Saturday 28 February 2009



–verb (used with object)
1. to put out of array or order; throw into disorder.
2. to undress.
3. disorder; confusion: The army retreated in disarray.
4. disorder of apparel.

In the normally spotless kitchen
Speaks of sorrow
And loss.

Friday 27 February 2009



1. easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; frail.
2. vulnerably delicate, as in appearance.
3. lacking in substance or force; flimsy.

With the years,
I'd forgotten how fragile they are,
How fragile they were.

Annibale Tirabassi (24 Marzo 1929 - 26 Febbraio 2009)

Thursday 26 February 2009



1. a dark figure or image cast on the ground or some surface by a body intercepting light.
2. shade or comparative darkness, as in an area.
3. shadows, darkness, especially that coming after sunset.
4. shelter; protection.
5. a slight suggestion; trace.
6. a spectre or ghost.
7. a hint or faint, indistinct image or idea; intimation.
8. a mere semblance.
9. a reflected image.
10. (in painting, drawing, graphics, etc.)
a. the representation of the absence of light on a form.
b. the dark part of a picture, esp. as representing the absence of illumination.
11.(in architectural shades and shadows) a dark figure or image cast by an object or part of an object upon a surface that would otherwise be illuminated by the theoretical light source.
12.a period or instance of gloom, unhappiness, mistrust, doubt, dissension, or the like, as in friendship or one's life.
13.a dominant or pervasive threat, influence, or atmosphere, esp. one causing gloom, fear, doubt, or the like. inseparable companion.
15.a person who follows another in order to keep watch upon that person, as a spy or detective.
–verb (used with object) overspread with shadow; shade. cast a gloom over; cloud. screen or protect from light, heat, etc.; shade. follow (a person) about secretly, in order to keep watch over his movements. represent faintly, prophetically, etc. (often followed by “forth”).
21.Archaic. to shelter or protect.
22.Archaic. to shade in painting, drawing, etc.
23.of or pertaining to a shadow cabinet.
24.without official authority

In the mirror, they lie
Waiting for the darker hours,
Ready to stretch, eat:
The shadows gnashing their teeth
Lurking, just outside vision.

Wednesday 25 February 2009



–verb (used with object)
1. to put to sleep or rest by soothing means.
2. to soothe or quiet.
3. to give or lead to feel a false sense of safety; cause to be less alert, aware, or watchful.
–verb (used without object)
4. to quiet down, let up, or subside.
5. a temporary calm, quiet, or stillness.
6. a soothing sound.
7. a pacified or stupefied condition.

I dreamt of the sea,
In a lull on my pillow
Its waves murmuring.
Waking up. salt in the sheets
Seaweeds and snoring mermaid.

Tuesday 24 February 2009



1. tight group: a group of people, animals, or objects that are moving or standing closely together
2. ancient troop formation: especially in ancient Greece, a group of soldiers that attacked in close formation, protected by their overlapping shields and projecting spears
3. (plural pha·lan·ges) finger and toe bone: a finger or toe bone of a human being or vertebrate animal

On my shelves
A phalanx of books
Demanding to be read.
And cats.

Monday 23 February 2009



1.a feeling of anger or resentment
2.(obsolete) a kind of wood used in the handles of knives
3.(obsolete) a hilt made of this wood
4.(obsolete) a dagger which has a dudgeon hilt

Dudgeon had burnt cities to the ground
Leaving little but uncertain memories
And yet more resentment brewing.

Sunday 22 February 2009



1. the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall.
2. the period in the morning or, more commonly, in the evening during which this light prevails.
3. a terminal period, esp. after full development, success, etc.
4. a state of uncertainty, vagueness, or gloom.
5. of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; obscure.
6. appearing or flying at twilight; crepuscular.

A man with blue paint
Colouring the graveyard's wall
In his soul's twilight.
Looking for new horizons
Looking for a new way out.

The silhouette appears courtesy of Emily aka The Strawberry Tree at DeviantArt, with thanks.

Saturday 21 February 2009




1. a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial.
2. something that covers or conceals like a garment.
3. Nautical. any of a number of taut ropes or wires converging from both sides on the head of a lower or upper mast of the outer end of a bowsprit to steady it against lateral sway: a part of the standing rigging.
4. Also called shroud line. Aeronautics. any of a number of suspension cords of a parachute attaching the load to the canopy.
5. Also called shrouding. Machinery.
a.(on non-metallic gear) an extended metal rim enclosing the ends of the teeth on either side.
b.(on a water wheel) one of two rings of boards or plates enclosing the buckets at their ends.
6. Rocketry. a cone-shaped shield that protects the payload of a launch vehicle.
transitive verb
1a. archaic : to cover for protection
b.obsolete : conceal
2a. to cut off from view : obscure veil under another appearance
3. to dress for burial
intransitive verb
archaic : to seek shelter

Who knows
What matter of dragons,
Of creatures from the deep
Or simply what nightmares
Are shrouded from my conscience
By simple memory lapses?

