Sunday, 11 December 2016



1. a nun

1. French pastry made of two choux pastry cases, one larger than the other, filled with flavoured custard (crème pâtissière), and bound/decorated with butter cream

The absurdity
Of roses and raspberries
And barely a wimple
For my religieuse

Saturday, 10 December 2016



of, relating to, resembling, or situated near the kidney

If your cat drinks a lot
Please have it checked

For renal insufficiency

Friday, 9 December 2016



1. any of numerous leguminous plants of the temperate genus Trifolium, having leaves divided into three leaflets and dense heads of small white, yellow, red, or purple flowers
2. any of various related plants having leaves divided into three leaflets, such as bird's-foot trefoil
3. a leaf having three leaflets
4. (architecture) . an ornament in the form of three arcs arranged in a circle

Looking for fortune in the trefoil
That odd even leafed specimen

No luck.

Thursday, 8 December 2016



-verb (intr.)
1. to walk at a leisurely relaxed pace
2. (of a horse) to move slowly, lifting both legs on one side together
3. to ride a horse at an amble or leisurely pace
4. a leisurely motion in walking
5. a leisurely walk
6. the ambling gait of a horse

Room after room
Ambling about
To this painting
Or another as fancy

Takes them

Wednesday, 7 December 2016



(especially in legal contexts) seeking or authorized to seek information

Perhaps a scholar
Preparing a thesis
In rogatory terms
Perhaps a poet

Counting on his fingers

Drawing by Alfons Mucha

Tuesday, 6 December 2016



causing fear or discouragement; intimidating

Question the wisdom
Of such daunting entrance

To a library

Monday, 5 December 2016



1. knowledge or belief obtained neither by reason nor by perception
2. instinctive knowledge or belief
3. a hunch or unjustified belief
4. (philosophy) . immediate knowledge of a proposition or object such as Kant's account of our knowledge of sensible objects
5. the supposed faculty or process by which we obtain any of these

Tired of stories
Though he comes in
On his horse
Her intuition whispers
These are lies

He tells to himself

Sunday, 4 December 2016



a dish originating from the East, consisting of rice flavoured with spices and cooked in stock, to which meat, poultry, or fish may be added. Variants: pilaf, pilaff [ˈpɪlæf], pilao [pɪˈlaʊ], pilaw [pɪˈlɔː] or pulao [pʊˈlaʊ]

Playing with pilau
Leaning to risotto
Fennel, horseradish
White chocolate

Salmon eggs

Saturday, 3 December 2016



1. (of clothes) worn to rags; tattered
2. (of a person) dressed in shabby tattered clothes
3. having a neglected or unkempt appearance
4. having a loose, rough, or uneven surface or edge; jagged

5. uneven or irregular

Some undisclosed illness
Or lack of lust for life
Has left him with a ragged coat
Covering prominent bones

Friday, 2 December 2016



1. (botany) . covered with a bluish waxy or powdery bloom
2. bluish-green

I ran into the ocean lately and it misses you
It’s not saying, at least not much just
Rolling around pebbles under foot and
Moaning glaucous watery roars under its breath
Dejected lover – why did you leave?

Thursday, 1 December 2016



1. a seal, gem, etc., ornamented with a sunken or incised design, as opposed to a design in relief.
2. the art or process of incised carving
3. a design, figure, or ornamentation carved, engraved, or etched into the surface of the material used
4. any of various printing techniques using an etched or engraved plate. The whole plate is smeared with ink, the surface wiped clean, and the ink in the recesses then transferred to the paper or other material
5. an incised die used to make a design in relief

Everything is about leading
Visitors away from truth
Faux intaglio is a painting
Marbles are simple casts

The Roman villa a Twenties’ folly

Wednesday, 30 November 2016



-verb (trans.)
1. to choose or gather the best or required examples
2. to take out (an animal, especially an inferior one) from a herd
3. to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
4. to gather (flowers, fruit, etc.)
5. to cease to employ; get rid of
6. the act or product of culling
7. an inferior animal taken from a herd or group

In case of excess
Kill your darlings
Cull a few angels
Replace them by dragons
It’s all a matter of wings
And the dreams you should

Have had instead

Tuesday, 29 November 2016



to know or discover by intuition

get lost
In alleys
Without intuit
No sense nor rhyme, no ups or downs
Exit but an illusion
A shimmering sea
At the end
Of a


Monday, 28 November 2016



-plural noun

(informal) great quantities

Today’s achievement
Oodles of years
And (hopefully)
More to come

Sunday, 27 November 2016



1. an evergreen myrtaceous shrub, Feijoa sellowiana, of South America
2. the fruit of this shrub

Wind has culled
And pushed

Feijoas in my path