Sunday, January 20, 2019

1193 - Predator



Predator
On receiving medical news.

Imagine a river,
Wide, inviting, shimmering
Calm on a quiet, balmy morning.

Every day, relaxed,
You strip off your cares,
Your dusty, soiled garments
of yesterday
and slip gratefully
Into the fresh waters
Of a new day.

Imagine this,
This daily ritual.
Refresh and renew.
The river of life.

One day, a local asks
"Did you know
There is a crocodile
In the river?"

Nothing has changed.
But everything has.
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© 2019 J Cosmo Newbery
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Sunday, November 25, 2018

1192 - Something has gone terribly wrong...




"Something has gone terrible wrong" 
LNP Party spokesperson, election night.

There is some comfort in knowing
That fear and greed and hate
Does not have the capacity
To win our main debate.

It's sad
But it was all they had.
And a pity
That they could just condemn.
But the end result was showing—
We're more mature than them.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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For the international readers:
In Australia, the LNP are the repository of
right-wing religious extremists
and use the colour blue. 
Largely Republican in outlook.

The ALP is the left-wing progressives,
sometimes called Socialists
but a badge worn with pride here,
and use the colour red. 
Largely Democratic in outlook.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

1191 - Sorry Honey...


Haiku Horizon's prompt: Smart

Sorry Honey...

You think you're so smart.
You think that you're the bee's knees.
A sure sign you're not.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

1190 - We Never Learn


We Never Learn

Nothing
In this world
Is constant—
Change
Is the normal state.
Things begin,
Mature
And decay,
Create
And recreate,
Again
And again
And again.

This way
Mistakes
Of yesteryear
Can be the shadowy
Blueprint
For tomorrow's
Brave frontier.
  .
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

1189 - Reflections


An all day meeting in Sydney finished at 12:30pm.
Couldn't change my ticket, so...

Reflections

A free afternoon—
Sitting around an airport:
Some time to reflect.

A long afternoon,
Just watching the passing parade.
Drink airport coffee.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

1188 - Neanderthals


Mad Kane's limerick prompt: sent.

Neanderthals

The politics of the right are content
To return us to caves or a tent.
One hopes that the goal
Of the upcoming poll
Is that they don't just go but are sent.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

1187 - Microsurgery



Prompt: Brain

Micro Surgery

A fellow who felt so  inclined
To offer a piece of his mind
Observed on reflection
That the cerebral dissection
Was a surgery he should have declined.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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1186 - Capital Works


Prompt: wolf

Capital Works

Capitoline wolf.
Philosopher emperors.
Good roads and crossed paths.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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1185 - Evans no!


Prompt: Flash
Evans no!

It's Gareth's defence:
"It seemed like a good idea"
But wasn't that flash.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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