Friday 30 April 2010

Breath

BREATH

–noun
1. the air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
2. respiration, especially as necessary to life.
3. life; vitality.
4. the ability to breathe easily and normally.
5. time to breathe; pause or respite.
6. a single inhalation or respiration.
7. the brief time required for a single respiration; a moment or instant.
8. a slight suggestion, hint, or whisper.
9. a light current of air.
10.Phonetics.
a. the air drawn into or expelled from the lungs to provide the generative source for most speech sounds.
b. the audible expiration generating voiceless speech sounds, as (p), (k), (sh), etc.
11.moisture emitted in respiration, esp. when condensed and visible.
12.a trivial circumstance; trifle.
13.an odorous exhalation, or the air impregnated by it.
14.Obsolete. exhalation or vapour.



Midday,
All shadows have disappeared,
Pinning us down to the tarmac
We hold our breaths close
For fear they might not return
If allowed to fly.
Seconds crawl about,
Minutes.
Our lungs start hurting
Then the sun moves on.

Thursday 29 April 2010

Vitiate

VITIATE

–verb (used with object)

1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.
2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.
3. to debase; corrupt; pervert.
4. to make legally defective or invalid; invalidate



More often than not
Seedy behaviour
Would vitiate statements
Of good manners
Proffered in court.

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Rogue

ROGUE

–noun
1. a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel.
2. a playfully mischievous person; scamp.
3. a tramp or vagabond.
4. a rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition.
5. Biology. a usually inferior organism, esp. a plant, varying markedly from the normal.
–verb (used without object)
6. to live or act as a rogue.
–verb (used with object)
7. to cheat.
8. to uproot or destroy (plants, etc., that do not conform to a desired standard).
9. to perform this operation upon.
–adj.
10.(of an animal) having an abnormally savage or unpredictable disposition, as a rogue elephant.
11.no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; deviating, renegade























A rogue imp
Petrified in the act
Of stealing a basket of strawberries
Impenitent
Vexes senses of justice
And good taste.

Tuesday 27 April 2010

Wizen

WIZEN

–verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1. to wither; shrivel; dry up.
-adj.
2. lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness























How unfair
That you and I
Should wizen away
Disappear
Why she rests
Splendid and untouched
For millenia

Monday 26 April 2010

Humour

HUMOUR

–noun
1. a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement: t.
2. the faculty of perceiving what is amusing or comical.
3. an instance of being or attempting to be comical or amusing; something humorous.
4. the faculty of expressing the amusing or comical.
5. comical writing or talk in general; comical books, skits, plays, etc.
6. humours, peculiar features; oddities; quirks.
7. mental disposition or temperament.
8. a temporary mood or frame of mind.
9. a capricious or freakish inclination; whim or caprice; odd trait.
10.(in medieval physiology) one of the four elemental fluids of the body, blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile, regarded as determining, by their relative proportions, a person's physical and mental constitution.
11.any animal or plant fluid, whether natural or morbid, as the blood or lymph.
–verb (used with object)
12.to comply with the humour or mood of in order to soothe or make content or more agreeable.
13.to adapt or accommodate oneself to.






















Her sense of humour
Festering
On the edge of rabid
Would bite more often than not
Infectious
Thick and fluid
As a heavy fever.

Sunday 25 April 2010

Binge

BINGE

–noun
1. a period or bout, usually brief, of excessive indulgence, as in eating, drinking alcoholic beverages, etc.; spree.
–verb (used without object)
2. to have a binge






















Holidays came with a minimum of binge
Lest they felt somewhat flavour-less.

Saturday 24 April 2010

Lest

LEST

–conjunction

1. for fear that; so that (one) should not (used negatively to introduce a clause expressive of an action or occurrence requiring caution)
2. that (used after words expressing fear, danger, etc.)






















Don't smile
Lest you like to be thought of as brainless
Or just plain stupid
He said.

I ditched the guy
Lest I'd be thought of as mad
And went on smiling.

Friday 23 April 2010

Inure

INURE

–verb (used with object)

1. to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually followed by “to”).
–verb (used without object)
2. to come into use; take or have effect.
3.to become beneficial or advantageous.























Inured as he might be
To city life and its challenges
The loss of a limb
Still less painful
Than scorn
Or worse
Pity

Thursday 22 April 2010

Taciturn

TACITURN

–adj.
1. inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
2. dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner.






















Girls (and boys)
Had ached to kiss
Those taciturn lips
But recoiled
At the thought of a smile.

Wednesday 21 April 2010

Popinjay

POPINJAY

–noun
1. a person given to vain, pretentious displays and empty chatter; coxcomb; fop.
2. British Dialect . a woodpecker, esp. the green woodpecker.
3. Archaic . the figure of a parrot usually fixed on a pole and used as a target in archery and gun shooting.
4. Archaic. a parrot.




