Saturday, October 31, 2020

1565 - Lack of proficiency

 Tossed a job to do.
Not given any support—
An awkward meeting.
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1564 - Not my job

 Push back on Spanky.
Why should I write the letter?
Not doing her job.
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1563 - Follow the Crowds

Against the odds
I won the football tipping.
With the odds, perhaps.
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1562 - Size does matter?

 The Tigers and Cats—
Two football adversaries.
The Tigers prevailed.
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Friday, October 23, 2020

1561 - A little rain must fall

 It's going to rain.
You can smell it in the air.
No tea leaves needed.
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1560 - Bring out the bread and cheese

 My Granny's pickle.
Making the house smell lovely.
A simple pleasure.
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1559 - A visit from the Wongs

 Mr Wong and son.
Or Mrs Wong and daughter.
Cannot really tell.
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1558 - Football Gand Final

 A longer weekend.
Happy with the extra day—
Not going to watch.
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1557 - Little Miss Precious

 Petulant princess.
Doesn't acknowledge a gift—
Passive aggressive.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

1556 - Bonus!

 A cancelled meeting!
Suddenly I have free time.
A simple pleasure!
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1555 - Knit one, Purl one, Drop one.

 Today's big challenge—
Unravelling a problem
And reknitting it.
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1554 - Solar Keratosis

 Liquid nitrogen—
Burning off the unwelcome.
Too much sun when young.
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1553 - Unskilled Labour

 Leading the ladder—
Winning the footy tipping!
Just three games to go...
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Sunday, October 11, 2020

1552 - Comensal

Uneasy diners:
Mr Wong and two magpies
A three beak circus.
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Repost - The Blackbird of Remorse

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You've heard of The Bluebird of Happiness.
You've heard of the Pigeon of Discontent.
You've heard of the White Dove of Peace.


With the recent visits by Mr Wong
a repost seemed fitting:

 The Blackbird of Remorse

With steely eyes, it watches you
Despair mistakes and endlessly rue
The choices made, now viewed aghast;
Right at the time but time has passed.
The bird is harsh and oft untrue
In the scorn it piles on you
For things you cannot now undo.
It cares not and attaches fast,
With steely eyes.

What’s done is done, the options few
To retrace our steps and start anew.
You can but endure the questions asked
By the watching, critical cast:
These birds don’t leave, they just accrue.
With steely eyes.
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1551 - Fight or Flight?

 Mr Wong meets Mr Pie.
Both looking for meat handouts:
The feathers will fly.
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And a crow watches from a neighbour's roof.


1550 - Waking Up

 The daily Sammy.
It can be rather patchy—
Do we continue?
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1549 - Please Wait On The Verandah

 Mr Wong visits.
Came inside the other day!
Scared everyone.*
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*Himself as well.

1548 - Where have all the Senryus Gone?

 The best intentions—
Life can get away from us
And habits crumble.
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1547 - Breakfast Happiness

 Saturday dinner.
Leftovers for my breakfast!
It's a good life.
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1546 - Strange Times

 Licorice by mail.
Shopping with Corona.
Times are different.
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1545 - Mr Wong

 Mr Wong visits.
Bright yellow (critical?) eyes,
Demanding his tithes.
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1544 - Prepared

 Walking in the rain
Not entirely unpleasant.
(An umbrella helps).
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1543 - Dinner

 Chicken and Fennel,
Slow roasted in the oven.
Saturday dinner.
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1542 - Seeking Inspiration

 The weekend painting.
I must choose a subject.
No idea yet.
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1541 - A Crack(l)ing Good Night

 The fire is crackling.
There is red wine in the glass.
Cheese on a side plate.
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1540 - A Salt Fix

 Roast vegetables—
A pleasant cold night dinner.
(Must have some salt, though)
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1539 - The Media

 Feigned indignation.
What's really peculiar—
People believe it.
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Sunday, September 20, 2020

1538 - The Three Egg Omelette

 A three egg omelette—
In a time of great worry,
A sign of great love.
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I wrote a villanelle on this here.


1547 - Fill the Available Space

 The news media—
Regardless of what happens
The same amount of news.
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1546 - Not fit for purpose.

 The Opposition
Full of whingers and whiners.
Not fit to govern.
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1545 - Book

 Publish an eBook!
All the ducks are lining up
Not quite, but nearly.
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1544 - Feathered Mafia

 
Demanding some meat.
Impatiently, wings on hips—
Feathered mafia.
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1543 - Mr Wong

 Beady yellow eyes
Looking at me through the door
Part begging part threat.
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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

1542 - Blackout

 The power went off—
A short visit to the past:
Circadian life.
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1541 - Protection Racket

 It must be Spring now—
A tapping at the window:
The Currawong's back.
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