Sunday, October 24, 2021

his head kept spinning his thoughts numbed

                                                                                                  Author: CalistaZ
Image: Sleeping Soundly 
Despite Bad Dreams (here)

fragments of his memories or
just figments of his imagination

salacious episodes popping
like crackers all heavy and juicy
light and dark images dancing
in the shadows gone berserk

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

he watched the clock ticking when
startled from his slumber his eyes blurry
theft of his sleeping hours would leave 
him woozy but he remained uptight
he kept asking but answers eluded him

what could he do to rid off the dilemma
he had not been thoughtless but still his
head kept spinning his thoughts numbed

not that young to be privileged with
erotic dreams he persisted to get answers
he would like to dream again tonight!

Magaly's at PSU Writer's pantry#93

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

somewhere up high in the sky

                                                                           Author: Photo credit Sebastian Wahlhutter
Image: Leisurely Hammock Crossing (here)

somewhere up high in the sky
I had my short leisure in a hammock

it was there and then it moved
a slow pace like a tired red fox
along a line bridge together with many others
my short leisure of merriment 
has no bearing whatsoever on heights
no time to worry
it is a straight destination to the other end
to experience a rare moment in space
with a deep fall down below

but extending an alternative if it fails to move
all is not lost, a fulfilment of sorts somewhere 
a choice offered in jest above the Kansas Prairie
holding the key of life
against a slight wind.
how it offered a simple solution
the beauty of a bungee jump
with no strings attached

The Original Poem 
Lost in Plain Sight
Somewhere recently
I lost my short-term memory.
It was there and then it moved
like the flash of a red fox
along a line fence.
My short-term memory
has no address but here
no time but now.
It is a straight-man, waiting to speak
to fill in empty space
with name, date, trivia, punch line.
And then it fails to show.
It is lost, hiding somewhere out back
a dried ragweed stalk on the Kansas Prairie
holding the shadow of its life
against a January wind.

weejars at MLMM's Photo Challenge#387
Laura at d'Verse Poetics - lost poems
and found poetry

Monday, October 18, 2021

an ashen faced shock

                                                                                     Author: Dickinstein
Image: A Near Tragedy 
- just a Black Eye  (here)  

seemingly contrived 
bemoaned of feel
more of embarrassment 

for being careless
not physically hurt 
but it did seal
an ashen faced shock 
happened sudden 
in times of stress 

mouth 'masked' 
but more blinded
to woes of worry 
when the survival instinct 
is supreme
(44 words)

Shay at Sunday Muse#182
with Photo Challenge
Sarah at d'Verse's Quadrille
- to include the word 'ash' in
44 words

Monday, October 11, 2021

he was nabbed by the police subject to rigorous questioning

                                                                                       Author: DingoFilter
Image: Wrapped under an Arbuthnot Tartan plaid (here)

10 of 12 given words:
cringe freeze privacy hilltops hide escape sorrow swivel limp
miscreant (a person who has done something wrong or unlawful)
plaid (chequered or tartan twilled cloth)

he cringed to think how close it was
trying to freeze his privacy unto himself
as a way of forgetting the woes impacting
a hermit's routine ideal up the hilltops

it was not  to hide nor to escape the sorrow
to just bid his time to be alone to swivel
around without any particular reason
but he was sporting a limp the past week
when he slipped unceremoniously in the 
driveway and crumbled in a blob 

the miscreant they were looking for had
an uncanny resemblance in gait and also
headed for the hills on the last count

it was his ill-luck to have pulled the plaid
from the drawers on the way out of the house 
again a blunder

he was nabbed by the police subject to
rigorous questioning as to the colourful 
tartan plaid which appeared similar

just goes to show one cannot take lightly
anything colourful to have on one's person   

MLMM's  at Wordle #261
Lillian at d'Verse OLN LIVE 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Nothing is static as it is all relative

                                                                                                  Author: Keven Law
Image:   Moving forward (here)

Nothing is static as it is all relative
Remaining unchanged and inactive
will not mean remaining unaffected
It is regressing when others move forward

To change is to keep pace not to falter
To innovate is to change for the better

Logically progress should be accepted
It will have to be seen as readily adhered
For resistance to change is a natural
As the comfort zone is constantly rattled

Rosemary at PSU Writer's Pantry#91

Saturday, October 9, 2021

more gamers with sophisticated devices now!

