Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Finding it hard to understand

Image: Hunk of a guy (here)

the 12 given words:
style grammar sentences voice topic repetition  
redundant tenses fragments draft  lingering,conclusion,

queasy violent unruly
Finding it hard to understand
What prompts the elegant lady
Who speaks in style with good grammar
Typically short sentences in a soft voice
Sexily articulated on any topic 

But in the presence of her man
Who acts 'violent' in a good way
just as she expects she just melts

She begins to speak in repetitions often redundant
She gets all tensed speaking in fragments
Somewhat queasy what with a whiff
of the draft that drifts by but she likes it

'Unruly' translates to the lingering male odor
A scent bewitching to the sensitive female 
In conclusion a 'sweaty' male is a desirable male

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #66
Thomg's 3WW #486
Grace's at d'Verse Poetics: empire of scents
Marian's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Monday, June 27, 2016

They often have a smashing time

                                                                                                   Attribution: Alexxxos
Image: Grafitti artist at work (here)

the 12 given words:
smash corner familiar deface
perfidy(deliberate breach of faith;treachery)
phallus (an image of the male reproductive organ)
heartrending (expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress)
rakefire (a visitor who outstays his welcome)
sediment league 
They often have a smashing time
May not be at dark corners but well in view
Familiar sight in some neighborhoods
To deface a blank wall is not seen as a perfidy
In the eyes of the artist it is a contribution to society
Given of a free will but with responsibility

They take pains to draw presentable images
Even supported with philosophical sayings
No tiresome or base sketches of a phallus
But artist of stature perhaps facing hard times

Certainly not the same as the sexist or obscene 
rantings behind toilet doors in some communities
This is heartrending to others but unfortunately 
may find some following that occupy sick minds

One need not be bothered with such a rakefire
They have sediments in their brains not in league with
expected good behavior of which they are lacking

For MLMM's Wordle #115 with the given words
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry # 308

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Remember the Modern Day Explorer Yusuf Hashim?

                                                                                            Atteibution: Yusuf Hashim

Yusuf Hashim was featured in Alex's 2015, A to Z April Challenge in a number of Hank's postings (here)  He is still at it. His resilience and enthusiasm knows no bounds. A snapshot on his FB wall posting (above) a few days ago.attested to this. Yusuf was aboard an aerobatics fighter bomber that prompted a comment from Hank (excerpts below)

Hank says:
Fantastic! Keep at it OP Yusuf Hashim. You have your pilot's licence. Not clear here if you were at the controls! Given your many talents we can expect anything from you!

Yusuf Hashim says
Ha ha Hank, there are dual controls on both the front and rear cockpits. I am not rated for aerobatics so I wasn't permitted to touch the stick and pedals during aerobatic manoeuvres. The captain only allowed me to take the controls briefly, on the more civilised parts of the flight. Quite scary really, because the controls were so light and twitchy, compared to the controls of the Cessnas and Pipers that I am rated to fly.

He has his plate full till 2018. Yusuf already lined himself up as shown below:

Just can't keep up with the pace that Yusuf had set himself

For Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  resilience

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Such is the wonder of nature

                                                                                           Author: Eric Hill
Image: Poppies in the Sunset on Lake Geneva (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
innocent single wanton dandelion wildflowers aflame coastal   
flaring (bright or showy spreading gradually outward)
poppies empty

taboo taut tattered

Every spring it sprouts from the ground
Unwanted waif in all innocence 
Not as a single homeless but a wanton
yellow the ubiquitous dandelion

Other summer annuals that come later
The variety of colorful summer starters
That germinate during spring and mature
right through autumn of the same year

Wildflowers or fondly grown in the garden
Setting aflame the backyard, the lawn
or at coastal areas competing for sea breeze
that intrudes inland

All the greenery flaring colors and beauty
Red and yellow dahlias or in rosy purple daisies
Gloriosa with golden petals and chocolate centers
Poppies flaming red now taboo in measured whispers
as the drug scene is still potent with upheavals

The ground stretches taut with no other
but flowers only to be embarrassingly seen before
the cold months withered and tattered as ever
Eventually just empty waste with advent of winter
Such is the wonder of nature

For Grace's OLN #175 at d'Verse and
rather late for Walter's at d'Verse's Tuesday Poetics: summer starter
MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #65 with the given words and
Thomg's at 3WW week #485

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Shuuchuugouu has a way with moods - a Haibun

                                                                           Author : LĂ©onard Misonne (1870–1943)
Image: April Showers (here)

shuuchuugouu (severe localized downpour)

The shuuchuugouu has a way with moods. It revels in afflicting an innocent
soul sitting at the front porch. One who is looking forward to enjoying a puff.
Playing with a pipe in his mouth nonchalantly twirls it a little as the clouds
above move ever so slowly across the blue skies. He dreams of a beautiful
flower his mind far away his eyes remain close he smiles every so often.

