Monday, 31 May 2010




1. outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended.
2. apparent, evident, or conspicuous

Battered poppy
In a sea of green

Sunday, 30 May 2010



1. bearing, producing, or capable of producing vegetation, crops, etc., abundantly; prolific.
2. bearing or capable of bearing offspring.
3. abundantly productive.
4. producing an abundance (usually followed by “of” or “in” ).
5. conducive to productiveness.
6. Biology .
a. fertilized, as an egg or ovum; fecundated.
b. capable of growth or development, as seeds or eggs.
7. Botany .
a. capable of producing sexual reproductive structures.
b. capable of causing fertilization, as an anther with fully developed pollen.
c. having spore-bearing organs, as a frond.
8. Physics . (of a nuclide) capable of being transmuted into a fissile nuclide by irradiation with neutrons: Uranium 238 and thorium 232 are fertile nuclides.
9. produced in abundance.

Fertile pods
Dispensing future dreams.
The cat turns over.

Saturday, 29 May 2010



1. a star or something shaped like a star.
2. prima ballerina.

She spins and turns
Flammable ballerina
So graceful in every stance
Of this intimate public drama
She spins and turns
Burnt by the lust of admirers
The heat in their eyes
Magma on their minds
She spins and turns
Slowly becoming étoile
Bright against the ballet night.

The picture is copyright Keith Carter and has been proposed as prompt for the Poetry Train by Terresa at Chocolate Chip Waffle.

Friday, 28 May 2010



1. a male admirer or lover.
2. a country lad.
3. a country gallant.

The swain swept her off her feet
Leaving her shoes and modesty behind
The swine left her standing at the altar
With a ready cocked gun.

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Thursday, 27 May 2010



-verb tr., intr.

To grow gradually by accumulation.

You can rule
Make it compulsory
To look the other way
To bury our head in sand
That isn't sand.
Ashes! Ashes! Ashes!
Accreted in the air,
Accreted in strata!
No burying then
Or maybe just our dead
Killed by clouds
Killed by planes
Killed by rules
For economy's sake.

Envisat/MERIS/Miravi background image courtesy of the European Space Agency

Wednesday, 26 May 2010



1. designating, written in, or pertaining to a form of majuscule writing having a curved or rounded shape and used chiefly in Greek and Latin manuscripts from about the 3rd to the 9th century a.d.
2. an uncial letter.
3. uncial writing.
4. a manuscript written in uncials.

All gilded beauty and ornate uncials
The book beckons from under its glass coffin
A reader’s kiss might wake it up
A loving stroke from fervent hands

Tuesday, 25 May 2010



-verb tr.
To invest mental or emotional energy in an idea, object, or person.

He'd infuse his wine
With his philosophy
Cathec all his life
Into a single glass
Knowledge laden ruby.

Monday, 24 May 2010



1. a pet name.
2. the practice of using a pet name.
3. the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult.

Her demeanour attracts
All manners of hypocorism.
She could not care less.

Sunday, 23 May 2010



1. of or going to the root or origin; fundamental.
2. thoroughgoing or extreme, esp. as regards change from accepted or traditional forms.
3. favouring drastic political, economic, or social reforms.
4. forming a basis or foundation.
5. existing inherently in a thing or person.
6. Mathematics .
a. pertaining to or forming a root.
b. denoting or pertaining to the radical sign.
c. (of a function) not capable of being expressed exactly as a ratio of two polynomials (also called irrational)
7. Grammar . of or pertaining to a root.
8. Botany . of or arising from the root or the base of the stem.
9. a person who holds or follows strong convictions or extreme principles; extremist.
10.a person who advocates fundamental political, economic, and social reforms by direct and often uncompromising methods.
11.Mathematics .
a. a quantity expressed as a root of another quantity.
b. the set of elements of a ring, some power of which is contained in a given ideal.
c. radical sign: the symbol √ indicating extraction of a root of the quantity that follows it.
12.Chemistry .
a. Group: two or more atoms specifically arranged, as the hydroxyl group, –OH..
b. as in “free radical”: an atom or molecule that bears an unpaired electron and is extremely reactive, capable of engaging in rapid chain reactions that destabilize other molecules and generate many more free radicals: in the body, deactivated by antioxidants, uric acid, and certain enzyme activities.
13.Grammar . root, in particular
a. a morpheme that underlies an inflectional or derivational paradigm
b. such a form reconstructed for a parent language.
14.(in Chinese writing) one of 214 ideographic elements used in combination with phonetics to form thousands of different characters.

You like to focus
On hooligans,
Ravaging your body,
Breaking havoc:
Free radicals.
Against that unlawful lot
Only one cure:
Let them eat cake!
(and not your cells)
Let them eat cake!
Green tea cake.