                                                                                             Author: Carrie
Image:  Your move! (here)

on adjacent squares to the Black King
the two Queens menacingly facing up
the timer keeps ticking
a critical moment thinking hard
your move!

such is the beauty of the game
strategy, planning, moves
all in the head within split seconds
with two Generals trying to outwit
in battle in the most 
sterile moment in time

brought to its highest level
during the Fischer and Spassky era
which captured the attention
of the enthusiasts and players
Grandmasters' openings 
on everyone's lips

in the meantime having to tolerate 
Fischer's strategic antics
the ever-patient Spassky 
tested and provoked to the fullest

there are players now, yet
but there are more gamers
with sophisticated devices

gone are the days
that used to get every enthusiast 
transfixed and hypnotized

Carrie at The Sunday Muse #181

Monday, October 4, 2021

power comes with responsibility

                                                                                       Author: Michael Törnqvist
Image:  Menacingly Huge (here)

Power thrust unto them
Politicians, newspaper editors
Pray uphold for the many
who are weak, helpless and lost
Not to further make life
miserable for the deprived

Those powerful seem to forget
power entrusted upon them
comes with responsibility not
stoned with drunken fervour
(44 words)

De at d'Verse's Quadrille Monday
for a poem of 44 words and to 
include the word - stone

Saturday, October 2, 2021

to love and be loved

                                                                                              Author: Carrie
Image: Two in One (here)

the 12 given Wordle words:
find make faces father men bitter became 
beard buying mends bowed blocks

never had it so good
to find it all in one
a make-up on faces
for a father's child
now fully grown
men's privilege
to adore and forget
bitter encounters and
other unpleasant memories

what became of women's
tenderness in turn for
mustache and beard
to love and be loved
looking for the blessings

buying for time
that mends the heartache
with heads bowed
both looking forward
minus the mental blocks
to hug each other again

MMT's The Whirligig Wordle #338
Carrie's The Sunday Muse #180

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

set to move

                                                             Author: Kyle Green
Image:  Waiting for the Signal (here)

set to move
for a winning streak
waiting to break loose
hungry beaks

get out of the groove
why so to speak
to be no more a recluse
from a duck retreat

so yearning for a boost
but still on their feet
so what is the juice?
realism an untiring feat

Rosemary at PSU Weekly Scribblings#89
- keeping it real
weejars at MLMM's Photo Challenge#384

Monday, September 27, 2021

clear blue skies above

                                                                                        Author: Manal Qayum

Image:  Clear Blue Sky (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
clear blue grace open seek room 
spacious waves simple plains 

clear blue skies above
with the grace of Providence
in all of His benevolence 
and love all in the open 
being evidence 
of the care for all of us

seek rooms spaciously
in the comfort of freedom
like waves across the sea 

simple pleasures to roam
the plains across borders
so as to overcome the distress
of the lockdown

all in the spirit 
of awareness and sharing 
viciously imposed
for many months

stay safe people
for all the simple joys together
even though under siege 
to huddle for now 
with hopes for the better
Brenda's Sunday Whirl  Wordle#520
Marie's Poetic Blooming: Take comfort 
Prompt #353
Lisa at d'Verse OLN #293

Sunday, September 26, 2021

for the love of a friend

                                                                                                              Author: Pixoos
Image:  A Dignified Persian (here)

A cat generally is quite a friend
Just need to stroke below its neck
It'll purr and stretch to no end
It'll  brush your legs or lie on its back

Can accomplish togetherness happily
A walk around with a celebrated kitty

But wait up you got to still clean up
Rightly sieving through the sand
To take it and stomach all the muck
All for the bother and love of a friend

Regular wash necessary to avoid ticks
Clean hygiene ought to be uppermost
Lots of fun then with their playful tricks
Never to regret precious time to play host

Rommy at PSU Writer's Pantry #89: 
Ghost Walk

due now for a serious makeover

                                                                                                                 Author: Carrie
Image: Abandoned and Neglected  (here)

At a glance it was rather obvious
That a kiss of life was well in order
The state of neglect was preposterous
Was it due now for a serious makeover?

The French window could well remain
A new coat of paint to liven things up
With hues of red to rightly regain
Its stature of an abode of higher-ups

To heal the hurt of the previous occupants
Right to have some extra rooms for their pets
Was it their parakeet then that had sadly flown
Or its fate sealed after a brush with the Tomcat 

Should the new house look spectacular
To incorporate elements of functionality
A cross of the old and modern to feature
Only then it would fulfill its individuality

Carrie at Sunday Muse #179

Friday, September 24, 2021

happiness is a matter of style

                                                                              Author:Pedro Ribeiro Simões
Image: Happy being together  (here)

Poetry Form Zejel:  with a syllable
scheme of aaa bbba ccca at eight
syllables per line

no telling what I desire?
should be on what I aspire
I need more than I require?

no, I have enough to come by
there were occasions I would vie
for it is a matter of style
deciding what to acquire

not more than I would need to spend
living on limited stipend
would come a long way not so grand
not to unwisely perspire

would it be something luxurious
and should not be that hilarious
and certainly nothing spurious
good for all of its entire

Grace at d'Verse on Poetry Form : Zejel

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Water Apples aka Jambu

Image:  Succulent and Sweet (here)

crunchy and sweet
blessed fruit of the East
to parched lips
a most welcomed 'feast'

the nature of its beauty 
can be eaten raw in many ways
best plucked direct from the tree
to quench dry lips in the day

better yet cut a small piece
to be dipped in thick soya sauce
a mouth-watering bliss
a mouthful of a kick
with some crushed chilies 
at a midday meal 
and it is always in season

Note: More of above in 
an earlier poem (here)

Mish at d'Verse  Poetics: always in season

Monday, September 20, 2021

a man's dilemma


Image: Easy does it! (here)

the ring safely in his grips
but still in his pocket!
to think this is the second attempt

long in coming and slow to end
lingering doubts are disturbing
man's dilemma

why is it so difficult to pop the
question and slip it on?.
(44 words)

Linda at d'Verse's Quadrille Monday#136

Sunday, September 19, 2021

relationships valued with dignity

                                                                                    Author: Andrew Welch
Image: Clear Measure of Good Feelings (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
daily fray line nothing moths seeks rights free streaming 
sheen (a soft lustre on a surface)

a daily fray into the line of nothingness
a moth that seeks its rights during the day
free from interference but still streaming
on its own in a lost world of clear daylight

what can a crushed velvet in a slight sheen
beg of a lover not responding to her pleas
driving a hard bargain is always a slight joy
wry on the surface at risk of wrong intentions

losing face smack at the ego goes a long way
not a good idea to fooling around on emotions
when relationships valued with dignity by both
will provide good dividends to young hearts

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle#519

Saturday, September 18, 2021

tedious to the close of a troubled year

                                                                      Author:  Alan Rickman at Pinterest
Image: Worries and Helplessness (here)

homophone sets are:
accept – welcome
except – leave out, exclude
coarse – rough
course – path, route

tedious to the close of a troubled year 
where many could not accept the varied 
outcomes but to cry among hungry mouths

except for the radiance of the new year
that heralded a discourse of expectations
it gave only a glimmer of hope to some 

course thinking with impending hysteria 
still under wraps social woes on course
casting long shadows behind the scene

amusing oneself with a host of resolutions
and staying alive with strategies of survival
would wear out fast the air of steadfastness 

being alive and kicking is already a blessing

Fireblossom's at Sunday Muse#178
weejar's at MLMM's Double Take
Saturday Mix -  homophone

Thursday, September 16, 2021

only a luminous streak of imagination

                                                                                                          Photo credit Pobble365
Image: Desiring a Reality (here)

the 11  of 12 Wordle given words:
basking last maybe lifetime luminous pretend mix original 
proprioception (is the body’s ability to sense movement, action, and location)
cicatrix (the scar of a healed wound or a scar on the bark of a tree)

not basking in the limelight
prospects of being caged
to last maybe for a lifetime
and not being able to engage 
with the outside world

only a luminous streak 
of imagination to pretend 
a mix of the original desire 
of being free as well as being
contained against roving freely 
without proprioception

the cicatrix is freely visible 
to those who are emphatic enough
to care but tongue-tied to do more

