Saturday, 31 October 2015



a person who maintains strict discipline, especially in a military force

We call her the “union leader”
She keeps track of dinner times
Demanding more crunchies and cuddles

Fuzzy assertive martinet 

Friday, 30 October 2015



1. a crucifix, especially one set on a beam or screen at the entrance to the chancel of a church
2. the cross on which Christ was crucified
3. a unit of area equal to one quarter of an acre or 0.10117 hectares
4. a unit of area equal to 40 square rods

So heavy was the load
So cumbersome the rood
That he lost his breeches

(Supposing he had any to start with)

Thursday, 29 October 2015



(British, informal) . a wrangling argument or verbal dispute.
Also called:: argle-bargle

Reason 24 not to
Have an argie-bargie:

(It’s a headache)

Wednesday, 28 October 2015



1. an affected literary style characterized by intricate language and obscurity
2. an example of this

While busied myself, concocting
Clever gongorisms about dawn

The kaleidoscope sky turned to grey

Tuesday, 27 October 2015



having a hatred of marriage

He sent a misogamic letter from the airport

While the crowd waited form him at the altar.

Monday, 26 October 2015



(literary) open-mouthed

The massive urn shows
Widechapped spouts
Yet all are closed

There is no escape

Sunday, 25 October 2015



1. (intr.) often followed by “at” .to speak contemptuously (about); express derision (for); mock
2. (trans.) (obsolete) . to regard with derision
3. an expression of derision
4. an object of derision

1. to eat (food) fast and greedily; devour
2. food or rations

Are not to be scoffed at
But rather to be scoffed
Before the season stops

For another year

Saturday, 24 October 2015



(postpositive) highly impatient, eager, or curious

She thrust her face into mine
Agog and slightly miffed

How can I be so utterly useless?

Friday, 23 October 2015



noisy or unrestrained merrymaking

Wine gives wings
As shown in this example
Etruscan revelry

Thursday, 22 October 2015



1. a moulding composed of a series of convex flutes and curves joined to form a decorative pattern, used especially as an edge to silver articles
2. (architecture) . a carved ornamental moulding having a convex cross section
Also: godroon

Etruscan urn
Iron gadroons
Tying up a head
Spewing water

Wednesday, 21 October 2015



nearly; almost

They write and read
Well-nigh function
As alternate realities

Of full human beings

Tuesday, 20 October 2015



(trans.) (literary) . to colour or dye with vermilion; give a reddish colour to

The last of dying suns
Envermeils the sky

Harbinger of doom

Monday, 19 October 2015



boastful words or behaviour; bragging
(intr.) to boast, bluster, or rant

Murder and damnation
Mentioned in a same breath

A demon’s rodomontade

Sunday, 18 October 2015



a type of Belgian beer naturally brewed from raw wheat and ambient wild yeast in wooden casks, and left to naturally ferment for a long time

Going through Brussels
Trying all the lambic

Saturday, 17 October 2015



-verb (trans.)
1. to lower (something, such as a weapon), especially as a sign of deference or submission
2. to remove (the hat, cap, etc.) as a mark of respect or meekness

-noun, -verb
1. an archaic word for avail

-noun, -verb
1. an archaic spelling of veil

In the end Life vailed
And Death took him
May he rest in peace

(Felix ? - 08/10/2015)

Friday, 16 October 2015



1. (intr.) (often followed by “about” or “around”) . to go out in search of pleasure, especially in an aimless manner; gallivant
2. carefree adventure

1. (mining) a short chisel-like instrument for breaking rock or coal from the face
2. a goad for driving cattle
3. a western US word for spur
4. (trans.) (mining) . to break up or loosen with a gad

Pictures on a wall
A pleasant mental gad
Until a new coat of paint

Or an attack of the gad

Thursday, 15 October 2015



1. to make or become wet or dirty by trailing on the ground; bedraggle
2. (intr.) to lag; dawdle

Let's meander
Draggle by the sea
Lazy cormorants

Wednesday, 14 October 2015



-verb (intr.)
1. (followed by “over”) . to make a close intent examination or study (of a book, map, etc.)
2. (followed by “over” or “upon”) . to think deeply (about) 
3. (followed by “over”, “on”, or “upon”) (rare) . to look earnestly or intently (at); gaze fixedly (upon)

1. (anatomy, zoology) any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
2. (botany) any small aperture, especially that of a stoma through which water vapour and gases pass
3. any other small hole, such as a space in a rock, soil, etc.

I pore over faded letters
But fail to decipher

A Celtic message

Tuesday, 13 October 2015



1. to flow or cause to flow in a stream
2. (trans.) to issue, emit, etc., in a profuse way
3. (intr.) to move together in large numbers; swarm
4. (intr.) to serve tea, coffee, etc.
5. a pouring, downpour, etc.

A pour of serenity

Grits fall at the bottom

Monday, 12 October 2015



of or resembling a peacock or the colours, design, or iridescence of a peacock's tail

Above the morning sea

A pavonine dawn

Sunday, 11 October 2015



1. any of several ericaceous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium, having edible blue or blackish berries, like blueberry
2. the fruit of any of these plants

Cut bilberries
Disappointing in colours
Great in taste

How do they stain my teeth?

Saturday, 10 October 2015



the act of deciding upon or settling penalties or fines

He'll look up from his nap
Affeerment all over his face
We will never atone
For being merely human

Friday, 9 October 2015



1. a small hand tool consisting of a pointed spiral tip attached at right angles to a handle, used for boring small holes in wood
2. (US) a cocktail consisting of half gin or vodka and half lime juice
3. a eucalyptus of West Australia having a twisted bole
4. (trans.) to make holes in (wood) using a gimlet
5. penetrating; piercing

I call it a gimlet
(I can be pedantic that way)
As long as I can get

My way with wine

Thursday, 8 October 2015



-verb (trans.)
1. to state positively; assert
2. (law) . to allege as a fact or prove to be true

He likes to point
To averred facts

A blank page

Wednesday, 7 October 2015



-verb (trans.)
1. to turn away or aside
2. to ward off; prevent from occurring

Rather than avert transit

Court such coincidences

Tuesday, 6 October 2015



1. a capricious idea or notion
2. light or fanciful humour
3. something quaint or unusual
4. quaint, comical, or unusual, often in a tasteless way

Lurking in darkness
A plucky whimsy gang
Visiting terror on small children

“Eat your greens!’ threats

Monday, 5 October 2015



formerly; once
(prenominal) one-time; former

I saw snow
Whilom and forgot
How beautiful
And cold the world was
Shivering skeletons

Sunday, 4 October 2015




the seed of the flax plant, which yields linseed oil. Also called: flaxseed

A rampart of linseed
Nutty sesame hiding
Fragrant cep mixture

Saturday, 3 October 2015



1. reluctant; recalcitrant
2. not flexible
3. resisting physical pressure

He’d like a cuddle
Or even just a quick brush
But is too renitent

Too shy to come along

Friday, 2 October 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015



fine rain falling from a clear sky after sunset, especially in the tropics

That it should come to that
Hoping for serein to come
To wash away sweaty tears

Desperate night blossoms