Thursday, October 20, 2016

Won awards on different domains

                                                                                           Photo: Henryk Kotowski. 
Image: Bob Dylan at the Lida Festival 
in Stockholm (1996) (here)

Sounds of bombs smoke swirling
From choppers draftees dropped
Into an unfriendly terrain
Back home they were shocked 
Seeing clashes and killings to realize
War was not a game

Young people across the nation
Began engaging in civil disobedience
Carried the cry of the anti-war movement
Released during the build up to the Vietnam war
Earnest and straight-forward lyrics
Reputedly a protest song of all time
Where Dylan carved his name

On through the decades
Spokesman of a generation
Of a humanitarian and social movement
Won awards on different domains
Culmination until a week in recent times
Nobel recognition inducted into Hall of Fame

For Kerry's at Real Toad's 
 - it's blowing in the wind
Gayle's at d'Verse's OLN #182

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Counting his blessings his passion waned

                                                                                    Attribution: Swapnil Srivastav
Image: Aimlessly wandering by itself  (here)

12 given words:
woodland, twilight,wander count passion 
edge find drift lover pool lighter 
wheeling (a rotating or circular motion)

 symbolic tendency unhinged

Trudging along in the woodlands
In fading twilight wandering aimlessly
Counting his blessings his passion waned
Finding himself alone he is driven to the edge
Drifting along away from his lover
Wheeling in a pool of  craziness

There is a tendency to vie for lighter moments
of laughter and fun used to before
But not to be for he had unhinged himself
No more conversations
No more intellectual discourse
No more fair exchange of ideas
No more review of success
Just disquiet symbolic of
paralysis and incapacity of mind
Not unlike dementia or writer's block
But loss of mood plain and simple
Loss of directions
Hoping it is temporary!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #82
Thomg's 3WW #502
Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  conversations

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

an air of likely pride - Soliloquy No Renga

                                                                                         Attribution: Mightyhansa
Image: Autumn Leaves (here)

"Soliloquy No Renga" (a 10-stanza renga)

1.There is an opening verse, a hokku and a closing verse an ageku. 
There has to be a link or an association back to this hokku from the ageku  -  Chev
2. In each stanza there are pairs of homophones

the hokku 
wind blown from autumn trees
a stream of gold
                          -  © Jane Reichhold

                        leaves floating way down weighed by
lightness but of gravity
air of likely pride
to stake a claim of power
heir to Mother Earth
     central to lang of the Scots
        bathing length of forest floor

bare of intentions
likely to bear some pressure
meeting it head-on
    better to be prepared where
        calm persons wear wily smiles

plain thoughts putting brakes
break the silence of warm nights
rise to even plane
   four in peaceful contention
    well for season's innocence 

midnight sun pray be
insisting to be seen still
prey to lame requests                                                           the ageku
                                                            stream of golden fare
                                                            a fair share of Autumn winds

For Lillian's at d'Verse's  - homophone me
Chev's Carpe Diem  -   Universal Jane #3 river song

Monday, October 17, 2016

Like the jungle animals in a survival mode - a Haibun

                                                                                      Attribution: Murray Foubister
Image: The Concrete Jungle (here)

the 11 of 12 given words:          
precise delirious forge shudder 
pneumatic (operated by air or by the pressure of air)
skulk (to move in a stealthy manner)
lavation (the process of washing)
ration denote uniform terrible

City folks are a mixed bag. Many are focused on the rat race, precise 
and delirious forging a rigid schedule in work ethics. One shudders to
think of their extent of commitment,and pneumatic sense of purpose
in pushing themselves to the extremes. At the other end of the spectrum
are displaced souls skulking in dark corners devoid of lavation who
painstakingly ration out meager takes to last the day. In between are the
larger group of middle-class folks unsuspecting of others not unduly
bothersome and happy to denote a uniformed lifestyle. These creatures
in the concrete jungle move around very much like the jungle animals
in a survival mode. They are predators in business preying on the
uninformed consumers who may get into terrible skirmishes with them
in the face of fight-backs. The make-up of society will find its own
equilibrium to weave a fabric of order

set in motion by
society's insistence that
life finds its own paths

For MLMM's Wordle #125 and
Bjorn's at d'Verse's Haibun Monday #23  -  contemporary cityscapes

