Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Forbear

FORBEAR

-verb
1. ( when intr., often followed by “from” or an infinitive) . to cease or refrain (from doing something)
2. (archaic) . to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc.)

-noun
1. a variant spelling of forebear (i.e. an ancestor; forefather)


























She turns away
Not able to forbear the loss of privacy
The burden of success
A silhouette fading in a matter of minutes.
Now he stands at the window and stops
Forgets to breathe


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Callow

CALLOW

-adj.
1. lacking experience of life; immature
2. (rare) (of a young bird) . unfledged and usually lacking feathers




















Look
What callow creature

Fell off its nest!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Stub

STUB

-noun
1. a short piece remaining after something has been cut, removed, etc.
2. the residual piece or section of a receipt, ticket, cheque, etc.
3. (US and Canadian) . the part of a cheque, postal order, receipt, etc., detached and retained as a record of the transaction.
4. any short projection or blunted end
5. the stump of a tree or plant
-verb (trans.)
6. to strike (one's toe, foot, etc.) painfully against a hard surface
7. (usually followed by “out”) . to extinguish (a cigarette or cigar) by pressing the end against a surface
8. to clear (land) of stubs
9. to dig up (the roots) of (a tree or bush)

























She considers leaving her stub on the pavement

Thinks again: she might clean the store front

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Trophic

TROPHIC

-adj.
of or relating to nutrition (from Greek trophikos, from trophē food, from trephein to feed)


























Discovering
Trophic delights
From faraway places

Culinary tours

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cosset

COSSET

-verb 
1. (trans.) to pamper or pet
-noun
2. any pet animal, especially a lamb

























He would like it so much
To be cossetted and cuddled
But is too scared to accept
More than a quick caress



Friday, 19 May 2017

Terminal

TERMINAL

-adj.
1. of, being, or situated at an end, terminus, or boundary
2. of, relating to, or occurring after or in a term
3. (of a disease) terminating in death
4. (informal) . extreme
5. of or relating to the storage or delivery of freight at a warehouse
-noun
6. a terminating point, part, or place
7. a point at which current enters or leaves an electrical device, such as a battery or a circuit
8. a conductor by which current enters or leaves at such a point
9. (computing) . a device having input/output links with a computer but situated at a distance from the computer
10. (architecture)
a. an ornamental carving at the end of a structure
b. a sculptured post, in particular one in the form of an armless bust or an animal on the top of a square pillar (also called “term”)
11. a point or station usually at the end of the line of a railway, serving as an important access point for passengers or freight
12 a less common name for terminus
13. a purpose-built reception and departure structure at the terminus of a bus, sea, or air transport route
14. a site where raw material is unloaded, stored, in some cases reprocessed, and reloaded for further transportation, in particular an onshore installation designed to receive offshore oil or gas from tankers or a pipeline
15. (physiology)
a. the smallest arteriole before its division into capillaries
b. either of two veins that collect blood from the thalamus and surrounding structures and empty it into the internal cerebral vein
c. the portion of a bronchiole just before it subdivides into the air sacs of the lungs

























There where stars are seen,
A terminal more incomparable than mind
Courting the local liberty of severe extra strings

Waving the flag of a world of partial surfaces.

Hadal

HADAL
[ˈheɪdəl]

-adj.
of, relating to, or constituting the zones of the oceans deeper than abyssal, i.e. below about 6000 metres (18 000 ft)

























Ocean breath pushing against
The weight of a drowned sun
Flying off the wall of night
In hadal depths and cold grass;
A box for streams of dead sand,
Gaseous wails making their way
To an uncertain surface




Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Negative

NEGATIVE

-adj.
1. expressing or meaning a refusal or denial
2. lacking positive or affirmative qualities, such as enthusiasm, interest, or optimism
3. showing or tending towards opposition or resistance
4. . measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
5. having the same magnitude but opposite sense to an equivalent positive quantity
6. (biology) . indicating movement or growth away from a particular stimulus
7. (medicine) . (of the results of a diagnostic test) indicating absence of the disease or condition for which the test was made
8. (physics)
a. (of an electric charge) having the same polarity as the charge of an electron
b. (of a body, system, ion, etc.) having a negative electric charge; having an excess of electrons
c. (of a point in an electric circuit) having a lower electrical potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential
9. short for electronegative
10. of or relating to a photographic negative
11. (logic) . (of a categorial proposition) denying the satisfaction by the subject of the predicate
12. (astrology) . of, relating to, or governed by the signs of the zodiac of the earth and water classifications, which are thought to be associated with a receptive passive nature
13. short for Rh negative
-noun
14. a statement or act of denial, refusal, or negation
15. a negative person or thing
16. (photography) . a piece of photographic film or a plate, previously exposed and developed, showing an image that has a reversal of tones (in black-and-white photography) or in complementary colours to the subject (in colour photography)
17. (physics) . a negative object, such as a terminal or a plate in a voltaic cell
18. a sentence or other linguistic element with a negative meaning, as the English word not
19. a quantity less than zero or a quantity to be subtracted
20. (logic) . a negative proposition
21. (archaic) . the right of veto
22. (military communications) . a signal code word for no
-verb (trans.)
23. to deny or nullify; negate
24. to show to be false; disprove
25. to refuse to consent to or approve of


