Friday 20 February 2009



1. Prosody : reading the same backwards as forwards. Palindromic.
2. Having the qualities of a crab; crablike.

Was it from eating to many crabs,
That Bach wrote sideways crawling canons,
Cancrine affairs that could be read any which way they pleased?

Thursday 19 February 2009




Withdrawal from human concerns or the human words

On the desert island
Temptations to indulge
In apanthropinization
Had a stronger pull.

Wednesday 18 February 2009



Having little height

It seemed that
Everywhere he looked
The wood sprouted
Improcerous creatures
To taunt his imagination.

Tuesday 17 February 2009



Somewhat or slightly brutal.

Their love had an austerulous edge
Half passion half resentment
For might have otherwise been.

Courting couple courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Monday 16 February 2009




1. of or pertaining to a specter; ghostly; phantom.
2. resembling or suggesting a specter.
3. of, pertaining to, or produced by a spectrum or spectra.
4. resembling or suggesting a spectrum or spectra.

Looking at the edge
Where what is not starts to be:
Energy rainbows.
Memories of other lives.
A door into somewhere else.

Sunday 15 February 2009



1. a remaining, usually small part, quantity, number, or the like.
2. a fragment or scrap.
3. a small, unsold or unused piece of cloth, lace, etc., as at the end of a bolt.
4. a trace; vestige: remnants of former greatness.
5. remaining; leftover.

Sending you a note
With a heart on its sleeve
Remnant of different times:
Indifferent times.

Saturday 14 February 2009



Relating to or inclined toward love, especially sexual love; amorous.

In this day,
Made special by confectioners
One could always hope that a chocolate laden quarry
Might prove amative.

Friday 13 February 2009



1. faithfulness, fidelity, or loyalty.
2. truth or verity.
3. one's word or promise, esp. in engaging oneself to marry.

A word of You
Like a threat,
Bonding this body to that soul;
A tentative dance
Of mirrors and dusk.

Thursday 12 February 2009



–verb (used with object)
1. to squander or disperse piecemeal; waste little by little (usually followed by "away").
2. to break or tear into small pieces or shreds.
–verb (used without object)
3. to dwindle, shrink, degenerate, etc. (often followed by "away").
4. to separate or break into fragments.
5. a small piece, fragment, or shred.

[Let’s take…]

A leave
Of all innocence
Looking hard at realities
That fritter under our prying mind
Leaving rusty dust on your decayed lips.

Wednesday 11 February 2009



1. any of various short mixed drinks, consisting typically of gin, whiskey, rum, vodka, or brandy, with different admixtures, as vermouth, fruit juices, or flavorings, usually chilled and frequently sweetened.
2. a portion of food, as seafood served with a sauce, a mixture of fruits, or juice, served as the appetizer course of a meal.
3. Pharmacology. a beverage or solution concocted of various drugs.
4. any eclectic mixture or miscellaneous collection.
–verb (used without object)
5. to drink cocktails, esp. at a cocktail party.
6. (of women's clothing) styled for semiformal wear
7. of, pertaining to, used in, or suitable to the serving of cocktails
8. a horse with a docked tail.
9. a horse that is not a thoroughbred.
10.a man of little breeding who passes for a gentleman.
11.A species of rove beetle; -- so called from its habit of elevating the tail.

[Let's take...]

A drop
Of Singapore Sling
Potent like exotic sunsets
Dreaming of adventures not had
Burning regrets sharper than remorse.

Tuesday 10 February 2009



1. wealth or riches stored or accumulated, esp. in the form of precious metals, money, jewels, or plate.
2. wealth, rich materials, or valuable things.
3. any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized.
–verb (used with object)
4. to retain carefully or keep in store, as in the mind.
5. to regard or treat as precious; cherish.
6. to put away for security or future use, as money.

[Let's take...]

A walk
In our memories
Looking for lost treasures
Our mother's veil scent in the evening
Bitter sweet marmalade and torn teddy bears.

The veiled lady and teddy bear appear courtesy of the LIFE archive.
The wonderful marmalade shot was taken by Amanda Slater and used under a creative common license. Do go and see the original, which is pure sunshine.

Monday 9 February 2009



–verb (used with object)
1. to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth.
2. to grip or hold with the teeth.
3. to sting, as does an insect.
4. to cause to smart or sting.
5. to sever with the teeth (often followed by “off”)
6. to start to eat (often followed by “into”).
7. to clamp the teeth firmly on or around (often followed by “on”).
8. Informal.
a. to take advantage of; cheat; deceive.
b. to annoy or upset; anger.
9. to eat into or corrode, as does an acid. cut or pierce with, or as with, a weapon.
11.Etching. to etch with acid (a copper or other surface) in such parts as are left bare of a protective coating. take firm hold or act effectively on.
13.Archaic. to make a decided impression on; affect.
–verb (used without object) press the teeth into something; attack with the jaws, bill, sting, etc.; snap.
15.Angling. (of fish) to take bait. accept an offer or suggestion, esp. one intended to trick or deceive.
17.Informal. to admit defeat in guessing. act effectively; grip; hold.
19.Slang. to be notably repellent, disappointing, poor, etc.; suck.
–noun act of biting.
21.a wound made by biting.
22.a cutting, stinging, or nipping effect.
23.a piece bitten off.
24.a small meal.
25.a portion severed from the whole.
26.a morsel of food.
27.the occlusion of one's teeth.
a.the catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another.
b.a surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck or similar device.
c.the amount of material that a mechanical shovel or the like can carry at one time.
29.sharpness; incisiveness; effectiveness.
30.the roughness of the surface of a file.
31.Metalworking. the maximum angle, measured from the centre of a roll in a rolling mill, between a perpendicular and a line to the point of contact where a given object to be rolled will enter between the rolls.

