Saturday, 30 June 2012

Inertia


INERTIA

-noun
1. the state of being inert; disinclination to move or act
2. physics
a. the tendency of a body to preserve its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force
b. an analogous property of other physical quantities that resist change






















Inertia kept him there
Slowly turning him into stone
It still purrs in a sun beam.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Scupper


SCUPPER

-noun
1. nautical . a drain or spout allowing water on the deck of a vessel to flow overboard
2. an opening in the side of a building for draining off water
3. a drain in a factory floor for running off the water from a sprinkler system

-verb
1. informal . to overwhelm, ruin, or disable
2. to sink (one's ship) deliberately























Every now and then,
They opened scuppers
To keep the building from foundering
Under the weight of prayers
Of sunken wishes…

Until
One day,
The cathedral sank
Taking water all over.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Galley


GALLEY

-noun
1. any of various kinds of ship propelled by oars or sails used in ancient or medieval times as a warship or as a trader
2. the kitchen of a ship, boat, or aircraft
3. any of various long rowing boats
4. printing
a. (in hot-metal composition) a tray open at one end for holding composed type
b. short for galley proof a printer's proof, especially one taken on a long strip of paper from type in a galley, used to make corrections before the matter has been split into pages

























Escaped from the galleys
Going mad with nonsense
Dinosaurs on a rampage

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Cunctation

CUNCTATION

-noun
delay; tardiness.























Terrified by cunctation
A white rabbit crosses the lawn
Another cup of tea? 

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Sprig


SPRIG

-noun
1. a shoot, twig, or sprout of a tree, shrub, etc.; spray
2. an ornamental device resembling a spray of leaves or flowers
3. a small wire nail without a head
4. informal , rare . a youth
5. informal , rare . a person considered as the descendant of an established family, social class, etc.
6. (NZ) another name for stud
-verb
7. to fasten or secure with sprigs
8. to ornament (fabric, wallpaper, etc.) with a design of sprigs
9. to make sprays from (twigs and branches)






















Silver blades
Torn clouds, bleeding blue
Lavender sprigs

Monday, 25 June 2012

Hollow


HOLLOW

-adj.
1. having a hole, cavity, or space within; not solid
2. having a sunken area; concave
3. recessed or deeply set: hollow cheeks
4. (of sounds) as if resounding in a hollow place
5. without substance or validity
6. hungry or empty
7. insincere; cynical
-noun
8. a cavity, opening, or space in or within something
9. a depression or dip in the land
-verb (often followed by “out”, usually when  trans.)
10. to make or become hollow
11. to form (a hole, cavity, etc.) or (of a hole, etc.) to be formed






















A shape so perfect
It looks hollowed from a stone
Traces of a long dead universe
Utterly organic in essence

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Cutlery


CUTLERY

-noun
1. cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food.
2. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
3. the trade or business of a cutler.






















Entranced by interesting cutlery
I dream of running away
Without thoughts for the food