Green
Parrot
Popinjay.
Disapproving
Song

Original parrot picture, courtesy of Pareerica

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Recumbent

RECUMBENT

–adj.
1. lying down; reclining; leaning.
2. inactive; idle.
3. Zoology, Botany. noting a part that leans or reposes upon its surface of origin.
–noun
4. a recumbent person, animal, plant, etc.



Recumbent feast of stone
For the long time dead
Plate in hand, begging for food
Small talk frozen on lips.

Monday 19 April 2010

Smithereens

SMITHEREENS

–noun (plural)
small pieces; bits



Time, that Rogue of Cups
Tipsy fool bully
Gyrating until...
Dizzying until...
The clock stops your heart
Your empty cup falls
Smashed to smithereens
Seconds flying off,
Untimely shards
Piercing straight through hearts.


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Sunday 18 April 2010

Macaroni

MACARONI

-noun

1. Pasta in any of various hollow shapes, especially short curved tubes.
2.
a. A well-travelled young Englishman of the 18th and 19th centuries who affected foreign customs and manners.
b. A fop.






















Spaghetti gurus
Express a distaste for fops
And macaronis

Saturday 17 April 2010

Obdurate

OBDURATE

-adj.
1.Stubborn: not easily moved.
2. Hard-hearted: resistant to emotions.






















A
Fig
Planted
Defiant
An obdurate plant
Refusing to yield or wither
To obey the diktats of weather or mankind
Showing its babies to the wind
Threat to the future
Or delight
Should you
Eat
Them.

Friday 16 April 2010

Lummox

LUMMOX

–noun
Informal.
a clumsy, stupid person.























Such a luminous lummox,
Just meant to flummox;
Purrs exchanged for food, shelter.

Thursday 15 April 2010

Propensity

PROPENSITY

–noun
1.a natural inclination or tendency
2.Obsolete. favourable disposition or partiality.



She was known to have
A propensity for sloth
And love for cushions
But what can a kitty do
But dream up the universe?

Wednesday 14 April 2010

Prevenient

PREVENIENT

- adj.
1. Coming before; preceding.
2. Expectant; anticipatory.



Prevenient times
Waiting for tempests or calm
A first rain drop falls.

Tuesday 13 April 2010

Supercilious

SUPERCILIOUS

–adj.
haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.






















Supercilious cats
Object to being disturbed
Minions banned from sight

Monday 12 April 2010

Persiflage

PERSIFLAGE

–noun

1. light, bantering talk or writing.
2. a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.



Heated discussions
About what can be considered
- Allowed -
As being ironic or not
Go beyond your basic persiflage,
YET
Nobody mentions the Spanish Inquisition.


Painting of Sixtus IV and Tomàs de Torquemada by Jean Paul Laurens

Sunday 11 April 2010

Hug

HUG

–verb (used with object)
1. to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace.
2. to cling firmly or fondly to; cherish.
3. to keep close to, as in sailing, walking, or in moving along or alongside of.
–verb (used without object)
4. to cling together; lie close.
–noun
5. a tight clasp with the arms; embrace.























Hugging shadows
For fear they'll fly away,
Remembering the scents,
The play of light on that special day
Forgetting the voice.

Saturday 10 April 2010

Lipstick

LIPSTICK

–noun
a crayon-like oil-based cosmetic used in colouring the lips, usually in a tubular container.






















She made her own
Blending shades of universe
Spices and scents from afar
A kiss from her
Would bind you to her whims
Or freeze your heart in its path
Never mind her eyes
Her lipstick was deadly
Sweet Medusa

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Friday 9 April 2010

Whinge

WHINGE

–verb (used without object)
British and Australian Informal. to complain; whine.























The old door had whinged
Under drafts and pushes
Nagging in continuation
Until the ancient battered lock
Could take it no more and absconded
To a desert island.

Thursday 8 April 2010

Border

BORDER

–noun
1. the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.
2. the line that separates one country, state, province, etc., from another; frontier line.
3. the district or region that lies along the boundary line of another.
4. the frontier of civilization.
5. the border,
a. the border between the U.S. and Mexico, especially along the Rio Grande.
b. In the British Isles, the region along the boundary between England and Scotland.
6. brink; verge.
7. an ornamental strip or design around the edge of a printed page, a drawing, etc.
8. an ornamental design or piece of ornamental trimming around the edge of a fabric, rug, garment, article of furniture, etc.
9. Horticulture.
a. a long, narrow bed planted with flowers, shrubs, or trees.
b. a strip of ground in which plants are grown, enclosing an area in a garden or running along the edge of a walk or driveway.
c. the plants growing in such a strip.
10.Theater.
a. a narrow curtain or strip of painted canvas hung above the stage, masking the flies and lighting units, and forming the top of the stage set.
b. border light - a strip-light hung upstage of a border, for lighting the stage.
–verb (used with object)
11.to make a border around; adorn with a border.
12.to form a border or boundary to.
13.to lie on the border of; adjoin.
–verb (used without object)
14.to form or constitute a border; be next to.
15.to approach closely in character; verge






















Where shadows define light
At that ultimate border
I shall meet your smile
With a frown of my own
For enhancement.

