Sunday, 27 May 2018

Escargot

ESCARGOT
[ɛskarɡo]

-noun
(from the French) a variety of edible snail, often baked with melted butter and garlic

























Italian escargots
An antique delicacy
Found in ruins

And tomato sauce

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Hiss

HISS

-noun
1. a voiceless fricative sound like that of a prolonged s
2. such a sound uttered as an exclamation of derision, contempt, etc., in particular by an audience or crowd
3. (electronics) . receiver noise with a continuous spectrum, caused by thermal agitation, shot noise, etc.
-exclamation
4. an exclamation of derision or disapproval
-verb
5. (intr.) to produce or utter a hiss
6. (trans.) to express with a hiss, usually to indicate derision or anger
7. (trans.) to show derision or anger towards (a speaker, performer, etc.) by hissing

























Pushing boundaries
I am served a hiss
From the feral tom

Friday, 25 May 2018

Resolute

RESOLUTE

-adj.
1. firm in purpose or belief; steadfast
2. characterized by resolution; determined


























Resolute efforts
Has brought the basilica
Back to life
But not its worshippers

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Grim

GRIM

-adj.
1. stern; resolute
2. harsh or formidable in manner or appearance
3. harshly ironic or sinister
4. cruel, severe, or ghastly
5. (archaic or poetic) . fierce
6. (informal) unpleasant; disagreeable

























Nine years on
Grim ruins everywhere

And a ghost town





Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Demur

DEMUR

-verb (intr.)
1. to raise objections or show reluctance; object
2. (law) . to raise an objection by entering a demurrer
3. (archaic) to hesitate; delay
-noun
4. the act of demurring
5. an objection raised
6. (archaic) hesitation


























Even history
Shies away from responsibility
Demurs and fades
Not wanting to be recalled
Offering mysteries

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Pollard


POLLARD

-noun
1. an animal, such as a sheep or deer, that has either shed its horns or antlers or has had them removed
2. a tree that has had its top cut off to encourage the formation of a crown of branches
-verb
3. (trans.) to convert into a pollard; poll

























Olive tree with
A poodle pollard

Trying to escape

Monday, 21 May 2018

Prune

PRUNE

-noun
1. a purplish-black partially dried fruit of any of several varieties of plum tree
2. (slang) (mainly British) a dull, uninteresting, or foolish person

-verb
1. to remove (dead or superfluous twigs, branches, etc.) from (a tree, shrub, etc.), by cutting them off
2. to remove (anything undesirable or superfluous) from (a text, etc.)


























Dancing sumac
Pruned until they turned
And jumped
Shaking pompoms

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Dehiscent

DEHISCENT
[dɪˈhɪsənt ]

-adj.
(of fruits, anthers, etc.) opening spontaneously to release seeds or pollen

























Summer joy
Of dehiscent spreads
Releasing delights

In our mouths



Saturday, 19 May 2018

Litter

LITTER

-noun
1. small refuse or waste materials carelessly dropped in public places
2. a disordered or untidy condition or a collection of objects in this condition
3. a group of offspring produced at one birth by a mammal such as a sow
4. a layer of partly decomposed leaves, twigs, etc., on the ground in a wood or forest
5. straw, hay, or similar material used as bedding, protection, etc., by animals or plants
6. a means of conveying people - in particular sick or wounded - consisting of a light bed or seat held between parallel sticks
-verb
7. to make (a place) untidy by strewing (refuse)
8. to scatter (objects, etc.) about or (of objects) to lie around or upon (anything) in an untidy fashion
9. (of pigs, cats, etc.) to give birth to (offspring)
10. (trans.) to provide (an animal or plant) with straw or hay for bedding, protection, etc.

























Nostalgia to the days
When the feral pet colony
Was blessed with litters

Of joyous dynamic fluff


Friday, 18 May 2018

Shim

SHIM

-noun
1. a thin packing strip or washer often used with a number of similar washers or strips to adjust a clearance for gears, etc.
2. (physics) . a thin strip of magnetic material, such as soft iron, used to adjust a magnetic field
3. (mechanical engineering) a small object or piece of material used, for example, to create a little extra height or a little extra space.
-verb
4. (trans.) to modify a load, clearance, or magnetic field by the use of shims


























In the cracks of
A little shim-induced distortion
New realities awaken
Ready to seep through
Invade our plane




Art by Gomez (from the Guido Reni District 2017 Black Decade exhibition) 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Octothorp

OCTOTHORP
[ˈɒktəˌθɔːp]

-noun
Symbol used in printing, in mathematics and, commonly, on a telephone keypad, consisting of two horizontal lines, one above the other, with two diagonal lines, one beside the other, through them. Also: hash

























Distorting shadows
Playing with the concept
Of octothorps and stars
Dialling lines to the horizon
A search tag dissolving

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Estrange

ESTRANGE

-verb (trans.)
1. (usually passive; often followed by “from”) to separate and live apart from (someone)
2. (usually passive; often followed by “from”) to antagonize or lose the affection of (someone previously friendly); alienate

























She flees
From an estranged husband
Alien children and pets
Unsure where reality is

Or what it is

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Lough

LOUGH

-noun
1.  an Irish word for lake
2. a long narrow bay or arm of the sea in Ireland

























Nature invaded
Violated and abandoned
Loughs regain terrain

Soon trees will be back

Monday, 14 May 2018

Furze

FURZE

-noun

any evergreen shrub of the leguminous genus Ulex, in particular the European species U. europeaus, which has yellow flowers and thick green spines instead of leaves. Also called gorse or whin
























A bright flame
Furze in the rain

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Flour

FLOUR

-noun
1. a powder, which may be either fine or coarse, prepared by sifting and grinding the meal of a grass, more than often wheat
2. any finely powdered substance
-verb
3. (trans.) to make (grain) into flour
4. (trans.) to dredge or sprinkle (food or cooking utensils) with flour
5. (of mercury) to break into fine particles on the surface of a metal rather than amalgamating, or to produce such an effect on (a metal) because of impurities.


























The future
Encrypted in flour patterns
Speaks of annihilation
Crumbs and white laps