Sunday, March 29, 2020

1335 - Green Investment

Revamped the garden.
Put in seedlings for winter.
Think we may need them.
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1334 - Sadly so

Spitting the dummy.
Something that only babies do.
Attitude not age.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1333 - Curious

"No offence is meant".
So then, what is the intent?
Why would you do it?
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1332 - Cake!

A birthday cheesecake!
The diet starts tomorrow.
Or the day after.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1331 - Budget

These are troubled times.
The next thing that I must do—
Review the budget.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1330 - Tradition.


Some bacon and eggs!
It's a birthday tradition.
That, and Father's Day.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1329 - Sarong

Wearing a sarong—
The last time for this summer.
Pack it away now.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Friday, March 27, 2020

1328 - Now, a cigar.

Thank God it's Friday!
It's been quite an odd week.
More of them to come.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

1327 - No cigar.

Thank God it's Friday!
It's been quite an odd week.
Oh. Wait. It's Thursday!
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1326 - Mass Entertainment

A sign of the times:
The local Catholic church
Live-streaming the mass.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1325 - Exponential

Exponential curves.
Things continue to worsen.
Where will it all end?
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1324 - The Lurker

The day is sunny.
What dangers can be out there,
Unseen but waiting?
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1323 - What's normal?

Normal sort of day
In abnormal sort of times.
Tomorrow?  Who knows.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Monday, March 23, 2020

1322 - Strange Times

Second week at home.
Technology put to use—
Off-site and on-line.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Sunday, March 22, 2020

1321 - Warmed Twice

Stacking the firewood:
To see us through winter.
Warm now, warm later.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1320 - Social(ish)

Neighbours for dinner.
Pleasant meal and discussion.
Kept social distance.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1319 - WhatsApp Doc?

Mighty dummy spit.
Discussion not going well—
Stormed off in a huff.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Happily, I was just an innocent bystander.

Friday, March 20, 2020

1318 - Whack!


Wretched cabbage moths!
I have found their nemesis:
Badminton rackets.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1317 - The Chips Are Down

Oven chips and wine.
An end of the week reward.
Nothing else matters.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1316 - Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

After the panic—
Comes complacency.
There lies the danger.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1315 - Whats the truth?

Media misleads!
Pictures of empty venues...
But the roads are packed.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1314 - Another World

Has the world gone mad?
It is completely surreal
In the home office.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1313 - Swings and Roundabouts

Meat prices have soared
But shops have toilet paper.
Somewhat mixed blessings.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1312 - Civility

Debates on WhatsApp;
People on their high horses.
Manners disappear.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

1311 - And a little red wine.

A fresh pesto sauce
And some fresh homemade pasta—
Lingering summer.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1310 - Press 1 if...

Hanging on the phone—
Endless plinky-plunk music
And going nowhere.



"Thank you for holding—
Currently third in the queue"
Have been for a while.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

1309 - A Walk in the Perk

The sun is shining.
It's a great day for a walk.
"Working from home" perk.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1308 - The Gift of the Dunny

The second coming!
Not gold frankincense and myrrh—
Take him toilet rolls.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1307 - Gone

No flour and no bread.
Gluten allergies gone too.
This is serious.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Sunday, March 15, 2020

1306 - Braced

Peanut butter toast,
A small, strong, sweet, black coffee,
Ready for the day.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1305 - Apocalypse II

The end of the world?
I've found how to enjoy it—
Port and a log fire.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1304 - Apocalypse I

The end of the world?
Has the apocalypse come?
The shoppers think so.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Friday, March 13, 2020

1303 - On a roll?

Has the world gone mad?
Share market is going down
Toilet paper up.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---
 

1302 - England & Ireland

Putative Leader­­—
His address to the nation
Protects his golf links.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1301 - Oh Crap! No Toilet Paper

The only topic—
Everyone is talking,
You can sense the fear.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1300 - Bugs 1, Protestors Nil

Cancel the Grande Prix!
Twenty years of the protests
Had failed to do that.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1299 - Lunch

Potato salad
With a vinaigrette dressing
I can live on that!
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1298 - Chinese Noodle Harvest

Sweet but so naive!
Believes everything I say.
How long will that last?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

1297 - Vale Caz, 2006.

Fourteen years ago:
A genetic malfunction.
Pepsi stocks declined.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1296 - A migraine, of sorts.