Saturday, 22 May 2010



1. Biology . breaking up into fragments or separate portions; dividing into parts.
2. pertaining to an anatomical model made up of detachable pieces.
3. Geology. noting or pertaining to rock or rocks composed of fragments or particles of older rocks or previously existing solid matter; fragmental.

Going clastic
Cells breaking up
Day after day

Friday, 21 May 2010



–noun ( used with a plural verb)
Clastic volcanic material, as scoria, dust, etc., ejected during an eruption.

Tephra catching a ride
On the wings of winds
Annoying planes.

Envisat view of the Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano tephra, courtesy of the European Space Agency

Thursday, 20 May 2010



-verb tr.

To affirm solemnly.

The old warehouse walls
Asseverate time passing,
The counting of days.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010



–verb (used with object)
1. to prod or push, especially with something narrow or pointed, as a finger, elbow, stick, etc.
2. to make (a hole, one's way, etc.) by or as by prodding or pushing.
3. to thrust or push.
4. to force, drive, or stir by or as by pushing or thrusting.
5. to thrust obtrusively.
–verb (used without object)
6. to make a pushing or thrusting movement with the finger, a stick, etc.
7. to extend or project (often followed by "out").
8. to thrust oneself obtrusively.
9. to search curiously; pry (often followed by “around” or “about”). go or proceed in a slow or aimless way (often followed by “along”).
11.a thrust or push.
12.Informal . a slow or dawdling person; slowpoke.

1. Chiefly Midland U.S. and Scot. . a bag or sack, especially a small one.
2. a wallet or purse.
3. Archaic . a pocket.

1. a projecting brim at the front of a bonnet, framing the face.
2. Also called poke bonnet. a bonnet or hat with such a brim.

Don’t poke me!
Said Amor
But Psyche would not listen
So he fled.
from “Amor and Psyche, the Alternative Story”)

Tuesday, 18 May 2010



-verb intr.

To flee, especially without paying one's bills.

When my husband returned last night
Hermes had to scarper so quickly
That he left a foot in the courtyard.
Most people might leave a shoe
Or an imprint in the tulip bed
It takes a god to abandon a limb.
We made a fountain out of it.

Monday, 17 May 2010



1 : musty, stale
2 : having a slovenly or uncared-for appearance

Despite its
Fresh look
The oil proved frowsy
Ripe with rot
And mouldy
From disuse.

Sunday, 16 May 2010



–noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated

The proffered wine
On tasting, proved to be
Nothing more than
A mere milquetoast
Easily overpowered
By all sorts of flavours
That had little to do
With its alleged qualities.

Saturday, 15 May 2010



-verb tr., intr.
1. To twitch or to cause to twitch.
2. To pluck, nip, irritate, etc.

Modern use of split infinitives
Would cause her to vellicate
Cracking her tombstone
A little deeper each time
While we blamed earthquakes.

Friday, 14 May 2010



1. a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society, often for religious meditation.
2. Also, incluse. a religious voluntary immured in a cave, hut, or the like, or one remaining within a cell for life.
3. shut off or apart from the world; living in seclusion, often for religious reasons.
4. characterized by seclusion; solitary.

Guilty woman,
Lost in the forest,
Seduced by a god;
Despite her vows
And better sense.
That guilty woman,
Condemned to be recluse;
We sing of her sons,
Of their fight
Of the mighty city,
Founded on blood.
But everyone forgets
The woman
The woman who loved
When it was forbidden
The woman who was closed
Young and alive into a cell
And forgotten.

Thursday, 13 May 2010



1. To fatten or to grow fat; to thrive and prosper at another's expense.
2. To fasten or secure using battens.
A long strip of wood, metal, or plastic used for strengthening something.

Tipsy fragile god
In dire need of battens
Perennial marble.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010



1. a breathing hole; an opening by which a confined space has communication with the outer air; air hole.
2. Zoology .
a. an aperture or orifice through which air or water passes in the act of respiration, as the blowhole of a cetacean.
b. an opening in the head of sharks and rays through which water is drawn and passed over gills.
c. one of the external orifices of the tracheal respiratory system of certain invertebrates, usually on the sides of the body.

A spirited spiracle
Tells of an Etruscan tale
Or of someone's sense of humour.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010



1. the branch of knowledge dealing with past events.
2. a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account; chronicle.
3. the aggregate of past events.
4. the record of past events and times, especially in connection with the human race.
5. a past notable for its important, unusual, or interesting events.
6. acts, ideas, or events that will or can shape the course of the future; immediate but significant happenings.
7. a systematic account of any set of natural phenomena without particular reference to time.
8. a drama representing historical events

The eye was in the tree
Watching brothers bicker
It’d seen the birds fly by
Had counted them,
Knew of the fraud
The eye was in the tree
Watching closely at rage
That killed one
Crowning the other king
Of a demented city.
The eye was in the tree
Watching relentlessly
That eye we know
Squinting over our deeds:

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Monday, 10 May 2010



1. of, pertaining to, or like a numen; spiritual or supernatural.
2. surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious.
3. arousing one's elevated feelings of duty, honour, loyalty, etc.

