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

Not just a house but a home!

                                                                                                 Author:663highland
Image: Neat Homely Comfort (here)

What would they need
A roof over their heads
Clean rooms so neat
Nicely made beds

There should not be a doubt
Who to occupy the Master Bedroom
Others to scramble, a game well fought
To make the best for other rooms

Sibling rivalry a constant headache
To test patience of the elders
Still, it was fun despite the heartache
What of it among brothers and sisters

A house as a function
Not just a house but a home!

Gillena's at Real Toad's  - 
let's build houses

Saturday, October 28, 2017

So there were those to cherish

                                                                            Author: Helgi Halldórsson
Image: Sad in Silhouette (here)

strength to overcome
tried forgetting those odd ones
but mind rekindled
So there were those to cherish
Emotions a sad spoiler

Chev's Carpe Diem #1291 -  Remembering to Forget

Friday, October 27, 2017

Forcing nature's right

                                                                                      Author: Mahdikarimi70
Image: Falling leaves (here)

Falling leaves downwards
Gravity exerts power
Forcing nature's right
Clinging into emptiness
Heavens above sports a smile

Chev's Carpe Diem #1290
spiritual way - emptiness

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sitting all alone rightly in pain

                                                                                Author: Nationaal Archief, Den Haag
Image: Wedded bliss Never Forgotten (here)

Had been for the past hour
Sitting all alone rightly in pain
Through misty eyes never
Even clear window panes

Could right the adverse
She had been gone quite a while
Eight months now unrehearsed
Only memories of her smile

Sustained semblance of sanity
Of the good times shared together
Revelation of heartbreak ostensibly
Masked with forced laughter

Mish's at d'Verse's Poetics -
metaphorical-mask

Where tired bones will sorely reveal - a Quadrille

                                                                                           Author: Sailko
Image: Legs in Art (here)

What you can do with images
Cosmetic improvements a fair game
Satisfaction with all the changes
Looking young all the same

Being young of more significance
Where tired bones will sorely reveal
And nothing much can be done
When creaks are heard at will
(44 words)

Grace's at d'Verse's Quadrille #43
(and to include the word  -  creak)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Still a mystery

                                                                                             Author: Andrew Dunn
Image: A Group watching the Moon set behind
Stonehenge on the eve of the Summer Solstice.(here)

Still a mystery
Stones strewn but found orderly
Amidst greenery
Peaceful country with lots of
religious significance

Sanaa's at Real Toad's the tuesday platform
Chev's at MLMM's Carpe Diem #1287
Ireland

a beautiful queen without its king

                                                                                      Author: gogo (GFDL License)
Image: Lonesome Queen of the Night (here)

11 of 12 given words:
drizzle blind middle sticky two 
trim knock king hill know dream 

trudging wearily through the drizzle
blind to all the world's unending woes
walking zombie-like in the middle 
of nowhere not caring feeling hollow

sticky situation when two gets trimmed
to a solitary self, knocked senseless 
a beautiful queen without its king
trending down-hill all the way breathless

being out of love is to know the emptiness
of unfulfilled dreams with much unhappiness

Brenda's Sunday Whirl 
Wordle #322

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A killing machine

                                                                                                   Author:Juan :Lacruz
Image: A Lone Hunter (here)

Circling up the sky
Spied a lone chicken below
Game of speed ensued

A killing machine
Conqueror with its own strength
Eagle fights alone

Chev's Carpe Diem #1285 -
conqueror of the sky\
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry - #376

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn begging to be appreciated

                                                                                   Author: Scan by NYPL
Image: They Didn't Know What was Coming (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

Kim's Poetics at d'Verse's - 
the-smell-of-chrysanthemums

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

dicing with rush hour traffic

                                                                                       Attribution: Gerald Larocque
Image:  No Strings Attached?  (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
signal turn bombshell brunette melodious garage
gibbous moon (any moon that appears more than half lighted but less than full)
swain (a young lover or suitor|a country youth)
mawkish (sentimental in a feeble or sickly way)
fen (a low and marshy or frequently flooded area of land)
Lilliputian (a trivial or very small person or thing)

No signal at the turn
The sudden screeching of brakes pierced the
night followed by a loud crashing sound

Dicing with rush hour traffic
was inviting disaster
A gibbous moon did not help

A bombshell of a brunette
humming a melodious tune
stepped off the gleaming 2-seater

The swain of a guy in a mawkish
way tried to make amends
Hailed from a fen country
undeterred by flood waters
he tried to reason with her

He was prepared in towing the
2-seater to the nearest garage

She had none of it.
A Lilliputian distraction
so she said!

Just get off this play-acting
But aren't you forgetting your desire?
My wish is to remain unattached!
This is my way of seeing
the Dark Moon, the New Moon!