Suddenly a gust of wind swung hard against the open windows with a
loud bang.It signals a turn in the weather and so also his mood. A sudden
chill and the sky turns grey. He is now no more in a dream and he waits

It is bound to happen. In that part of the country that is how the drama
unfolds. A sudden shriek the trees in the distance swaying each trying
to uproot itself to seek shelter. A grimace slightly not outwardly
depressing but thankful that Providence sees it plain he ought to
be doing something.else

The heavens come down suddenly with vengeance. He gets up to stretch
himself. He walks slowly in through the door. He is to fulfill his obligation
inspired with ideas as prompted by the April showers.

Squalls and biting rain
Conscience ignited brilliance
Thankful to nature

For Toni's at d'Verse's Haibun Monday - 50 shades of rain

Monday, June 20, 2016

Harbored a long-standing dream

                                                                      Artist: Tintoretto (1518–1594)
Image: Bearded Gramps (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
dream hesitation license climate 
random length obstruct
atrabilious (gloomy morose irritable bad-tempered)
singe (to burn or be burnt superficially)
cerise (moderate to deep red)

Harbored a long-standing dream
Spied some hesitation making an entry
On rare occasions Gramps would slip in
Of silken white for others to see

For as long as he could remember
Gramps been sporting his prized trophy
Licensed in a climate of regular honor
Of random length not without dignity

Twitched incessantly when atrabilious
Wisely not to obstruct his pugilistic actions
But once it did singe the white tresses
Lighted cerise cigar that malfunctioned

MLMM's Wordle #114 and
Kerry's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Sunday, June 19, 2016

He skillfully painted a beautiful picture

                                                                                     Author: Juan Tomas Valenzuela
Image: Skillful speaker (here)

the 12 given words:
boiling fury erupt crow shadow rise 
shimmering ripple park sweep swarm paint  

Boiling with fury it came off suddenly
It erupted beyond reason he was overwhelmed
It was nothing to crow about so he thought

Without a shadow of doubt he 
had then woefully anticipated trouble
It was beginning to give rise
to cries of dissatisfaction 
and misshapen unfairness     

It was shimmering in his heart
It caused a ripple initially but he
thought it was just a walk in the park

There was an attempt to sweep
it under the carpet but he was 
swarmed with loud protests

He skillfully painted a beautiful picture
something akin to what  they had wanted 
and hungrily waited all these years

He got away with it!
Politicians like talented composers
gleefully played by the ear

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl's Wordle #254 and
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #307

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chosen through divine assertion

                                                                                     Attribution: Leon S.K.
Image: Joy of Motherhood (here)

Made for it in stellar fashion
Chosen through divine assertion
Specifically for a special function
One so structurally efficient

The feminine body dubbed the weaker sex
Demure sexily refined profusely decked
Of charming personality for a fact
When unashamedly upstaged could favor a fight-back
With a sharp even odious gift of the gab

One outrageously though in their favor
To provide an heir when asked for
Risks and sufferings of becoming a mother
A justified rest thereafter
the sweet sauce of labor

For Sanaa's Prompt Night's (6)
-  rest is the sweet sauce of labor

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rose by any other name

                                                                                                   Author:  MM
Image: Exquisite beauties (here)

the 12 given words:
plea  roses thorns bud sins, ,
loathsome thief, sweet mud
canker (that corrodes destroys, or irritates)
love sense

3WW given words:
sassy (lively, bold, and full of spirit; cheeky )
raw quick
A plea for the exquisite
Rose by any other name
are always acceptable to the tormented

They are safely surrounded by 
thorns to ward off uncertainty of 
bloom from bud to 'sinful' flavor 
of its flower

The myriad of colors seem
loathsome to mention but adored 
as a thief of the heart blessed
with the sweetness of aroma

Even wallowing in the mud it can hold
out on its own nothing cankerous
but sassy in all of its potential

As a flower of love, it is raw in its bid
but quick to be accorded pride of place

In a sense it is providing the energy
of strong wind power to match the 
inherent beauty nature had chosen

MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #64
Thomg's 3WW #484
PU's Midweek Motif  -  wind power

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Acrobatics on a mountain bike - a Quadrille

                                                                                            Attribution :Thiagonegris
Image: Challenging man-made
wooden tracks (here)
Acrobatics on a mountain 
bike taken too far ended with 
a nasty spill. Padded yes, 
physically bruised not a 
bother but an ego bruised
was more telling

Took up a challenge as a 
show-off of his prowess but 
a sharp turn was his downfall

(44 words)
For De's Quadrille #11 of 44 words
at d'Verse and to include the words spill

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Milking by hand tediously

                                                                                        Attribution: Bob Embleton
Image: Milk churns placed on a stand for 
collection from small farms by lorries in 
the olden days. Now purely ornamental. (here)

