Wednesday, July 08, 2020

1479 - Bugger!

COVID cases up.
The government had to act.
Back into lockdown.
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1478 - Mille Feuille Lasagne

The third son's birthday.
Made his favourite pasta.
It's a tradition.
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1477 - Solar Keratosis

Liquid nitrogen—
Zapping the odd skin thingo.
Too much sun when young.
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1476 - Check your facts!

"We demand to know
Why your results don't match up!"

They're not our results.
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Saturday, July 04, 2020

1475 - July Fourth

The Fourth of July.
Watch the stage show "Hamilton";
Cornbread & Pulled Pork.
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1474 - Doesn't seem right!

At work on Friday!
This is most unusual
In these COVID times.
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1472 - Welsh Puttanesca

Annual dinner—
Need something fitting:
Harlot's spaghetti.
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1473 - Being rubbed the right way.

Relaxing massage.
It's a sensual reward
For past rough treatment.
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1471 - Not me, thankfully.


HR double speak—
A "Career Transition",
Seven jobs to go.
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1470 - The ATO is watching...

Financial Year end.
Time to balance the books.
Non-fiction is best.
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

1469 - Cold but not crunchy.

A 'frosty' morning.
In temperature only.
No frost to speak of.

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1468 - Expensive hobby

Another painting.
The lockdown is productive!
Need another wall.
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1467 - Adobo

Filipino: fish
With soy sauce and vinegar.
It's called adobo.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

1466 - BYO Cheese & Wine

A trivia night–
It's an on-line affair.
So must self-cater.
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1465 - In a flash.

He's our first born son.
It's his birthday today.
Where did that time go?
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1464 - With Sauce.

A dentist visit–
How to celebrate after?
I had a meat pie.
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1463 - Or breaking down.

A dentist visit–
Repairing a broken tooth.
I am cracking up.
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1462 - An anniversary, of sorts.

A visit to work!
I hope they remember me.
It's 100 days.
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Monday, June 22, 2020

1461 - The Persians Knew

When the Gods mock you
A jelly will break your tooth.
Marzipan will too.
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Sunday, June 21, 2020

1460 - Not really United.

A fake universe—
Reflex reciprocation.
False relationships.
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1459 - The crumpet, not Granny

Crumpets for breakfast!
Memories of Granny—
Cut into sixes.
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1458 - Cycles

The year's shortest day.
Things just get lighter from here.
The cycle of life.
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1457 - Henpecked

Hens peck each other.
Aggressive little bitches.
[Can hens be a bitch?]
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1456 - Afternoon tea, with grace.


An afternoon tea—
Much food and conversation.
No little black clouds.
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1455 - Daniel Schmachtenberger

Lots of new ideas.
Or ideas new to me.
My brain exploded.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

1456 - Knife-edge

We are not at war.
This is no small matter
Nor a certainty.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

1455 - So much cake!

A group of birthdays—
Some are from the distant past,
Others are here, now.
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1454 - Leftovers

Leftovers are great—
They make the best sandwiches.
Never two the same.
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1453 - Hello? Operator?

Phones are not working—
Using the lowest tender.
Will we never learn?
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Friday, June 12, 2020

1452 - Simple Pleasures

Off for a massage!
The first one since the lock down.
Sensual escape.
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1451 - What did I expect?

It's ultra urgent!
Drop everything - get it done!
But there's no "Thank You".
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

1450 - The Second You

The embracing close—
Somewhat ambiguous.
"Was it me?" she asked.
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1449 - Embracing All

The Eric Pearce close—
"Goodnight to you. And to you."
Embraces them all.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

1448 - Don't Blow On The Cake

Happy Birthday Queen!
Did you wear old tracky dacks
And eat some pizza?
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Monday, June 08, 2020

1447 - So so.

Another painting.
While not entirely happy
That is natural.
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1446 - Hens


The chooks seem happy—
Their feather are still intact,
No disagreements.
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1445 - Cognitive Shortcuts

Discussions are fraught—
The confirmation bias,
Denied but present.
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1444 - Get me out of here!


The world has gone mad-
Riots, viruses, mayhem.
How can I escape?
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1443 - What? Really?

Some shoes for a dog!
To keep its paws from the mud.
Has the world gone mad?
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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

1442 - Cackle!

It's a two egg day!
(After some days of nothing.)
Holding out on me.
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1441 - Mildly Miffed

OK, so it's winter.
Does it have to be so cold?
Why not a mild one?
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1440 - Small Gratitude

Start the day grateful?
Think on the positive side!
It's raining.  Outside.
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

1439 - Time well spent.



