Sunday, July 23, 2017

1095 - Lambs to the Slaughter


A ’stock’ photo seemed appropriate.
Apologies to OS readers - an Oz-centric limerick.


Lambs to the Slaughter.

There once was a fellow called Dutton,
With the charm of over-boiled mutton,
His tiny heart would seek
Ways to torment the weak
And he delighted in keeping them shut’n.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1094 - Equilibrium



Equilibrium

We receive honours.
Criticism will come too.
Treat them both the same.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

1093 - Upside Down



Upside Down

Are we upside down?
From what we’re told: Our feet smell
And our noses run.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1092 - One Word.



One Word.

You try to be nice,
But then you are ridiculed.
One word sums it up.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, July 21, 2017

1091 - Shed a tear.


Midweek Motif prompt:  mask


Shed a tear.

Are we like onions?
Layer upon layer,
With no real centre?
Just the layers.
Protective.
They can sometimes
Be peeled back,
One after the other,
Finally ending—

Nowhere.
With no heart
to be found.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1090 - That didn’t hurt, did it?


Irked by a number of
self-important prats at work
who email you a request
but, once you send them what they want,
never deign to say 'thank you'.

That didn’t hurt, did it?

Does it hurt to thank
When someone has tried to help?
Corporate rudeness.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

1089 - Take Away


Cartoon by Judy Horacek


Take Away

God, of course, has the power to compel,
As the apple corps knew only too well.
His advice to the brave two:
“A good coffee may save you
But a soy-latte will send you to Hell.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1088 - Nature, and Witches, Abhor a Vacuum.


Cartoon by Judy Horacek


Nature, and Witches, Abhor a Vacuum.

As if witches could get much meaner,
Try putting them on a vac-cleaner.
Just how do you ride?
Side-saddle or astride?
And how do you maintain your demeanor?
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1087 - Safety Barrier



Safety Barrier

The sky’s enormous!
Not when looked at from afar:
Just a thin blue line.


We fill it with muck,
As if it doesn’t matter.
Will we learn in time?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1086 - Medicant of the Mind



Medicant of the Mind

To believe in it,
When logic says it’s not there—
Homeopathy.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1085 - Social Rewards



Social Rewards

Like Skinner’s pigeons,
We are being conditioned—
We forage for “likes”.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1084 - When A Witch Grows Up



When A Witch Grows Up

Wendy was as white as snow,
A good little witch, they told us so.
But in the dark that nighttime brings
She used her charms for wicked things.
And she swapped to a limo, from her broom—
From the profits of her magic, I presume.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1083 - Hard Boiled



Hard Boiled

There was a mad scientist called Brooke,
Who crossed a red brick with a chook.
She was hoping it’d mean
A brick-laying machine
But got eggs that took three weeks to cook.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

1082 - Get Thee To A Pharmacy!



Get Thee To A Pharmacy!

Antibiotics.
Lotions, potions, drops and sprays—
Frontline germ warfare.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, July 17, 2017

1081 - Dark Ages


Haiku Horizons prompt: Dark


Dark Ages

When ignorance rules,
When blind faith trumps all logic,
The future is dark.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1080 - Self-Protection.

Thames barriers.


Self-Protection.

When storms are around
The most prudent thing to do—
Put up barriers.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1079 - Are You Paying Attention?



Are You Paying Attention?

“Once bitten, twice shy”.
So, what of multiple bites?
Just a slow learner.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1078 - Just Words


Fake Buddha Quote.


Just Words.

Unfounded belief;
The original fake news.
Virus of the mind.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

1077 - Hypothetically.



Hypothetically.

Nothing is certain
There are some black swans out there—
Science is like that.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1076 - The Busker



The Busker.

Sharing his music;
It is a generous act.
Will a few coins hurt?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1075 - A Universal.



A Universal.

It must be empty:
The “Books” all say we’re alone.
Fancy wallpaper.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1074 - Social Research



Social Research

Large, noisy food halls:
Plastic food on plastic plates.
But fun to observe.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, July 14, 2017

1073 - Ate two, Brute?



Ate two, Brute?

When Caesar was just a spotty lad,
And the empire waiting to be had,
I wonder if he knew
That in a millennia or two
He’d be remembered as a salad.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1072 - Conformity



Conformity

Like corn on a cob,
We’re little Lego people,
All the bloody same.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

1071 - Ode to a Tissue III



Ode to a Tissue III

I wonder if a tissue,
As it fronts up to my nose,
Ponders life’s injustices,
In poetry or in prose.

