Thursday, December 14, 2017

No one will expect to gain

                                                                               Author William Stadtwald Demchick
Image: Peaceful protest march
in New Zealand in August 2014 (here)

the 12 given words: 
bones, simple clear  ripple, heap knows 
earth gain knees,bask gigantic throes

PU's Midweek Motif  -  celebration

Make no bones about it
It is simple and clear
Not just ripples but heaps
Should have known better

For forthcoming 2018 already showing signs
Mother Earth due for a depression
No one will expect to gain
Economists had made it all known

Now compounded by the protracted 'recognition'
Previous Presidents had been very tactful
Peace not to be gambled by politicians
May be brought to its knees if not careful

Madness may be basking in silly grandeur
But gigantic conflagration when both equally belligerent
Previous intifadas confined around Gaza area
Now in many parts of the world may be in throes of violence

Cut out all the intended celebrations
Peace not to be won by unilateral decisions

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #142
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  celebration
Bjorn's at d'Verse's OLN  -  breaking for holidays

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Friends were expected to lend a helping hand

                                                                                        Author:DieTierfreunde 371
Image: Not to Abandon Ship (here)

The feeling was great and the occasion made
Set to be settled not in a meek way unsolicited
When it was an enduring faith to right a mistake
But why must there be a quaint feeling of hurt

Abandoned in a groove of failed assertions
Lamenting luckless nights dodging with his skills
Out of the rut for a reasonably stable outcome
Determined to clamber back onto an even keel

To extend support aligned to their knowledge
Friends were expected to lend a helping hand
But not the best of times to be so privileged
Karma was having a field day to exact payment

Lillian's at d'Verse's Tuesday Poetics :
How Are You Feeling Today? - groove

Monday, December 11, 2017

How long had it been, 30 years? - a Haibun

                                                Attribution: Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC BY-SA 3.0
Image: Young Innocents Coyly
Sizing up each Other (here)

The Prose
I was in a hurry. I was late for an appointment. It was not my
nature to be late for anything. "It is better to be early by 30
minutes than late by 3 minutes" that I had often been told.
Brisk walking along the block not hurrying, not wanting to be
sweaty upon arrival, I should be there in 15 minutes so I reasoned

I took a turn around the block and, lo and behold, there she was
facing me. We were pleasantly surprised, taken aback in fact.

We stood still quietly looking at each other. Only the pavement
had the clatter of movements of people. Not a word from either
of us for that brief few seconds.

Then simultaneously we both lurched forward involuntarily and
hugged each other tightly just as it had been decades ago. The
utter shock of a chance meeting again was overwhelming. To
think it was a street corner but it did not matter. Tears flowed
freely. I had not remembered crying lately but it just happened

How long had it been, 30 years? And she was just as sweet
and beautiful as before.

So much to catch up on -  the appointment could wait!
(200 words)

The Haiku
rekindled moments
of young innocents at play
seemed like yesterday

Frank at d'Verse's Haibun Monday
theme -  pleasantly surprised

Sunday, December 10, 2017

he set about to sail the vastness of oceans

                                                                                                         Author:kees torn
Image: Vast Oceans of Opportunity (here)

the 12 given words:
fall deep seat last nudge assault 
run sail afford bar case puppet

fall from grace staring into
deep-seated feelings of helplessness

embedded from a series of failed
ventures it seemed lucky he was accorded
the last nudge of a face-saving device

it was to relay an assault on his
conscience and he was determined
to make amends

to run for cover with brave efforts
he set about to sail the vastness of oceans
with cost-saving measures

he could afford the privilege of
cautiousness as the only way
to go was up

it would certainly bar the guilt
feelings from muddling his choices

it would be a case of fine play of a
puppet on a string with measured
strokes minus the recklessness

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #329

Saturday, December 9, 2017

How to Draw Them on, How to Shake Them off?

                                                                                        Author :The Photographer
Image: Come and Get it  (here)

Going into opposites with:
exit and entrance
major and minor

Standing in line gingerly aware
there were elements desiring a morsel

How would then to draw them on
and how then to shake them off?

They were bound to cause mischief
Very unlike their nature to pass off
the opportunity to pull a fast one

It would be safer to evaporate and
disappear from their sphere of influence

The idea was to make a
quick entrance and a quick exit
a hit and run so to speak

No shreds of incriminating
evidence to contend with
A potentially major upheaval
could be averted

To hold the head high and keep
one's wits about ready to restore
It would then be transformed into
a whimper the likes of a minor irritation

Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #382

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Will it be a cold encounter?

