Sunday, June 24, 2018

1180 - The Inner Shirley

Haiku Horizon Prompt: Flame.
The Inner Shirley

Shirley Valentine—
Went on a Greek holiday;
Rekindled her flame.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

1179 - Hell No!

A well-meaning friend,
religious but still a good sort,
bought me a copy of C S Lewis' book
'Surprised by Joy'.

Hell No!

There was an odd fellow named Lewis
Who said the thing we must to do is
Fall to our knees,
As there's a god we must please,
Fail and he'll surely barbeque us.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Saturday, June 16, 2018

1178 - Pygmalion


He carved a statue.
Aphroditi gave it life.
So—what could go wrong?
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Thursday, June 07, 2018

1177 - Mixed Feelings

Mixed Feelings
There once was a manager named Steve
Who was asked rather roughly to leave,
While the process was brutal
That told him to tootle
I find it quite a challenge to grieve.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Monday, June 04, 2018

1176 - Release


Let your friends fly free—
Not everyone is a loss
If they don't return.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

1175 - Maybe Not

Maybe not.
“Where ignorance is bliss, / ‘Tis folly to be wise.’”
- Thomas Gray

Ignorance is bliss?
There is so much ignorance
Yet so little bliss.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Sunday, June 03, 2018

1174 - Plating Up

Plating Up

The venues that constantly dismay
Are the 'all-you-can-eat' buffets.
Our resolve dissipates
As we pile up our plates
And what goes in, invariably stays.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Saturday, June 02, 2018

1173 - The Cycle

The Cycle

The cold winds are here;
The air is quite frosty;
But the bulbs are up.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Friday, May 25, 2018

1172 - Opposing Forces

Opposing Forces

Some folk like to fight.
Like vegetarianism,
Violence is a choice.

The nighttime launching
Of sharp and flaming missiles
Is a futile thing.

Some just want to fight—
Choose your weapons carefully;
Choose your arena.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

1171 - Bad Move

Bad Move

There was a young maiden called Marion,
Who always seemed to be marryin'.
Once the knot was tied
They mysteriously died—
Much to the delight of the carrion.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Sunday, April 29, 2018

1170 - Unthai-ing the knot

UnThai-ing the knot. 

When visiting a restaurant in Melbourne's suburbs
we were subjected to the manager
dressing down a staff member in front of the patrons.
In reply to a 'Tell us how you enjoyed your meal' email
I outlined my concerns and was told it didn't happen.

A restaurateur, let's call him Brian,
Accused me of scurrilous lyin'
When I expressed my concern
At his bullying turn,
And, in more ways than one, I'm not buyin'.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Monday, April 02, 2018

1169 - Surely Not?

Surely Not?

Too much chocolate!
(I was reliably told)
Is there such a thing?
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Sunday, March 25, 2018

1168 - Tempus Transit

Tempus Transit

Another year gone—
The relentless march of time,
Enjoyed day by day.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

1167 - A Good Egg

1943 - 2018

Haiku Horizon prompt: Egg

A Good Egg.

We'll all go sometime—
What better an epitaph:
He was a good egg.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Sunday, January 28, 2018

1166 - Idle Thoughts on A Hot Sunday

Sunday Whirl (Wordle #336) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece. 

The words this week are:

magic, ransom, band, rain, trample, tale,
cat, change, aim, dangerously, dense, day

Idle Thoughts on A Hot Sunday

To each comes it’s own—
Every dog shall have its day;
The cats get the best spot.


Forty Two degrees—
Centigrade, not Fahrenheit,
Dangerously dry.

The weather changes:
The rain bands pass overhead
But hold in the rain.


What killed the magic?
Peering at their mobile phones,
All else seems boring.

So are they just dense?
Unseeing and uncaring—
They trample on life.

A retirement plan—
Kidnap all the wretched phones;
Hold them to ransom.

Do they have an aim?
What tale will they tell their kids?
Will the kids listen?
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Monday, January 15, 2018

1165 - Aim

Haiku Horizon prompt: Aim


It would be lovely to live in a culture
where calmness was the aim. - Matt Haig

Told we must set goals
And chant our affirmations—
Aim high, we are told.

The Self-Help Gurus:
They aim to achieve too—
Mostly our money.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Aim for the moon.
If you miss, you may hit a star.
- W. Clement Stone

Would that be a constellation prize?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1164 - The Precious

The Precious.

There was a young princess, quite pretty,
Whose attitude edged on the shitty.
The chief tool of her trade
Was a guilt-trip tirade,
Followed by a funk of self-pity.

A pretend princess—
Lacks the graces of the job;
Just wants the title.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

1163 - Pecking Disorder

 Midweek Motif : Doorways

Pecking Disorder

They eye the gateway
And covet the green beyond—
It will not happen.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery