Friday, 29 July 2016

Retable

RETABLE

-noun
an ornamental screen-like structure above and behind an altar, especially one used as a setting for a religious picture or carving











With urban walls
As sole retable
Art propagates
Along cracked stucco

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Secant

SECANT

-noun
1. (of an angle) a trigonometric function that in a right-angled triangle is the ratio of the length of the hypotenuse to that of the adjacent side; the reciprocal of cosine. Abbreviation: sec
2. a line that intersects a curve











Staring at lines
Hunting for decant
Deciphering circles


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Programme

PROGRAMME

-noun
1. a written or printed list of the events, performers, etc., in a public performance
2. a performance or series of performances, often presented at a scheduled time, especially on radio or television
3. a specially arranged selection of things to be done
4. a plan, schedule, or procedure
5. a syllabus or curriculum
-verb
6. to design or schedule (something) as a programme
-noun, verb
7. (computing) a variant spelling of program











Looking at the programme
They salivate over the score
Waiting for encores

















Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Program

PROGRAM

-noun
1. a sequence of coded instructions fed into a computer, enabling it to perform specified logical and arithmetical operations on data
-verb
2. (trans.) to feed a program into (a computer)
3. (trans.) to arrange (data) into a suitable form so that it can be processed by a computer
4. (intr.) to write a program











Cast in iron
The program soon ran out
Breaking down reality
Exploding in our face

Monday, 25 July 2016

Frabjous

FRABJOUS

-adj.
splendid; joyous


















Ô frabjous days
Innocent glee

Of incipient holidays

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Pan

PAN

-noun
1. a wide metal vessel used in cooking
2. Also called: panful . the amount such a vessel will hold
3. any of various similar vessels used especially in industry, as for boiling liquids
4. a dish used by prospectors, especially gold prospectors, for separating a valuable mineral from the gravel or earth containing it by washing and agitating
5. either of the two dish-like receptacles on a balance
6. Also called: lavatory pan British the bowl of a lavatory
7. (terrain)
a. a natural or artificial depression in the ground where salt can be obtained by the evaporation of brine
b. a natural depression containing water or mud
8. (Caribbean) the indented top from an oil drum used as the treble drum in a steel band
9. a small ice floe
10. a small cavity containing priming powder in the locks of old guns
11. a hard substratum of soil
-verb
12. (when trans., often followed by “off” or “out”) to wash (gravel) in a pan to separate particles of (valuable minerals) from it
13. (intransitive; often followed by “out”) (of gravel) to yield valuable minerals by this process
14. (trans.) (informal) to criticize harshly

-verb
1. to move (a film camera) or (of a film camera) to be moved so as to follow a moving object or obtain a panoramic effect
-noun
2. the act of panning

-noun
1. the leaf of the betel tree
2. a preparation of this leaf which is chewed, together with betel nuts and lime, in India and the East Indies




















Catching gold from the sun

An old pan rusts on the wall

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Morigerate

MORIGERATE

-adj.
1. also: morigerous . obedient; acquiescent
-verb
2. (intr.) to conform

























Why try and tell him
To morigerate
When we all love

His madness?

Friday, 22 July 2016

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Pomade

POMADE

-noun
1. a perfumed oil or ointment put on the hair, as to make it smooth and shiny
-verb
2. (trans.) to put pomade on

























Old thrillers
Collecting dust
Killer pomade

On torn covers

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Dubiety

DUBIETY

-noun
1. the state of being doubtful
2. a doubtful matter




















Looking over the chasm
Dubiety casting cracks in stone
Faith left the stage a long time ago

Pursued by the bear of management

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Swelter

SWELTER

-verb
1. (intr.) to suffer under oppressive heat, especially to sweat and feel faint
2. (trans.) archaic to exude (venom)
3. (trans.) rare to cause to suffer under oppressive heat
-noun
4. a sweltering condition
5. oppressive humid heat


























Summer swelter means
Drastic measures

Compensating with grattachecca

Monday, 18 July 2016

Faugh

FAUGH

-exclamation
an exclamation of disgust, scorn, etc.


















So this art, they say?
Faugh!
Just a pair

And mine are nicer!


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Duff

DUFF

-noun
A thick flour pudding, often flavoured with currants, citron, etc., and boiled in a cloth bag


























I couldn’t find
A suitable bag
So baked my duff
Instead and

Called it clafoutis

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Fractious

FRACTIOUS

-adj.
1. irritable
2. unruly

























Most of the time
Fast asleep
With a side of fractious

Play hour

Friday, 15 July 2016

Strife

STRIFE

-noun
1. angry or violent struggle; conflict
2. rivalry or contention, especially of a bitter kind
3. (Australian and New Zealand) trouble or discord of any kind
4. (archaic) striving

























Some days
Keeping your head up

Is a real strife