Visual migraine
A really weird sort of beast,
An uncommon one.



The world is fractured,
Light rings circle in your eye,
No headache at all.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Monday, March 09, 2020

1295 - Sandwich

Fresh bread and butter,
Hot salami, tomato,
Some salt and pepper.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1294 - How quickly they forget.

A nice, long weekend.
Return to work tomorrow—
What was my password?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1293- Word of the Day

Callipygious—
Having beautiful buttocks!
Now...when to use it?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1292 - Exchange Rate

Poached eggs for breakfast,
A present from the chickens—
In return for scraps.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1291 - Peace

Sitting here, quiet.
Alone but far from lonely.
Just the clock ticking.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1290 - Pasta

Home-made spaghetti—
One of the joys of summer.
Fresh tomato sauce.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1289 - Labor Day Weekend

It's a long weekend—
A long list of things to do.
Dinner with a friend.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---



Friday, March 06, 2020

1288 - Rain

I started the year with the goal of writing a senryu each day 
about something that caught my fancy.
I never promised to post it every day, 
so they come in flurries.

Gentle steady rain
No floods, no leaks, no problems,
The tanks are full.

Gentle steady rain
The drivers have forgotten—
Traffic moves slowly.


Gentle steady rain
It's soaking into the ground,
The garden says "thanks".
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---


1287 - Toilet roll panic

Corona virus—
Everyone goes feral...
Should that be faecal?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1286 - Or off?

A Penny Farthing!
Certainly a skillful thing—
How do they get on?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Yes, saw someone riding a penny farthing bicycle.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

1285 - A Reasoned Response.

Confabulation.
Justifying your actions—
After the event.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Monday, March 02, 2020

1284 - Once more...

Another Monday!
The same thing happened last week-
Is there a pattern?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Sunday, March 01, 2020

1284 - Just like Beijing...

Chinese Restaurant.
The only westerners there.
Cheap form of travel.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1283 - Dark matter collides with grey matter.

Astronomy talk—
It is all so amazing...
But makes my head hurt.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1282 - Booked

I have lots of books.
Just built two new bookcases.
So can buy more books.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Thursday, February 27, 2020

1281 - Point of Order...

Corporate meetings-
Where you stop doing your work...
To be given more.

Self-important folk
Haggling over minor points-
Boring as all..um...

So why am I here?
Another meeting next month.
Perhaps ring in sick...
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

1280 - Lab Tests

Annual blood test.
Apparently I'm normal—
Whatever that means.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1279 - Open Wider

Dental appointment.
Mouth full of hands and scrap iron.
No conversation.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Monday, February 24, 2020

1278 - Hello? Operator?

A new phone system!
No-one knows how to use it—
What could be better?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Sunday, February 23, 2020

1277 - Heel and Toe.

A country bush dance.
Not a bone in my body
Wants to be out there.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1276 - Over Seasoned

Setting the log fire.
It seems to be quite strange—
It is still summer.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1275 - Memories

My dad's bread.
The power of taste and smell—
Brings back memories.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1274 - Bread shop

The local bread shop.
Young girl behind the counter—
Red hair and freckles.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Thursday, February 20, 2020

1273 - Immature

Our CEO mocks.
Is he socially inept?
Or just ignorant?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1272 - Why do fasts go slowly?

The fasting blood test:
No breakfast and no coffee!
I guess it's worth it.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

1271 - Waiting

Doctor's surgeries.
Places of concern and hope.
Anxious expressions.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---


1270 - Rain

True, we needed rain.
More than average is good—
But why all at once?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Monday, February 17, 2020

1269 - Training

Training competency—
Wind them up and set them free!
Duracell bunnies.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1268 - No Agenda?

Impromptu meeting—
No idea what to expect.
So, what could go wrong?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1267 - Zig Zag

Zig-zagging drivers,
In and out of traffic.
Must win at all costs.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Sunday, February 16, 2020

1266 - Cut Grass

The smell of cut grass.
It makes me think of one thing—
A post-cutting beer.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---


1265 - Meat Puppets

We are meat puppets
Others will pull at your strings:
Dance to your own tune.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1264 - Pigeons

Why are there pigeons?
A reasonable question:
Scatterbrained critturs.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---


1263 - Coffee

The second coffee.
It's no match for the first
But you taste it more.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1262 - Drizzle

    .
A day of drizzle
A damp blanket on the plants.
The grass goes berserk.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Friday, February 14, 2020

1261 - What? No smoking jacket?