Their relationship
Numinous as it well was
A source of wonder
generating its own light
An eerie glow – pure love.

Sunday, 9 May 2010




1. A usually invisible emanation or exhalation, as of vapour or gas.
a. A by-product or residue; waste.
b. The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter.
3. An impalpable emanation; an aura.

Coming into the cellar
We could easily recognize
When Serendipity had been by
She left an effluvium
About the rounds of cheese
Decay and transformation
Pungent transcendence
That delighted mice and men
But puzzled tourists

Saturday, 8 May 2010



1. a natural or prevailing disposition to move, proceed, or act in some direction or toward some point, end, or result.
2. an inclination, bent, or predisposition to something.
3. a special and definite purpose in a novel or other literary work.

Alone at night
She had the tendency to pray
For the most unlikely things:
Knights in shining armours,
Fantastic beasts,
Moon driven mills,
And shining stars
That might,
One day,
Wander in her path.

Friday, 7 May 2010



1. Horticulture .
a. a bud, shoot, or scion of a plant inserted in a groove, slit, or the like in a stem or stock of another plant in which it continues to grow.
b. the plant resulting from such an operation; the united stock and scion.
c. the place where the scion is inserted.
2. Surgery . a portion of living tissue surgically transplanted from one part of an individual to another, or from one individual to another, for its adhesion and growth.
3. an act of grafting.
–verb (used with object)
4. to insert (a graft) into a tree or other plant; insert a scion of (one plant) into another plant.
5. to cause (a plant) to reproduce through grafting.
6. Surgery . to transplant (a portion of living tissue, as of skin or bone) as a graft.
7. to attach as if by grafting.
8. Nautical . to cover (a rope) with a weaving of rope yarn.
–verb (used without object)
9. to insert scions from one plant into another. become grafted.

1. the acquisition of money, gain, or advantage by dishonest, unfair, or illegal means, esp. through the abuse of one's position or influence in politics, business, etc.
2. a particular instance, method, or means of thus acquiring gain or advantage.
3. the gain or advantage acquired.
4. British Slang . work; labour.
–verb (used with object)
5. to obtain by graft.
–verb (used without object)
6. to practice graft.

Graft attempt
He had transplanted
Gold jewellery into the flesh
Of fast growing canes
Losing to

Magpie image courtesy of YimHafiz

Thursday, 6 May 2010



1. to feel or express dejection or discontent : complain
2. to long for something

Cast in stone
The angel repines over freedom
And the caress of winds
In its ruffled feathers

Wednesday, 5 May 2010



1 British : impaired by age or dampness
2 : saturated with dust and stale odours
3 : rigidly old-fashioned or reactionary

Spent time, dead times…
Where do all those deceased seconds go?
In which cemetery do they lay,
Limbs stiff, frozen, contorted
By short yet consumptive effort?
Traces, skeletons, fossils,
Locked in fusty transient smiles.

Time scavengers roam,
Empty hour glasses in hand
Sorting out bodies
By order of decay and corrosion
Frisking them for spare moments
Grain after silvery grain.

Their dream:
To build a parallel universe
On spare instants
And stolen fragments
Where all possibilities of this world
Might escape and lead a life
Free from constrains
Of time.

The gorgeous hour glass picture in the background is appearing courtesy of Brooks Elliott.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010



-verb intr.

To celebrate boisterously.

The walls are prone
To mafficking too
Shouting glee
Into the ears
Of the startled

Monday, 3 May 2010



1. shambles, ( used with a singular or plural verb )
a. a slaughterhouse.
b. any place of carnage.
c. any scene of destruction.
d. any scene, place, or thing in disorder.
2. British Dialect . a butcher's shop or stall.

–verb (used without object)
1. to walk or go awkwardly; shuffle.
2. a shambling gait.

The shambling cat
Easing on to her prey
Aiming at mayhem, mischief,
And shambles.

Sunday, 2 May 2010



promptness in response; cheerful readiness

An offer of cake
Is often met with alacrity
Even when calories aren't.

Saturday, 1 May 2010



–verb (used with object)

1. to give careful attention to.
–verb (used without object)
2. to give attention; have regard.
3. careful attention; notice; observation (usually with “give” or “take”).

The Mexican monster reached from the deep, oozing, all oily and stinking of wasted riches, hungry for lives, scaring the fish and sea life away from around him. But for one courageous – but possibly only blind – medusa who, alone, dared to return the creature’s gaze, turning it into fire coral instantly, a massive yet grotesque living sculpture to greed and loss-of-profit (although, to this day, careless divers still chop some of the monster’s flesh to carve jewellery and trinkets, while angry fish yell “sabotage!”. But no one heeds them.)

What will happen when that wind farm starts leaking winds, now?

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