Sunday, 24 September 2017

Bowl

BOWL

-noun
1. a round container open at the top, used for holding liquid, keeping fruit, serving food, etc.
2. the amount a bowl will hold
3. the rounded or hollow part of an object, especially of a spoon or tobacco pipe
4. any container shaped like a bowl, such as a sink or lavatory
5. (mainly US) a bowl-shaped building or other structure, such as a football stadium or amphitheatre
6. a bowl-shaped depression of the land surface
7. literary
a. a drinking cup
b. intoxicating drink
Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

-noun
1. a wooden ball used in the game of bowls, having flattened sides, one side usually being flatter than the other in order to make it run on a curved course
2. a large heavy ball with holes for gripping with the fingers and thumb, used in tenpin bowling
-verb
3. to roll smoothly or cause to roll smoothly, in particular by throwing underarm along the ground
4. (intr. ; usually followed by “along”) . to move easily and rapidly, as in a car
5. cricket
a. to send (a ball) down the pitch from one's hand towards the batsman, keeping the arm straight while doing so
b. to dismiss (a batsman) by delivering a ball that breaks his wicket
6. (intr.)to play bowls or tenpin bowling
7. (trans.) (in tenpin bowling) to score (a specified amount)

























All this was the work of
Four eager people
Intent on a long meal
And I will confess that
When dinner was ended
And the bowl emptied

All were suitably happy

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Allurement

ALLUREMENT

-noun
Something that entices or tempts (someone) to a person or place or to a course of action; fascination, charm, attraction

























How he rolls and stretches and purrs!
All allurements setting the belly trap
Which he then closes on my hand

To make sure I pet him enough.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Rheology

RHEOLOGY
(rɪˈɒlədʒɪ  )

-noun
the branch of physics concerned with the flow and change of shape of matter





















What is our life
As tentative augurs?
Clutching at dreams
Rheology of clouds
To decipher a path
That might make sense

Or just feel safe

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Preclude

PRECLUDE

-verb (trans.)
1. to exclude or debar
2. to make impossible, in particular beforehand


















A lack of light
Does not preclude

Transparency

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Obsequious

OBSEQUIOUS

-adj.
1. obedient or attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
2. (rare) submissive or compliant



















The jokes aren’t stellar but
Obsequious appreciation
Is proffered nonetheless
Disguised as emojis and

Standard internet emotions

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Quandary

QUANDARY

-noun
a situation or circumstance that presents problems difficult to solve; predicament; dilemma

























We rush through
A weekday morning quandary
Admire the dawn

Or panic into work

Monday, 18 September 2017

Convulse

CONVULSE

-verb
1. (trans.) to shake or agitate violently
2. (trans.) to cause (muscles) to undergo violent spasms or contractions
3. (intr. ; often followed by “with”) (informal) . to shake or be overcome (with violent emotion, in particular laughter)
4. (trans.) to disrupt the normal running of (a country, etc.)
























What fever possesses him
Convulses these chubby limbs

Banning slumber from this body?

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Ripen

RIPEN

-verb
to make or become ripe
























A little line
Of edible soldiers
Ripens on the board

Vying for consumption

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Magnanimous

MAGNANIMOUS

-adj.
generous and noble

























Such
A
True heart
Such a real
Magnanimous soul
To forgive
My sins
So

Soon

Friday, 15 September 2017

Perfunctory

PERFUNCTORY
[pəˈfʌŋktərɪ]

-adj.
1. done superficially, only as a matter of routine; careless or cursory
2. dull or indifferent


















An ideal landscape
Under the most perfunctory look
Nothing left to see there

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Scurrilous

SCURRILOUS

-adj.
1. grossly or obscenely abusive or defamatory
2. characterized by gross or obscene humour

























Whoever
Had the scurrilous notion
To insert chains in his soul
As if he wasn’t able

To do so himself?