Sunday, October 16, 2016

In quick flashes a mimic of a trapeze artiste

                                                                     Attribution: Foto von Hydro bei Wikipedi
Image: Wakeboarding Flipping Over (here)

the 12 given words:
fade kick flip limit  flash mimic 
state insulate spin rim line park

Wakeboarding was developed from a combination of water skiing,
snowboarding, and surfing techniques. A rider can go towards and 
up the wake and launching himself into the air. This can also be done 
by riding up a kicker (a jump) and throwing backflips as a show
Using a smaller wakeboard will make the wakeboard feel lighter, 
and spin faster. Some boards are specifically designed for cable parks
                                                                                        - Wikipedia

Water-skiing seems pale in comparison
Now faded, wakeboarding a logical extension
Riding up a kicker and throwing back-flips
Tests the limits of a show jumper at the deep

In quick flashes a mimic of a trapeze artiste
In a state of frenzy a spectacle hard to resist
Without a net but insulated by the water expanse
A spill spells no danger in any event

With smaller and lighter wakeboard to spin faster
Avoiding rims of the jumps to spare from danger
Move off the line, you old fashioned water-skiers!
Now specifically designed for cable parks'  'fliers'

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #270 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #324

October is not about to be dislodged

                                  Attribution: Scott Bauer, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Image:  Brilliant Golden brown Autumn leaves (here)

October is not about to be dislodged
Steadfast in its make-up it is holding out
There are elements it is trying to dodge
Stellar in adherence and ably stout

Likely to be stingy in extending its warmth
Bastion against elements creating dissensions
Reproached  by calls for more of Autumn
Those who abhorred the impending cold months

October must invariably stand its ground
Not to be intimidated by all and sundry
Only a twisted smile is all that is apparent
Allowing Providence's hand against a mutiny

For Magaly's at Real Toad's  -  October in the chair

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The element of a paradox

                                                                Attribution: Dineshkannambadi at en.wikipedia
Image: A Loving Couple Working Out Together (here)

Absence - that common cure of love  -  Lord Byron
(to be inspired by the above quote)

One would have thought
Nearness is the answer
Fulfillment of the silhouette of yearnings
Nature's attraction answered
Where the loved one is physically there

But not so for absence is a tacit spite of reality
Where a loved one is physically a distant away
Yet absence is that common cure of love 

One would have thought out of sight out of mind
But not so, not how the element of a paradox works
For it is an insistence that brings out the truth

Proving that the opposite of what is expected
Can well bring the same results
The fascination of a paradox**
Paradox** -  a statement that
seems self-contradictory but in
reality expresses a possible truth
Hannah's at Real Toad's inspiration from
Transforming with Nature's Wonders

Thursday, October 13, 2016

father smiled remembering of love

                                                                                       Author:  Christopher Michel                                   Image: Loving care (here)

Tanka (31 syllables)

(a bundle of joy will certainly make it an appropriate fulfillment of wealth)

bubbly baby
unceremoniously expelled
from comforts of womb
father smiled remembering
of love cemented with mom

(Apologies to all good mothers. 
Hank did not mean to be disrespectful)
just a little humor on a very serious  subject

Haiku (17 syllables)

procreation wrapped
responsibility to
sustain lineage met

For Chev's Carpe Diem Special (3rd guest)
Herman van Rompuy's 2nd "inaugurate spring"
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  wealth

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A silent prayer for the morning bread

                                                                                                  Attribution: Hbalairos
Image: Begging is tiring (here)

11 of 12 given words:
prayer morning bread desire skywards 
ancestral flawed many tracked birth
skillet (a long-handled saucepan.)

3WW given words
radiance rhythm
rasp (to utter with a grating sound)              

A silent prayer for the morning bread
Desire shored up skywards for directions
Pandering from ancestral times to date
Flawed perhaps but they sought redemption

Many got side-tracked blaming Providence
Skillet overflowed but devoid of goodness
Misfortune of birth recoiled sans radiance
Rasp whinings with no rhythm but emptiness

MMT's Sunday Whirligig #81
Thomg's 3WW week#501

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tinge of regret clouding his mind - a Quadrille

                                                            Artist: Jacob Isaaksz (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Image: Wheatfields (here)
(clouds in art -  oil on canvas)

