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

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Fashery

FASHERY
ʃərɪ]

-noun
(Scottish dialect) . a trouble or difficulty; a thing which causes worry


















The current surge in fascism
Is beyond fishy
And serious fashery

Monday, 3 April 2017

Meliorism

MELIORISM

-noun
the notion that the world can be improved by human effort


















Sometimes the air is sweet
Its temperature just so
And it’s hard not to believe
That the world’s travails

Cannot succumb to meliorism

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Avocado

AVOCADO

-noun
1. a pear-shaped fruit having a leathery green or blackish skin, a large stony seed, and a greenish-yellow edible pulp
2. the tropical American lauraceous tree, Persea americana, that bears this fruit
3. a dull greenish colour resembling that of the fruit

























Sneaky avocado
Parading as cream

(for your face or a treat)

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Tout

TOUT

-verb
1. to solicit (business, customers, etc) or hawk (merchandise), especially in a brazen way
2. (intr.) to spy on racehorses being trained in order to obtain information for betting purposes
3. (intr.) to sell, or attempt to sell, such information or to take bets, especially in public places
4. (trans.) (informal) to recommend flatteringly or excessively
-noun
5. a person who spies on racehorses so as to obtain betting information to sell
6. a person who sells information obtained by such spying
7. a person who solicits business in a brazen way
8. Also called : ticket tout . a person who sells tickets unofficially for a heavily booked sporting event, concert, etc., at greatly inflated prices
9. (Northern Ireland) . a police informer

























She has the technique
Down pat to perfection
Not shy to tout cuddles

For a moment with the brush

Friday, 31 March 2017

Transit

TRANSIT

-noun
1. the passage or conveyance of goods or people
2. a change or transition
3. a route
4. (astronomy)
a. the passage of a celestial body or satellite across the face of a relatively larger body as seen from the earth
b. the apparent passage of a celestial body across the meridian, caused by the earth's diurnal rotation
5. (astrology) . the passage of a planet across some special point on the zodiac
-verb
6. to make a transit through or over (something)
7. (astronomy) . to make a transit across (a celestial body or the meridian)
8. to cause (the telescope of a surveying instrument) to turn over or (of such a telescope) to be turned over in a vertical plane so that it points in the opposite direction

























Looking up
Searching for transit
But stars are too numerous
To pin point

A moment

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Storm

STORM

-noun
1. a violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc.
2. (meteorology) . a violent gale of force 10 on the Beaufort scale reaching speeds of 55 to 63 mph
3. a strong or violent reaction
4. a direct assault on a stronghold
5. a heavy discharge or rain, as of bullets or missiles
-verb
6. to attack or capture (something) suddenly and violently
7. (intr.) to be vociferously angry
8. (intr.) to move or rush violently or angrily
9. (intr; with “it” as subject) to rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning

























You must be holding on to the storm.
And the shadow of grass,
This fog of broken pieces, of roses
Should be but a crime
A by-product of distressed hills.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Ground

GROUND

-noun
1. the land surface
2. earth or soil
3. (plural) . the land around a dwelling house or other building
4. (sometimes plural) . an area of land given over to a purpose
5. land having a particular characteristic
6. matter for consideration or debate; field of research or inquiry
7. a position or viewpoint, as in an argument or controversy
8. position or advantage, as in a subject or competition
9. (often plural) . reason; justification
10. arts
a. the prepared surface applied to the support of a painting, such as a wall, canvas, etc., to prevent it reacting with or absorbing the paint
b. the support of a painting
c. the background of a painting or main surface against which the other parts of a work of art appear superimposed
11. the first coat of paint applied to a surface
12. the bottom of a river or the sea
13. (plural) . sediment or dregs, especially from coffee
14. (mainly British) . the floor of a room
15. cricket
a. the area from the popping crease back past the stumps, in which a batsman may legally stand
b. ground staff
16. ground bass . a short melodic bass line that is repeated over and over again
17. a mesh or network supporting the main pattern of a piece of lace
18. (electrical) (US and Canadian)
a. a connection between an electrical circuit or device and the earth, which is at zero potential
b. also called : earth . a terminal to which this connection is made
-verb
19. (trans.) to put or place on the ground
20. (trans.) to instruct in fundamentals
36. (trans.) to provide a basis or foundation for; establish
37. (trans.) to confine (an aircraft, pilot, etc.) to the ground
38. (trans.) (informal) . to confine (a child) to the house as a punishment
39. the usual US word for earth (to connect (a circuit, device, etc.) to earth)
40. (trans.) (nautical) . to run (a vessel) aground
41. (trans.) to cover (a surface) with a preparatory coat of paint
42. (intr.) to hit or reach the ground