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Eke

EKE

-verb
(trans.) (archaic) . to increase, enlarge, or lengthen

-sentence connector
(archaic) also; moreover

























With every passing day
Eked night crawls in

Summer flees along the waves

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Pervasive

PERVASIVE

-adj.
pervading or tending to pervade


Feast
Decay
Pervasive
Blight on  joy


Art by Bertozzi & Casoni. "Minimi avanzi" 
Pinacoteca Civica, Ascoli Piceno, 25 March - 24 September 2017.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Syllabify

SYLLABIFY
[sɪˈlæbɪˌfaɪ]

-verb
(trans.) to divide (a word) into its constituent syllables

























In the shop
A delighted child
Slowly syllabifies

The writing on the plates


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Course

COURSE

-noun
1. a continuous progression from one point to the next in time or space; onward movement
2. a route or direction followed
3. the path or channel along which something moves
4. an area or stretch of land or water on which a sport is played or a race is run
5. a period of time; duration
6. the usual order of and time required for a sequence of events; regular procedure
7. a mode of conduct or action
8. a connected series of events, actions, etc.
9. (education)
a. a prescribed number of lessons, lectures, etc., in an educational curriculum
b. the material covered in such a curriculum
10. a prescribed regimen to be followed for a specific period of time
11. a part of a meal served at one time
12. a continuous, usually horizontal, layer of building material, such as a row of bricks, tiles, etc.
13. (nautical) . any of the sails on the lowest yards of a square-rigged ship
14. (knitting) . the horizontal rows of stitches
15. (in medieval Europe) a charge by knights in a tournament
16.
a. a hunt by hounds relying on sight rather than scent
b. a match in which two greyhounds compete in chasing a hare
17. the part or function assigned to an individual bell in a set of changes
18. (archaic) . a running race
-verb
19. (intr.) to run, race, or flow, especially swiftly and without interruption
20. to cause (hounds) to hunt by sight rather than scent or (of hounds) to hunt (a quarry) thus
21. (trans.) to run through or over; traverse
22. (intr.) to take a direction; proceed on a course

























We prepare scents
Perfume for a series of courses
From beans to courgettes

With summer bounty

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Beset

BESET

-verb (trans.)
1. (in particular of dangers, temptations, or difficulties) to trouble or harass constantly
2. to surround or attack from all sides
3. (archaic) . to cover with, especially with jewels

























Beset by enemies and illness
He flees in slumber
Dreaming of heroic escapes

His lungs do not permit

Friday, 8 September 2017

Due

DUE

-adj.
1. (postpositive) immediately payable
2. (postpositive) owed as a debt, irrespective of any date for payment
3. requisite; fitting; proper
4. (prenominal) adequate or sufficient; enough
5. (postpositive) expected or appointed to be present or arrive
-noun
6. something that is owed, required, or due
-adv.
7. directly or exactly; straight

























Due to joyous and mad mistakes
In your arms I fear
Confusion
Yet find

Truth

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Hem

HEM

-noun
1. an edge to a piece of cloth, made by folding the raw edge under and stitching it down
2. short for hemline
-verb (trans.)
3. to provide with a hem
4. ( usually followed by “in”, “around”, or “about”) . to enclose or confine

-noun, exclamation
1. a representation of the sound of clearing the throat, used to gain attention, express hesitation, etc.
-verb
2. (intr.) to utter this sound


















We reach for a moon
Hemmed in clouds
Eaten away by
Some impertinent angel

Known as holy moth 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Frail

FRAIL

-adj.
1. physically weak and delicate
2. fragile
3. easily corrupted or tempted

-noun
1. a rush basket for figs or raisins
2. a quantity of raisins or figs equal to between 50 and 75 pounds



















To the pale east
A frail dawn shivers
Threatened by storms
And an angry rising sun

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Residue

RESIDUE

-noun
1. matter remaining after something has been removed
2. (law) . what is left of an estate after the discharge of debts and distribution of specific gifts






