Spring
A new dress and
Another one discarded at the far end of the black trees
Its negative twitching slowly in the wind
A reflected world
Barred to all

For the time being

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sentry

SENTRY

-noun
1. a soldier who guards or prevents unauthorized access to a place, keeps watch for danger, etc
2. the watch kept by a sentry

























On this island
Stands a sentry
Keeping tourists at bay
Or ignoring them
For want of finding a better story
Or something else to do.




Monday, 15 May 2017

Morass

MORASS

-noun
1. a tract of swampy low-lying land
2. a disordered or muddled situation or circumstance, in particular one that impedes progress

























This sun is not made for days,
And our sky might be hell bound.
Surface and mental morass
As far as one can see and beyond:

Our world is done.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Nutrition

NUTRITION

-noun
1. a process in animals and plants involving the intake of nutrient materials and their subsequent assimilation into the tissues
2. the act or process of nourishing
3. the study of nutrition, especially in humans



















I saw her on the road
Wan and nearly transparent
Nutrition already receding
From her veins

Like a bad dream.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Magnificent

MAGNIFICENT

-adj.
1. splendid or impressive in appearance
2. superb or very fine
3. (especially of ideas) . noble or elevated
4. (archaic) . great or exalted in rank or action

























Such magnificent
And goofy creature

A true heart throb

Friday, 12 May 2017

Superb

SUPERB

-adj.
1. surpassingly good; excellent
2. majestic or imposing
3. magnificently rich; luxurious

























Silence was a woman you’ve been waiting for

Her voice severe, superb, still full of soft expression.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Tidy

TIDY

-adj.
1. characterized by or indicating neatness and order
2. (informal) . considerable
-verb
3. ( when intr., usually followed by “up”) to put (things) in order; neaten
-noun plural
4. a small container in which odds and ends are kept
5. (mainly US and Canadian) . an ornamental protective covering for the back or arms of a chair
6. Short for sink tidy: a container with holes in the bottom, kept in the sink to retain rubbish that might clog the plug hole


















Half -empty continents unfold between liquid walls
Of tidy fields and roads,
A landscape that has nothing to do with words or silence

A riot of colours after the rain

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Clot

CLOT

-noun
1. a soft thick lump or mass
2. (British) (informal) . a stupid person; fool
-verb
3. to form or cause to form into a soft thick lump or lumps

















Not a single person to stop the world
In all its clotted magnificence
As we fly down the road cutting corners.

I don't know what to do with the fires.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Bulb

BULB

-noun
1. a rounded organ of vegetative reproduction in plants such as the tulip and onion: a flattened stem bearing a central shoot surrounded by fleshy nutritive inner leaves and thin brown outer leaves
2. a plant, such as a hyacinth or daffodil, that grows from a bulb
3. light bulb
4. a rounded part of an instrument such as a syringe or thermometer
5. (anatomy) . a rounded expansion of a cylindrical organ or part, such as the medulla oblongata
6. a bulbous protuberance at the forefoot of a ship to reduce turbulence (Also called : bulbous bow)


























A contemporary luxury bulb
On the threshold between
The shells of our fractured world
The last print of a convention
Ready for the wrong war

Monday, 8 May 2017

Investigate

INVESTIGATE

-verb
to inquire into (a situation or problem, especially a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, especially in order to discover the truth

























Hear the story of how
Three angels slept in a field
To investigate the sins of night
Wet grass and metal flowers.
A story cast in stone:

They rusted over dawn.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Ramsons

RAMSONS
[ˈræmzənz]

-plural noun (usually functioning as singular)
1. a broad-leaved garlic, Allium ursinum, native to Europe and Asia
2. the bulbous root of this plant, eaten as a relish or as pesto

























Spring on a plate:
Eggs and bonito mayonnaise
Green asparagus and
Grilled ramsons
Tender peas 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Bashful

