Tuesday, March 30, 2021

from a good housewife an outright privilege

                                                                                         Author:Matthew Paul Argall
Image:  It Served its Purpose (here)

fluff and fold (non-self service at the laundrette)
spin cycle (to extract moisture from the clothes)
wash & wear (without any need to iron)
wrinkled and shrinkage
a peek at an interesting daily adventure 
jealously held by the lady of the household 
the domain of the home decision-maker
to do it yourself or to fluff and fold 

is it not almost an everyday affair
for a spin cycle of the soiled heap
to rightly separate the wash and wear
to avoid the delicates from excessive heat

it is an art not easily comprehensible
to avoid the unsightly wrinkles and shrinkage
ensuring good turnout of the menfolks possible
but from a good housewife an outright privilege

De at d'Verse : Poetics: Put your words on spin cycle

Sunday, March 28, 2021

a shameful way to suppress the evil

                                                                                                    Author: anon
Image: A tortured stance (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
inhuman line shame suppress 
evil soul hope water spring vote 

it may seem inhuman to stay inline 
and made to take an unusual stance

a shameful way to suppress the evil 
spell that impinged on her tortured  soul

her hope to water down the civility
did spring a surprise when voted the 
best representation of life's torment in
the competition

Carrie's at Sunday Muse #153
Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #496

Thursday, March 25, 2021

He came with a little smile

                                                                                Author: Senthi Aathavan Senthilverl
Image:  A Mischievous Grin (here)

He came with a little smile, a toothy little smile
Broader it became as he got a little closer
Broke into a small laughter and all the while
A quizzical stance hidden behind the laughter

Broader it became as he got a little closer
Seen this act a few times had seen it before
A quizzical stance hidden behind the laughter
Scheming intention, a suspicious one I gather

Seen this act a few times had seen it before
Upon reaching an extended hand in friendly gesture
Scheming intention, a suspicious one I gather
Responded likewise not wanting to create a furor

A quizzical stance hidden behind the laughter
Began with a few good words without a falter
Scheming intention , a suspicious one I gather
The sling bag  is opened its contents spilled over

Began with a few good words without a falter
All the charts, the legs, the returns, too familiar
The sling bag  is opened its contents spilled over
I knew it, a ‘get-rich-quick’ a Ponzi as it were

All the charts, the legs, the returns, too familiar
Broke into a small laughter and all the while
I knew it, a ‘get-rich-quick’ a Ponzi as it were
He came with a little smile, a toothy little smile

Note: The Cryptocurrency phenomena currently 
popular appear to be like the Ponzi of old but with 
more sophistication. It reminds Hank of the 'get
-rich-quick' scheme rampant before

Peter's at d'Verse MTB - coming full circle
a repeat pantoum 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021


                                                                                                 Author: Basile Morin
Image: The 'Perspective' frequently used by the artist 
showing a parallel progression that appears to converge
at the end with a central vanishing point accentuating 
the mobility and movement effects (here)

11 of 12 given words:
stony silent resume read stiff  admire 
signed, dated routine, bridge 
crosswalk (a pedestrian crossing)

Convergence (Jackson Pollock)
in stony silence somewhat a resume
to read across a masterpiece on canvas

a scene in living perspective not seen as
stiff but appears to be moving with lots 
of mobility in a creative effort for others
to admire typically signed and dated

in loud colours splashed liberally across
a surreal abstract very much routine to
the artist but one of its kind to the critic
more so to a keen connoisseur of art

the current craze of pour acrylic using
the paraphernalia of objects not just brushes
and turpentine of old but glue, resin and 
even a hairdryer makes it a discovery over the 
bridge and mysterious crosswalk of creativity

Note: Hank decided to change the title from 
'A Painter Without a Brush’ (Gerhard Richter) 
to 'Convergence' (Jackson Pollock)