 -verb
1.  the past tense and past participle of grind
-adj.
2. having the surface finished, thickness reduced, or an edge sharpened by grinding
3. reduced to fine particles by grinding



















I stand at his ground without a hand
Staring at the post-horse shape of our sea,
The suicide's little hood of leaves
That moved the stars, the cold shades of gold

While the sun lays beneath the waters.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Rutaceous

RUTACEOUS
[ruːˈteɪʃəs]

-adj.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Rutaceae, a family of tropical and temperate flowering plants many of which have aromatic leaves. The family includes rue and citrus trees


























In the cloister
We encountered
Miraculous grafts
Of a rutaceous ilk
Our ideal marmalade

Still on the tree

Monday, 27 March 2017

Motormouth

MOTORMOUTH

-noun
(slang)  a garrulous person

























The season is upon us
Driving the poultry mad
With garrulous desire
Flagrant expectations
And well groomed feathers

Motormouth pigeons

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Bergamot

BERGAMOT


-noun
1. Also called : bergamot orange . a small Asian spiny rutaceous tree, Citrus bergamia, having sour fruits
2. essence of bergamot
3. a Mediterranean mint, Mentha citrata, that yields an oil similar to essence of bergamot
4. wild bergamot
a. a North American plant, Monarda fistulosa, with clusters of purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
b. a garden plant of the same genus, usually M. didyma (bee balm), grown for its scarlet or pink flowers
5. a variety of pear






















How tart and sour
But fragrant bergamot makes for
The most delicious marmalade

And almond cakes

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sceptical

SCEPTICAL

-adj.
1. not convinced that something is true; doubtful
2. tending to mistrust people, ideas, etc., in general
3. of or relating to sceptics; sceptic

























After so many attempts
At slipping pills into his food
He has become sceptical

Of treats and endearments

Friday, 24 March 2017

Blood

BLOOD

-noun
1. a reddish fluid in vertebrates that is pumped by the heart through the arteries and veins, supplies tissues with nutrients, oxygen, etc, and removes waste products. It consists of a fluid (see blood plasma) containing cells (erythrocytes, leucocytes, and platelets)
2. a similar fluid in such invertebrates as annelids and arthropods
3. bloodshed, especially when resulting in murder
4. the guilt or responsibility for killing or injuring
5. life itself; lifeblood
6. relationship through being of the same family, race, or kind; kinship
7. ethnic or national descent
8. temperament; disposition; temper
9. good or pure breeding; pedigree
10. people viewed as members of a group, especially as an invigorating force
11. (mainly British)(rare) . a dashing young man; dandy; rake
12. the sensual or carnal nature of man
13. (obsolete) one of the four bodily humours
-verb (trans.)
14. (hunting) . to cause (young hounds) to taste the blood of a freshly killed quarry and so become keen to hunt
15. (hunting) . to smear the cheeks or forehead of (a person) with the blood of the kill as an initiation in hunting
16. to initiate (a person) to an activity or organization, especially by real-life experience


























Off-winter hour, a lonely fence
Something went wrong with
The ones who stopped and stared
There was a sound of blood and panic

The dreaded calm of mortal species.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Homogeneous

HOMOGENEOUS

-adj.
1. composed of similar or identical parts or elements
2. of uniform nature
3. similar in kind or nature
4. having a constant property, such as density, throughout
5. (mathematics)
a. (of a polynomial) . containing terms of the same degree with respect to all the variables, as in x2 + 2xy + y2
b. (of a function) . containing a set of variables such that when each is multiplied by a constant, this constant can be eliminated without altering the value of the function, as in cos x/y + x/y
c. (of an equation) . containing a homogeneous function made equal to 0
6. (chemistry) . of, composed of, or concerned with a single phase





















A story unaccounted for
The disarray of millions
Broken by homogenous apathy
Lies and razor barbed fences
Between them and their new life.

Our story.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lid

LID

-noun
1. a cover, usually removable or hinged, for a receptacle
2. short for eyelid
3. botany another name for operculum (the covering of the spore-bearing capsule of a moss)


























When the storm stops me,
I see the smell of leaves,
The pressure of the sky
Still and tied at my window
At the lid of my soul


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Garrulous

GARRULOUS

-adj.
1. given to constant and frivolous chatter; loquacious; talkative
2. wordy or diffuse; prolix

















As a woman of war,
The only possible present
Is a soul to sink into water,

Garrulous silence, and a man.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Conniption

CONNIPTION

-noun
(often plural) (US and Canadian) (slang) . a fit of rage or tantrums


























Fickle spring
Goes into conniptions

Then smiles

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Carousal

CAROUSAL
[kəˈraʊzəl]

