Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Focus

FOCUS

-noun
1. a point of convergence of light or other electromagnetic radiation, particles, sound waves, etc., or a point from which they appear to diverge
2. another name for focal point, focal length
3. (optics) . the state of an optical image when it is distinct and clearly defined or the state of an instrument producing this image
4. a point upon which attention, activity, etc., is directed or concentrated
5.( geometry) . a fixed reference point on the concave side of a conic section, used when defining its eccentricity
6. the point beneath the earth's surface at which an earthquake or underground nuclear explosion originates
7. (pathology) . the main site of an infection or a localized region of diseased tissue
-verb
8. to bring or come to a focus or into focus
9. (trans. ; often followed by “on”) . to fix attention (on); concentrate


























A point of convergence
Defining our eccentricity
By its colour and shape
A distinct focus
Slightly blurred by grain

Particles movement

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Potter

POTTER

-noun
a person who makes pottery

-verb
1. (intr.; often followed by “about” or “around”) . to busy oneself in a desultory though agreeable manner
2. (intr.; often followed by “along” or “about”) . to move with little energy or direction
3. (trans. ; usually followed by “away”) . to waste (time)
-noun
4. the act of pottering


























The problems with
Pottering about

A lack of balance

Monday, 26 June 2017

Exactitude

EXACTITUDE

-noun
the quality of being exact; precision; accuracy


























In old age
A steely exactitude
Was all she could summon

To stay alive

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Cup

CUP

-noun
1. a small open container, usually having one handle, used for drinking from
2. the contents of such a container
3. a unit of capacity used in cooking equal to approximately half a pint, 8 fluid ounces, or about one quarter of a litre
4. something resembling a cup in shape or function, such as the flower base of some plants of the rose family or a cuplike bodily organ
5. either of two cup-shaped parts of a brassiere, designed to support the breasts
6. a cup-shaped trophy awarded as a prize
7. (British) a sporting contest in which a cup is awarded to the winner
8. a mixed drink with one ingredient as a base, usually served from a bowl
9. (golf) . the hole or metal container in the hole on a green
10. the chalice or the consecrated wine used in the Eucharist
11. one's lot in life
-verb (trans.)
12. to form (something, such as the hands) into the shape of a cup
13. to put into or as if into a cup
14. (archaic) . to draw blood to the surface of the body of (a person) by using a cupping glass


























The satisfaction
Of a fish in my cup
Going around

In all that saké

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Scraggy

SCRAGGY

-adj.
1. lean or scrawny

2. rough; unkempt
























She never trusts anyone
The scraggy old thing
Possibly for good reasons

Friday, 23 June 2017

Digress

DIGRESS

-verb (intr.)
1. to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
2. to wander from one's path or main direction

























In the mirror
Ghosts digressing
From the tangible world
Following a light

Into oblivion

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Emendation

EMENDATION

-noun
1. a correction or improvement in a text
2. the act or process of emending, i.e. to make corrections or improvements in (a text) by critical editing


















Though it was his duty
He found emendation tedious
And borderline sacrilegious

An assault on an author’s rights

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Deliberate

DELIBERATE

-adj.
1. carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentional
2. careful or unhurried in speech or action
-verb
3. to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over

















Fake spontaneity
All here is deliberate

But for the lack of focus

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Ataraxia

ATARAXIA
[ætəˈræksɪə]

-noun
Calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity (also called: Ataraxy)

















Behold the Etruscan death

Ataraxia in stone or terracotta

Monday, 19 June 2017

Crapulent

CRAPULENT

-adj.
1. given to or resulting from intemperance
2. suffering from intemperance; drunken


























Here he is
A crapulent god
Tottering
Not clear on how
And why or where

He lost his crown

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Bladdernut

BLADDERNUT

-noun
1. any temperate shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea, esp S. pinnata of S Europe, that has bladder-like seed pods: family Staphyleaceae
2. the pod of any such tree


























A curiosity
From Georgia
Pickled bladdernut buds

Milder than expected

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Sedition

SEDITION

-noun
1. speech or behaviour directed against the peace of a state
2. an offence that tends to undermine the authority of a state
3. an incitement to public disorder
4. (archaic) . revolt

























Despite her cute pink nose
Defiance and sedition

Vibrate from her whiskers

Friday, 16 June 2017

Scotoma

SCOTOMA
[skɒˈtəʊmə]

-noun
1. (pathology) . a blind spot; a permanent or temporary area of depressed or absent vision caused by lesions of the visual system, viewing the sun directly, squinting, etc.
2. (psychology) . a mental blind spot; inability to see, understand, or perceive certain things or matters

























Let’s share other people's joys and sorrows
Stick a red rose at the side
Of the fairy palace in our minds
Ignoring the scotoma drapery

That renders us blind to others

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Abridge

ABRIDGE

-verb (trans.)
1. to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
2. to curtail; diminish
3. (archaic) to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc.)

























The occasion will plead excuses.
To put two and two together
Whatever abstract ideas are here
Of an actual killing at once empirical
Abridged and yet unpractical
A comment kept unhurt

For private satisfaction.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Abri

ABRI
ˈbriː]

-noun
a shelter or place of refuge, in particular during wartime or natural disasters


























We pass shadows
With a doorstep for all abri
Trying hard not to see
In case we should feel
A vortex of compassion

Or pity sucking us in