[Let's take...]

A bite
In the dark
Of what is yet to come
Draining juices from the bones
Finding new flavours in the clouds.

Sunday 8 February 2009



1. sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; biting.
2. burning; corrosive.
3. having the property of fixing colours, as in dyeing.
4. a substance used in dyeing to fix the colouring matter, esp. a metallic compound, as an oxide or hydroxide, that combines with the organic dye and forms an insoluble coloured compound or lake in the fibre.
5. an adhesive substance for binding gold or silver leaf to a surface.
6. an acid or other corrosive substance used in etching to eat out the lines, areas, etc.
7. Music. A melodic embellishment consisting of a rapid alternation of a principal tone with the tone a half or a whole step below it, called single or short when the auxiliary tone occurs once and double or long when this occurs twice or more. Also spelled “mordent”.
–verb (used with object)
8. to impregnate or treat with a mordant.

[Let's take...]

A swim
In the puddles
Where our tears have gone dry
Salts and crystals aglow around us
Sharp and mordant like new found love.

Saturday 7 February 2009



1. (Bot.) One of a class of cellular, flowerless plants, (technically called Lichenes), having no distinction of leaf and stem, usually of scaly, expanded, frond-like forms, but sometimes erect or pendulous and variously branched. They derive their nourishment from the air, and generate by means of spores. The species are very widely distributed, and form irregular spots or patches, usually of a greenish or yellowish color, upon rocks, trees, and various bodies, to which they adhere with great tenacity. They are often improperly called rock moss or tree moss.
2. (Med.) A name given to several varieties of skin disease, esp. to one characterized by the eruption of small, conical or flat, reddish pimples, which, if unchecked, tend to spread and produce great and even fatal exhaustion.

[Let's take...]

A step
Beyond reality
In the land of the mad
Where the purple lichen dwells
And forgotten sobs are music.

Friday 6 February 2009



rich; magnificent and luxurious

What a Lucullan feast was his shoulder.
For a nest.
Or a bite.

Thursday 5 February 2009



1. a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.
2. something that elicits or displays nostalgia.

Nostalgia is a cat that sleeps,
Purring softly under your skin
Only to be startled
By an incomprehensible dream.

Wednesday 4 February 2009



Grey, ashen in colour.
Medicine: Relating to the gray matter of the nervous system.

Your cinereal eyes
That twin fire that would not die
Still haunt my nights.

(Because of its darkness, you might experience problems visualizing the epainting - try varying the angle eye/screen ratio)

Tuesday 3 February 2009



1. moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity.
2. characterized by lack of speed.
3. taking or requiring a comparatively long time for completion.
4. requiring or taking a long time for growing, changing, or occurring; gradual.
5. sluggish in nature, disposition, or function.
6. dull of perception or understanding; mentally dull.
7. not prompt, readily disposed, or in haste (usually fol. by to or an infinitive).
8. burning or heating with little speed or intensity, as a fire or an oven.
9. slack; not busy.
10.having some quality that retards speed or causes movement, progress, work, etc., to be accomplished at less than the usual or expected rate of speed.
11.running at less than the proper rate of speed or registering less than the proper time, as a clock.
12.passing heavily or dragging, as time.
13.not progressive; behind the times.
14.dull, humdrum, uninteresting, or tedious.
15.Photography. requiring long exposure, as by having a small lens diameter or low film sensitivity.
16.(of the surface of a race track) sticky from a fairly recent rain and in the process of drying out.
–adv. a slow manner; slowly.
–verb (used with object) make slow or slower (often fol. by up or down). retard; reduce the advancement or progress of.
–verb (used without object) become slow or slower; slacken in speed (often fol. by up or down).

Slowly your hand lifts
Tracing a figure in air.
A sparrow in flight.

Monday 2 February 2009




1. having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented.
2. delightful; pleasant.

I shall drink your soul
Fragrant and dark as berries.
Mist wine in my cup.

Sunday 1 February 2009




1. A luminous atmospheric phenomenon appearing as streamers or bands of light sometimes visible in the night sky in northern or southern regions of the earth. It is thought to be caused by charged particles from the sun entering the earth's magnetic field and stimulating molecules in the atmosphere.
2. The dawn.

with me
in the shadow
In the gloom where the astromaid sings
An aurora for canopy