An attitude
Poor residue
Against the tides
Of forgetful time


Happy 9th blogversary!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Personal

PERSONAL

-adj.
1. of or relating to the private aspects of a person's life
2. (prenominal) . of or relating to a person's body, its care, or its appearance
3. belonging to or intended for a particular person and no-one else
4. (prenominal) . undertaken by an individual himself
5. referring to, concerning, or involving a person's individual personality, intimate affairs, etc., in particular in an offensive way
6. having the attributes of an individual conscious being
7. of or arising from the personality
8. of, relating to, or denoting grammatical person
9. (law) . of or relating to movable property, such as money
-noun
10. (law) . an item of movable property



















As a matter of
Personal preferences
Books are more important

To me than reality

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Vinegar

VINEGAR

-noun
1. a sour-tasting liquid consisting of impure dilute acetic acid, made by oxidation of the ethyl alcohol in beer, wine, or cider used as a condiment or preservative
2. sourness or peevishness of temper, countenance, speech, etc.
3. (pharmacology) . a medicinal solution in dilute acetic acid
4. (US and Canadian) (informal) . vitality
-verb
5. (trans.) to apply vinegar to
























A simple infusion of
Mint and crushed garlic
In wine vinegar

Celebration of summer

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Indignation

INDIGNATION

-noun
anger or scorn aroused by something felt to be unfair, unworthy, or wrong

























She has turned on
Her indignation in full mode
Blasting us from secluded corners:
How dare we treat her

Like some vulgar pet?


Friday, 1 September 2017

Invitation

INVITATION

-noun
1. the act of inviting, such as an offer of entertainment or hospitality
2. the act of enticing or attracting; allurement

























A grey theory
Behind the invitation

Will Circe be magnanimous?

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Break

BREAK

-verb
1. to separate or become separated into two or more pieces
2. to damage or become damaged so as to be inoperative
3. to crack or become cracked without separating
4. to burst or cut the surface of (skin, etc.)
5. to discontinue or become discontinued
6. to disperse or become dispersed
7. (trans.) to fail to observe (an agreement, promise, law, etc.)
8. (followed by “with”) . to discontinue an association (with)
9. to disclose or be disclosed
10. (trans.) to fracture (a bone) in (a limb, etc.)
11. (trans.) to divide (something complete or perfect)
12. to bring or come to an end
13. (trans.) to bring to an end by or as if by force
14. ( when intr., often followed by “out”) to escape (from)
15. to weaken or overwhelm or be weakened or overwhelmed, as in spirit
16. (trans.) to cut through or penetrate
17. (trans.) to improve on or surpass
18. (trans.; often followed by “in”) to accustom (a horse) to the bridle and saddle, to being ridden, etc.
19. (trans. ; often followed by “of”) to cause (a person) to give up (a habit)
20. (trans.) to weaken the impact or force of
21. (trans.) to decipher
22. (trans.) to lose the order of
23. (trans.) to reduce to poverty or the state of bankruptcy
24. ( when intr., followed by “into”) to obtain, give, or receive smaller units in exchange for; change
25. (transitive) mainly military
to demote to a lower rank
26. (intr; often foll by from or out of)
to proceed suddenly
27. (intr.) to come into being
28. (intr.; followed by “into” or “out into”)
a. to burst into song, laughter, etc.
b. to change to a faster pace
29. (trans.) to open with explosives
30. (intr.) (of waves)
a. (often followed by “against”) to strike violently
b. to collapse into foam or surf
31. (intr.) (in particular of fish) . to appear above the surface of the water
32. (intr.) (of the amniotic fluid surrounding an unborn baby) . to be released when the amniotic sac ruptures in the first stage of labour
33. (intr.) (informal , mainly US) to turn out in a specified manner
34. (intr.) (of prices, especially stock exchange quotations) . to fall sharply
35. (intr.) to make a sudden effort, as in running, horse racing, etc.
36. (intr.) (cricket) (of a ball) . to change direction on bouncing
37. (trans.) (cricket) (of a player) . to knock down at least one bail from (a wicket)
38. (intr.) (billiards , snooker) . to scatter the balls at the start of a game
39. (intr.) (horse racing) . to commence running in a race
40. (intr.) (boxing , wrestling) . (of two fighters) to separate from a clinch
41. (intr.) (music)
a. (of the male voice) to undergo a change in register, quality, and range at puberty
b. (of the voice or some instruments) to undergo a change in tone, quality, etc., when changing registers
42. (intr.) (phonetics) . (of a vowel) to turn into a diphthong, in particular as a development in the language
43. (trans.) to open the breech of (certain firearms) by snapping the barrel away from the butt on its hinge
44. (trans.) to interrupt the flow of current in (an electrical circuit)
45. (intr.) (informal , mainly US) . to become successful; make a breakthrough
-noun
46. the act or result of breaking; fracture
47. a crack formed as the result of breaking
48. a brief respite or interval between two actions
49. a sudden rush, especially to escape
50. a breach in a relationship
51. any sudden interruption in a continuous action
52. (British) . a short period between classes at school (US and Canadian equivalent : recess)
53. (informal) a fortunate opportunity, in particular to prove oneself
54. (informal) a piece of (good or bad) luck
55. (especially in a stock exchange) . a sudden and substantial decline in prices
56. (prosody) . a pause in a line of verse; caesura
57. (billiards , snooker)
a. a series of successful shots during one turn
b. the points scored in such a series
58. (billiards , snooker)
a. the opening shot with the cue ball that scatters the placed balls
b. the right to take this first shot
59. (Also called : service break, break of serve tennis) . the act or instance of breaking an opponent's service
60. one of the intervals in a sporting contest
61. (horse racing) the start of a race
62. (in tenpin bowling) . failure to knock down all the pins after the second attempt
63. (music)
a. (jazz) a short usually improvised solo passage
b. an instrumental passage in a pop song
64. a discontinuity in an electrical circuit
65. access to a radio channel by a citizens' band operator
-exclamation
66. (boxing , wrestling) . a command by a referee for two opponents to separate
