MLMM's at Wordle#257
weejars at MLMM's Photo Challenge#382

Saturday, September 11, 2021

given to fine grooming

                                                                                               Author: anon
Image: Fine grooming 
in the morning (here)

given to fine grooming
cutting off the shackles loose
first thing in the morning
made to scare off the blues
to present a sophistication
expected of a lady of fashion
finely braided still within reasons

given to fine living
matured in good surroundings
you young gentlemen
she's a lady
and you are lucky
if you must find it special
there are a few essentials

yes, you got it
it's plain to see
if you must know
yes.....a rich widow

Carrie's at Sunday Muse Wordle#177
weejar's at MLMM Saturday Mix - to write an Epigram
-  a bit of a cliche at the close hopefully an acceptable epigram

Thursday, September 9, 2021

divine strength the propensity of whims

                                                                                              Author: AJ.iitm
Image: Poetry in Motion (here)

Note: A Novelinee - is a nine-line stanza poem of 
10 syllables for each line with a rhyme sequence 
of a,b,a,b,c,d,c,d,d  
you came by from nowhere just like magic    - a
twirled around so fast making me dizzy    -  b    
makings of superhuman angelic   -  a                   
movements of the world pretty as can be    -  b     
a chosen one and it was such a thrill     -   c          
divine strength the propensity of whims     -  d    
talents showcased with none of the perils    -   c                                   
to match a primadonna, what a scream     -   d                                           
but alas, it was only just a dream    -   d          

Laura's at d'Verse MTB - something novel-in-lines

it has a lot to do with the heart

                                                                                      Author: AdinaVoicu
Image: In Deep Thoughts (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
wonder navigate clear detours light 
breaks far delays wreck art split

a few wonders do come to bear
when a mind navigates with thoughts
have clear detours, but nice to be aware
for it gets to be therapeutic of sorts

in the light of those that persist
reading it happily as a healthy sign
with breaks in between to insist
while still having it fresh in the mind

far from thinking of any delays
to wreck the thought unnecessarily
meeting it head-on is an art at play
half the battle is won quite easily

it has a lot to do with the heart
not to appear split but act with pride
the mind has a way of being smart
to take it all within its stride

MMT's Whirligig Wordle#335

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

conformity to rules is a mean thing

                                                                                  Author: Jonny Joo, One Big Photo.
Image:  the luxury of choice offers 
less like that of  a narrow beam (here)

“Perhaps we are reading the shadows wrong; 
forever cannot draw a conclusion.” Sanaa: Petals of the Sun

“Perhaps we are reading the shadows wrong; 
forever cannot draw a circle.” – Winter Moon ~ Part Three: Petals of the Sun
(original quote)

conformity to rules is a mean thing
it reduces the options to venture out
it likely narrows parameters of whims
very much losing its expected clout

open-ended flight of fancy a fringe benefit
already ingrained in many youngsters
expected with doses of medicine to bid
for the love of a caring parent that bothers

perceived as visible of a simple practice
one is often led astray to wrongly regulate
to form good habits but at times sadly missed
by not setting a pattern for them to emulate

such are specimens of good upbringing
on a generation engrossed in the current rave
of the social media and gamers existing
unwittingly not given enough space

in reality conclusions lacked the advantage
by elders not given to technological advancement
who are being deprived of the privilege
relied just on common sense of life's experience

Sanaa's at d'Verse Poetics: Dungeons and Derivatives
weejars at MLMM's Photo Challenge #381

Monday, September 6, 2021

unshackled post lockdown

                                                                                         Author: subhamshome28
Image: Aftermath of forced
'hibernation'   (here)  

smooth talker 
unshackled post lockdown
hello, world! 
sporting a groovy bushy chin
and craving a haircut
and to make up for lost time

happy hours
babbled-mouthed buddies
where are you holed up
missed you guys

yearning the old normal
no holds barred
show yourself!
(44 words)

De at d'Verse - Quadrille of 44 words
and to include the word 'groovy'

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Viva Las Vegas!