-noun
a merry drinking party


























We all scramble
Over the ghosts
Of past carousal
For spoils, souvenirs

Cork pin cushions


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Nudge

NUDGE

-verb (trans.)
1. to push or poke (someone) gently, especially with the elbow, to get attention; jog
2. to push slowly or lightly
3. to give (someone) a gentle reminder or encouragement
-noun
4. a gentle poke or push
5. a gentle reminder

























He resents the nudge
Of caresses from strangers
Yet can’t be bothered

To budge or protest

Friday, 17 March 2017

Treble

TREBLE

-adj.
1. threefold; triple
2. of, relating to, or denoting a soprano voice or part or a high-pitched instrument
-noun
3. three times the amount, size, etc.
4. a soprano voice or part or a high-pitched instrument
5. the highest register of a musical instrument
6.
a. the high-frequency response of an audio amplifier, especially in a record player or tape recorder
b. a control knob on such an instrument by means of which the high-frequency gain can be increased or decreased
7. (bell-ringing) . the lightest and highest bell in a ring
8.
a. the narrow inner ring on a dartboard
b. a hit on this ring
-verb
9. to make or become three times as much


























Windy voice
Treble hint

Call for compassion

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Shunt

SHUNT

-verb
1. to turn or cause to turn to one side; move or be moved aside
2. (railways) . to transfer (rolling stock) from track to track
3. (electronics) . to divert or be diverted through a shunt
4. (trans.) to evade by putting off onto someone else
5. (trans.) (motor racing) (slang) . to crash (a car)
-noun
6. the act or an instance of shunting
7. a railway point
8. (electronics) . a low-resistance conductor connected in parallel across a device, circuit, or part of a circuit to provide an alternative path for a known fraction of the current
9. (medicine) . a channel that bypasses the normal circulation of the blood: a congenital abnormality or surgically induced
10. (British) (informal) . a collision which occurs when a vehicle runs into the back of the vehicle in front


























A hoard to statues
Here now, somewhere else yesterday,
Shunted about through centuries

Looking for a home 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Lethiferous

LETHIFEROUS
[liːˈθɪfərəs]

-adj.
(archaic) lethal or deadly

























In these walls lurk
Fossilized miasma
Lethiferous memories
Washed away by

Global warming



Monday, 13 March 2017

Immanent

IMMANENT

-adj.
1. existing, operating, or remaining within; inherent
2. of or relating to the pantheistic conception of God, as being present throughout the universe

























A stroll
Taken
(Stolen)
Through
Dusk
Immanent
Beauty

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Vintage

VINTAGE

-noun
1. the wine obtained from a harvest of grapes, especially in an outstandingly good year, referred to by the year involved, the district, or the vineyard
2. the harvest from which such a wine is obtained
3.
a. the harvesting of wine grapes
b. the season of harvesting these grapes or for making wine
4. a time of origin
5. (informal) . a group of people or objects of the same period
-adj.
6. (of wine) of an outstandingly good year
7. representative of the best and most typical
8. of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classic
9. old-fashioned; dated
-verb
10. (trans.) . to gather (grapes) or make (wine)

























For the time
Of a brief epic

Vintages tasting 

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Emote

EMOTE

-verb
(intr.) to display exaggerated emotion, as in acting; behave theatrically


























She hops over
Not quite emoting
Over her sore leg
In hope for a cuddle




Friday, 10 March 2017

Radiance

RADIANCE

-noun
1. the quality or state of being radiant
2. a measure of the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface. It is the radiant intensity in a given direction of a small element of surface area divided by the orthogonal projection of this area onto a plane at right angles to the direction . Symbol: Le











A dying day
Flamboyant radiance
Bleeding into night

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Accurate

ACCURATE

-adj.
1. faithfully representing or describing the truth
2. showing a negligible or permissible deviation from a standard
3. without error; precise; meticulous
4. (mathematics)
a. (to n significant digits) representing the first n digits of the given number starting with the first nonzero digit, but approximating to the nearest digit in the final position
b. (to n decimal places) giving the first n digits after the decimal point without further approximation

























Giant fields of clouds swimming across
The first storm of these worried ages
Spoke to me, allowed me to die
I, a mere mortal lily lost in a fishbowl
This my private sea, a pool of accurate silence
I, a small stone ground deep and smooth
With every crashing wave


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Profess

PROFESS

-verb
1.  to affirm or announce (something, such as faith); acknowledge
2. (trans.) to claim (something, such as a feeling or skill, or to be or do something), often insincerely or falsely
3. to receive or be received into a religious order, as by taking vows

























Should you call for preservation of poems
Then you should be able to enter the courtyard,
And hear their shadows going in and out of your life
Regardless of how you profess
That you could feel the whole content of the sea
That sole sense of imprisonment
Coming from delusional lies