Tinge of regret clouding his mind
Tugging menacingly at his conscience
Preferred basking on cloud nine
Rapport with souls without recriminations

Hungrily ravenous to undo the slight
Rationale not sustaining previous doubts
Reconciliation a good word to bite
Soothing apology always a way out
(44 words)

For Kim881 at d'Verse  -  a Quadrille
#18 and to include the word  'cloud' 

Monday, October 10, 2016

corrupt minds with ideas of decadence

                                                                                                  Attribution: xlibber
Image: A Cygnet Gliding in the Waters (here)

12 given words
adrift  inexplicable bandage corrupt 
frailty (moral weakness yielding to temptation)
cygnet (a young swan)
embody  emergency lessen grey  
vitrify (to convert into glass)
fennel (a plant of the parsley family)

adrift in inexplicable circumstances
bandaged ego had fallen from grace
corrupt minds with ideas of decadence
if only had care taken to get some space

the frailty of reliance left to be seen
like a cygnet of innocence leisurely glide
to embody principles held dear within
not to be vitrified but just a little slight

in the meantime as in an emergency
feeding on common fennel with reluctance
it helped lessen an issue which got so touchy
which was acceptable but grey in sentiments

For MLMM's Wordle #124, October and
Kerry's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, October 9, 2016

In the 9 to 5 crowd dislodged from home

                                                           Source: Netherland Indies Govt Information Service
Image: Pre-war Office Workers (here)

the 12 given words:
breeze bridge fill needles mist 
sky trail trip trim view soil still  

It is a breeze to bridge the gap
A yawning abyss hungrily waiting
How sinful to think it is a fab
To do so devoid of prior musings

To have a fill in the morning
Needles in the tummy to appease
Cold mist nonchalantly blanketing
Blue sky in the afternoon at least

To the office a trail off so routine
In the 9 to 5 crowd dislodged from home
Trips early morning back evenings
In the rut of the rat race syndrome

While movements help trim the fats
Not viewed with so much enthusiasm
Soiled fine office garments hard on the wallets
Life still affecting all without exceptions

Brenda's Sunday Whirl #269

Friday, October 7, 2016

Fly-Cruise Safari to Antarctica - The Modern -Day Explorer OP Yusuf Hashim (YH) - a Haibun

.The Haiku
Adventure spirit
Unsatiated at best
Unlocked when prodded

The Prose 

All  images attributed to Yusuf Hashim
All narration in italics attributed to Yusuf Hashim

 Yusuf Hashim can be contacted direct through his email:

Image: 1 Yusuf Hashim says,
My shared cost Fly-Cruise-Fly Expedition to Antarctica and the Falklands will be taking place from 9-20, January 2018.

Image :2 Yusuf Hashim says:
There are only 11 cabins with private ensuite facilities for 22 people, so places will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. 

Image: 3 Yusuf Hashim says:
And I have secured a US$1000 Early Bird discount, off their published prices, (from the ship operator in Antarctica) for all those people who confirm their applications with a deposit of US$2500 BEFORE 15 Oct 2016.

Image: 4 Yusuf Hashim says:
This is the spacious cabin with private ensuite facilities that we will sleep in

The Repeat Gypsetters
6 Gypsetters who were with me on my Svalbard Sailing Experience in the Arctic Ocean 3 weeks ago, (here) have in fact already paid for and taken 3 cabins, based simply on faith, because they enjoyed the Arctic Experience so much.

How We Will Go About It
Briefly put, we will fly to Antarctica in a chartered plane from Punte Arenas in Chile on 9 Jan 2018 to board our ship in Antarctica, and thus avoid sailing across the Drake Passage. We will save two days by flying, and these extra days will mean we will have more time to explore Antarctica's calm sheltered waters. After 7.5 days visiting and exploring Antarctica, we will sail towards the Falkland Islands, spend one and a half days visiting the Falklands, and then catch another chartered flight on 20 Jan 2018, back to Punte Arenas where we started. This Fly-Cruise-Fly expedition (local flights included in the shared costs) will avoid us having to sail across the sometimes rough Drake Passage.

Early Bird Discount of US$1000
(send me your deposit of US$2500 before 15 Oct 2016)

The Information Pack  has just been emailed to all those on my Early Birds List. If anybody wants to beat the early birds deadline, PM me for a copy of the Info Pack. 