After 3245 posts
It is time to take

A well deserved break

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Dust

DUST

-noun
1. dry fine powdery material, such as particles of dirt, earth or pollen
2. a cloud of such fine particles
3. the powdery particles to which something is thought to be reduced by death, decay, or disintegration
4. the mortal body of man
5. the corpse of a dead person
6. the earth; ground
7. (informal) a disturbance; fuss
8. something of little or no worth
9. (informal) .(in mining jargon) . silicosis or any similar respiratory disease
10. ashes or household refuse
-verb
11. (trans.) to sprinkle or cover (something) with (dust or some other powdery substance)
12. to remove dust by wiping, sweeping, or brushing
13. (archaic) .to make or become dirty with dust

























A modern Scarlett
Spurning dust until it is land

Worth fighting for



Iva Basara - Photography workshop with Margarita Kareva in Florence


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Fluff

FLUFF

-noun
1. soft light particles, such as the down or nap of cotton or wool
2. any light downy substance
3. an object, matter, etc, of little importance; trifle
4. (informal) . a mistake, in particular when speaking or reading lines or performing music
5. (informal) (everyday sexism). a young woman
-verb
6. to make or become soft and puffy by shaking or patting; puff up
7. (informal) . to make a mistake in performing (an action, dramatic speech, music, etc.)


























