Monday, May 22, 2017

1023 - Windows


Haiku Horizons prompt: window
(OK, for the pedants, mine are Senryus)


Windows

Modern day vouyeurs—
They watch the world pass them by
Through thin panes of glass.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

1022 - A Titanic Disaster.


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

crisis, decayed, embarrassment.


A Titanic Disaster.

Crisis? What crisis?
The media is lying,
There is no ice-berg.


An embarrassment.
A cause for public concern.
When will we be safe?


It can’t be decayed—
It is still so very new.
Yet there is a smell.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1021 - Careful Driving.


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘ride’.


Careful Driving

A less than demure young bride,
Took care when going for a ride.
The bumps on the road
Could dislodge her load:
Spectacular but not dignified.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Vale Boneman


Berry Connell
“Boneman”
??? - 2017

Here lies Berry,
Oft known as Boneman;
He made the world a better place,
As much as any man alone can.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, May 15, 2017

1020 - Roads


Haiku Horizons prompt: road
(OK, for the pedants, they are Senryus)


Roads

We forge our own road,
Blazing a trail through the rough.
Will others follow?


You take the high road
And I will take the low road...
Both murmur “Ta, Mac!”


They are everywhere!
Just where did they learn to drive?
Why aren’t they like me?


The roadside cafĂ©—
Cold and rather fatty food.
It’s a tradition.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

1019 - The President's Picnic



The President’s Picnic

If you turn on the news today
You’ll feel you want to cry
If you turn on the news today
Expect to see some lies.

For every lie that ever there was
Will be broadcast there for certain
Because the news is the way
The President fools the public.

Snow job time for Presidents
The little Presidents are having
A lovely time today. 
Watch them as they change events
And then recant the previous day.

See them freely change the news
In any way they choose
They never make any sense
Behind the scenes the Russians and Saudis
Will take them out for drinks
Because they’re rich little Presidents.

Every President whose been bought
Acts in a treasonous way
There’s lots of marvellous cash to keep
And wonderful deals in play.

Behind the lies where nobody sees
They'll muddy the water as long as they please
'Cause that's the way the
Presidents fool the public.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, May 07, 2017

1018 - If I Ruled The World


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

seductive, tilt, urgent.


If I Ruled The World

It is a seductive thought:
That you matter.
That you know what should be.
That you can change the world,
Tilt it to align correctly
With what is right;
To address the urgent needs
As you see them.

Seductive, but wrong.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, May 06, 2017

1017 - Paradise Island


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘made’.


Paradise Island

A ship-wrecked couple who displayed
Reluctance when contact was made,
Explained their position
Facilitated coition
So not really marooned, just mis-laid.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1016 - Confected Outrage


Poets United Midweek Motif : News media


Confected Outrage

The media. It's called a medium 
because it's neither rare nor well done. 
Paraphrasing Ernie Kovacs

In a flow that just increases
Comes outrage, lies and sting.
The owners, sad, are unabashed,
Money, not truth, is king.

Fake news,
The twisted views
Rehashed
Not really
News at all;
Just a stream
Of opinion pieces
Meant to shock
And appall.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, May 05, 2017

1015 - Links


Haiku Horizon prompt: link

Yes, they are Senryus, not Haikus.  Get over it.


Links

18 holes of golf;
Called a “round” for some reason—
A nice walk ruined.


Thick pork sausages
Sizzling on the BBQ—
Someone pass the sauce.


The proof of the link.
They say that it is missing
But look at Donald!


We must remember—
No matter how strong the chain
The weakest link breaks.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

1014 - Shady Characters


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

rebel, pluck, shady.


Shady Characters.

A rebel, well known for his pluck
Was assisted by the good Friar Tuck.
When asked if his robbing
Left the poor sheriff sobbing,
He replied "I really don’t give 
a lot of thought to that."
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

1013 - This Little Piggie



This Little Piggie.
Ode to a former boss
who was, shall we say, let go.