22 places in 11 cabins with ensuite facilities were available, but 8 of my friends have already taken 4 cabins, leaving only 7 cabins for 14 people still available. If you confirm your participation and send me your deposit of US$2500 before 15 Oct 2016, to enable me to TT your deposits to the Shipowners before 18 Oct 2016, the ship owners will give you an Early Bird Discount of US$1000 which can be taken off the final installment of your payments in June 30 next year. Yes, you can pay your shared costs of this amazing safari in installments, and you can even pay via PayPal.

For Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #323

Thursday, October 6, 2016

should it be left in hunger

                                                                                               Attribution: Shenrich91
Image: Adult Female  Black Widow (here)

Sunday's Whirligig 12 given words:
torn leaving everyone regrets tongues fleeting 
brindled (gray with darker streaks or spots.)
gobbled danger cargo hearts flower

3WW given words:
perky (high-spirited,cheery,exuberant)
oddball (bizarre, non-conforming)

The Black Widow torn between two loves
with tales of destruction leaving everyone
dumbfounded but not living a life of regrets

Should it be having a lover
or should be left in hunger

It set tongues wagging for in a fleeting 
moment it had all happened
The brindled male species was there beside her
and the next moment was there inside her
gobbled without conscience

At least the one in Hong Kong had it easy
Sliced in the night but he lived to tell
Only his male ego was bruised
He looked pretty much the same
from the outside fully clothed

The danger of an unfettered pleasure
and an unguarded moment
It was not in the cargo-hold but right there
at the spider's bridal chamber in
perky circumstances for two hearts

Pretty as a flower but prettier still
as fodder to the bigger-sized female
A notable oddball that could live
for three years as opposed to a vulnerable
male - for only three months on the
average if lucky enough

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #80
Mish's OLN #181 at d'Verse
Thomg's 3WW #500

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

richness of music unmatched

                                                                           Attribution: Mrighrajband
Image: A Flutist's Instrumental (here)

modest bamboo flute
richness of music unmatched
floats in little waves

parched lips emptiness
went wet on cushion of air
with sweet sounding flute
swagger swirled to elegance
dancing nights incited fun

For Marian's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads and
Chev's  Carpe Diem's Universal Jane #1 Introduction
- a tribute to Jane

Thick smoke is billowing - a Haibun

                                                                                       Photo: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
Image: Typical Scene of Logs at a Timber Complex (here)
(the logs are being fed into the Plywood Mill to be peeled
off into rolls of veneer to be later made into plywood)

11 of 12 given words:
blade billow barge reflect shoulders
bridge filter wisp grain spin lock  

Blades of flames are shooting into the air in the distance.
Thick smoke is billowing. There is a rubbish dump there
that frequently burns so no one seems bothered. Suddenly
a dump truck driver barges in shouting incoherently
reflecting  a distress with his shoulders visibly shaking.
With the bridge blocking the view those seeing him are not
overly excired.. Then word filters in. A wisp of flaming
material is slowly igniting the pile of wood tailings outside
the plywood store. It is still a distance away from the store
but of concern to those at the dump as it is windy. Above
the store are  the cables connecting their building to the main
building. There should not be anything burning below the cable
Electricity will be cut off if the cable gets heated. It just takes
a grain of imagination to think that  the whole building where
they are in might even be engulfed in flames if they are not careful
It is not a spin that locks  their minds against reality but in a
worst case scenario it might happen. There is imminent danger!

danger lurks daily
if it is not your own turf
action still needed

Note: Based on a real-life episode in a Timber
Complex years ago. Fortunately corrective action
was taken and disaster was averted. As a long term
solution the cables were dismantled and the network
was later removed to a safer place
For Grace's at d"Verse's Haibun Monday #22
(Extra) Ordinary Days
and Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #268

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Why must freedom to move be curtailed?