                                                                                                    Author Suhaknoke
Image: Unlucky Visit (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
final, homecoming, cold rain fingers 
traces past black block visit crams

A final homecoming
Would it be a cold encounter?

In the blistering rain
and with fingers crossed
traces of the past were
imposing black memories

Could unpleasantness remain
at the back burner?

Loving one's own self over others
Narcissism at its most vulnerable
Any sense in blocking it?

Perhaps it should be considered it visit
Unpleasantness would then be avoided

In not extending a welcome
it would seem a reasonable option

Cram all the embarrassment
for just one occasion
and to still remain friends

Susan's at Poets United Midweek Motif
 ~ narcissus (Vanity/Narcissism)
MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #141

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Why should they give way fuming!

                                                                                        Attribution: Brooke Shaden
Image: Dark Days of Times Gone By (here)

Tell me is it a futile proposition
To fall back to those undying moments
Nudging  the conscience
Pending a rightful return
To the three loves much so blatant

Why should they give way fuming
Betrayal concocted through play-acting
Didn't they see it coming?
Perhaps blind to good feelings
To suffer rejection of  irresponsible beings

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge#191
Sanaa's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Monday, December 4, 2017

What a crunch to be caught napping - a Quadrille

                                                                                  Author: Eric Kilby
Image: Caught by the Tail  (here)

What a crunch to be caught napping
No way the sun and moon are to blame
Catch it by the tail to give a swing
To allow luxury of 2 minutes of fame

Set to wonder how it ends
Perhaps arguments to no end
(44 words)

De at d'Verse's Quadrille Monday #46 and
to include the word  -  crunch

Saturday, December 2, 2017

the will to survive pushes the risks

                                    Attribution: Jessie Eastland - uploaded by Pocketthis at en.wikipedia                           
Image: A thirsty jackrabbit risks danger
to drink from a dog's water bowl (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:
pushes escapes thirsty drive sound 
thank if exist party song wishes

the will to survive pushes the risks
it escapes limits of impending dangers

a thirsty throat drives caution
to the winds
no sound judgement better than
a full stomach

thank its lucky stars if food and
water exist close by

it may not be a big party of wine
and songs but just a lowly
water bowl to meet simple wishes

Brenda's The Sunday Whirl Wordle #328
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #381

Liberating the sadness that touched the heart

                                                                                                     Author: Manojiritty
Image: Is this What to Expect come 2018? (here)

Liberating the sadness that touched the heart
Extending a friendly hand not overly confident
How to accept a negative response with guts
Always a caution reserved for the gallant

Goodbyes were easy for those who were blunt
Without batting an eyelid and with just a grunt
It tugged at the conscience for the crudely decent
Would avoid where possible a negative affront

Bidding farewell to 2017 could be quite buoyant
Signs were not encouraging to detect a difference

Kerry's at Real Toad's Skyflower Friday  -  goodbye

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

If carefully nurtured to care for the fears

                                                                                             Attribution: malini-math.blogspot.com
Image: Sunflowers - intelligent                       
design in nature  (here)

the 12 given words:
steps, afternoon, twigs, wild, heart, fires,
wanting, fires living curl fasten three
starlight (the light emitted by the stars)

Taking cautionary steps on a lazy afternoon
Careful to avoid twigs and thorns all strewn
Just easy nothing wild and not to take to heart
No negative comments expected in the mud

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

'Fasten the seat belts' a good escape clause
Three reasons to feel reassured to a cause
No starlight shooting stars likely to appear
If carefully nurtured to care for the fears

MMT's at Sundays Whirligig #140
Magaly's at Real Toad's - the tuesday platform

Nothing is static as it is all relative

                                                                                   Author: Toddatkins
Image: Stages of Change  (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 being meddled

Paul's at d'Verse's  Poetic Tuesdays -  change

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Time constraints may not be the reason.

                                                                                            Author: Black dory
Image: Empty Boat akin to
Being Short on Ideas (here)

Dark nights rocking in the boat. Nary a thought for what
was in store for the morrow. One felt the concern even the
guilt for not coming back with a decent one. Was it with full
abandon to just raise both hands and prepare to give up.

Many had walked this path. Many were familiar with the
underlying frustrations of not being satisfied with the ones
done lately. Time constraints could not be the reason. It was
perhaps to throw everything to the winds and to see what
was giving way. Building walls around one's being would
not get the desired results. It stifled growth and that was
not good at all!