BASHFUL

-adj.
1. disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
2. indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty



























A somewhat
Bashful visitor
Investigates my tea tray
Settles for cuddles
Instead of non-existent ham


Friday, 5 May 2017

Spectacular

SPECTACULAR

-adj.
1. of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
2. unusually marked or great
-noun

3. a lavishly produced performance

























Both
Shows
Equally
Spectacular
Clouds
And
Gold

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Colza

COLZA
[ˈkɒlzə]

-noun

a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus, that has bright yellow flowers and is cultivated for its seeds, which yield a useful oil, and as a fodder plant: family Brassicaceae (crucifers). Also called: rape
























Brown leaves room
For greens and gold
Colza and young wheat
A few decorative clouds


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Rejuvenate

REJUVENATE

-verb (trans.)
1. to give new youth, restored vitality, or youthful appearance to
2. (usually passive) (geography)
a. to cause (a river) to begin eroding more vigorously to a new lower base level, usually because of uplift of the land
b. to cause (a land surface) to develop youthful features















Large yellow stripes
Have rejuvenated spring

All hail colza!


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Orient

ORIENT

-noun
1. (poetic) .  another word for  east
2. (archaic) .  the  eastern  sky  or the  dawn
3. the iridescent lustre of a pearl
4. a pearl of high quality
-adj.
5.(mainly poetic) .  eastern
6. (archaic) (of the  sun,  stars, etc. )  rising
-verb
7. to adjust or align  (oneself or something else) according  to surroundings or circumstances
8. (trans.)  to position, align, or set (a map, surveying instrument, etc) with reference to the points of the compass  or other specific  directions
9. (trans.)  to set or build (a church) in an easterly  direction












This world is not a day of day, 
And this orient sky might be of hell
Hard enough to drink stones

And as far as one could see.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Saxicole

SAXICOLE

-adj.
living on or among rocks

























She lifted her head and left
back to the dark palace
where no one knows
the bones of the grass
or the beast of June
Her saxicole young
Raucous in the cracks

Of a chaotic creation

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Gram

GRAM

-noun
a metric unit of mass equal to one thousandth of a kilogram. It is equivalent to 15.432 grains or 0.002 205 pounds . Symbol: g

-noun
1. any of several leguminous plants, such as the beans Phaseolus mungo (black gram or urd) and P. aureus (green gram), whose seeds are used as food in India
2. the seed of any of these plants

-noun
(in India) a village





















Several grams
Of
Delicate cakes
From

Gram flour

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Wayward

WAYWARD

-adj.
1. wanting to have one's own way regardless of the wishes or good of others
2. capricious, erratic, or unpredictable


























She holds a special place
In my heart, like an echo
A cheeky wayward girl’s palace
Where all is permitted

And very little sanctioned

Friday, 28 April 2017

Flaccid

FLACCID

-adj.
lacking firmness; soft and limp; flabby


























A sudden cold
Turned petals
Into flaccid drooping pools
Ready to rot and fall
At the brush

Of the slightest wind

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Flower

FLOWER

-noun
1. a bloom or blossom on a plant
2. a plant that bears blooms or blossoms
3. the reproductive structure of angiosperm plants, consisting normally of stamens and carpels surrounded by petals and sepals all borne on the receptacle (one or more of these structures may be absent). In some plants it is conspicuous and brightly coloured and attracts insects or other animals for pollination
4. any similar reproductive structure in other plants
5. the prime; peak
6. the choice or finest product, part, or representative
7. a decoration or embellishment
8. (printing) . a type ornament, used with others in borders, chapter headings, etc.
9. an embellishment or ornamental symbol depicting a flower . Also called : fleuron
10. (plural) fine powder, usually produced by sublimation
-verb
11. (intr.) to produce flowers; bloom
12. (intr.) to reach full growth or maturity
13. (trans.) to deck or decorate with flowers or floral designs
















Who was this to thee?
The light is still there
The shadow of fire
Over flowering snow


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Immune

IMMUNE

-adj.
1. protected against a specific disease by inoculation or as the result of innate or acquired resistance
2. relating to or conferring immunity
3. (usually postpositive ; followed by “to”) . unsusceptible (to) or secure (against)
4. exempt from obligation, penalty, etc.
-noun
5. an immune person or animal


























A paper doll
Wrapped in arguments
Immune to the steps of desire.
A dream of beauty

and strange words.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sudden

SUDDEN

-adj.
1. occurring or performed quickly and without warning
2. marked by haste; abrupt
3. (rare) rash; precipitate
-noun
4. (archaic) an abrupt occurrence or the occasion of such an occurrence (in the phrase on a sudden)
-adv.
5. (mainly poetic) without warning; suddenly


