                                                                                                          Author: anon
Image: High Hopes in Vegas, Woweee!  (here)

Synonyms: to take the five challenge 
words and NOT use them in the write-up. 
hello - greetings hi howdy welcome
good - excellent exceptional marvelous
happy - cheerful delighted elated thrilled
red - crimson flaming maroon
plant  - shrub herb vine bush

welcome to Las Vegas 
so says the signboard
and also says the King
how very inviting, marvelous
a grand entrance to heaven's name
we are having fun and we are thrilled
Viva Las Vegas!

a jalopy to take me there
in bright orange when new
could still remember the smell
a new car brings 
if we play our cards right
we might just come back home
in place of the old faithful of a jalopy
in a new flaming Ferrari 
Viva Las Vegas!

driving through shrub country
nice and easy
one can never know 
lady luck may shine!
this time!

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #176

Thursday, September 2, 2021

felt good not affected the least

                                                                                Author: Raziakhatun12
Image: Beauty of Sign Alphabet  (here)

wound down to the last twist
conserved energy betraying his affliction
felt good not affected the least
by the intrusion of the sounds of silence

losing the ability to hear was devastating
the beauty of human voice was a miracle
undescribable to admire a real blessing
a debacle accepted as something natural 

Simon and Garfunkle gave the added touch
season's contribution that topped the charts
those afflicted rewarded with knowing much
lip-reading and sign language warmed the hearts

Grace at d'Verse OLN#299
Stephanie's at MLMM's Tale Weaver
- the sound of silence

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

taking care of the body mass is not a lone effort

                                                                     Author: Anderson Mancini from Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Image: There are Those Happy 
Being Rotund and Round! (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
matter, bliss choice side chest 
final margin lone wide, counted

lost as a matter of thickening bliss so blessed
softening of the choices accorded by chance
wretched on the belly side thumping the chest
overtaken by the desire to be slim for once

such loss of desire of a disheartened soul
stemmed by the final effects of memory loss
fatal to a harmonious will of being bold
when the age-old act of dieting is enforced

how else the margin of error may be overcome
as seen by those left unashamedly in old folks homes
sadly the case as experienced by the elderly ones'
when minders unwittingly left them on their own

taking care of the body mass and all of its sensitivities 
is not a lone effort as widely believed by those able
care counted as a commitment and a responsibility
to proudly uphold the expected act of being noble

MMT's the Whirligig Wordle #334
Magaly's at Poets and Storytellers United
- Weekly's Scribbling#85 - take care of your body!

Monday, August 30, 2021

of a butterfly flapping its wings

                                                                                                  Author: Quartl;
Image: Butterfly hovering (here)

10 of 12 given words:
Inflict Face Vulgarity Feathers Longing 
Bluff Organic Butterflies Jostle PLy

To echo yet another prayer
To inflict awareness in the face 
of  adversity clear of vulgarity and 
base leanings of feathers unruffled
To listen with the ability of a
split-second strike

Reminiscent of a spider about
to pulverize its prey 
Longing for stealth and a bluff
organic in its strategy
intact with a slow movement
of a butterfly flapping its wings

Affections to attend to their young
for them to jostle for comfort
plying for motherly warmth
A reflection of survival

A vicious spider or motherly instinct
whatever the strength of character 
will necessarily follow a similar
pattern to feed young mouths

MLMM at Wordle#255

political leaders play to the gallery

Image: People Skills Necessary 
in Leadership (here)

the 12 given words
close conduct grin miles rise 
out wind name cream 
shimmering (shining with a soft, 
slightly wavering light
stories sin 

they maintain close contact to conduct
their all with a grin seen miles away

they make an appearance and stake
their claims within the scheme of things 
extending their influence before even 
being elected to office.
they are seen as larger than life to rise 
out of the cold wind to bring a name 
for themselves with cream of 
shimmering stories as a protector of sin 
political leaders play to the gallery 
it is a popularity contest that determines
positions of strength to sustain 
their presence

whereas corporate leaders impose their will
through ability and skills. 
often they align themselves to the powers 
that be to be noticed. 
they gain prominence through personal 
skills employing subtle strategies often 
brutal but surreptitiously done and 
duly accepted

the leadership of a family unit is no exception
it is often more difficult though as the authority 
is not as clear-cut nor formalized. 