We look on
Mesmerised
By fluff
In her hair





Iva Basara - Photography workshop with Margarita Kareva in Florence

Monday, 31 July 2017

Tuft

TUFT

-noun
1. a bunch of feathers, grass, hair, etc., held together at the base
2. a cluster of threads drawn tightly through upholstery, a mattress, a quilt, etc., to secure and strengthen the padding
3. a small clump of trees or bushes
4. (formerly) a gold tassel on the cap worn by titled undergraduates at English universities
5. (university jargon) . a person entitled to wear such a tassel
-verb
6. (trans.) to provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts
7. to form or be formed into tufts
8. to secure and strengthen (a mattress, quilt, etc.) with tufts

























Sweet summer scents
From the tuft she carries
River traces and dreams



Liza - Photography workshop with Margarita Kareva in Florence

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Freekeh

FREEKEH
[ˈfriːkeɪ]

-noun
a cereal prepared by roasting wheat that has been harvested while the grains are still green

























A smoky bite
Perfect summer salad
Freekeh
Nutty and sweet


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Friday, 28 July 2017

Hearty

HEARTY

-adj.
1. warm and unreserved in manner or behaviour
2. vigorous and enthusiastic
3. sincere and heartfelt
4. healthy and strong
5. substantial and nourishing
-noun
6. (informal) . a comrade, often when a sailor
7. a vigorous sporting man


























His pals found him hearty

The turtle was of a different opinion



Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bohemian

BOHEMIAN

-noun
1. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia, in particular of the old kingdom of Bohemia; a Czech
2. (often not capital) a person, especially an artist or writer, who lives an unconventional life
3. the Czech language
-adj.
4. of, relating to, or characteristic of Bohemia, its people, or their language
5. a gypsy
6. unconventional in appearance, behaviour, etc.

























A romantic
Lover
Of Bohemian style
Flowery
And rococo



Iva Basara - Photography workshop with Margarita Kareva in Florence

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Residence

RESIDENCE

-noun
1. the place in which one resides; abode or home
2. a large imposing house; mansion
3. the fact of residing in a place or a period of residing
4. the official house of the governor of any of various countries
5. the state of being officially present
6. the seat of some inherent quality, characteristic, etc.


























A light
Soft and inviting
A cushioned residence
And the promise of soft music
Angels flapping their wings

In time


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Veranda

VERANDA
[vəˈrændə]

-noun
1. a porch or portico, sometimes partly enclosed, along the outside of a building
2. (New Zealand) . a canopy sheltering pedestrians in a shopping street


























Stones sing and melt
Under the midday sun
And we would fry
But for the grace

Of a cool veranda

Monday, 24 July 2017

Ashlar

ASHLAR

-noun
1. a block of hewn stone with straight edges for use in building
2. a thin dressed stone with straight edges, used to face a wall of rubble or brick
3. masonry made of ashlar


























Decorative ashlar
Adding an exotic touch

To an otherwise boring building

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Heart

HEART

-noun
1. the hollow muscular organ in vertebrates whose contractions propel the blood through the circulatory system. In mammals it consists of a right and left atrium and a right and left ventricle
2. the corresponding organ or part in invertebrates
3. this organ considered as the seat of life and emotions, in particular love
4. emotional mood or disposition
5. tenderness or pity
6. courage or spirit; bravery
7. the inmost or most central part of a thing
8. the most important or vital part
9. (of vegetables such as cabbage) the inner compact part
10. the core of a tree
11. the part nearest the heart of a person; breast
12. a dearly loved person: usually used as a term of address
13. a conventionalized representation of the heart, having two rounded lobes at the top meeting in a point at the bottom
14. a red heart-shaped symbol on a playing card
15. a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl.) the suit of cards so marked
16. a fertile condition in land, conducive to vigorous growth in crops or herbage
-verb
17. (intr.) (of vegetables) to form a heart
18. an archaic word for hearten


























Dear heart
Let me eat you
Because love is fickle

And flesh is hearty

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Mope

MOPE

-verb (intr.)
1. to be gloomy or apathetic
2. to move or act in an aimless way
-noun
3. a gloomy person

























She refuses cuddles
Mopes about
And stays off food

Sick kitty

Friday, 21 July 2017

Lacustrine

LACUSTRINE
[ləˈkʌstraɪn]

-adj.
1. of or relating to lakes
2. living or growing in or on the shores of a lake

