Suddenness
Such sublime shock
Somehow so simple
When suggestive sun
Shorn from space
Sudden twilight
A sober strike


Monday, 24 April 2017

Graffiti

GRAFFITI

-plural noun (singular: graffito)
1. (sometimes with singular verb) . drawings, messages, etc., scribbled on walls, advertising posters, etc.
2. (archaeology) inscriptions or drawings scratched or carved onto a surface, especially rock or pottery
-verb
3. (intr.; often passive) . to be inscribed or defaced with graffiti
4. to inscribe or draw graffiti on (a wall, etc.)


























Behold a graffiti of some adult hero
Without present, just a shining future
An impersonation of the spirit of mankind
Shimmering as much as the sun on the floor
Of that sea that never stopped being our world


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Glass

GLASS

-noun
1. a hard brittle transparent or translucent non-crystalline solid, consisting of metal silicates or similar compounds. It is made from a fused mixture of oxides, such as lime, silicon dioxide, etc., and is used for making windows, mirrors, bottles, etc.
2. any compound that has solidified from a molten state into a non-crystalline form
3. something made of glass, especially a drinking vessel, a barometer, or a mirror
4. the amount contained in a drinking glass . Also called : glassful
5. glassware collectively
-verb (trans.)
6. to cover with, enclose in, or fit with glass
7. (informal) . to hit (someone) in the face with a glass or a bottle

























Who should overspend the first day of the world?
Raising a toast of affectionate relief and strong terror
So strenuous our glass nearly shattered?
Hopes were dreamt of then

Yet promptly forgotten



Saturday, 22 April 2017

Flaunt

FLAUNT

-verb
1. to display (possessions, oneself, etc.) ostentatiously; show off
2. to wave or cause to wave freely; flutter
-noun
3. the act of flaunting

























The neighbour’s
Flaunting belly

Is a cuddle trap

Friday, 21 April 2017

Boogie

BOOGIE

-verb (intr.)
1. to dance to pop music
2. to make love
-noun
3. a session of dancing to pop music

























A pattern of good manners
Drawing textures of explanations
Modern art boogie

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Ultimate

ULTIMATE

-adj.
1. conclusive in a series or process; last; final
2. the highest or most significant
3. elemental, fundamental, basic, or essential
4. most extreme
5. final or total
-noun
6. the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing


























It was lonely and still
Ultimate shades of agony
Running away along
A desert street, a long dream.

Such is the measure of a mind,
And the strange bird may sink
In the consciousness of people:
One of the last love of the world is sunset.

No one has to be there.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Confession

CONFESSION

-noun
1. the act of confessing
2. something confessed
3. an acknowledgment or declaration, especially of one's faults, misdeeds, or crimes
4. (Christianity , mainly Roman Catholic Church) . the act of a penitent accusing himself or herself of his or her sins
5. a religious denomination or sect united by a common system of beliefs

























A blind confession of old
Grateful light that keeps time travel
Across the human soul and a sky

The ravished streets of the body

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Compact

COMPACT

-adj.
1. closely packed together; dense
2. neatly fitted into a restricted space
3. concise; brief
4. well-constructed; solid; firm
5. (followed by “of”) . composed or made up (of)
6. denoting a tabloid-sized version of a newspaper that has traditionally been published in broadsheet form
7. (logic) . (of a relation) having the property that for any pair of elements such that a is related to b, there is some element c such that a is related to c and c to b, as less than on the rational numbers
8. (US and Canadian) . (of a car) small and economical
-verb (trans.)
9. to pack or join closely together; compress; condense
10. (followed by “of”) to create or form by pressing together
11. (metallurgy) . to compress (a metal powder) to form a stable product suitable for sintering
-noun
12. a small flat case containing a mirror, face powder, etc., designed to be carried in a woman's handbag
13. (US and Canadian) . a comparatively small and economical car
14. (metallurgy) . a mass of metal prepared for sintering by cold-pressing a metal powder
15. a tabloid-sized version of a newspaper that has traditionally been published in broadsheet form

-noun
1. an official contract or agreement


























She was an abstract blur,
A wall of compact green
With its fair stone slant
Her skin and the limbs of the sky
Lights in a colour of the stars
And the sun became white,
White and shallower

Beneath her carnivorous eyes.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Hyperbole

HYPERBOLE

-noun
a deliberate exaggeration used for effect

















An adult portrait of a third boy
Translated by some subtle old man,
Heard by the sound of a bee,
The impression of steel and stars.