love naturally is the saving grace that
keeps the family from falling apart

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #516

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Life's Lessons in A (thorny) Nutshell

                                                                     Author: Dominicus Johannes Bergsma
Image: To Look for Openings
and Create Opportunities (here)

Prompt: 1
Things to remember if you're 
not rich and famous yet


the given words are: 
rough and smooth 
– sit and stand

not to be pushed into a corner
nor to be kicked down to the bottom
it may be rough but to play it easy
to bid a smooth response for jagged edges 
not to be too close to the precipice
choose to stay around the bend
to react fast and never to sit around
but stand up to be counted
for business will never progress on autopilot

retreat in case of a reversal
far quicker to be able
to fight for another day
and rise up the peak again

to forge a line of thinking
where the sky is the limit
move and the jigsaw will fall into place
not to wait around but to grab
for the returns to riches 
would require one to be proactive

One can well then sleep 
soundly at night

with  Writers' Pantry #85: 
Things to remember if you're not rich and famous yet
weejar's at MLMM Opposing Forces - Saturday Mix
with the given words

Thursday, August 26, 2021

like dipping your finger to taste the soup

                                                                            Author: Henrique Félix henriquefelix
Image:  Enjoying a Bowl of Soup (here)

10 of 12 given words:
cry strange sucking argued 
dusk left unlike towel, sap

whir ((of something rapidly rotating) 

It’s not how you fall it’s how you get back up…a far cry from the whir 
of life's challenges not totally strange but rightly sucking it up. It can be 
argued from dawn to dusk if left to chance it can be demeaning.

But unlike bad habits, one is forgiven when the embarrassment is not 
material not when it is considered a little amusing. Wrapped in a towel 
for instance the guests are left astounded with you opening the door not 
realising it leads to the hall

It is like dipping your finger to taste the soup you enjoy doing but not in 
front of the tiny tot who had been cautioned earlier for doing the same

Just smile not appearing idiotic perhaps sheepishly mumbling saying it 
is normal sometimes not sapped of precious energy when appreciating 
good things in life

The tiny tot may not comprehend it fully but he knows he is in good 
Stephanie at MLMM Tale Weaver 
'it is not about falling'
MMT at Whirligig Wordle#333

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

it should ring a bell remember?

                                                                                                Author: Artem Beliaikin 
Image: Light and Easy  (here)

should you have designs in your mind
to dream of showing your passion
no, not a kiss so kind
even a touch is out of question

it should ring a bell remember
once was enough strife
you may not have time like before
to run for it for dear life

this is no threat
the mist may offer a cover
but you may turn scarlet
for blood will be all over

so beat it while you still can
for the last time, I'm not in the mood
do not count me anymore as a friend
it is best for you to just scoot

Note: A friendly banter in 
the course of making up

Rommy at PSU's

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Choices not limiting by far

                                                                                           Author: Lesly B. Juarez jblesly
Image:  Happiness is Always Genuine  (here)

Gunning for a showcase
Off to clean up the slate
Otherwise a sedentary life 
Devoid of activity

Get off the butt for starters
Time to move to act smart
Always triumphant less the phobia
Choices not limiting by far
Happiness with the expected result

NOTE: Spells out 'GOOD start' to
help clear off anything puzzling

Lillian at d'Verse: Poetic Tuesday

Monday, August 23, 2021

hearty meal upon leaving 'Frisco

                                                                            Author: mwanasimba from La Réunion
Image: A Good Meal in Istanbul (here)


hearty meal upon leaving 'Frisco
no heart to gorge much at one sitting
digestion smooth even flow
not heartless but heart-warming 

let the good times roll
top of the world enjoying the grub
no heartburn in firm control 
to end with a good rub

(44 words)

De Jackson at d'Verse: Quadrille#134

Sunday, August 22, 2021

and not creating a storm

                                                                                                Author : anon
Image: Has had One Too Many (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
counter children floor dry fashion 
gust storm surge mask send 

perhaps he's had one too many
not even home and he's in the dumps
rested himself at the counter nonchalantly
rightly not home in front of the children

and not on the floor but in a dry fashion
still maintaining some form of dignity
with a gust of satisfaction not a storm
with a surge of stardom unwittingly

let business pick up form  
wise move seeing masks wrested away
celebrating an easing of the lockdown
to send business scrambling within days 