                                                                         Attribution: Luc Viatour /
Image: Freedom to move (here)

Ironically the void seems to be suffocating
Why must freedom to move be curtailed
The surge to create space is most appealing
If only the reasons delimiting will not fail

Repent and not to provoke a reaction
Profusion of good feelings not subject to sanction
Under no pretext on reflection
That good intentions be abandoned 
(55 words)

For Kerry's Flash 55 at Real Toads
Mary's at PU's  Poetry Pantry #322

Blurred in vision zooming past

                                                                                                            Artist: Juan Gris
Image: Frutero y periódico (fruit bowl and newspaper) (here)

Five ways of Looking at Speed

Flashing fast right in
front of the eyes
Blurred in vision zooming past
to the accompaniment of
noise and smoke
The excitement of an F1 racing

Just as fun on the tracks
Taking corners at high speed
But overtaking without consideration
Putting risks to the winds
Potential road-rage adherent
Potential subsequent statistics
Of mangled wreckage left burning
on the highway

elegant lady of fashion
strutting confidently with a stiletto high
alluring gait a pleasure to gaze at
but a disaster if chased by a raging bull
a mugger or hand-bag snatcher
very unlike one with padded sneakers

long-distance truck driver
with ten mouths to feed back home
chasing for as many round trips
contending to garner as much payment
for an honest job on the highway
sleepy at the wheel
danger to himself and other road users

bright-eyed dancing away
till wee hours of the night
having fun with lively company
out on fun trips of pleasure at leisure
to the beach or skating rinks
or just the normal movies
late in submission of assignments
of students these days
copy and paste hoping to outwit
their learned lecturers and mentors

For Bjorn's at d'Verse's MTB  -  as a cubist poet

Friday, September 30, 2016

It played on kindly to expectations

Image: Autumn Leaves that Floated Down (here)

Crunching, Crinkling Autumn swirling in the Breeze 
                                                                        - Sanaa
(to write inspired by above)

3WW given words:
kindly lighthearted melodramatic

It is now showing signs
Of tugging at the very heart of seeing
From the far distance playing mischievously
tickling at the greenery and to those old oaks
that stand in stoic grandness at the backyard

Finally it does slowly but surely
the changing of the guards
Dancing in unison of a poetry in motion
Floating leisurely in lighthearted mood
the first of Autumn leaves

It played on kindly to expectations
in the initial stages of a symphonic beginning
The slow gyrations of one or two of
detached brown leaves with no music but taking
its time in guarded moments towards earth

In no time goaded on by the slight breeze
in a melodramatic fashion in a frenzy of abundance
swirling down carpeting mother earth

So starts the crunching reverence for
man of the house in meeting the hordes
of golden invasion

Back breaking pastime raking in the
fallen warriors to be cremated or buried
'enjoying' every minute of an annual chore

For Sanaa's Prompt Nights and
Thomg's 3WW week 499

Thursday, September 29, 2016

he had not been this angry

                                                                                          Attribution: Basotxerri
Image: The Empty Bench (here)

the 12 given words:
partial shuffle doorknob swirling marry sizzle blazing,
smallest vegetables, crackle, orange swallow

stood at the door seemingly unperturbed
but feigning a disappointing morning
partial to his angry self but still
within control

he shuffled his feet grabbed the doorknob
stormed inside his head swirling his anger
now more apparent and he slumped
onto the waiting lounge chair

he had not been this angry but lately
he had been under tremendous pressure

she said she would marry him
they were supposed to sizzle
blazing a trail any young couple
would gladly undertake

but under the smallest pretext
while leisurely sitting on the bench
she confessed she was not into
vegetables no way she would turn
vegetarian crackling a triumphant
response to his appeal

she was happy with her sushi, big mac
raw herring,pasta and the like but she
could not see herself as 'a grass-eater'
in her own words and dismissed his
contention of a compromise that he
had vainly sought.

was it that bad to be a vegetarian?
he could survive on just an orange
a day without having anything else
to swallow but his pride
but still she was adamant!

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #79
Sumana's at PU's Mid-week Motif
Two Souls: Caged and Free

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wisps of your hair caught the wind - a Quadrille

Image: I swear it was you! (here)

Sheltered under the red parasol
Wisps of your hair caught the wind
Lined them across my face 
Amid soft giggles from you 

Gave me a jolt to find you gone
Sweet memories a constant companion now
Shadow of you but I see in everything
(44 words)

Note: Shared an umbrella
in a slight drizzle and her
long tresses were flailing
in the soft breeze

MLMM's Photo Challenge #132
De at d'Verse -  to write a quadrille
and to include the word -  shadow

Monday, September 26, 2016

They continue to frustrate those with good intentions - a Haibun

                                                                                   Attribution: Jean-Pierre Bazard 
Image: A Full Moon (here)