I said goodbye, Daryl,
Well, goodbye, Daryl
It's so nice to see you get your lot
You're far too big, Daryl
You’re just a pig, Daryl
You're soon forgotten
You're pretty rotten
You're a misbegotten twat.
I love that you’re disappearin’
And the staff’s all cheerin’
As you waddle out the door just one last time
So take your bum, fella
Your leadership was pretty dumb, fella
Daryl never come this way again

[repeat]

.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, April 24, 2017

1012 - Fire when ready.


Haiku Horizons prompt: burn


Fire when ready.

Eternal hellfire.
Strange for a forgiving God—
A contradiction.


Unpredictable—
Our heart can burn for someone
And surprise our brain.


A warm crackling fire;
It is just so comforting.
What?  Damn the climate!


A book will ignite:
Fahrenheit four fifty one.
Cold stupidity.


Kids—full of mischief!
They will grab hold of your arm,
Give a Chinese burn.


We’ll burn all the coal!
Lemmings racing to the cliff.
Come on, bring it on!


A summer sunburn—
A rite of passage back then.
There are regrets now.


Eucalyptus oil:
Gives a beautiful blue haze
And burns very well.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

1011 - The Dark Ages


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

meander, nameless, oafish.


The Dark Ages

When trolls meander on the land,
Breaking things as they go;
When the nameless backroom overseers
(Who really rule the show),
Pretend
That they alone defend—
Have fears.

Nothing can be for sure
When the oafish are in command;
No-one can feel secure.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1010 - No longer here


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘here’.


No longer here.

A man who desired a cold beer
Yelled “Wife! Quick! Bring it here!”
In the subsequent trial,
Said the judge, with a smile,
“Justifiable homicide, loud and clear!”
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, April 17, 2017

1009 - Terror Australis


Haiku Horizons prompt: drop


Terror Australis

There’s venomous snakes,
(As if spiders weren’t enough)
And there’s drop bears too.

Big, carnivorous,
Could eat the snakes and spiders:
Prefers the tourists.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

1008 - And chortled as they went


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

jabber, knowingly, lasting.

I didn’t plan a continuation of the Lewis Carroll theme 
but the ‘jabber’ took me there.


And chortled as they went.

The Jabberwock was known to wock
But was rarely known to jabber.
She’d frolic in the fields and woods
For flowers, which she’d gather.
Until some uppish, beamish brat
Took up his sword to stab her.

The press back then, as do now,
Knowingly spun a tale
Of how this kind and loving beast
Was something to impale.
They taught us we should be afraid
And fear, they knew, means sale.

Repetition, even of a lie,
Makes a lasting impression.
“Beware the Jabberwock!” the headlines said
And left no room for guessin’.
The judge and jury of the press
Then staged the death procession.

Back home, within her Wocky croft,
Her kids awaited dinner.
Time went by and she didn’t come
And the kids were getting thinner.
From far away, came “Callou, Callay!”
As the crowds cheered on the winner.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

1007 - The Stream


Poet’s United Midweek Motif : books

The Stream

Life is like a stream
Of concurrent stories;
Some starting,
Some finishing,
Some ongoing.

It is strange though.
We only find ourselves embedded 
In one of these stories
Long after it has started.
Only in the middle
Do we realise that it is in progress,
That we are within it.

Day one of a new story 
Is only ever seen in hindsight.

But the last day, that is different.
Sometimes the story end abruptly; by us.
Or by others.
Sometimes it is tossed on the floor
And forgotten.
Sometimes the book is closed reluctantly;
So precious and yet finished. The end.
Sometimes it is closed slowly,
Thoughtfully,
As we reflect on what it said to us.

Whatever we make of it
Each book can only be read once.
And as we ponder stories past,
We suddenly realise that another one started
Some time ago.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

1006 - Hot Water


Haiku Horizons prompt: swim


Hot Water

You can sink or swim.
It’s a false dichotomy—
Avoid the water.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, April 09, 2017

1005 - The Walnut and The Carpetlayer.


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

gloomy, haunted, intense.


The Walnut and The Carpetlayer.

To all intense and porpoises,
With what we think we see,
Our brain is haunted and possessed
By ghosts of what could be.
Our minds invent, when so inclined,
Expressed images, filtered raw
Not gloomy, just fractal corpuses,
Like Lewis Carroll saw.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1004 - Value for Money


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘buy’.


Value for Money

Our politicians are in oversupply
And parliament’s both a creche and a sty;
But we should be quite proud
Of our political crowd—
They’re the best that money can buy.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

1003 - That Sinking Feeling


Haiku Horizons prompt: sink


That Sinking Feeling.

Life is a rough sea.
Battered from every side
We sink.  Or we swim.


Facades crack open.
What we see is frightening;
It makes our hearts sink.


Dishes fill the sink.
Flotsam of a night well spent.
It is a cheap price.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, April 02, 2017

1002 - The Magician


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

dazzle, erupt, flimsy


The Magician

When they erupt 
Onto our stage
They dazzle us 
With jewels,
Hypnotise us 
Like foolish chooks
with their verbal tools.
Flimsy,
Insubstantial whimsy—
It hooks.
It hooks because we are game
And, even knowing the damage,
We buy it all the same.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1001 - The Door



Haiku Horizons prompt : Door.


The Door

Starting a new year—
Birthdays can be like a door:
A new room beckons.

Rearrange the chairs,
Tidy up the mantelpiece,
Make yourself at home.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, March 13, 2017

1000 - My Word!


Haiku Horizons prompt: light

My Word!

The word of the day—
Lucifer, bringer of light.
Well, I never knew!
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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999 - A Particular Bent


Sunday Scribblings 2 prompt: bent

A Particular Bent

A fellow who shagged in a tent
Found his member distressingly bent.
He set to completing 
His genital meeting
But rather than cumming, he went.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

998 - The Second Estate


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

raspy, shifty, painful


The Second Estate

They give us unctuous, shifty lies
And we lap them up, whole.
Not raspy, these are silky smooth—
Words that paint a tromp l’oeil
To fool,
Fool in a hope that you’ll
Approve
Of their deceptive act.
They get rich by this enterprise
And that’s a painful fact.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, March 10, 2017

997 - Fox in the Hen House.


Haiku Horizons prompt - cold



“It is not man-made”
New view on a heated topic.
Cold comfort, indeed.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, March 06, 2017

996 - Alone in Berlin



Alone in Berlin

The power of words:
Alternative facts, posted,
Passive aggressive.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, March 05, 2017

995 - If it ain’t bust…


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘bust’.

If it ain’t bust…

A lady with a magnificent bust
Caused several young fellows to lust.
But sadly her cleavage 
Was just a deceivage—
A terrible betrayal of their trust.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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994 - But Hollow


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

Mischievous, Nod & Obedience.


But Hollow.

Nice hair,
Pretty face,
But hollow.
A sock puppet
For the mischievous right,
The malevolent might,
Of the God set,
Who expect nothing 
But obedience
And compliance
With their bookish views
Of what is news
Of who they abuse
Of mostly don’ts
But occasional do’s.
With a deferential nod
To these darlings of God
He steps into the lights…
Nice hair,
Pretty face.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

993 - Fearful Revelations


Poet’s United Midweek Motif: Fear

Fearful Revelations

A simple life trick:
Watch when people threaten you—
They use what they fear.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, February 27, 2017

992.Taking the cake. Or not.


Haiku Horizons prompt : waste

Taking the cake.  Or not.

"But you must eat it,
It will only go to waste."
—Yes, but not to mine.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

991 - The Pack


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

High-pitched, languid, impish.


The Pack

Do you hear them?
Dog whistles.
Hight pitched
Well pitched
With languid distain
For the ensuing pain
For the flock,
The anxious flock.
Just an eye
For the effect.
Rally the mob.
Bring out the dogs.
Herd them in, 
Round them up
Bring them in
In for the slaughter.
The dogs do their work.
Not innocent
And yet unaware
Naive in their way,
Working dogs.
Just responsive
To the note as pitched.
A note of malevolence
Behind a feigned innocence.
Look!  I have clean hands!
Nothing impish here,
Not just mischief.
Nastier.
Much nastier.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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990 - Embrace




Embrace

Skin on skin embrace.
We are animals at heart—
A primal pleasure.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

989 - Mental Turns


Poet’s United Midweek Motif : Nostalgia


Mental Turns

Nostalgia plays 
Its siren song;
We fall 
Beneath its spell.