A lockdown painting—
Proof of a weekend well spent;
Useful souvenir.
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Prior to all this COVID stuff I started a project
to chronicle my year with daily senryu's.

Recently I have been told to take a day's leave every week.
Needed to do something to make the 'lost' time productive.
Other lockdown paintings here

Friday, May 29, 2020

1438 - Eggs, not the hens.

The hens don't lay now.
No eggs from them for a while.
Just ate the last two.
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1437 - Winter

The days are quite short:
Cold, crisp but mostly sunny.
Winter is just about here.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

1436 - Not pushing their weight.

Fewer & fewer.
The chooks enter henopause:
The retirement home.
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1435 - Not bad.

Eat, drink, be merry.
For all the problems we have—
Life is pretty good.
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Monday, May 25, 2020

1434 - No slave to duty.

Not my family.
I'll sit over here and read.
You can talk to them.
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1433 - The Glums

A family lunch.
Time to forget and enjoy.
Determined not to.
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1432 - Woe, woe, a thousand times woe.

Sullen, self imposed.
Wallowing in a pity,
Thickly, as in pitch.
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1431 - Black Clouds.

Why so dull and glum?
You have come to visit us,
You could enjoy it.
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1430 - Socially Distant Lunch

A post-lockdown lunch!
Suitably distanced, of course.
Bowing has returned.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

1429 - Storms

Heavy midnight storms.
Thunder, lightning and rain.
Heavy, heavy, rain.
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1428 - Somewhat magical

It's that day again—
The day I check the account
And money appears.
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1427 - Alone together

It is a strange thing—
Living in isolation;
Alone with others.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

1426 - Sunny Days

Crisp and sunny days
Towards the end of autumn,
Before the rains come.
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1425 - The Watcher

A play in the park—
Breaking out after lockdown.
Death sits and watches.
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1424 - Noisy Chooks

I can hear the hens—
They get up just on the dawn.
Plaintive calls for scraps.
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1423 - Memories

Anniversaries.
They contain mixed emotions
When you are alone.
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Friday, May 15, 2020

1422 - Enforced Love

Friday Holiday—
A gift from the company
But at my expense.
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1421 - Drowning or Waving?

The lockdown is loose—
Will the dam break and flood us?
Or just need mopping?
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1420 - Golden Advice.

It is not what happens—
Your response is everything.
Say little.  Or less.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

1419 - Hump Day

It is now Wednesday.
It used to be called hump day.
Four day weeks killed that.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

1418 - Leftovers

The breakfast du jour—
Some leftover coq au vin.
Not the normal thing.
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1417 - Whoosh!

The year whistles by—
The shortest day is next month;
Not that I am counting.
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Monday, May 11, 2020

1416 - The Pear & Caramel Pudding Did It.

Mother's Day weekend.
Bathroom scales tell the story.
Back on the diet.
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1415 - Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day!
Some are close, others not so—
Much love to them all.
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Saturday, May 09, 2020

1414 - Me, probably

I have a long list
Of things to do this weekend.
What will be undone?
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1413 - Crunchy

A sandwich toaster.
Reheats leftover pizza—
A crunchy breakfast.
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Thursday, May 07, 2020

1412 - Trivia on trivia

I don't watch TV.
Had no chance in the pop quiz.
I'm OK with that.
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1411 - Trivia

On-line trivia.
Normally a dinner-do,
Not the same, sadly.
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1410 - Breakfast

Fried Dace & Black Bean,
Served on a bowl of brown rice.
A tasty Breakfast.
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1409 - Clunk!

Wearing a face mask,
More of a plastic shield.
Hard to drink coffee.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

1408 - Variety

Crunchy cornichons!
Add taste and texture to food.
Spice of life, they say.
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1407 - Peer Review

An on-line study—
Scientific articles,
slice, dice and dissect.
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Monday, May 04, 2020

1406 - These are not the senryu you are looking for...

It's Star Wars Day!
May the Fourth be with you, Luke!
Now, on with you life.
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1405 - Down Side

The curve may have peaked!
Don't be overconfident—
It's, at best, half way.
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1404 - Treat time

A potato cake!
Used to be a haircut treat—
Where's the barber now?
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Saturday, May 02, 2020

1403 - He's got a little list.

It's the weekend.
What can I do with myself?
Well, I have a list.
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1402 - Not mayday. May Day.