11 of 12 given words:
churn whirring splatter chat smirk 
trim left chisel dig tin lemon 

Milking by hand tediously
Used to be stored in milk churns
To be picked up later by lorry
Off to the market in the gallons

Now it is the faint whirring
of the suction milking machine
No splatter and very clean
Easy chats with cows smirking

Milking time considerably trimmed
Per cow increased to 12 gallons a day
Left farmers time with other things
To chisel around to dig whichever way

Tin tankard of a beer or a lemon drink
The order of the day upon finishing

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #255 and
Marian's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Some may go berserk at some point in the night

                                                                                   Attribution: Thomas Bresson
Image: A Bright Moonlit night (here)

Sweltering summer heat that beats down hard
Rivulets of sweat profusely racing downwards
Justifying notions of cooling off hot on the cards
A moonlight swim is a likely option considered

Or let us just walk together in the moonlight
As darkness beckons the two young lovers
On sultry evenings of holding hands so tight
Ostensibly afraid but confidence being together

Lunar shines may not rightly be that romantic
Some may go berserk at some point in the night
That's why they are fondly referred to as lunatics
Forces unexplained but lots to do with moonlight

For Sanaa's Prompt Nights  -  #18
Let us walk together in the Moonlight
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #306

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Had seen better days now neglected

                                                                              Artist :Andrew Wyeth (1992)
Image: Neglected Lawn Chair (here)

Sitting pretty, forlornly by itself
Had seen better days now neglected
Mystical and mysterious of elements
Seemed slowly inching away from
its usual spot at the corner of the porch

It appeared suspiciously in a
despicable attempt to run away
to follow Gramps to his last journey

Fickleness in perfection
Was at one time under the oak tree
Then in the middle of the backyard
Now out there nearer to the
rolling meadows of long grass

Strangely enough no one from
the house had ever confessed nor
remembered having touched it

Used to be Gramp's favorite chair
He had carried it to various spots
around the compound of the house
before sitting depending on his mood

He liked a change of scenery
every now and then he reasoned
Was it programmed to eerily move
by itself now that Gramps had gone?

For Bjorn's at d'Verse's OLN #174 and
Margaret's Artistic Interpretations on
A. Wyeth's works at Real Toads

Windmills, Delft Blue, clogs

                                                                            Attribution: Johan with GFDL
Image: Windmill "De Zwaan" in Ouddorp,
The Netherlands (here)

Windmills Delft Blue clogs
Diamonds cheese and raw herring
All uniquely Dutch

Advent of Summer
Anglers at many canals
Fresh interactions

For Chev's CARPE DIEM  #972  -  The Netherlands

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

It altered her ego and distorted her mind

                                                                                         Attribution: Zack Sheppard
Image: Waiting for Harry Potter's book
#6 the Deathly Hallows in a Californian
bookshop (Borders, Sunnyvale) 5 minutes
before the book's official publication (here)

Sunday's Whirligig 12 given words:
came sister uneasy flashes recall moments 
writing three weeks altered, distorted years

3WW given words
 perplexed outlandish  nibble 

She came crying a kid sister 
Uneasy and in despair
There were flashes of brilliance
She could recall moments of happiness
after writing only for three weeks
it was an outright fulfillment
when suddenly it happened!

It altered her ego and distorted her mind
Perplexed she just could not understand it
She had outlandish ideas 
Designs of being an JK Rowling 
in years to come
a commitment she promised herself
but now it just came in nibbles
She had to be consoled
Writer's block was a rude shock
MMT's Sunday's Whirligig #63
Thomg's 3WW #483
Sumana's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  commitment

Monday, June 6, 2016

'I remember marrying only half of you' - a Haibun

                                                                                Attribution: Tiago Lima
Image: Lone Figure in Early Morning Walks (here)

It was slowly beginning to take the semblance of a daily routine
Had never thought much of it nor had wanted to delve into
its  pros and cons. It just happened to be noticed by the good
wife who remarked,

'dear, you know something?'

Any kind of question that one needed to wait a while for a
continuing barrage meant something was obviously wrong and
noticed by the good wife and needed to be acted upon by the
hubby. But thank goodness this time though there were no
berating narratives ,no sarcasm, no veiled reprimand but just
an innocent statement that caught hubby off-guard

'I remember marrying only half of you'

There, finally confirmed! Hubby had been worrying about
his ever increasing girth around the belly. How his normally
trim self was now being made to struggle to get into the 'ever
shrinking pair of old slacks' which was a perfect fit not many
years ago. Hubby was beginning to be rotund and round and
it was nobody's fault. The good wife guiltily thought it was her
fault. Providing the tender and loving care which took the form
of good food on the table whenever hubby looked hungry - not
realizing hunger was genuinely registered but prompted not
for the taste buds but the wild imaginations over her supple
self that had sustained his cravings for all these years.