Nekneeraj's at MLMM's Photo Challenge #185
MLMM's Wordle #174
Susan's at PU's the Midweek Motif
- dark moon, new moon

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dangled but elusive

                                                                             Author: Stephen Ausmus
Image: Wheel of Creation of Many Colors (here)

Sought after
Peace of mind
Frantic
Carrot right in front
Dangled but elusive

Chev's Carpe Diem-#1280-wheel-of-creation.
Rommy's at Real Toad's  -  the  tuesday platform

Sunday, October 15, 2017

An Up-and-Coming-Blogger! - a Shadorma

Nabil Hafidz, Hank's grandee has just created
a blog for himself (here) Nabil is a voracious reader
and this certainly augurs well for a great future!

Image: 1 Nabil with his charming Mom, Qhaty, the
prime mover in his development (Nabil had just turned
12 on Aug 31, 2017)

Image:2 Nabil had been an ardent reader ever since
he could recognize the ABC

A non- rhyming shadorma with a
3-5-3-3-7-5 syllable count

You have it!
Nabil's Writing, yes!
Book reviews
Great start. He
will certainly go far. The
whole world opens up!

Image: 3 Nabil growing up! Exposure at an early age!

Marian's at Real Toad's  -  shadorma
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #375

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beauty was in lightening the extremes

                                                                                       Author: Ximonic (Simo Räsänen)
Image: The Golden Brown Landscape (here)

Beads of sweat forming like diamonds
The brow could not readily support
But to let it travel down unimpeded

Only moments ago it was hot summer
Now, none exhaustive but welcomed
The likes of a friendly Autumn sparingly
In the initial days but more pronounced
As the days progressed at its own pace

Beauty was in lightening the extremes
Hot air toned down to mild warm days
Cool rain before the harsh wintry months
No mistaking relief in the human heart
That's Autumn on a silver platter

Sumana at PU's Midweek Motif autumn

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

holding the fort

                                                                                User: Beta m common
Image: True to his Calling (here)

lone sentinel
holding the fort
serious affair
peaceful day
courtesy of faith

Note: Tanka - an attempt in experimenting
with 'wordlessness' (less syllable count 
than the normal 5-7-5-7-7)

Chev's Carpe Diem #1274
Ryuko-ji - compassion
Sanaa's at Real Toad's  -  the tuesday platform

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

With Hopes for their Future Generations

                                                                                   Attribution: Puskechina
Image: Syrian Refugees not too Long Ago (here)

Setting their sights with blank looks
Across the emptiness spanning the ocean waters
A people seeking freedom
Imposed against their wishes
By those powerful enough to impede their progress

Wishing for land of the free
With hopes for their future generations
Divine help awaited
(44 words)

De at d'Verse's Quadrille #42 with
inclusion of the word  -  hope

to rightly light the pathway

                                                                                      Attribution: Jim E Maragos,
Image: Undulating Across the Sea-floor (here)

melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright                -  Jane Reichhold
to rightly light the pathway
for mermaids to be at play          -  Hank
 
melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright                 -  Jane Reichhold
accords blessings on earth to   
all those creatures of the deep     -  Hank

Chev's Carpe Diem #1273  - into the sea

Monday, October 9, 2017

there was not a swagger of arrogance

                                                                                Author: Gabriel Forastieri Pinto
Image: Intelligent Posture of the Wise Owls (here)

the 12 given words:
owls bough villain strike sodden swagger stained
cowslip (a European primula with clusters of drooping fragrant yellow flowers)
musk (a strong-smelling reddish-brown substance that is secreted by the male musk deer)
tinctured (be tinged with a slight amount of dye or pigment|)
viol (a musical instrument of the Renaissance held vertically and played with a bow)
distills (extract the essential meaning or most important aspects of)

the wise owls perched on the boughs
neither a villain nor a hero but striking a posture
very much like the yellow flowers of the cowslip
sodden with knowledge

there was not a swagger of arrogance
or stained with any strong smelling musk
but just tinctured with a mild whiff of
a soothing viol musical strain

owls in their own quiet ways as
pictured normally, appeared able to
distill information to invoke the
propensity of enquiry to maximize
their ability to comprehend
and to that of data storage

MLMM's Bonus Wordle - 
Shakespearian Style

Frost had earlier clasped tightly

                                                                                                        User: Olegivvit 
Image: Golden Autumn Leaves (here)

Golden Autumn leaves
Felled by gusts of winds mildly
Floated down slowly
Not impacted by the sun
Frost had earlier clasped tightly

Chev's Carpe Diem #1272
October (Robert Frost)
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #374

Sunday, October 8, 2017

life is always a constant struggle

                                                                                  Author:  Thomas Eakins (1910)
Image: Landing a Catch (here)

11 of 12 given words:
struggle fringe mystery lift power 
charge storm  swirl star road sigh

life is always a constant struggle
most colorful and hardworking
tireless always strong and healthy
these as fringe benefits of
a group of fishermen
who are deemed society's life blood

they appear to put up a brave front
of happiness in what they are doing
but in fact they really enjoy what they are doing

they allow themselves to be surprised
to be astounded by the mystery of their catch
that provides the lift on their enthusiasm

it rekindles the power to charge their energy
to help them brave the storm
that swirl their boats without mercy
guided only by the stars on dark nights

the road to satisfaction comes in many ways
sigh!

Kerry's at Real Toad's-  camera flash
Brenda's  at the  Sunday Whirl Wordle 320