10 of 12 given words
rescind void hinge spirit black stagger
gloam (twilight)
petal density
tweed (A rough-surfaced woollen cloth)

Sought to rescind the stricken void of the universe
which hinged upon mysteries embedded in space
Spirits of the souls lodged deep in its belly up high
to watch over below the antics of humankind
Invariably always in conflict bent on chasing riches
to corner them towards their selfish ends. They amassed
the black gold to staggering proportions still wanting
more to gleefully deprive others of the joy of sharing
They continued to frustrate those with good intentions
from darkness to the gloaming before daylight. If they
give way perhaps it was just a mere petal from the big
bouquet. The density of wickedness went well beyond
the tweed jacket they sported everyday

Moon among the stars
Brightness reflects happiness
Under Autumn's spell

For Chev's Carpe Diem Special #220 Orion,
inspired by a haibun of Dolores Fegan and
MLMM's Wordle #122 Sept 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

get it off your chest

                                                                                               Attribution: Jonas Levin
Image: An injection kit used in harm reduction
programs and given to intravenous drug addicts.(here)

the 12 given words:
will you submit  scream free pot 
after mess chest rinse ashes date 

will you submit, it is a scream
free pot but you'll be at risk

the problem is real
the problem is current
addressed by authorities
in peculiar ways

they mean business
3000 bumped off from the streets
barely within a year after
the President's installation
pushers get killed in the Philippines
they disappeared and none the wiser
the police asked no questions
there were no messing around

get it off your chest
weed grass ice crack cocaine heroin
what-have-you, rinse it off

rise from the ashes quit the drug scene
athletes who cheat lay off from it

no dates to pick, to start it off
it is immediate, pronto!

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #267 and
Mary's at PU;s Poetry Pantry #321

Saturday, September 24, 2016

ruffled a little and away they fly

                                                                                                Attribution: LaurMG
Image: Up Against the World  (here)

been through with life without relish
one so true and sincere hard to come by
even a rough diamond to be polished
ruffled a little and away they fly

It forked in and out a little like the tongue   
Of that frightened garter snake we caught 
warming it up with them but it ended far-flung
slithered off the grasp so painstakingly sought

yearned for the one who strayed in before
'You come up after dark, you poise alone   
With me on the shore'
she never did come but always to postpone

faint heart put off the cake not likely to succeed
reflecting on the misfortune of what went wrong
blaming others while the heart continued to bleed
perhaps karma rejoiced in singing its song

Note: (lines in italics - inspired by James Wright's
poems hosted by Grace on Dec 13, 2014)

For Kerry's at Real Toad's  -  play it again toads

Friday, September 23, 2016

One wants to keep the relationship intact

                                                                                            Attribution: 日:Muramasa
Image: A Most Precious Moment (here)

When shades of loss weave with pattern of madness 
                                                                     - Sanaa
(to write inspired by the above from Sanaa)

And we all go bonkers dislodged 
from a pedestal of comfort and security
Where to dismount ebbed of motivations
(to love and sacrifice for one of the other)
is not pleasing to the emotional self

Disparity of levels of awareness and progress
following a break-up is downright unfair 
for one has to face the recoil 
at assessing reality all alone

One wants to keep the relationship intact
but the rationale at keeping a cool head is put on hold
where irate feelings are bubbling at the insides
wickedly wishing the other party is suffering just as much

Such is falling out of love experienced at the outset
where the confident self is at its weakest 
and at its most vulnerable
where one grabs at a likely being 
who happens to be around then looking for conquests
One succeeds in conquering and exacting revenge
or one gets conquered luck deserting at that critical moment

Failure in a relationship is then rewound 
for a second or a third episode following
A reappraisal is rebuffed hoping it will work this time
When shades of loss weave with a pattern of madness 
Will the human mind unravel itself back to reality?

When taking stock of the hurts and recriminations
adjustments are of immediate concern to make
for either a recluse accepting defeat or a fight-back
to salvage the honor and self respect of an esteemed self

Falling in love and out of love is still a necessary evil though
for all the valuable experiences unwittingly garnered 
It was horrid then but good when it lasted
so long as the emotional scars did not cause too much damage
and one is all the cleverer at the next round

For Sanaa's Prompt Nights  -  
When shades of loss weave with pattern of madness 
Bjorn's at d'Verse's OLN #180

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Looks to be irritable

                                                                                   Attribution: Yorian~commonswiki 
Image: Competing downwards (here)

3WW given words:
irritable jarring infected

A 5-7-5-7-7 Tanka

Body of water
Looks to be irritable
Swirling  like madness
Plunging with jarring effect
Infected with mental ills?

