Saturday, January 17, 2015

777 - Modest Ambitions

Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week were: modest, distracted, and genuine.


Modest Ambitions

A modest little man 
In a modest little house
Had a modest little job
And a modest little spouse.

Early every morning
He would tumble from his bed
Shave his prickly face
And leave to earn his bread.

The little modest man
Had a genuine desire
To move to Moonee Ponds
And comfortably retire.

Moonee Ponds was fabled
As a land of milk and honey,
Gladioli grew there abouts
Though the water tasted funny.

The little modest man
Toiled throughout the day
Never distracted by the thought
That his dream was far away.

The little modest man
Shuffled off his mortal coil
They had his ashes scattered
Upon his longed for soil.

But the little modest spouse
Of the little modest geezer
Banked the insurance cheque
And moved to Indonesia.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2015
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

776 - Much haiku about something.

Illustration by gipi.

Sunday Whirl (Wordle #195) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.  
The words this week are:


capitulate, ennui, sense, end, condemn, list,
single, inky, smell, render, generate, channel


Much haiku about something.

A true God is love,
Or so the story is told.
Actions disagree.

◊◊◊

When a single God
Needs to be channeled through man
He’s rendered useless.

◊◊◊

Fundamentalists
Use guns to push old ideas.
Inky responses.

◊◊◊

Capitulation
Is not on the agenda
No sense of an end.

◊◊◊

While quick to condemn
The press smells a good story
And generates fear.

◊◊◊

“They envy our life”
Say our leaders, piously.
How wrong can they be.

◊◊◊

Feelings are aroused,
Anger replaces ennui,
But impotence too.

◊◊◊

All religions kill
And kill, time and time again,
The list is endless.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2015
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

775 - A Savage Awakening

Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week were: savage, electric, and passionate.


A Savage Awakening.

The object of his passionate favours
Was a household labour-saver.
But the electric supply
Brought a tear to his eye
And a scream that woke all the neighbours.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2015
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Saturday, January 03, 2015

774 - Fragments

Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week were: jovial, promise, and resolute.


Fragments

I
A pizza without any anchovy’ll
Be scorned by the cognoscenti;
The Maffia, never particularly jovial,
Will demand anchovies a-plenty.


II
Everything has promise.


III
New Year’s a time of reflection,
Seldom sober, often in sorrow.
Resolute, we chart the ‘better us’’—
But can we hold off until tomorrow?
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2014
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

773 - Early Morning




Early Morning

Early morning
Gloom hangs heavy
She's standing up
— I had to use the spray
That makes no sense
— My jaw hurt
xxxAnd my chest was tight
xxxI used the spray
xxxMy pulse was racing
xxxIt’s better now
She sits on the side of the bed
Bent over
Hugging a pillow
— What time is it?
xxxAbout five
xxxNo, what time is it exactly?
xxxFour fifty nine
The penny drops
— Use the spray they had said
xxxIf the pain doesn’t stop
xxxIn five minutes
xxxCall an ambulance
She’s waiting
— It’s easing now
She lies down
And sleeps
I lie beside her
Wide awake
 .

© J Cosmo Newbery 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

772 - The Silly Season

Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week were: alive, glaring, and misty.


The Silly Season

In a time of tinsel and of elves
The Press is pretty smitten.
Headlines shout, in glaring font,
Of folk with guns.  And kittens.

Perhaps, in their misty mental voids,
They dream to mesh the two—
Longing for gun tottin’ catty types,
Who (bonus points) are fond of vindaloo.

At a time when just being alive
Is a blessing we can use,
Should we really concern ourselves
With what passes for the news? 
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2014
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

771 - The Dismissal

Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week (well really last week,
there have been distractions) were: blunt, drunk, and lethargic.


The Dismissal

Is it the case, 
In this modern world,
That courtesy and attention
Are suspect and derided?
That simple respect is dismissed 
With a lethargic wave of the hand
And a bluntly delivered “Whatever”?
Where are our manners?
What are we thinking?
Are we so removed from the 
Niceties of a truly civil society 
That we are immune to politeness?
Or are we so embarrassed by it
As to enquire as to the sobriety 
Of the unfortunate person
As if they must be drunk
To be polite?
That to show
Consideration or concern 
Is not the act of a person
In control of their own actions?
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2014
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Saturday, December 06, 2014

770 - Corrupting a Miner

Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week were: compact, jubilant, and neglected.


Corrupting a Miner
Deathbed confessions of Mr Faust, Industrialist.

“There’s something I neglected to tell you;
It’s a trifling little thing,
But you probably need to know of it,
Before the death bells ring.

I made a compact with the Devil
And traded off my soul,
And in return he gave to me 
Vast reserves of coal.

I dug it up and shipped it out
As is an owner’s right.
The shareholders were all jubilant 
And danced into the night.

There were those who whinged about the smoke
And the supposed nasty fumes,
But they, like me, could have moved away
To a house of twenty rooms.

But now I’ve reach my twilight time
I feel a slight remorse:
If I’d dug it up twice as fast,
I’d die twice as rich, of course.

There’s a consequence of my actions,
Which gave the Devil mirth,
Having sold my soul for eternity,
I’ve bequeathed you Hell on Earth.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2014
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