So that was how the early morning walks took precedence
over anything else in the ever loving household since then.

Love for the hubby
Good wife subtly voiced concerns
'Morning walks were fun!'

For Toni's at d'Verse Haibun Monday #15  -  everyday matters
Kerry's at Real Toad's Tuesday Platform!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Less concerned of the split on his head

                                                                                       Attribution: Nic McPhee
Image:  Light air-craft (here)

the 12 given words:
break less split cover howling draw 
lost food maps rear still move

Exhausted he decided to take a break
Less concerned of the split on his head
There was blood that oozed out freely
Took cover at the buttress of a big tree

Darkness approached night was falling
Concerned more of a distant wolf howling

Desperate with the engine spluttering
It took a dive instead and kept falling
Tried to draw the controls backwards
Lost the gamble the last he remembered

No food nor maps his rear was aching
Was still breathing when they found him
Head hideously caked with dried blood
Gently moved no wallowing in the mud

Note: True event of a light-aircraft
pilot who miraculously survived
a crash a long time ago. The plane 
landed on the jungle tree-tops and 
he was flung out onto branches and 
thick foliage with no serious injuries

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #253

of fragrance in sudden whiffs

                                                                                                  Author: Bff
Image: Of Fragrance not Seen (here)

Inspired by lyrics of Tears In Heaven 
sung by Eric Clapton 
Beyond the door
There's peace, I'm sure
And I know there'll be no more
Tears in heaven
strolling hand in hand
leisurely without a care
a world ours not to offend
but mindful to be aware

of fragrance in sudden whiffs
that many are constrained
to unwittingly miss
but for a moment be restrained

stop to smell the roses
of nature's gift to young lovers
to wantonly disregard boasts
of grandiose endeavors
(55 words)

For Sanaa's Prompt Night  -  stop to smell the roses
Kerry's Flash 55 PLUS at Real Toads

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Set to be on the go

                                                                                     Attribution: Hywel Williams
Image: Family of Giraffes at a Wildlife Park (here)

Set to be on the go up high in the sky
Sitting pretty by the snow
up Mount Kilimanjaro
Gleefully to spy
On the vast hinterland
of game animals roaming
in their natural habitat
That was the feeling for a start

Through the game reserve, driving
all from safety of their cars
Watching and feeding
Zebras,deer, elk, bison giraffes and llamas

Just as well as each car was well placed
with animal food before proceeding
to explore the Safari at a leisurely pace

As if that was not enough they could then
breeze through the Safari Junction
meant for walking at another section

Breeding and conservation efforts
focused on white zebra and giant eland
as well as other rare species selected

To be ogled at by later generations
to wonder at near extinct species and they
were not even on the African Continent!

Note:The African Safari Wildlife Park is in Port Clinton, Ohio
Visitors can drive through the 100-acre (40 ha) preserve and
watch and feed the animals from their cars. before proceeding
to walk through part of the park, called Safari Junction.

For Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #305

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Measure of success

                                                                                 Attribution: Robert Debowski
Image: Berlin (here)

Wall long forgotten
Reassuring to all from
both sides of divide

Welcome to summer
Enhanced blessings for good life
Measure of success

For CARPE DIEM #968  -  Germany

The Dish ran away with the Spoon

                                                                                          Author: Caldecott, Randolph
Image: The Dish ran away with the Spoon
- fair use of image (here)

Hey diddle diddle
He was all befuddled
The cat and the fiddle
His mind split down the middle
The cow jumped over the moon
.Accompanied with lots of swoons
The little dog laughed
Seeing such a farce
To see such fun
Now thinking of ways to run
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
So that was it, and have a hearty meal all afternoon

For MLMM's fairy tale prompt #70 (here)
(to expand the fairy tale as an option)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Seemingly a guarded smile

                                                                           Attribution: Kleynia R. McKnight                               
Image: A Beauty Queen's Guarded Smile (here)

Whirligig's 12 given words:
pouts hazel cheeks softens glances limp 
months letting tight spirit scar small

3WW given words:
kook (a crazy or eccentric person)
maniacal lethal

Seemingly a guarded smile with pouted lips
Hazel brown eyes twinkling in the summer's heat
Warmed rosy cheeks pinkish as a new-born baby
Was it not enough to soften the hearts of many?

What when she stole glances to render men limp
Confounded the male admirers after months of letting
Tight and tensed they tried to liven up their spirits
Scars imprinted in their minds told of likely defeats

What a kook it was to pass off a beautiful life partner
Not maniacal enough to ward off blows of other suitors
Not a semblance of something lethal nor a small matter
Mistake perhaps for she was a beauty queen years later

MMT with Old Egg's words at Sunday's Whirligig #62
Grace with CC's at dVerse's Poetics: even monkeys fall from trees
Thomg's at 3WW #482