The world, sand on the body

Of a butterfly hyperbole.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Hogget

HOGGET

-noun
1. (British dialect , Australian and New Zealand) . a sheep up to the age of one year that has yet to be sheared
2. the meat of this sheep

























Little fuzzy hogget
Dreaming of surviving Easter
In the cold and familiar night of the spirits
Chanting the compass of the earth


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Hustle

HUSTLE

-verb
1. to shove or crowd (someone) roughly
2. to move or cause to move hurriedly or furtively
3. (trans.) to deal with or cause to proceed hurriedly
4. (slang) to earn or obtain (something) forcefully
5. (US and Canadian) (slang) . (of procurers and prostitutes) to solicit
-noun
6. an instance of hustling
7. undue activity
8. a disco dance of the 1970s

























Grey surface
Making hustle

All the more blatant

Friday, 14 April 2017

Compatriot

COMPATRIOT

-noun
a person from one's own country





















Now she was not a fool.
Thinking of the charge
Of a completely complex life
And diminutive compatriots
Conscious of a real crisis

And a portrait set to find her.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Summons

SUMMONS

-noun
1. a call, signal, or order to do something, especially to appear in person or attend at a specified place or time
2. a. an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
b. the writ making such an order
3. a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting
-verb
4. to take out a summons against (a person)

















Behold the children of conversation
Weak-faced and staring at their screen
Where physical interaction
Becomes a summons of death,
An apostrophe in the river of the heart.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Orchid

ORCHID

-noun
any terrestrial or epiphytic plant of the family Orchidaceae, often having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colours, specialized for pollination by certain insects

























Light streams in
Through the orchid forest
She likes to lose herself in
Tainting her world

With jungle fever

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Fauve

FAUVE

-noun
1. one of a group of French painters prominent from 1905, including Matisse, Vlaminck, and Derain, characterized by the use of bright colours and simplified forms
-adj.
2. (often not capital) . of this group or its style























Bold poppy
All fauve


Monday, 10 April 2017

Paraphernalia

PARAPHERNALIA

-plural noun (sometimes functioning as singular)
1. miscellaneous articles or equipment
2. (law) (formerly) . articles of personal property given to a married woman by her husband before or during marriage and regarded in law as her possessions over which she has some measure of control

























You say junk
I say paraphernalia

(let’s call the whole thing off)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Cinnamon

CINNAMON

-noun
1. a tropical Asian lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, having aromatic yellowish-brown bark
2. the spice obtained from the bark of this tree, used for flavouring food and drink
3. (Saigon cinnamon) . an E Asian lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum loureirii, the bark of which is used as a cordial and to relieve flatulence
4. any of several similar or related trees or their bark
5. a light yellowish brown

























Sly spices
Infesting mint
Cinnamon infused jus

Clever morsels

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Surreal

SURREAL

-adj.
1. suggestive of surrealism; dreamlike
-noun
2.  the surreal (the atmosphere or qualities evoked by surrealism)


























Asthma is slowly deconstructing him
Misplacing pieces day after day
Of the master cat he once was
Drawing up a tragic surreal creature
That coughs and wheezes in the night

Friday, 7 April 2017

Jalopy

JALOPY

-noun
(informal) . a dilapidated old car















Old remnants
Ancient jalopy
Crumbling away

Underground

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Camera

CAMERA

-noun
1. an optical device consisting of a lens system set in a light-proof construction inside which a light-sensitive film or plate can be positioned
2. (television) the equipment used to convert the optical image of a scene into the corresponding electrical signals
4. a judge's private room

























At the open day
Many phones flashing
And fancy cameras
Staring at treasures

Unseen by the eyes

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Iris

IRIS

-noun
1. the coloured muscular diaphragm that surrounds and controls the size of the pupil
2. any plant of the iridaceous genus Iris, having brightly coloured flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
3. (Also called : rainbow quartz) . a form of quartz that reflects light polychromatically from internal fractures
4.  a rare or poetic word for rainbow
5. something resembling a rainbow; iridescence
6.  short for iris diaphragm (an adjustable diaphragm that regulates the amount of light entering an optical instrument, in particular a camera. It usually consists of a number of thin metal leaves arranged so that they open out into an approximately circular aperture)

-noun
1. the goddess of the rainbow along which she travelled to earth as a messenger of the gods


























In her sepal cradle
Iris surges, dressed in quartz
Bearing a message of resistance

Nevertheless, she persists