a voyage of discovery

not to thumb the chest
nor to shout out loud
but to lower the tone

the heartbeat may be running fast
just satisfice
trust the telepath with quick calls
and take off on the road to success

MLMM's Wordle #215

Thursday, November 12, 2020

most graceful of rhythmic gliding in the water

Image:  Butterfly stroke  (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
blue, speck, sank slid butterfly, 
sing, sunny tender stalk  longer

a blue speck from the distance diving in and 
sank just beneath the surface and who slid out  
again gracefully at the start of the butterfly stroke
one of the most difficult and exhausting yet the
most graceful of rhythmic gliding in the water

akin to singing on a sunny day in the cool of the 
pool tenderly with captivating poetry in motion
reminiscing of a shark stalking  its doomed prey
the longer it was the more mesmerizing one felt  

Linda's at d'Verse OLN #278 - rejoice
MMT's Whirligig #292

Monday, November 9, 2020

emptiness swirling around him

Image:  Walking reflection - aimlessly trudging (here)

whistling in the wind (trying unsuccessfully to 
change something which cannot be changed)

He often feels the loneliness of times, the emptiness swirling around
him not really a bother as it was more of desperation. Clawing through
that misty morning not finding the desired opening is depressing. It wears
off the initiative to render a sudden feeling of helplessness. A barrier is
always popping up to stifle the probing mind
Myriads of options but there is nothing behind the wall except a space 
where the wind whistles. His mind numb hands flailing uncontrollably, 
searching for a solution. Whistling in its innocence does not move 
mountains but keeps staring fixedly not at him but through him offering 
a sly smile. An occasional wink provides a slight respite.

The much-feared writer's block? Facing it squarely with defiance is an 
exercise of consternation. A better alternative is to abandon the throes 
of frustration to fight another day. Take a walk!
(144 words)

Merril at d'Verse - prosery

Sunday, November 8, 2020

never to surrender to stormy weather

                                                                                           Author JScottish  
Image: Lighted Bottle  (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
family joy owe passing act 
back soul those progress power 

a family joy owed to a passing fancy
an act of wanting to anticipate an outcome
back then a message in a bottle is quite known
but a lighted candle what can be foremost
the reason and how will it last in that state

oxygen permitting to guide the soul 
given to those living the lives of the heart  
to progress in an ocean blown by the wind
will require the strength of spiritual power 
but never to surrender to stormy weather
placing one's hopes and aspiration strongly
in divine protection to survive the perilous
journey into the unknown

Brenda's Sunday Whirl  Wordle #481
Carrie's Sunday Muse #133

Friday, November 6, 2020

colour me fair for it flows

                                                                                      Author: Okkatie
Image:  Acrylic on panel (here)

pour your heart's out
colour me fair for it flows
cleanly along the tilted canvas
black on white colours of opposing forces
the pattern discerned when 
it finds its own level
it runs the whole gamut 
of the four season's play
of greenery blazing yellow copper 
black and white of the cold months

all on its own strength
making brave red facing a crowd
kaleidoscopic and reminiscent
of the rainbow spanning the sky
to showcase strength and vitality

enhanced with silicone drops
or thicker resins with drops of glue
as a show of tenacity all on the groove 
of the swipes using plastic sheets and chains
plus flip cups of varied sizes and shapes
a show of versatility of yellow

acrylic pour painting with bubbles
at its best magenta pink blazing red 
turquoise blue to be swirled and torched
to invoke a warm and heated effect

the technicalities and items involve
a new normal like the pandemic
unlike the quaint brush strokes 
of peaceful blue of yesteryears
Such is the acrylic pour painting of today

Grace at d'Verse MTB - synesthesia of colors

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

prospect of rain is probable but shying away

                                                                                                    Author:Asamoah Francis
Image: Evidently clear but sadly 
unnoticed (here)

11 of 12 given words:
grief distilled summer drew dusk away
courteous, grace, guest escape light

good grief! 
distilled from the strangely hot summer
it drew lots of flax sweating on crucial days
what has got into the current spell  

unpredictable and utterly confusing
from dawn to dusk it has been misty
the prospect of rain is probable
but shying away

it reflects courteous grace 
but acting like a guest 
who has exceeded a welcome
to escape unnoticed in fading light
strangely enough 
it is conveniently explained as 
global warming 

the full impact is far off 
nothing to worry about in the immediate

an assurance?
to think it is putting it off to the next generation
leadership is lacking
what a shame!

MMT's The Whirligig #291

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

more susceptible to a chorus of success

                                                                           Attribution: BornBorn
Imge: Triumphantly happy (here)

11 of 12 given words:
dismal harden numerous clatter 
extramundane (beyond our world or material universe)
find brick lean
agonist (a person who is torn my inner conflict)
eldritch (spooky, eerie, weird) 

a dismal rendering of a harden bother
numerous clatter of  hysterical moans
wanting to seek out an outright winner
beyond the capacity of an extramundane

accentuating on the  chorus of success  
confronting  the nuisance value of hecklers
a find easily evoked in times of stress
from those opposed to being helpless 

short of having a brick flung in the face
it is imperative to lean on the powerful
agonistic by nature who could replace
such eldritch elements where plentiful  

one can then whistle a tune of triumph!

MLMM's Wordle #213

Sunday, November 1, 2020

his hands full but feeling empty

                                                             Author: Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
Image: Rembrandt's 'Old Man in a Chair' (here)

the 12 given words: 
shame rattle until come crossroads 
call toll fall suspect path word hands

what a crying shame
he could rattle their names
very easily with no difficulty
and until recently
he was quite happy

now he did come to the crossroads
a call in a different mode
it is now taking its toll
in for a fall
a suspect unsuspecting
along the path lurking

please not a word just a pity
his hands full but feeling empty
he is now overtaken
by dementia and forsaken

Brenda's Sunday Whirl - wordle-480/

Kept seeing steps to climb

                                                                                   Attribution: Carrie
Image: (here)

The sun simmered down as it sunk slowly over the jagged horizon.
Leisurely fighting for time as the day turned progressively darker
Not about to indulge in fancy footwork but ungrudgingly frowned
Contending of ways to save the day for good things to remember

How did it come to this, a question that kept playing in his mind
Kept seeing steps to climb not expecting a finality of feelings
He reasoned to just keep seeing them as  non-evasive and acting blind
Working instead on his defenses completely engrossed and waiting

Could someone else be made responsible to hold on to the stake
The rewards were aplenty for the patience of outright  persistence
A question of not throwing away opportunities but to grab the cake
Lesson learned reflecting on disappointments previously experienced

Chrissa's at Sunday Muse # 132