I wonder if a tissue,
As it’s discarded in disdain,
Carries a secret longing 
To be a tree again?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1070 - All Façade.



All Façade

We are all frauds.
Not just the ‘us’ on the internet.
We are frauds with everyone we meet.
If fraud is too strong a word, then actors.
We never show the full us,
The complete picture.
Oh, to be sure, there are hints,
Little cracks of light through a quickly closed door,
But, like seaside novelty photo booths,
We present a front, a facade,
An engineered image
That we feel is how we want to be seen.
Seldom is it how we are.
In many ways this is sad.
But, in some ways, comforting too.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1069 - Not how; Venn?



Not how; Venn?

There once was a professor named Venn,
Whose diagram’s used now and then.
By the use of its fields,
Intersections revealed
Show the likes of women and men.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1068 - Ode to a Tissue II




Ode to a Tissue II

I think that I shall never see
A tissue that remains snot free.

A tissue whose soft body’s prest
Against my nasal decongest;

A tissue that looked so clean and pure
Until it met my nose manure;

A tissue that was so neatly folded
(Best not examine what is beholded.)

The contents of this papery shell
Are the off-spring of a primordial hell.

Slime may come and slime may go
But it’s tissues that help to make it so.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1067 - The F Word



The F Word

If I could give one,
I would not give a good fig—
They are just too nice.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1066 - Ode to a Tissue I



Ode to a Tissue I

Some cultures have habits 
That I would rather not;
Like the very Indian one—
The back-flushing of their snot.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1065 - A Deep Intake of Breath



A Deep Intake of Breath.

A doctor who was named Ebenezer
Was a tricksy sort of old geezer,
And the trick he liked best
Was to listen to a chest
With a stethoscope he kept in the freezer.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

1064 - Mind the Flipper



Mind the Flipper.

Random deflections.
Life is a pin-ball machine—
Unpredictable.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, July 10, 2017

1063 - Last Gasp


Haiku Horizons prompt: tree


Last Gasp

Lungs of the planet—
Suffering emphysema
As we gasp for breath.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, July 09, 2017

1062 - Dunce.



A Seattle man had a $234 speeding ticket overturned
by a local judge after arguing that a speed limit sign
in a school zone was "too wordy”.


Dunce.

A sharp fellow avoided a steep fine
For speeding, despite a school sign,
When the judge decreed
The sign too long to read.
Showing once again, the law’s asinine.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, July 08, 2017

1061 - Sleepover.



Sleepover

Much noise and mayhem
Grandchildren sleeping over.
Laughter fills the house.

They finally drop.
Grand parents are exhausted.
A quiet coffee.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, July 07, 2017

1060 - Cut!



Cut!

There was an old barber named Leigh,
Who would tackle your locks for a fee.
The result was most horrid,
All ears and no forehead,
But it came with a bag, which was free.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, July 06, 2017

1059 - Odd Bird Out



Odd Bird Out

A contrarian.
They do not go with the flock.
Doesn’t make them wrong.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

1058 - The Fool.



The Fool

A fool sang a song to the sky
While the people all hurried on by.
It wasn’t that his song
Was ugly or wrong,
It was the fear of finding out why.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

1057 - Sainte Chappelle



Sainte Chappelle

Towering windows—
They surround you on all sides.
Poetry in glass.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, July 03, 2017

1056 - The Great Wall


Haiku Horizons prompt: wall


The Great Wall

A wall will protect.
A wall will stop intruders.
…unless they tunnel.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, July 02, 2017

1055 - Caerphilly Does It


Not my cheese, but Caerphilly was today's project.


Caerphilly Does It

Cheesemaking Idyll—
A time to reflect on things,
Standing and stirring.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1054 - Civil War



Civil War

Many temptations:
An internal civil war.
The brain fights dirty.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, July 01, 2017

1053 - Goodbye - Hello - Repeat


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

The words this week are: good-bye, memorise, haphazard.

Sadly, it is the last 3WW prompt.  Thank you, Thom, it has been fun.


Goodbye - Hello - Repeat

The years turn.
They come;
And go;
And come again.
They start with the New Year,
The time for making resolutions,
Hopeful resolutions,
A new start, tabula rasa,
Though, really, April first
Is a more honest date to use.
Then there is Easter,
That most haphazard of holidays.
Curiously Christmas does not suffer
Such nomadic lunacy.
Or should that be lunar nomadism?
The seasons, of course,
Mark the turning of the year
Although, sometimes, it seems that 
Mother Nature herself
Has failed to memorise the dates.
But, still, they come and go.
And yesterday?
The end of the financial year,
Appropriately, mid winter.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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