Laura's at d'Verse's Poetics: The Poet as Painter
MMT's The Whirligig #311

Monday, March 22, 2021

it was still not resolved

                                                                              Author: Pedro Ribeiro Simões
Image: Lost and confused (here)

all muddled and confused like 
clouds moving aimlessly in his mind 
unprotected tied in knots

obviously, it was still not resolved 
there was no change in her stance

understanding women was an art
and he learned it the hard way
there were no shortcuts
(44 words)

Mish at d'Verse's Quadrille - a poem 
of 44 words and to include the word - knots

a model office worker

                                                                               Author: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken
Image   Dedication at Work (here)

10 of 12 given words:
cohesive frills 
trellis (a framework as a support for climbing plants)
sleepy moan spring expose ignorance  gracious 
honeysuckle (a flower that symbolizes devotion 
and everlasting bonds)

a model office worker cohesive in 
relationships at work who needs no 
frills to show in performance nor a 
trellis to call forth her sterling qualities

not found to be sleepy nor to moan but 
will spring into action upon being given
responsibilities without any danger to 
expose ignorance of expected skills 
in the job and are always gracious
in their dealings with coworkers

honeysuckle of an employee who
will remain friends even after leaving
service is not a rare phenomenon but
there are many such individuals

MLMM's Wordle # 230

Sunday, March 21, 2021

thankfully there to look after the many

                                                                                        Author: The National Guard
Image: Strict security (here)    

synonyms: the 5 challenge words:
hope (expectation prospect)
bring (deliver convey)
try (aspire strive)
love (adulate idolise)
hill (knoll)

good prospects and expectations
likely to deliver the goodness of nature
conveying the blessings of Providence
prompting the chosen few to strive further

aspiring to idolise with sincere adulation
rich beings given to contribute with ease
time and resources in times of concern
currently faced by humanity under siege

also unsung front-liners who sacrifice
and who ride over the knoll unselfishly
dicing personal well-being extending service
thankfully are there to look after the many

weejars at MLMM's Same Same But Different’ 
- to take the five challenge words and NOT to use them in the writing.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

piercing eyes ready to pounce

                                                                                                         Author: anon
Image: a sharp look (here)
(the picture prompt)

a sharp look that stabs you 
where it hurts most 
with no words uttered
it pricks at your conscience 
you search yourself
what did I do wrong?

a pair of piercing eyes
ready to pounce on you
no two ways about it
you feel cornered!

the better option breathlessly 
taken is to vamoose as fast
not to cross swords 
with unreasonableness

it is being fair to oneself
to assess other choices open 
so as to fight with added strength
for another day.
Shay's at Sunday Muse #152      
(to use the picture prompt for a poem)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Friday, March 19, 2021

One's presence can evoke varied reactions

                                                                                                  Photographer Nicu Buculei 
Image: Lonesome and blue (here)
One's presence can evoke varied reactions
by nature, an initial response is a welcome
society blessed by people with good intentions
never had it been said fairness is one of them

lacking sincere judgment is very common
the ugly duckling is often caught in the game
easier accomplished by drawing comparisons
cuddly and cute but still subject to shame

those affected not to lament on a bad situation
despite running the gauntlet taking in all the rough
given time a reversal is forthcoming at the end
basking in glory and having the last laugh

Michael at MLMM's  Tale Weaver # 319 - the ugly duckling
Bjorn at d'Verse Open Link Night #288 - March - live edition

Thursday, March 18, 2021

to survive as much as being human

                                                                                           Author: RuneX2 (User)
Image: In a cardboard box 
behind a warm TV (here)

this being human is a given
it gnaws at a mother's instinct 
in the family way not that often
but she is given the way to think

wonders of creations of little creatures
are accorded with enough intelligence
to care and love as a human teaches
with blessings of such brilliance

little ones snuggle up to the goodness
of teats now blessed for good reasons
mother and the broods in all readiness
the bid to survive being only human

Kim at d'Verse Poetics : the art of being human
(to start with the sentence - this being human is .......)