An old tradition— **
Stilton, port and some walnuts.
Cliched but yummy.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

** Is there any other kind?

1260 - Rain, damn you!

Thunder and lightning.
Not much rain to show for it.
All bark and no bite.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1259 - Things that platter

A mixed cheese platter,
There’s some wine to go with it.
Life is pretty good.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1258 - Hide & Seek

Looking for my Self.
Have not managed to find it.
Perhaps it’s not there.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1257 - Valentine

St Valentines Day!
A higher significance—
It’s the half year mark.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

(Coincidentally, it's our half-anniversary.)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

1256 - Things that go pop!

Balloons have their place—
Parties, fairs and sausage dogs,
Not aneurisms.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Monday, February 10, 2020

1255 - Improved with age.

Eating leftovers.
There is something about them—
They taste really good.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1254 - Pass the blotter.

An old fountain pen!
The lost are of handwriting—
A little wobbly.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Sunday, February 09, 2020

1253 - Button pushing.

Pushing hot buttons.
Seeing how far they can go.
A common pastime.



A great place to start:
The family gathering.
And not just Xmas.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1252 - Crossed off.

The "things to do" list.
Always seems to increase.
Removals are great!
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1251 - Advance payment.

Anticipation.
Events being pre-worried—
But didn't happen.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Saturday, February 08, 2020

1250 - Retreat to the study.

Two Grannies boasting:
"That's nothing, mine did this!"
Best to sit elsewhere.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Friday, February 07, 2020

1249 - Haircut

Time for a haircut.
Can you make me beautiful?
No.  But it feels good.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---



1248 - Hello?

Seldom in the loop,
Usually the last to know.
Just a fringe dweller.



No-one says ‘hello’…
Am I invisible now?
Perhaps I have died.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Thursday, February 06, 2020

1247 - Once more.

Planning of my day—
Pretty much like yesterday.
That's not a bad thing.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

1246 - Birthday Blues

Sick on her birthday!
Painkillers as a present.
How unfair is that?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---


1245 - Plans, sort of.

The start of the day—
I had all the best laid plans.
Gods spat in my soup.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

1244 - Da-da da-da da...


The call is on hold,
And on hold, and…still on hold.
Plinky plunk music.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1243 - Free Lunch

A free pizza lunch!
Largesse with a crispy crust.
The sandwich will keep.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1242 - Princess

She's the favoured one.
He just tags along behind—
Even though he's older.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Sunday, February 02, 2020

1241 - Sleepover

Her first sleepover.
Adults do somersaults.
Absolute control.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1240 - Weekend

The weekend arrives.
Different to the weekdays
But not greatly so.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1239 - Harsh

Harsh words, said roughly.
Don't agree with the content
But hard to let go.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Friday, January 31, 2020

1238 - Old School

Mr Fred Rogers—
A beautiful neighbourhood,
Old Rabbit recalled.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1237 - Canvas

Tattoos like carpet.
Are they just inked to impress?
Or a personal thing?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1236 - Eyes

Dilate pupils,
An eye examination.
Forgot sunglasses.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1235 - Tea, but not.

Cocoa with chilli,
Liquorice and some spices—
Herbal tea with bite.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1234 - Colour me limp

Forty Three degrees!
Hot, oppressive and humid.
Is this the new norm?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1233 - Resolution

The clock is ticking.
I am given a new day,
I will be present.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1232 - Waiting


A bedside vigil.
The last sands trickle away,
Watched over with love.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1231 - Pointless

A peakhour gridlock.
You can toot al that you like,
Nothing is moving.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Thursday, January 30, 2020

1230 - Not over yet.

Another hot day.
Summer is not over yet.
Firemen sleep lightly.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1229 - Rats!

Back to work today.
It has been a long weekend—
What was my password?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1228 - Massage

The feeling of hands
Sliding along your body—
A primal pleasure.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

1227 - In the Bush


The highway driving.
It's quick, non-stop and direct
But you see nothing.



Dim Sims in the park.
I sat there and ate all three;
The ducks weren't happy.



Visiting the bush,
Herding sheep on country roads,
Not my normal thing.



