Thursday, August 31, 2023

living the fast lane that of a stuntman

                                                                                                                                   Author: Yannick Croissant
Image: A Stunt Show (here)

Taking cautionary steps on a lazy afternoon
To avoid daring acts dangerous to perform
Just easy, nothing wild and not to take to heart
No negative comments that might likely disrupt

Wanting an assurance of an impression
Would  not be lighting fires without reasons
Rather living the fast lane that of a stuntman
To rest awhile if caught in tight situations

'Fasten the seat belts' a good escape clause
A good reason to feel reassured to a cause
Nothing untoward would likely to appear
If carefully nurtured to care for any fear

Grace at d'Verse  openlinknight-345/

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

siblings faithfully all in single file

                                                                                                                               Author: Oxyman 
Image: Highly tutored to reduce frictions (here)

siblings faithfully all in a single file
mother's insistence to be six in a row
seemed inclined to test the waters
but rooted along their narrow domains

not moving neither were they spent
breaking rules were strictly not tolerated
tattered in thoughts a swan's dilemma
no sibling rivalry overtaking to snatch victory
nor throw a sly spin to make one to retreat

A curved passage could offer alternatives
but caught in the middle of a problem
avoiding any nerve-wracking intrusion
freedom to choose was no free holiday 

Paean's at d'Verse Poetics

Friday, August 25, 2023

Autumn begging to be appreciated

                                                                                                                           Author: Mostafameraji
Image: Autumn at Vake Park, Tbilisi City, Georgia (here)

Autumn begging to be appreciated
Did well as a transition from warm to cold
To accord succulent fruits to be harvested
With perhaps a whole turkey into the fold

Chill of winter waving, blue of sky greyish
Many resigned to less hectic of activities
Halloween invented to liven up as a wish
Perceived melancholy seemed unhealthy

Holidays ended back to school for young ones
Lively sporting season built up to a crescendo
Major league games wrapped up within the months
To be mentally prepared for 'hibernation' woes

Magaly at Poets and Storytellers United 
Friday Writings #91:  - muscle memory

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Holding hands, pitching a wish

                                                                                                                                        Author: Crew crew
Image: Such Bliss  (here)

The world whirled slowly by
Medley of forms and activities
Some accepted some on the sly
And many others of mediocrity

Many who planned to procure
Executed them with perfection
But some just failed to endure
Unashamedly await for salvation

Oblivious to what transpired
The outside world was no bother
Adhering to whims and desires
Young couples aligned their rudder

In a world of their own venture
Holding hands, pitching a wish
Time stood still pristine in nature
Have we elders not savoured such bliss?

Lillian at d'Verse  OLN-live-again/

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

where are we heading?

                                                                            Author:  George Hodan 
Image: Bottled up choices (here)
License: CC0 Public Domain

what was the drift?
his mind declined to answer
sadly it had happened
he let slip the opportunity
a sure sign of misjudgment

he tried to keep his chin up
in vain efforts of maintaining
some form of authority

we anticipate good decisions
to welcome a new beginning
- that he realised

but where are we heading?
silence is not really an option
all bottled up reduced the choices

Grace at d'Verse - poetics-bottled-poetry/

Monday, August 21, 2023

blight on its conscience

                                                                                                                  Author: Henry Söderlund
Image:  A Hungry Squirrel (here)

looking for a bite
and bothered by the cold 

without a stocked larder
it was a grave misjudgment
worsening of the weather
meant an empty stomach 
in hibernation
blight on its conscience
now pining for food
utter regret often 
the wages of blunder
(44 words)

De at d'Verse : Quadrille-181

Friday, August 18, 2023

Japanese food was much fun

                                           The tapenyaki which I thought was less filling 

                                         The Tempura that followed. This was after the opening sushi that I had earlier
My elder son Hafidz 
and his charming wife Qhaty 
invited us for lunch again

‘We’re going Japanese 
It’ll be at the same venue 
that we had before’ they said. 
This is an ‘eat as much 
as you can joint’.

I remember what happened 
the last time. 
I was naughty  

I ate as much as I could then
and was breathless with a 
full tummy when we left
I told myself  I would 
be less naughty today 
and would exercise 
utmost care not to overeat.

Japanese buffet, yes!
How nice?
Eat as much as you can eat
It’s a tall order

Would I be naughty again?
Tendency is to do so
Must control myself
No sushi with rice
Other offerings would do
They are less filling

How did it go?
I was still naughty
Japanese food was much fun
I could not help it

Rosemary at Poets and Storytellers United - 

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Broadway for one's bidding!

                                                                               Author/Artist: Childe Hassam
Image: Fifth Ave NYC - Nocturne (here)

Music, when soft voices die, 
Vibrates in the memory - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Typical of a small city street
Very unlike those one sees
Old fashioned cobblestones

NYC  is not that sane and quiet
Big Apple is what Times Square is
The sophistication of Broadway

But barely half a block away
The third rate movie theatres
Reeking of weed smokers
And sudden blurting of curses
Interspersed with the F-word
Makes one sick to the bones
The one and only experience
Was just about enough to know

Instead in stark contrast
Just nip over nearby to any of Broadway’s
Overcoats at the cloak-room
Upon arrival and once inside
Not a whisper or a pin drop
Silence observed except
The music and voice from the stage
Music, when soft voices die, 
Vibrates in the memory 

Zorba the Greek
Anthony Quinn himself
playing the lead in person
on stage in 1984
Just as in the film of 1964
but the run was for weeks
on Broadway

At Intermission half-way
For light refreshments
All in all a most satisfying
evening with formal trappings
But informal in all instances

These are the NYC theatres
Broadway for one's bidding!

Note: Revamp of an old poem 
recounting Hank's sojourn at the
Big Apple.

Merril at d'Verse : poetics-august-transitions/

Thursday, August 3, 2023

It was most breath-taking

                                                                                                            Author: Khoshhat
Image: Mountain top View (here)

the 12 given Wordle Words:
bones trouble  
hearth (the floor of a fireplace)
weeping wilderness cry bread 
withered grass, come answer
reproach (the expression of disapproval). 

What a relief now that 
we are at the bottom
It was most breath-taking 
up there
make no bones about it
it was a mountain-top 
viewing phenomena
A sight to behold

Nature-lovers were however 
troubled seeing the hearth 
of rubbish on the ground 
the weeping wilderness
a far cry of the scenic scene 

stale bread upon withered grass
empty bottles and torn boxes
among them 

Despite the love for 
conservation come a look 
of reproach was no answer 
they were losing out 
to anti-social elements

These people found it 
convenient to have the
environment dressed up 
with all sorts of remnants
upon leaving the scene

Jadeli at d'Verse OLN-343-august/
MMT at The Whirligig.-434