Wednesday, 29 June 2016



1. chemistry a property of atoms or groups, equal to the number of atoms of hydrogen that the atom or group could combine with or displace in forming compounds
2. (linguistics) the number of satellite noun phrases with which a verb combines
3. (immunology)
a. the number of antigen-binding sites on an antibody molecule
b. the number of antigen-binding sites with which an antigen can combine

Playing with fire
Looking for valency
In old books and

Alchemy burns

Tuesday, 28 June 2016



-verb (trans.)
1. to revile with abusive or defamatory language; malign
2. (rare) to make vile; debase; degrade

Vilified in the book

Saved by humanity

Monday, 27 June 2016



1. a place in which metal is worked by heating and hammering; smithy
2. a hearth or furnace used for heating metal
3. a machine used to shape metals by hammering
4. (trans.) to shape (metal) by heating and hammering
5. (trans.) to form, shape, make, or fashion (objects, articles, etc.)
6. (trans.) to invent or devise (an agreement, understanding, etc.)
7. to make or produce a fraudulent imitation of (a signature, banknote, etc.) or to commit forgery

-verb (intr.)
1. to move at a steady and persevering pace

2. to increase speed; spurt

Exhausted, they forge through the night

Focusing on the light in their hands

Sunday, 26 June 2016



1. a paper frill around cutlets, etc.
2. Preceded by “en” . (of food) cooked in oiled greaseproof paper or foil

Delicate fish and tender greens
En papillote for greater taste

And easy transportation

Saturday, 25 June 2016



1. to fail to reach, hit, meet, find, or attain (some specified or implied aim, goal, target, etc.)
2. (trans.) to fail to attend or be present for
3. (trans.) to fail to see, hear, understand, or perceive
4. (trans.) to lose, overlook, or fail to take advantage of
5. (trans.) to leave out; omit
6. (trans.) to discover or regret the loss or absence of
7. (trans.) to escape or avoid (something, especially a danger), usually narrowly
8. a failure to reach, hit, meet, find, etc.

1. informal an unmarried woman or girl, especially a schoolgirl

1. a title of an unmarried woman or girl, usually used before the surname or sometimes alone in direct address

Missing in action
Taken up by summer
And asthma

Friday, 24 June 2016



-verb (trans.)
1. to wind a bandage round
2. to wrap (a baby) in swaddling clothes
3. to restrain as if by wrapping with bandages; smother
4. (mainly US) swaddling clothes

Swaddled hands
Was all his protection
Copper blood still fresh

On his brow, his lips

Thursday, 23 June 2016



1. having no hue due to the reflection of all or almost all incident light.
2. (of light, such as sunlight) consisting of all the colours of the spectrum or produced by certain mixtures of three additive primary colours, such as red, green, and blue
3. comparatively white or whitish-grey in colour or having parts of this colour
4. (of an animal) having pale-coloured or white skin, fur, or feathers
5. bloodless or pale, as from pain, emotion, etc.
6. (of hair, a beard, etc.) silvery or grey, usually from age
7. benevolent or without malicious intent
8. colourless or transparent
9. capped with or accompanied by snow
10. (sometimes capital) counterrevolutionary, very conservative, or royalist.
11. blank, as an unprinted area of a page
12. (of wine) made from pale grapes or from black grapes separated from their skins
13. (of coffee or tea) with milk or cream
14. (physics) having or characterized by a continuous distribution of energy, wavelength, or frequency
15. (informal) honourable or generous
16. (of armour) made completely of iron or steel
17. (rare) morally unblemished
18. rare (of times, seasons, etc.) auspicious; favourable
19. (poetic or archaic) having a fair complexion; blond
20. a white colour
21. the condition or quality of being white; whiteness
22. the white or lightly coloured part or area of something
23. (anatomy) the white part (sclera) of the eyeball
24. any of various butterflies of the family Pieridae.
25. chess, draughts
a. a white or light-coloured piece or square
b. (usually capital) the player playing with such pieces
26. anything that has or is characterized by a white colour, such as a white paint or pigment, a white cloth, a white ball in billiards
27. an unprinted area of a page
28. archery
a. the outer ring of the target, having the lowest score
b. a shot or arrow hitting this ring
29. (poetic) fairness of complexion
30. (usually followed by “out”) to create or leave white spaces in (printed or other matter)
31. (obsolete) to make or become white

She stirs winds
Her white coat and hair whipping about
Frost in her smile

Blooms dying  in her hand

Wednesday, 22 June 2016



1. a loutish person
2. mining a layer of worthless material at the base of a seam
3. a thick bunch (of grass)
4. a large number (of people)

Today & tomorrow

Angry swads

Tuesday, 21 June 2016



1. expensive or extravagant
2. magnificent; splendid

A rather
Sumptuous meal

For a toddler

Monday, 20 June 2016



(obsolete) a preacher who makes many mistakes

Mark that a martext
Isn’t someone butchering

Orthography with a SMS

Sunday, 19 June 2016



a disorder characterized by a morbid obsession with eating healthy foods only

She disguises
Her orthorexia
With fine dining

Saturday, 18 June 2016



1. compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offender, adversary, etc., who is in one's power or care; clemency; pity
2. the power to show mercy
3. a relieving or welcome occurrence or state of affairs

Morning light being too sharp
He cries for mercy

And another ten minutes nap

Friday, 17 June 2016



law (formerly) an allowance paid under a court order by one spouse to another when they are separated but not divorced.

At the mere notion
Of alimony

He hid and fled

Thursday, 16 June 2016



1. to argue, debate, or quarrel about (something)
2. (may take a clause as object) to doubt the validity, etc., of
3. (trans.) to seek to win; contest for
4. (trans.) to struggle against; resist
5. an argument or quarrel

This awkward moment when
She turns her despondent lover

Into a statue in the heat of a dispute

Wednesday, 15 June 2016



1. either of two persons or animals conceived at the same time
2. either of two persons or things that are identical or very similar; counterpart
3. Also called: macle . a crystal consisting of two parts each of which has a definite orientation to the other
4. to pair or be paired together; couple
5. (intr.) to bear twins
6. (intr.) (of a crystal) to form into a twin
7. (intr.) archaic to be born as a twin
8. (trans.)
a. to create a reciprocal relation between (two towns in different countries); pair (a town) with another in a different country
b. (intr.) (of a town) to be paired with a town in a different country

Held in place by fate
Twins yet different

Looking in the same direction