Friday, March 12, 2021

away from all others

                                                                                                   Author:W. Shaw Warren
Image: A Studious-looking Bookworm  (here)

11 of 12 given words:
away water boat rain sing play 
watch sway rock spilling cry

very much away from all others 
in the water drifting in a boat
rain or shine no one bothers
able to carry a substantial load

to sing and play alone
all in his mind amidst books
in the library quiet as a stone
unmoved by all the looks

watch him sway to engage
careful not to rock the boat
spilling out all the knowledge
but restrained not to cry out loud

not unlike a nerd all by himself
but a bookworm with all the drive

MMT's the Whirligig #309
MLMM's Tale Weaver #318 - bookworm

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

managed to get out fast

                                     Author: Bpierreb
Image: Don't Believe a Thing!  (here)

it was swift
managed to get out fast

what could it be?
myriads of possibilities
a young mind so free
no one to care
no one to bother!

a sheepish smile from a successful tryst
won the sympathies of a rich widow?
high hopes!
(44 words)

Sarah's at d'Verse - Quadrille - to write a quadrille
in 44 words and to include the word - swift

Saturday, March 6, 2021

not asked for it nor had she demanded

                                                                               Author: Romain Thiery
Image: It Had Seen Better Days (here)

not asked for it nor had she demanded
rummaging through the pile of rubble
was painstaking but why not she thought
she had expected something unusual

she spied an old picture of her first love
a torrid love affair all for the better
her knuckles bore the pain her fingers puffed
but it filled the hours she did remember

one day on a beautiful day it happened
she was fingering the keys with grace
the dreaded news came all so sudden
he was leaving to a faraway place

having a house far away from civilisation
it was imperative one thing led to the other
she was awkwardly deprived of other options
when she unashamedly lost her piano teacher

Carrie's Sunday Muse #150

Friday, March 5, 2021

of friends so true

                                                                                                Author: Britchi Mirela
Image: Sharing among friends  (here)

of friends so true pure as white
are born and necessarily well-bred
unlike pastry brown and burnt
from what one had learned
best be avoided 

real friends will stand by you 
unmarked offered in full view
sincerity by their very nature
not vengeful with a friendly overture

without sins strictly well organised
even of the savage breast 
but yet stable and wise
to palm off any semblance
of unfairness in return

painted as desirous in kinship
by extending good companionship
consonant in life-long tidings
harmonious with honest dealings 

Linda at d'Verse OLN #285

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

a thing of the past

                                                                                              Author: Andy Mabbett
Image:  Pray this will be a 
Reality in Time! (here) 
11 of 12 given words:
thing flash swift  
roves (wandering with no specific destination)
constant wild moves rings chain straight order

a thing of the past
a flash of memory
came swiftly and fast
roves in a hurry

constant wild moves
rings true of one on edge
staying very much aloof 
precariously on a ledge

on fringes of a madness 
consequence of chain of events
lurking from across the wilderness
straight out feeling all tensed

such is the scenario today
disorganized with no leisure
now utterly out of play
not of the old order and pleasure

MMT's Whirligig Wordle #308 
JadeLi at d'Verse Poetics - edges and fringes

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Night Fishing

Image:  The Morning After, Hank with
a Whopper, a long time ago! It brought 
back the memories

It was late afternoon. The heat of the day still beating down on us. The sea
was calm. The sky was clear in bluish hues with white clouds drifting leisurely by. 
It looked to be so inviting. The beach was filled with the shrieks and laughter
of the youngsters, stragglers from the crowd barely minutes ago. It would
be quiet shortly with dusk approaching.

We put out to sea in the middle of the night. The heavens above were full of twinkling 
stars. A slight sea breeze playfully rocked the boat a little. We shone the torch-lights 
into the crystal clear waters. That was one way to attract the squids to the surface 
which were scooped up as bait.

Light waves kept lapping the sides of the boat to a regular rhythm. It rocked 
us in time preventing us from having a shut-eye. The night was uneventful with 
just small bites. The regular rocking was a bother. It was frustrating and the night 
was long. The break of dawn was the clincher.Bites galore, what a whopper!

Night fishing was a test of patience

in still of the night
rocking lullaby movements
not meant to doze off

Lillian's at d'Verse Haibun Monday - down memory lane