Wednesday 7 April 2010

Hypobole

HYPOBOLE

- noun
A figure in which several things are mentioned that seem to make against the argument, or in favour of the opposite side, each of them being refuted in order.




He’d prepare a speech
A diatribe denouncing the kill
Full of hypoboles and second thoughts
Something so elaborate, so clever
He got confused half way through.
So he just pounced on his prey
Without waiting for the verdict.

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Tuesday 6 April 2010

Exegesis

EXEGESIS

-noun
critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, in particular of the Bible.






















In a peculiar attempt at exegesis,
- A post-mortem on our relationship -
He tried to read the blooming flowers
Left by an “anonymous” burst of fire
That had destroyed most of his car.
“She loves me, she loves me not…
If she didn’t, would have she tried to kill me?”

I’ll probably have to be more direct next time.


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Monday 5 April 2010

Gullibility

GULLIBILITY

-noun
A propensity to allow oneself to be easily deceived or cheated.






















She flew away
Mocking him
His love and gullibility
That had driven him
To make her a coat
Of phoenix feathers
When she laid cold
And shivering
In his arms

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Sunday 4 April 2010

Styptic

STYPTIC

–adj.
1. serving to contract organic tissue; astringent; binding.
2. serving to check haemorrhage or bleeding, as a drug; haemostatic.
–noun
3. a styptic agent or substance.






















Chocolate
That staple styptic
For the bleeding heart.

Happy Easter.
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Saturday 3 April 2010

Promenade

PROMENADE

–noun
1. a stroll or walk, esp. in a public place, as for pleasure or display.
2. an area used for such walking.
3. a march of guests into a ballroom constituting the opening of a formal ball.
4. a march of dancers in square dancing.
5. a formal dance; prom.
–verb (used without object)
6. to go for or take part in a promenade.
7. to execute a promenade in square dancing.
–verb (used with object)
8. to take a promenade through or about.
9. to conduct or display in or as if in a promenade; parade






















Promenade top goal:
Old sea scented carousel
Youth spinning by fast

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Friday 2 April 2010

Disport

DISPORT

-verb tr., intr.
To divert or amuse (oneself).
-noun
A diversion or amusement.



A lazy disport
All that lounging in the sun.
Gravel sticks to fur.

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Thursday 1 April 2010

Beam

BEAM

–noun
1. any of various relatively long pieces of metal, wood, stone, etc., manufactured or shaped esp. for use as rigid members or parts of structures or machines.
2. Building Trades. a horizontal bearing member, as a joist or lintel.
3. Engineering. a rigid member or structure supported at each end, subject to bending stresses from a direction perpendicular to its length.
4. Nautical.
a. a horizontal structural member, usually transverse, for supporting the decks and flats of a vessel.
b. the extreme width of a vessel.
c. the shank of an anchor.
5. Aeronautics. the direction perpendicular to the plane of symmetry of an aircraft and outward from the side.
6. the widest part.
7. Slang. the measure across both hips or buttocks.
8. Machinery.
a. walking beam. - an overhead oscillating lever, pivoted at the middle, for transmitting force from a vertical connecting rod below one end to a vertical connecting rod, pump rod, etc., below the other end.
b. (in a loom) a roller or cylinder on which the warp is wound before weaving.
c. a similar cylinder on which cloth is wound as it is woven.
9. the crossbar of a balance, from the ends of which the scales or pans are suspended. 10.a ray of light.
11.a group of nearly parallel rays.
12.Radio, Aeronautics. a signal transmitted along a narrow course, used to guide pilots through darkness, bad weather, etc.
13.Electronics. a narrow stream of electrons, as that emitted from the electron gun of a cathode ray tube.
14.the angle at which a microphone or loudspeaker functions best.
15.the cone-shaped range of effective use of a microphone or loudspeaker.
16. beam antenna - radio slang. an antenna that transmits its radiation in a particular direction.
17.a gleam; suggestion.
18.a radiant smile.
19.the principal stem of the antler of a deer.
–verb (used with object)
20.to emit in or as in beams or rays.
21.Radio. to transmit (a signal) in a particular direction.
22.Radio and Television. to direct (a program, commercial message, etc.) to a predetermined audience.
–verb (used without object)
23.to emit beams, as of light.
24.to smile radiantly or happily.



Spring
Smiles
Too scant
A blessing
To day, yet Earth beams.

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