For Thomg's 3WW week #498 and
Chev's Carpe Diem #1061  -  waterfall

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

untiring honey bee spreading its goodness

                                                                                            Attribution: John Severns.
Image: Foraging for Nectar (here)

10 of 12 given words:
spreading hops pollen hottest scotched
katydids (any green long-horned grasshopper)
intervene crooked, shoplifting,
gourd (idiom: off one's gourd - out of one's mind)

untiring honey bee spreading its goodness
hops from one to the other covering itself yellow
generous pollen clinging precariously
on its bodily self discarded at the next flower
such is nature's inputs in propagating
the preponderance of greenery

the hottest day scorched by the sun's brilliance
where even katydids hide in the shade not to
intervene with the bee's freedom of movements
during the day

it is only the crooked humankind
hidden by shadows of dark nights
with wanton disregard 'shoplifting' kegs
of enriched honey from the hardworking bee

off one's gourd, it isn't fair!

MMT's Whirligig #78

Monday, September 19, 2016

"I've got an Antarctica cruise coming up in Feb 2018" - so says OP Yusuf Hashim

This posting is unlike the usual Haibun Mondays. It is a wee bit too long. However, it is necessary in view of the many photos within. Remember OP Yusuf Hashim, the Modern Day Explorer? (here) Yusuf is just back from his PhotoSafari at the North Pole. His FB posting is datelined Sept 15,2016 and Hank just cannot pass off this opportunity to share his latest set of photos. To make this a legit Haibun, Hank posted a haiku to accompany the images. As this is unusually long, you may skip some parts at your convenience.

All photos are attributed to Yusuf Hashim
All narrations in italics are attributed to Yusuf Hashim

Image:1  OP Yusuf Hashim  -  ever on Top of the World

The Haiku:
See to appreciate
Feel the cold reality
Touch but to conserve

The Prose
Yusuf Hashim says:
Just arrived home from a month in the Arctic Ocean sailing in Greenland and Svalbard near the NorthPole. Lots of pictures shot and don't know which to share here. Here's a couple I pulled out just before going to bed. I can still feel my bed swaying and rocking like I'm still sailing in the tallship Antigua. It was a gypsetting expedition like no other.... — at 79°7'31" N 11°51'14" E

Image: 2
Yusuf Hashim says:
Sailing in the Arctic Ocean Near the North Pole.
The Antigua, sailing close to the face of the Monacobreem Glacier in North West Svalbard at 79°31'5" N 12°30'15" E.

Yusuf Hashim says:
We used these Zodiac boats to go from ship to shore daily ... for hikes and photography shoots. We were told to be very careful about where we put our steps ... because all the moss and lichens were more that 50 years old and the shrubs grow less than 1 mm each year.

Image: 4
Yusuf Hashim says:
Some of the gypsetters who were with me on the Tallship Antigua sailing north of Spitsbergen searching for Polar Bears and Whales in the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole .... all wrapped up against the bitter cold. Sitting on the right in the back row is Dr Nikita Ovsyanikov, who was one of our expert guides.

Nikita has spent much more time in the high Arctic, and around Polar Bears, than most people on the planet. With a PhD in zoology and as a Doctor of Biological Sciences, but perhaps more importantly, with countless months of field experience, he has a deep insight into the lives of carnivores such as the Arctic Fox and the Polar Bear, but also of the ecological contexts they occur in.

Image: 5
Yusuf Hashim says:
Checking out an iceberg, in a Zodiac in the Arctic. Icebergs are KLCC sized chunks of ancient ice which calve off the face of a glacier. Most of this compressed ice from calving glaciers are >30,000 years old

Image: 6
Yusuf Hashim says:
Collecting 30,000 year old iceberg melt water to refill my drink bottle. What crossed my mind was ... hey, this is a great marketing opportunity ... bottling and selling 30,000 years old iceberg melt water to people who are prepared to pay RM 5 per bottle for Evian water compared to RM1 for normal bottled tap water at petrol service stations.

