Sunday, July 23, 2017

1095 - Lambs to the Slaughter


A ’stock’ photo seemed appropriate.
Apologies to OS readers - an Oz-centric limerick.


Lambs to the Slaughter.

There once was a fellow called Dutton,
With the charm of over-boiled mutton,
His tiny heart would seek
Ways to torment the weak
And he delighted in keeping them shut’n.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1094 - Equilibrium



Equilibrium

We receive honours.
Criticism will come too.
Treat them both the same.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

1093 - Upside Down



Upside Down

Are we upside down?
From what we’re told: Our feet smell
And our noses run.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1092 - One Word.



One Word.

You try to be nice,
But then you are ridiculed.
One word sums it up.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, July 21, 2017

1091 - Shed a tear.


Midweek Motif prompt:  mask


Shed a tear.

Are we like onions?
Layer upon layer,
With no real centre?
Just the layers.
Protective.
They can sometimes
Be peeled back,
One after the other,
Finally ending—

Nowhere.
With no heart
to be found.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1090 - That didn’t hurt, did it?


Irked by a number of
self-important prats at work
who email you a request
but, once you send them what they want,
never deign to say 'thank you'.

That didn’t hurt, did it?

Does it hurt to thank
When someone has tried to help?
Corporate rudeness.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

1089 - Take Away


Cartoon by Judy Horacek


Take Away

God, of course, has the power to compel,
As the apple corps knew only too well.
His advice to the brave two:
“A good coffee may save you
But a soy-latte will send you to Hell.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1088 - Nature, and Witches, Abhor a Vacuum.


Cartoon by Judy Horacek


Nature, and Witches, Abhor a Vacuum.

As if witches could get much meaner,
Try putting them on a vac-cleaner.
Just how do you ride?
Side-saddle or astride?
And how do you maintain your demeanor?
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1087 - Safety Barrier



Safety Barrier

The sky’s enormous!
Not when looked at from afar:
Just a thin blue line.


We fill it with muck,
As if it doesn’t matter.
Will we learn in time?
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1086 - Medicant of the Mind



Medicant of the Mind

To believe in it,
When logic says it’s not there—
Homeopathy.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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