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle 515
Carrie's The Sunday Muse #174

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

the opening was thin

Image: (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
glittering, curtain, thin, carpet 
musty (lacking freshness or vitality)
cough, garbage, found, hated, time, flash

expecting a glittering evening full of fun
a curtain-raiser anticipated never did come
the opening was thin, carpeted with insincerity
formalities presented shabbily and musty

why cough out a presentation unprepared
garbage, an immediate verdict many declared
found to be atrocious by any standards as seen
to dilly dally in preparation was a fatal sin

lying in wait the hated calamity took center stage
just what could happen according to the adage
where 'a stitch in time saves nine' if faithfully adhered
in a flash a pending problem is immediately cleared 

Note: A proverb termed 'adage'
to keep to the rhyming

MMT's at The Whirligig#332
Bjorn at d'Verse OLN #298
- August Live Edition

Thursday, August 12, 2021

they drive you round the bend

                                                                                                          Author: Artaxerxes
Image:  Enjoying the Fun Together (here)

A Mirrored Refrain
The poem is formed by three or more quatrains (four lines) 
where two lines within the quatrain are the “mirrored refrain” 
The rhyme scheme is as follows: xaBA, xbAB, xaBA, xbAB, etc..
x represents the only lines that do not rhyme within the poem. 
A and B represent the refrain.

they drive you round the bend   (x)
with peals of simple laughter     (a)
running around you full of energy (B)
to enjoy taunting you to no end  (A)

with pens shoved hard like needles (x)
whenever they need to touch you (b)
to enjoy taunting you to no end  (A)
running around you full of energy (B)

unwittingly you go along with the fun (x)
to invoke the child in you thereafter  (a)
running around you full of energy (B)
to enjoy taunting you to no end  (A)

just as you are getting worked up (x)
they pull away so you'll crave it too (b)
to enjoy taunting you to no end  (A)
running around you full of energy (B)

Note: Hank finds it convenient to label
the stanzas even though it is not necessary

Grace at d'Verse Poetry Forms: 
with a Mirrored Refrain

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

soothing to the ears to be admired

                                                                                     Author: RCA Records
Image:  The King Himself  (here)

what a raucous din what a disturbance
it had not seemed to be at peace
why the necessity to be anti-social
it was such a bother passing by
it would best be summed up as a circus
not the usual one for kids to have fun
but a derogatory description a menace

there was music blaring of differing sounds
from varied kinds of instruments 
punctuated with shouts or loud laughter
reminiscences of childhood happenings
upon passing the quaint little house

fast forward ten years on what a wonder
a mansion with all the trimmings of success
of occupants given to triumphant callings
of accomplished musicians and music
soothing to the ears to be admired

so this was how it was growing up
with little boys and girls in the vicinity
bent on making music as a career
focussed on a direction unencumbered
but seeing sweat and tears translated
in later years to be makers of the arts

Laura's at d'Verse Poetics: 
outside looking in

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Concluding Kimie's formative years before university

1. Kimie's Foray into the Game of Rugby

Image1: Kimie Being Presented with 
the Most Improved Player Award

Hank's second grandee Norhezry Hakimie aka Kimie had an interest in the game 
of rugby. Sometime in January 2016 Kimie joined the KL  Saracens Rugby Club 
together with a number of his school-mates to get to know the game better

Hank had posted earlier on one of his training episodes on Jan 03, 2016 (here) This 
was at the UM padang where they normally converged for organised training. At 
other times they would gather at the small field in Damansara Utama together with 
other boys from schools nearby.

2. The Most Improved Player 
Kimie's inclination for the game was at a high level. It helped somehow with
his sudden physical growth towering over many of the other boys. His prowess and
physique stood out in games that he was voted as the most improved player in 2018. 

Image:2 The Under-16 Most Improved 
Player of the Year Plaque presented in 2018

4. Image:3 Kimie's Final Semester Result 
Kimie was most fortunate to have been offered a place at the UIA following the 
release of his SPM results. He had to do his studies at the UIA's Gambang campus 
in Pahang which meant he had to sacrifice participation in his games. Just as well!

