Sunday, February 07, 2021

1571 - Through a Glass, Darkly.

 

Sunday Wordle prompt:
Fiery, color, hand, catwalk, casualty, glass
rhythm, flow, blow, three, unity, furnace.

 

Through a glass, darkly.

The response is immediate:
The clenched hands,
The face’s fiery colour too,
The temple’s rhythmic flow
That beats out the base tattoo
Of raw intent.

A red veil descends,
The unity of reason and passion ends
In a furnace of anger and pride.
Intent to return pain for pain,
Hurt for hurt (if the past is any guide).

They strut, as on a catwalk,
Openly displaying their mission,
Unwilling to concede or even talk.
Base emotions drive them to strike a blow,
A three-pronged spear of retribution:
Revenge, vengeance, hurt, willing slaves.

In these heated moments
Reason is the first casualty.
Consequences, the second.

Best dig two graves.
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Wednesday, February 03, 2021

1570 - A Sailor from Spain



 Mad Kane's limerick prompt: main.

 A Sailor from Spain

 Pedro was a sailor from Spain
And, while quite discrete on the main,
An indecent passion
For bondage and lashin'
Got him keelhauled again and again.
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Sunday, January 31, 2021

1569 - Or Not



 

Or not.

Life is a series of turns
where we choose a direction
Often unconscious of the eddies
and turmoil that follow.
Chaos theory.  Butterflies.
The slightly delayed trip that resulted in a chance meeting.
Or not.
The battle valiantly fought.
Or not.
The offense taken.
Or not.
Where would the alternative path have gone?
Or not.
Sitting on the fence.
Or not.
We make a choice and can never know
What we miss.
Or not.
Ignorance is bliss.
Or not.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

1568 - Terra Nullius


A wordle, using 

world, play, plan, divided, untethered, clothes, hurt, travellers, fresh, future, speak, text.


 Terra Nullius

Can the world, will the world, survive untethered greed?
How will constant growth play out
If we don’t heed the warnings plainly given?
How much can we hurt the planet and still be forgiven?
How do you plan a survival package if the people are divided
Into rival tribes on just about everything?

Freshly scented politicians in their smart new clothes
Tell us it will be just fine, that our future is rosy.
But here is the subtext:
Re-elect us, we don’t care,
We won’t be there.

What if time travellers were really possible?
But no-one has come back to speak to us
Because there is no-one there in the future to return?
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Monday, January 25, 2021

1567 - Of Distant Lands


 

My first Wordle for a long time; the words provided are
Vicious, justice, cheers, settle, sway, shelf, chain, tell, call, web, send, month.

 

Of Distant Lands.

She is a fluid,
A liquid expression of power and grace
Contained in a vessel, not with chains
But with walls, and ditches and shelves.
There are cheers when she moves
Pacing the enclosure, watching and yet not really there.
Unformed, phantom images fill her mind:
Grasslands on a sweeping Savannah.  
Gazelles.  
The hot west wind.  
The cooling wells.
The images send a shiver and yet she knows not what they are.
Or why.
She stands, looking at the jeering faces, puzzled.
They too watch and wait,
Posting never to be viewed photos to the web,
Hoping for a snarl or a growl.
The sign, after all, says ‘vicious’
And so they express their wishes, a primal need for fear,
And yet her heart aches for a primal justice, unclear and undelivered.
She watches, swaying.  They watch, praying.  God knows why.
By and by she settles in the shade and the crowd murmurs its disappointment.
Some call out to get her to move about.
Months pass.  She paces, lies, dreams of places she can’t quite understand,
Cannot tell why or what are these troubling images
Of distant lands.
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Saturday, December 26, 2020

1566 The Red and the Yellow



 

The Red & the Yellow

They are more than just supporters,
They cheer the circus on;
Cowards or just stupid?  They crow
The madness of King Don.
He tweets—
They leap up from their seats.
They know
The carnage he can bring
To the democratic quarters
But, yellow, they just stand and sing.
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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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