It's the first of May!
I feel I should celebrate
But not sure how.
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Thursday, April 30, 2020

1401 - Time Passes

Another month gone.
What have I to show for it?
A few senryus.
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1400 - The Mundane

Fix the chook feeder.
Just one of the many tasks.
Enjoy the mundane.
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1399 - Mung Friends

Bean sprout omelette.
During the present lockdown:
A signature meal.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

1398 - Black & Brown

The morning coffee—
Starts the day off quite nicely:
Black with brown sugar.
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1397 - Amorphous

They merge together,
These days in isolation.
They all seem alike.
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Monday, April 27, 2020

1396 - Dead Wrong

Inject chemicals.
Doctors have a word for it—
It's called embalming.
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Sunday, April 26, 2020

1395 - More Simple Pleasures

Pruning, gardening,
Cooking, writing and painting—
In a private world.
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1394 - Simple Pleasures

A home-made pastie
With lots of tomato sauce—
A simple dinner.
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Saturday, April 25, 2020

1393 - ANZAC Tradition

A "Gunfire Breakfast"—
Coffee with a dash of rum.
Ratios vary.
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1392 - Lest We Forget

A driveway service—
Not the normal sort of thing
But the thought is there.
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Friday, April 24, 2020

1391 - Take the money and run...nowhere.

I still have a job
And the money goes in the bank—
That is good enough.
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1390 - Four Day Week

Holiday weekend!
They all are at the moment—
Friday is cancelled.
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

1389 - Hen Pecked

Lost her tail feathers!
Couldn't do it by herself—
Bullying old chook.
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1388 - Control

The body is weak—
Meets accidents, illness, gaol.
The mind's ours alone.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

1387 - Menu Blues

What to cook tonight?
So many 'tastes' to cater—
A first world problem.
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Footnote: Made a potato curry.

1386 - The Virtual Boss

The weekly catch-up.
I see him more in lock-down
Than I ever did.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

1385 - The Lady and the Unicorn.

I've a square to paint!
Part of a bigger picture.
Everything is.
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130 of us have been given a square to paint and then they
will be assembled into a mural.

1384 - It is a worry

Dizzy spells again.
Not sure what is causing them—
It is a worry.
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1383 - Pick up the phone!

Working from my home.
Just email correspondence—
Misunderstandings.
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1382 - Blocked Corridor

Back to work today!
I hope the traffic improves.
Can't get any worse.
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1381 - Painting

A little painting—
Proof of a weekend well spent.
When isolated.
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Sunday, April 19, 2020

1380 - A Cut Above.

A home done haircut!
My hairdresser did quite well—
I don't look homeless.
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1379 - A very real Phantom.

A free performance:
Phantom of the Opera
At Royal Albert Hall.
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1378 - Attitude

No-one can hurt you.
You must choose to be hurt.
Why would you do that?
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1377 - Generosity

Poached eggs for breakfast.
Cooked with vinegar and salt —
A gift from the chooks.
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1376 - The Front Verandah, perhaps?

I'm on holidays!
Not strictly voluntary.
Where shall I go to?
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

1375 - Frittata

Ad-hoc frittata.
Throw in whatever you have.
Cannot repeat it.
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1374 - Flu

I was a good boy—
Had the annual flu shot.
Hope I don't need it.
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1373 - Aflutter


Midnight heart flutters.
I wish she wouldn't do that.
The spray calmed it down.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

1372 - What goes up...

"He has arisen!"
I thought they referred to Christ
And not to my weight.
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1371 - Cross

The scales are lying!
Fruit buns are calorie free—
Or so I was told.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

1370 - Tart Tartine

A taste sensation:
A red onion tart tartine.
Keep that recipe!
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1369 - Post-Easter

Post-Easter routine—
Stay at home then work at home.
Did I ever leave?
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1368 - Chocolate

Easter long weekend.
Chocolate.  More chocolate.
Glad it's once a year.
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1367 - Neighbours

Easter pleasantness.
Encountered neighbourly acts
Despite the distance.
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Friday, April 10, 2020

1366 - Virtual Congregations

The Easter Weekend—
It's a time for gathering.
But not this year.
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1365 - Hot Cross Buns

The days in the shops:
One hundred and eleven.
First one just eaten.
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1364 - Heirloom Peas

Yellow-podded peas—
From an Indian market(?).
Wait to see if true.
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1363 - Huh? I don't remember that!

I don't remember.
So much has happened to me—
I forget it all.
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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

1362 - Stay Home!

The chaos continues—
Not getting any better.
There are 'bads' out there.
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1361 - Suke Aloo

Potato curry
Served with homemade yoghurt.
It's comfort food.
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1360 - Faux Friday

It's a Wednesday,
But really it is a Friday
Due to holidays.
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1359 - Night Wolves Beyond the Light

Beyond the campfire,
She hovers there in the dark—
What is she up to?
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1358 - Grey Day, not Grade A.