In a natural reserve
Lacustrine creatures

Eye you with suspicion

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Plafond

PLAFOND
[pləˈfɒn]

-noun
1. a ceiling, in particular one having ornamentation
2. a card game, a precursor of contract bridge


























Yes, I suppose
One could admire

The plafond too

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Ruderal

RUDERAL

-noun
1. a plant that grows on waste ground
-adj.
2. growing in waste places

























Maybe a remembrance of
Long disappeared gardens
Or a ruderal refugee
Pushed about by wind

Obstinate and pugnacious

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Stoup

STOUP

-noun
1. a small basin for holy water
2. (Scottish and Northern England dialect) . a bucket or drinking vessel -  also spelled: stowp


























The glory of dawn
Blessing my stoup;

May the day start.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Diegesis

DIEGESIS

-noun
1. (rhetoric) . the presentation of the facts by a narrator to the audience
2. (in narrative film or literature) the fictional setting, events, and characters



















The story unfolds its lies
Through the diegesis of a fox

Speaking wisdom to a blind man

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Ant

ANT

-noun
Any small social insect of the widely distributed hymenopterous family Formicidae, typically living in highly organized colonies of winged males, wingless sterile females (workers), and fertile females (queens), which are winged until after mating

























Not such bare necessities but
Take a “glance at them fancy ants
And then maybe, well, try a few”,
All for the sake of Nordic experience

And a faint lemony taste.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Antsy

ANTSY

-adj.
(informal) . restless, nervous, and impatient

























She is so eager
So antsy for
Her morning cuddles
This cute little
Old thing

Friday, 14 July 2017

Phrygian

PHRYGIAN

-adj.
1. of or relating to ancient Phrygia, its inhabitants, or their extinct language
2. (music) . of or relating to an authentic mode represented by the natural diatonic scale from E to E
3. (music) . (of a cadence) denoting a progression that leads a piece of music out of the major key and ends on the dominant chord of the relative minor key
-noun
4. a native or inhabitant of ancient Phrygia
5. an ancient language of Phrygia, belonging to the Thraco-Phrygian branch of the Indo-European family: recorded in a few inscriptions


















Is this music
In his Phrygian hat
That scares him so?

Of history?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Mumble

MUMBLE

-verb
1. to utter indistinctly, as with the mouth partly closed; mutter
2. (rare) . to chew (food) ineffectually or with difficulty
-noun
3. an indistinct or low utterance or sound

























They gather
Mumbling in the shadows
Complaining about ennui

Or gravity or the heat 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Polity

POLITY

-noun
1. a form of government or organization of a state, church, society, etc.; constitution
2. a politically organized society, state, city, etc.
3. the management of public or civil affairs
4. political organization























This is the future we  are looking at
Warped polities and a dystopian fate
Staring back from our news outlet

Each day

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Arcology

ARCOLOGY

-noun
1. a type of architecture concerned with the design of enormous vertical cities that maximize population density and so preserve the surrounding countryside
2. a city in this architectural system


























Cats at night
Flying over roofs
Arcology gone mad

In the heat of the moon

Monday, 10 July 2017

Parlous

PARLOUS

-adj.
1. dangerous or difficult
2. cunning
-adv.
3. extremely


























Clouds streaming by
Like words from a careless mouth
Parlous and shifty
Shredding through cords

Wet curls against our ears

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Lemon

LEMON

-noun
1. a small Asian evergreen tree, Citrus limon, widely cultivated in warm and tropical regions, having pale green glossy leaves and edible fruits
2. the yellow oval fruit of this tree, having juicy acidic flesh rich in vitamin C
3. Also called : lemon yellow .  a greenish-yellow or strong yellow colour
4. a distinctive tart flavour made from or in imitation of the lemon
5. (slang) . a person or thing considered to be useless or defective

























Ô the cool lemon
Juice drank in the shade

By a hot summer day!