5. The Dean's List
Kimie is reading for an Engineering and Computer Science Degree. He secured 
3 As and 2 Bs in his Final 3rd Semester with a 3.73 GPA and was placed on the 
Dean's List, (with an eventual CGPA of 3.31 for his Foundation)

6.  Gombak Campus
Kimie will be reporting to the Gombak UIA Campus this October 2021 to continue 
in his First Year degree course. 

7. Norman Hazrin
Kimie will be joining elder brother Norman in the UIA who is also reading for 
the same Engineering Degree who is now into his 3rd Year come this October 2021.

The Dean's List
With the GPA (grade point average) scale from 0 to 4, 4 being an A, 
the dean's list cutoff is typically around 3.5 to 3.7 ie those within the  
Top 10 % of the class. -  Wikipedia

Attribution of Images1 &2: 
From Accompanying Parents
Coach and Friends of Hezry 
aka Kimie 
(fair use of images)

Saturday, August 7, 2021

she is now just as free

                                                                                      Author: Shay's
Image:  A Little Girl Lost (here)

when the air is filled 
with raindrops
blown across the wet day
charting its own destination
impacting her vision not bothered
with the surroundings
perhaps lost in the cold

it is so much reflecting 
on her needs then
alone with her dreams

a brightly coloured little euphoria
wanting out to having fun
instead of being cooped up
tensed in the cage
just moments ago

what to make of it
now that it's gone
to engage in the freedom 
it long desired 

she is now just as free
as the little bird but she is not
with lots of options to her needs
but she is stifled for choices

perhaps some opportunities 
might pop up 
is it a desire or is it a craving
certainly a lucky break is awaited for
in the pouring rain!

Carrie's Sunday Muse #172

Thursday, August 5, 2021

retracing paths never trudged

                                                                                                  Author: Arpandhar
Image: Leading to Nowhere (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
inside, heart never, where, confuse 
disturb birds history man mirrors

reflecting on life's blessings
inside the heart a little nudge 
tugging at the memory restraining
retracing paths never trudged 

where otherwise wondering  
what possibly could have happened
with episodes confused and disturbing
touch of gray on decisions taken

if she had managed to steal his heart
but he had rejected it oh, so brazen
would they be better off for a start
as two birds freely in the open

would riches pile high all their life
shrieks of beautiful children heard
instead history of struggling to survive
sadly childless amid cries of hurts

what then of the path not taken
softness of touch mirrors caressing
had not lady luck smiled often?
with man tranquility pervading

eyes closed dreaming all in awry
thoughts of  childhood innocence
raced back through his memory
unflinching thinking of the outcome

MMT's at The Whirligig Wordle#330
Mish at d'Verse OLN#297

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

where's the drift but empty of blessings

                                                           Author:Manfred Brueckels Permission:PD-self

Image: Persephone, created by Christian 
Friedrich Tieck, a 19th-century sculptor (here)
11 of 12 given words:
frail, wild, endless, helpless, drift 
empty, choked, seeks, ride, lonely, candle

frail physically and lost in time
wild in imagination waiting inline
endless worries for a mother's well-being
helpless alone and wondering

who is there to accord assistance
six months in the underworld's far distance 
and six above still lacking mother's feelings
where's the drift but empty of blessings

a lonely mother choked with emotions
seeks solace in desperation
why must Zeus impact an imbalance
life is more than taking a ride in motion

not spied yet the intended light
at the end of the tunnel overly bright 
but a candle dying to live
desperate wanting to give
its flickering flames
taking the blame 
for spoils of mankind

Background Perspective:
Persephone was the beautiful daughter of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, fruit, and grains. She brought the spring with her and scattered flowers around her. Her uncle, Hades, the dark god of the underworld and the dead fell in love with her. One day, as she was enjoying the flowers and the sunshine he burst out of a cave and carried her off.
Persephone’s mother, Ceres, was distraught. She set off to search for her daughter. She neglected her duties as an agricultural goddess – crops failed and the people starved.

MMT at The Whirligig Wordle #329
Sarah at d'Verse - Poets Pub
Poetics: Persephone.