Discussing ideas
And asking probing questions.
The joy of friendship.



The country salad,
Australian Woman's Weekly,
Circa '65.



The paddocks are dry.
Carting hay to feed the sheep.
Summer is not done.



A birthday party
Many people I don't know—
Friends by the night's end.



It's good to be home.
It's a comfortable place,
The familiar.
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

1226 - Backlog

I have a back-log.  
Writing's quicker than posting.  
My apologies.



Mindfulness & beer;
Sitting in the gazebo.
Thunder & lightning.



The gods are angry.
Or their tummy's rumbling.
Maybe the same thing.



Thunder is just fine.
It's very theatrical.
Some rain would be good.



Quite a grey morning.
How much is smoke, I wonder.
Does anyone care?



Just twenty minutes
And the NBN's installed.
What was all the fuss?
    .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Sunday, January 19, 2020

1225 - But Not Guaranteed

Leisurely breakfast
Planning a relaxing day—
Rain is predicted.
    .---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1224 - Idle Thoughts VIII

The meal of summer:
Fresh pasta with pesto sauce.
And a glass of wine.



Excuse me, Boss man,
Why do you not talk to me?
I don’t bite, you know!
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Friday, January 17, 2020

1223 - Be careful what you wish for.

Thank God it’s Friday!
One day closer to Monday
...and closer to death.



Enjoy what you have.
There is only the present.
Make the most of it.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Thursday, January 16, 2020

1222 - I follow


Social media.
People come and people go,
It's not personal.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

1221 - Lunch

A lunch with a son,
It’s a quarterly catch-up:
Steak, salad and chips.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1220 - Thoughts in the Car

A smokey city—
Climate denialists' gift
To the asthmatics.



A pedestrian:
Clearly not wearing a bra.
Very generous.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Monday, January 13, 2020

1219 - Idle Thoughts VII

It's hot and sticky
And just half way though summer—
Well, one lives in hope.



The polls are not good,
But have no fear for next time—
Greed will win again.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Sunday, January 12, 2020

1218 - Sunday Ponderings

Ignorance is bliss?
Are you kidding me?
Why aren't you smiling?



Confabulation—
The rewriting of stories
To fit the facts.



What am I to do?
Existential confusion—
To fly or to fight?
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Friday, January 10, 2020

1217 - Idle Thoughts VI

Yes, you are pretty.
You may be beautiful too
But I don't know you yet.



Seventy Seven Years.
You have earned your retirement
And a good farewell
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Thursday, January 09, 2020

1216 - Meanwhile, back at the office...

Rude and small minded.
He is probably lonely­
But that is no excuse.



"You've had a haircut!
And you hair is much shorter!"
Yes, that's what happens.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

1215 - Clean Slate

It's another day,
Yesterday is no longer.
Tabula rasa.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

1214 - Idle Thoughts V


Idle Thoughts V

The world’s gone crazy.
There are loonies everywhere.
What does it all mean?



Party pies and sauce,
Celebratory lunches.
Living the good life.



That little word "But..."
Everything prior is lost.
The great negator.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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Monday, January 06, 2020

1213 - Idle Thoughts IV


Idle Thoughts IV

“Good Morning Young Man!”
Fifteen years younger than me.
Lacks maturity.



Speaking in Chinese;
I wonder what they are saying?
It’s all Greek to me.



Bloody computer!
Blue doughnut of impatience
Is laughing at me.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Sunday, January 05, 2020

1212 - I Don't Follow

I Don't Follow.

An "influencer"—
Photographing her dinner.
It's a strange world.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Last night, sat beside an Instagraming lady, 
fed to encourage her flock to follow her example.

Friday, January 03, 2020

1211 - Deceptive Traits

Unmelted Butter

She's little Miss Prim!
But don't let that mislead you—
There's a scamp inside.



Heuristics


Selective experts—
They can help support your case,
Except climate change.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Thursday, January 02, 2020

1210 - Idle Thoughts III


Count to Ten

It’s a new decade!
Not everyone agrees‑
But they never do.



Persian Princess

It’s all self, self, self.
Everything is a drama,
It cannot end well.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

1209 - 2020

Any Day Will Do

Arbitrary bell
Tolls for the incoming year —
Tabula rasa.



China Doll
A porcelain doll —
But, shades of Mary Shelley,
There's a spark of life.
     .
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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