A dull sort of day.
Overcast but with no rain.
Just a grey feeling.
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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

1357 - Replenish

Replenish supplies.
A bottle of Campari—
Essence of grapefruit?



Replenish supplies.
A bag of chicken pellets_
Fair exchange for eggs.
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1356 - Normality

The change came quickly.
Living in isolation—
It's the new normal.
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Sunday, April 05, 2020

1355 - Snapped

The sooky princess.
Caught on her son's camera,
Running up the stairs.
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1354 - Storage


In times of crisis—
The best place to store your grain:
Your neighbour's belly.
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1353 - Winter

Winter approaches.
It's a cold, blustery day.
Good for indoor work.
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1352 - Culture

I made some yoghurt.
(Milk is not in short supply).
Culture in my life.
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1351 - Weekend

The weekend has come.
Much the same as the weekdays.
Interesting times.
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Friday, April 03, 2020

1350 - Piped Music

Ravel's Balero—
In a strange kind of fashion.
Bagpipes a surprise.
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1349 - Water Music

Music with headphones—
Your brain is flooded with sound.
Immersion therapy.
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1348 - Breaking Day

Listening to the house.
Having a quiet breakfast.
Tinned fish and dukkah.
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1347 - Winter

It is still dark outside.
The winter is approaching.
Time for more log fires.
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1346 - Stove Top Vesuvius

The morning coffee—
An Italian blessing:
Taken sweet and black.
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1345 - Navel Gazing

A day off from work
(Not truly voluntary)
A time to ponder.
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1344 - At Sea


It comes in great waves—
The grief washes over you,
The rough surf of life.
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1343 - Card Game

Fate deals us a hand.
The cards we get are random,
How we play them counts.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

1342 - eLunch

A video lunch—
It is a poor substitute
But the best we have.
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1341 - Ha Ha Gotcha!

It's April Fools Day!
Life around us is changing—
Tell me it's a joke!
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© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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1340 - Memento mori

Memento mori—
It will happen to us all,
There is no escape.
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1339 - Trapped

While some have escaped,
Escaped from the honey trap,
Some not so lucky.
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1338 - Two of a Kind

Two peas in a pod?
More a couple of lupins:
Toxic alkaloids.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

1337 - A Lucky Escape

The desire to hurt—
Not an endearing quality
In a young lady



In anybody.
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Monday, March 30, 2020

1336 - Week Three

Week 3 in lock down.
Lock down?  Lock up? Much the same.
There's no end in sight.
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Sunday, March 29, 2020

1335 - Green Investment

Revamped the garden.
Put in seedlings for winter.
Think we may need them.
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1334 - Sadly so

Spitting the dummy.
Something that only babies do.
Attitude not age.
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1333 - Curious

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

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

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


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

Wearing a sarong—
The last time for this summer.
Pack it away now.
    .
---
© 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.
    .
---
© 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!
    .
---
© 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?
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1324 - The Lurker

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

1323 - What's normal?

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

Monday, March 23, 2020

1322 - Strange Times

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

Sunday, March 22, 2020

1321 - Warmed Twice

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

1320 - Social(ish)

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

1319 - WhatsApp Doc?

Mighty dummy spit.
Discussion not going well—
Stormed off in a huff.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

Happily, I was just an innocent bystander.

Friday, March 20, 2020

1318 - Whack!


Wretched cabbage moths!
I have found their nemesis:
Badminton rackets.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1317 - The Chips Are Down

Oven chips and wine.
An end of the week reward.
Nothing else matters.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

1316 - Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

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

1315 - Whats the truth?

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

1314 - Another World

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

1313 - Swings and Roundabouts

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

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
---

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
---

1308 - The Gift of the Dunny

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

1307 - Gone

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

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
---

1304 - Apocalypse I

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

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
---
 

1301 - Oh Crap! No Toilet Paper

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

1300 - Bugs 1, Protestors Nil

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

1299 - Lunch

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

1298 - Chinese Noodle Harvest

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

1297 - Vale Caz, 2006.

Fourteen years ago:
A genetic malfunction.
Pepsi stocks declined.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

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
---

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
---

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
---

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
---

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
---

1275 - Memories

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

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
---

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
---

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
---

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
---

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
---

1236 - Eyes

Dilate pupils,
An eye examination.
Forgot sunglasses.
    .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
---

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
---

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.
    .
---
© 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?
    .
---
© 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
---

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
---

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
---

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.
     .
---
© 2020 J Cosmo Newbery
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