We reconstruct 
The past and smile
At stories it can tell.

It’s false,
This bright and mental waltz.
Futile
And quite pointless because
Wistfully hopeful, we long
For something 
That never was.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

988 - Faultlines


Sunday Scribblings 2 prompt : Broken

Faultlines

Once it is broken
It is irreparable—
Repaired is not new.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, February 20, 2017

987 - Break it up.


Haiku Horizons prompt: break


Break it up.

Need a rest?  Kit Kat!
Chocolate is a cure-all?
Oh, give me a break!
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

986 - Listing


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘list’.


Listing

A bloke who was regularly pissed
Developed an unfortunate list.
It so lead him astray,
In a circular way,
That when he fell to the ground, he missed.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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985 - Choose wisely


Sunday Scribblings 2 prompt: pinch.


Choose wisely

Life can be risky—
There are some things you can pinch,
Some things you shouldn’t.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

984 - No bunnies here


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘meat’.


No bunnies here.

No BBQ can be complete
Without a pile of well-grilled meat.
There’s plenty of sauce
And some beers, of course,
And salads for the rabbits to eat.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, February 17, 2017

983 - Transference



Transference

The patterns are there
But meanings are elusive:
You find what you want.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

982 - The Closing of the Day


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

Decaying, Ember, Fragrant.


The Closing of the Day

Fragrant.
Aromatic.
Earthy.
Drifting low 
In the dew laden air
Smoke carries 
Its own peace.

The fire,
Once alive,
Is now decaying.
Dying.
Slowly
But dying.
Fading with the night,
Into the night,
Until the last ember 
Ceases to glow
And the ashes turn cold
And grey.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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981 - Venus


Midweek Motif : love
Haiku Horizons : shell


Venus

When Venus arose from her shell
The men all fell for her spell.
They claimed the attraction
Was a fine mind in action,
But being naked was a bonus, as well.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

980 - The Hunter Gatherer


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

asymmetrical, bare and crave.



The Hunter Gatherer

What do you crave?
I mean, what do you really want?
Keeps you up at night,
Gets you up early in the morning,
Captures and teases your imagination? (1)

What if you stop for a moment,
Strip your desire bare (2)
For a close but critical inspection? 

But the desire to have
And the pleasure of having
Are asymmetric.

You long, lust even, (3)
For as long as you take 
To achieve your kill;
The consummate 
And consuming hunter.

But next day?
A trophy
And a new hunt.

Could you be hunting
The wrong thing?

◊◊

1.  I hope you are not coveting the neighbour’s wife. 
They can be unreasonably touchy about this.
2.  See 1.
3.  See 1.

.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, February 06, 2017

979 - Showers


Haiku Horizons : Rain

Showers

Pain. Anguish. Regret.
In the garden of sorrow
Tears fall as petals.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, February 03, 2017

978 - Faith

Midweek motif: Faith

I’m a scientist.
Faith is not something I do.
But I do have hope.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

977 - The Committee Man


For Neil, who gave me line 4


The Committee Man

In a room, I know not where
There sat a man who wasn’t there.
He’d come along when told to meet
Just a warm body in a another cold seat.

While debates drove others to despair
His mind was in a pool somewhere,
Or sipping champagne by the sea,
Or just off frolicking, wild and free.

Until the chairman, the rotten swine
With wicked eyes and teeth, canine,
Asked the man who wasn’t there
A question about some crook affair.

Reluctantly his mind returned
And move the meeting be adjourned.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

976 - Blueprint


Haiku Horizons prompt: Design

Blueprint

Life has a pattern
But nothing you can design
Beyond a rough draft.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, January 30, 2017

975 - Peeping Tom


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘stare’.


Peeping Tom

When Godiva paraded, all bare,
The townsfolk agreed not to stare.
But the temptation was steep
And young Tom took a peep
But swore he just looked at her hair.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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