Take it by the horns
Wisdom comes too late
When set to fester

Toni at d'Verse's Haibun Monday
-  what are your plans

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A conflict in his mind to unravel

                                                                                                Attribution: Al Forbes
Image: A Beam of Comfort (here)

the 11 of 12 given words: 
wish simple stand puzzle still stream stolen
amble (walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace)
trim twist prize

How he had wished to turn the clock back
It appeared to be such a simple matter
It stood around a puzzle
He distinctly remembered it still
A stream of events contributed to the melee
A conflict in his mind to unravel
His reasoning was stolen
He could only amble along
disappointment written all over

He tried to limit it down to a few episodes
To trim it within a semblance of relevance
He just could not overcome
when emotions came into the equation

Running away from home was the choice
A twist of fate found him stranded at a lighthouse
It would not win a prize to guess his next move
Forget the troubles of the world
He picked the tab
An apprentice initially and later a full-fledged 'keeper
(131 words)

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #327
Sunday Photo Fiction
Mary at PU's Poetry Pantry #380

Friday, November 24, 2017

Came the big day to be jazzing across the surface walls

                                                                                     Author: Grendelkhan
Image: Rock-climbing (here)

Two sets of homophones to be used in a poem.
The first set is:
bolder – more courageous
boulder – large rock

The second set is:
flew – past tense of fly
flu – short for influenza
flue – chimney pipe

Having gone through the works
A few times the steep walls
Under the watchful eyes
of the famed rock-climber
He got to be bolder now
Mindful of loose boulders he was
appropriately warned though

Came the big day
to be jazzing across the surface walls
It should be more challenging than down the flue
Should be humming some jazz tunes
What fun it should be!

He flew into a rage when the day came
The others came back with stories of excitement
Having made their maiden climb of a lifetime
He could only listen with disgust
having to stay home
What a time to be down with the pesky flu

MLMM's Saturday Mix  -  double take
Bjorn with Amaya's at d'Verse's MTB - jazz poetry

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Give it a name if it is so nameless

                                                                                                Attribution: Yashitame
Image: Beautiful Bloom in Light Hues (here)

the 12 given words:
smell softening easy spring already act
fool gloomy ache promise give cargo

Midweek Motif's - the flower Rose

The fragrance of the evening
Pleasant 'smell' so overpowering
The softening of a link-up
As easy as having a wrap-up
Of a spring morning's coolness
Already exhibiting show of alertness

Not to act a fool then as a reference
Be it gloomy in the worst of situations
An aching heart sees such promise
A flower of love that so exists
Give it a name if it is so nameless
A cargo of blooms a joy, it so manifests

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #139
Sumana's ae PU's Midweek Motif -  the flower Rose

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

the ingenuity of survival

                                                                                                   Author: Charlesjsharp
Image: A Giant Kingfisher with a Tilapia
( a composite of four images).(here)  Left to right:
   1. kingfisher returns to perch with fish.
   2. she smashes it against the post to break its spine.
   3. job done.
   4. and here's the blood to prove it.

the 11 of 12 given words:
shimmy (a jazz dance characterized by a shaking of the body)
moon monkey crime fly strap sword chop sting kiss relish 

the wonder of natural instinct
the ingenuity of survival
perfected through time
a shimmy routine for a giant kingfisher

happened on a bright moonlit night
no monkey business neither a crime
just fly in with sword drawn
out from the strap

she swooped in and emerged
with a live tilapia in between her beaks

a prized possession to be readied
bashed off with a dull chop
a stinging smash
a loving kiss and with such relish
dinner was served

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #326
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  - the tuesday platform 

dark nights rocking to a beat - a Quadrille

                                                                                  Attribution:  Carlos Quevedo
Image: Something's burning! (here)

dark nights rocking to a beat
looking for a way out of the heat
clamoring for attention
by many in contention
the bane of a targeted meat

not to worry the night is still young
slip out of it and cut out the fun
(44 words)

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's
Photo Challenge #189
Mish's at d'Verse's Quadrille #45
and to include the word 'rock'

Friday, November 17, 2017

Life's gamble so true!


Image: Straying Away from Home (here)

A Shadorma with a syllabic
count of (3/5/3/3/7/5)

Far from home
What got into him
Look-see, check!
Things to learn
May seem the same but not so
Life's gamble so true!

