Thursday, July 28, 2016

872 - Unacceptable


Poet’s United has the mid-week motif: Acceptance.


Unacceptable.

Acceptance?
What has acceptance 
Ever given us?
Acceptance is the status quo.
Acceptance is more of the same.
Acceptance is the decision to be powerless.
Acceptance is the passive agreement that the current state of affairs is, 
if not desirable, is at least unchangeable and fixed for the foreseeable future.  
Acceptance is the spineless indifference to the poor of the world, 
to the hungry, 
to the sick, 
to the lonely, 
to the lost, 
to the cruelty, 
to the pollution of our air and water, 
to the raping of this planet by people or, worse,
corporations who do not have our welfare in their minds.
Acceptance is indifference.
Well, fuck that for a joke.
That’s not acceptable.

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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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871 - Fluids


Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: icky, jitters and lavish.


Fluids

Lavish meals are fine:
Good wine, good food, good company.
Just not ev’ry night.

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Life can be icky—
Bodily fluids of all kinds
Are responsible.

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Take care with coffee:
Drinking can give you the jitters.
Not drinking can too.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

870 - Breaking News


Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: fatal, horrendous and gaping.


Breaking News

The headline news is a horrendous show,
Build around some disastrous glow,
Often fatal, usually tearful,
The net result’s to make us fearful:
The news we didn’t really need to know.

The bystanders are interviewed, apropos,
And display the intellect of an escargot.
As some mangy cat’s extracted from a drain
Only to turn and run back down again:
The news we didn’t really need to know.

Half the Middle East’s aglow,
There’s crop failure in Bordeaux,
(Australia makes a better red)
An ancient pop-star’s passed away
(Most people thought he was already dead)
And quinoa will soon be passé;
The news we didn’t really need to know.

Politicians support the status quo,
There’s an elephant that paints just like Van Gogh
Drug cheats lament that they were caught
Unconcerned for the name of sport,
While we celebrate the wars that we have fought:
The ones we won and the ones we ought
The news we didn’t really need to know.

Gaping kids at some puppet show,
New fungal diseases attack our toes,
The sudden demise of some dot.com,
Fashion critiques of some high school prom,
The ease with which you can make a bomb
It's a hundred years since the Somme,
Can someone please protect me from
The news we didn’t really need to know.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

869 - The Unfolding Daughter


The Unfolding Daughter

A long way from home.
Brought into our family,
Japanese daughter.

Origami skills
With crisp folds and sharp angles.
Flower, fish and stork.

Just like Pearl Harbour,
An unexpected attack.
A disappointment.

Paper conceals rock.
Time to use scissors,
Say Sayonara.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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868 - Limerick


Mad Kane has a regular limerick challenge.
She provides the rhyme word, the rest is up to us.
This week the word is ‘about’.


A girl who oft’ slept about,
Found she had one up the spout.
She observed, with chagrin,
“While it was fun going in,
I fear that it will hurt coming out”.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

876 - Perfectly Wrong


Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: wasteful, addicted and bruise.


Perfectly Wrong

The supermarkets 
Reject the food
That fails 
To meet their specs.
A bruise, 
A mark, 
The oddly formed
Instantly 
Are rejects. 
Wasteful
And distasteful.

Malformed
Should not mean 
Rejection
But does 
Due to preference 
Crude—
Addicted 
To perfection.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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875 - Oh Gold! Oh Gold! Oh...oh...oh!


The Australian Government is providing 
Zika-proof condoms to our Olympic athletes.

It seemed the stuff of limericks.


Oh My Gold! Oh My Gold! Oh...Oh...Oh!

The Olympics will shortly begin,
With a latex protective skin.
It’s a Zika protection
For the sporting erection—
The neatest correct entry will win.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

874 - Two themes, not unrelated


Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: taboo, taut and tattered.


Two themes, not unrelated.

We can live together
Politics keep us apart
Some things are taboo.

Suspicion divides.
Fear is something that is taught,
No-one is born scared.

We need a leader
But we don’t chose them wisely:
Herd mentality.


Our economics—
Get money now, pay later.
Nature remembers.

We reap what we sow?
No, we just planted the seeds,
Our children harvest.

Climate is changing.
Denial will not help us,
Tattered policies.

Taut social tensions.
Who will be the next boat people?
Climate refugees.

Greed makes us follow
Incontinent policies,
We shit our own bed.

Consumption will grow.
But we’ve forgotten one thing:
A finite planet.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

873 - Not the Girl Next Door


Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: Quick, Raw and Sassy.

Mad Kane has a weekly limerick challenge.
She provides the rhyme word, the rest is up to us.
This week the word is ‘lease’.

So, combining the two, we get…


Not the Girl Next Door.

A harlot, a young sassy piece,
Saw her business quite quickly increase.
“The example I see
Is Airbnb—
It’s a rental and not a full lease.

The woman, well known to police,
When arrested, protested “Pul-leese,
As I’ve told you before,
I like to sleep in the raw;
The men are just visiting their 'niece'.

Like Jason and the Argonaut caprice,
Men look for the famed piece of fleece.
Their sweet offers to pay,
Make me invite them to stay
But those who slip in, I release.”
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

872 - Happy-Go-Lucky


Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: Happy-go-lucky, ignorant and joyous.


Happy-Go-Lucky

We travel not for trafficking alone:
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned:
For lust of knowing what should not be known
We make the Golden Journey to Samarkand.
- James Elroy Flecker.


Holidays?  Where are you going?
Uzbekistan.
[pause] Do you mean Pakistan?
No.  Uzbekistan.  
Oh.  Why?
It's time.
Alexander the Great went there,
Genghis Khan went there,
Marco Polo went there,
They have no excuses
If they are not prepared 
For a visit from me.


People are ignorant
Sheltered from the outside world,
Ignorance is fear.


An inner conflict:
Climate change is very real
But travel is too.

In a heating world
Flying is a moral question
But camels are slow.


Taste other cuisines
Rub against ancient cultures
Spread understanding

See joyous people
From all corners of the world
One large family.


And so we go.

Bags packed.  Taxi booked.

A long way from the caravans of old.

But close, too.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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