Image: 7
Yusuf Hashim says:
The supreme predator of the Arctic, the Polar Bear, had just pounced on a hapless seal....
Almost finishing his meal ... at 80°54'22" N 23°2'42" E

Image: 8                                                                                                                 
Yusuf Hashim says:
We observed this lone polar bear till evening when the setting sun threw a golden tint in the sky. Mr bear must have spooked these terns as sometimes they forage for eggs and the terns would gang up and attack the bear. — at Arctic Ocean 80°8'31" N 28°0'39" E.

Image: 9
Yusuf Hashim says:
Mr Walrus popped his head out of the water next to our Zodiac and said "Hi !! Whatcha doing in these parts ?" "Looking out for you, of course." Said I. "Now YOU watch your back. Mr Polar Bear is somewhere around and we dont want him to pull one of you into the water, would we?" said Mr Walrus . With that he dipped below the water and was gone.... Hee hee , 

I could have extended my arm and grabbed his tusk ...... he was THAT close. — at North of Svalbard 80°8'39" N 27°58'22" E.

The Antigua, our home for two weeks in the High Arctic, sailing among ice floes, observing Polar Bears, Walrus, Seals, Whales, Reindeer, Foxes, Icebergs and glaciers .... what a rush. We had almost gourmet food on board. Easily a highlight in anyone's life. Doe it not stir you to do likewise ? 

I've got an Antarctica cruise coming up in Feb 2018 and more than half the men and women on the Antigua is signing up. Only fifteen cabins and 42 potential gypsetters. Contact me with your deposit by 15 Oct and get a US$1000 discount off the published rates. — at T 79°30'38" N 12°26'47" E.

Note: You may wish to check out the previous postings
to know more on OP Yusuf Hashim's great adventures
(3 given below through linkwithin) 

For Toni's Haibun Monday at d'Verse
- winds of change
Marian's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, September 18, 2016

He could still recall the glitter in her eyes

                                                                  Author: Internet Archive Book Images
Image: Eclipsed in the Shadows (here)

the 12 given words:
glitter eyes breath 
sillage (noun: the degree to which a perfume’s fragrance lingers in the air when worn.)
exalt forward futile nothingness  
bramble (prickly shrub)
feral (of or characteristic of wild animals; ferocious; brutal)
esurient (hungry, greedy)
microlith (stone tool during late Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic times)

He could still recall the glitter in her eyes
despite the intervening years
Her attractive self, breathless
Exuding sillage of  aromatic tenderness
Walking on air ever so confident
Without a stutter and there she was then
clamoring for his exalted presence

Fast forward a decade to be exact
of futile nothingness
He was all alone now a bramble stalking being
reduced to a blob hiding in the corner
Feral in aptitude much in esurient stupor
Secure among his 'friends' the homeless
Somewhat a  forgotten relic of the microlith age
No more required nor useful

Such could inflict the soul of one so successful
Strutting corridors of power rising fast
up the corporate ladder once

A danger of unrequited love gone awry
A jilted element

For Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #320
MLMM's Wordle #121  -  September 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

They had designs of being champions

                                                                                       Attribution: Sgt. Brian Glass
Image: Players with Markers (guns)
at the ready (here)

Note:  Paintballs (pellets) - the ammunition used
in the marker (guns) are spherical gelatin capsules
of non-toxic, water-soluble substances and dye

the 12 given words:
champion deplorable try spring 
smite (to afflict or strike with deadly effect)
writhe straw guise fire basket dye us

They had designs of being champions
The records of the last few games were
deplorable and they swore to do better

They tried to spring a surprise attack
in the final stages before but unfortunately
they were themselves  'surprised' instead
The hunter became the hunted. What a
smite they received. They could see
themselves writhing in pain as the
paintball pellets were quite lethal on
soft spots of the body not protected 
It was the last straw. They were not about 
to easily forget it this time.

Under guise of night given by the tree
shadows and to hold back fire until
absolutely necessary so as to inflict
maximum hits they did better this time

Their basket of strategies worked wonders
They were not splayed with as much of
the dyes as did before.. It was a successful
outing and they learnt from their mistakes
'They got us before but we got the last laugh'

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #266
Outlawyer's at Real Toad's - following
a thread  -  weekend mini challenge