MLMM's Sunday Mix Lucky Dip - a shadorma
Sunday Photo Fiction
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #379

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I'm a zebra. I feel out of place

                                                                                                              Author: anon
Image: A Pow-wow of Sorts (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
light hinge iron song worm 
air blow order clangs over

Say buddy, what's up?
I'm a zebra. I feel out of place
But we are one of a kind, horses
I know but you are of varied colors
We can still be friends
But I'm striped and there's no other way for a zebra 
It is light and easy over minor matters
We are hinged on iron-clad songs
We are not wormed out nor are we putting on airs
Blow for blow we are matched to order

We are wondering though
We don't need a bell that clangs to keep in line
We don't mean that
What then is bothering you?
Your stripes!
My stripes?

Yes, the proverbial question left unanswered,
'is it white stripes over a black background
or black over a white background?'

(prompt -  consider the possibility 
of two unlikely characters meeting up and the 
conversation they might have with each other)

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #138
MLMM's Tale Weaver #145
- unlikely conversations  
Toni's at d'Verse's OLN - happy birthday

Monday, November 13, 2017

with social media available it had gone viral

                                                                                                        Author: Unknown
Image: artes de rua grafite
(graphite street art ) (here)

10 of 12 given words:
obscure whisper solicit lurid 
calyx (a whorl that encloses the petals and forms a protective layer around a flower)
espionage glisten box-cutter suede-gloves
dilettante (a person who cultivates an area of interest, without real commitment or knowledge)

obscured whispers were now ignored
rumors were of no consequence anymore

it did not solicit a response
unlike before but now with social media
available it had gone viral

it found expression occasionally
in lurid details often in calyx images
that glistened in the evening sun

it made child-play of espionage
hide and seek as it was all in the open

in the hands of a dilettante bent
on maintaining peace even with a
box-cutter protected in suede gloves
was no protection

the graffiti artists would eventually
triumph with their own brand of humor

MLMM's Wordle #178
Lillian's at d'Verse's - street view

Saturday, November 11, 2017

was it a protest of sorts?

                                                                                                    Author: Unknown
Image: Beaching Whales 
as far back as 1909 (here)

the 12 given words:
war clear pay taunting fury slide test 
dirt disbelief mission body lesson 

'this is war, clear as hell!
someone must pay for this'

the taunting came in such a fury
that it came as a complete surprise
the slide was daunting
it was no more a test of nerves
the dirt flung indiscriminately

a complete disbelief at the turn of events
the mission was accomplished in some ways

a body of whales beaching themselves

was it frustrations?
was it mass suicide?
was it a protest of sorts?
or was it a call for help?

no one seems able to tell
no one seems able to confirm!

lesson learnt
animals are just as human
exhibiting tendencies
to tug at our conscience
a way of telling humans
how inhuman
we had been to animals

we did not seem to learn
what did we do wrong?

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #325
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #378

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ode to an Experienced Victim

                                                                                                        Author Fletcher6
Image: Elevators (here)

“He’s terrified of small spaces, didn’t you know?” 
to think he had to go through it, all over again!
But he fared very well, the second time around!

The day started off innocent enough
Short on provisions so a bee-line to the Mall
Perhaps a bite too. He was famished

A leisurely ride parked his car
and confidently into the elevator he went
without even a second look
to press the right buttons

It moved a few floors and suddenly a jerk
Then nothing happened and he was alone
.
Claustrophobia, the bad word!
Stultified he went into a frenzy
The next minute he was subdued
He remembered the previous episode
when he panicked and was incoherent

This time he listened well, made himself understood
Took instructions and was communicating
with rescuers outside

He was out in a jiffy!
Lesson learnt, not to panic and enjoy some
testing times even at hard moments!

MLMM's First line Friday
Frank's st d'Verse's  -  odes poems of praise 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

a placid evening sky ebony black

                                                          Credit: ESA/Hubble; Raghvendra Sahai and John Trauger 
                                                                     (JPL), the WFPC2 science team, and NASA/ESA 
Image: Relayed Hubble picture (here)

the 12 given words:
searching, door, story,
placid (serenely free of interruption or disturbance)
ebony waiting beneath hoping palm asleep powder cake

searching the conscience
the door to myriads of possibilities
with lots of stories to tell

a placid evening sky ebony black
darkly in shadows of guilt
not really aware
but waiting beneath heaven's
care hoping with all sincerity

can feelings of guilt be palmed down
by a mere utterance of denial?

one may be asleep in powdered
dreams caked in protective garb

still, it was no way to treat a lady
she deserved a fair hearing!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #137
Lillian's at d'Verse looking up

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

works of art, a real creation

                                                                                     Attribution: Quino Al on Unsplash
Image: Artisan at Work (here)

early morning before sunrise
getting ready for tasks ahead
trudging through the mist
to some dilapidated shacks

an old spinning wheel was given
a once-over before leaving the night
before now eager to continue

works of art, a real creation
very cleverly moulded by
knobbly fingers, skills handed
down through the generations

Alas, a dying trade was overtaken
by modern technology, reduction
in skilled hands and fall in demand

The passion and desire to preserve
a heritage giving way to the perennial
struggles to survive on a pittance

MLMM's Photo Challenge #187

Monday, November 6, 2017

to blossom as a flower fresh

                                                                                             Author: Brennyboy2000
Image: Blissful innocence (here)

11 of 12 given words:  
child blossom deny fate closet
smile weave sly bellow decline drop  

as a young child
of an innocence unstained
to blossom as a flower fresh
never to be denied
imbued with a good upbringing

a fate everyone would face
wrenched from out of the closet
bombarded with all sorts of distractions
accomplished with a wicked smile
weaved around a maze
by a stream of troublemakers
of seemingly helpful 'friends'
mostly on the sly

having parents liberal in make-up
who refused to bellow at the right moments
to have them enlightened towards a good future
but allowing unfettered freeway and freedom
to develop and simultaneously decline
in the face of innocent trysts and gadgets
to drop in spirals into an abyss
even with criminal intents
plummeting in a free-fall

such were often the scenario
a danger strong-willed parents
who refused to acknowledge the danger
to arrest the tell-tale signs
especially of drug abuse
who ended not just with a tinge of regret
but much more.

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #324
Sanaa's at Real Toad's the tuesday platform

Saturday, November 4, 2017

What a blessing, golden locks!

                                                                         Attribution: Man Ray (1929)
Image: Woman with Long Hair (here)

What a blessing, golden locks!
A treasured wonder any way you see it
Hung upside down symmetrically perfect
Or viewed by those admirers a few steps behind

Mind-boggling to those unaccustomed
To think it was detested outright
By those who had not the patience
to accord loving care deserving

Yes, a passion deep down
Meticulously nurtured
A slight purring strangely felt
Every time the comb found it
unruffled to immediately
extend its attention

It was not even insured!

Kerry's at Real Toad's - camera flash

Thursday, November 2, 2017

enduring and displayed freely for all to see

                                                                                          Author: SimonP
Image: A Bookcase of Knowledge (here)

11 of 12 given words:
guarded whispering, enduring displayed  fear 
stoop barge twice slides stroke bookcase

guarded in extending its
comments a whispering
campaign was undertaken
against them

it exhibits great courage
it is enduring and displayed
freely for all to see but does
not invoke the fear intended

twice it slides down a stroke
but no reason to stoop so low
or to barge into action

even a bookcase of famed
literature is no match for the
computer games now
preferred by the youngsters

MMT's at Sunday Whirl #136
Grace at d'Verse's OLN #207

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Safety thrown to the wind

                                                                                                    Author: JP Smith
Image: Anglo-Viking Key (here)

11 of 12 given words
posturing (a mental or spiritual attitude)
lock-jaw (an accent associated with the upper class)
canter (an easy gallop)
laconic (using very few words| brief, terse)
adjuration (a solemn or desperate urging).
mellisonant (containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody)
ambiguous costume dope swan song  spare key 

Posturing to indicate a polished personality
Extending a lock-jaw kind of accent guardedly
Not appearing ambiguous but to canter freely
Though laconic to maintain some form of dignity
Such an adjuration for all the beleaguered folks
To jive in a mellisonant form to some jokes
Such an attitude to maintain a lighter side
Of costume party convention to easily abide

No dope to numb the thinking process
Or it'll be a swan-song with no room to protest
A spare-key syndrome hidden under the carpet
Safety thrown to the wind, not a safe bet

MLMM's Wordle #176
Magaly's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Monday, October 30, 2017

a soft sigh in the misty morning

                                                                                        Uploaded by AlbertHerring
Image: Misty Morning Sunrise (here)

11 of 12 given words:
sigh mist mimic chime try 
sky signal walk pebble shore 
limber (warm up in for an activity)

a soft sigh in the misty morning
to limber up lithe and supple
mimic a chime to try to open up
for a person who is down and out

suggest to look up to the sky 
to detect a signal perhaps
or just walk aimlessly
kicking a pebble along the way for inspiration
there is never a right nor a wrong way
to shore up the inner self

Brenda;s Sunday Whirl Wordle #323