Saturday 31 July 2010



Pathology. a violent fever with delirium, affecting persons in the tropics.
A tropical fever once believed to be caused by the heat.

Against calenture
He spreads on the kitchen tiles.
This is all our fault.

Friday 30 July 2010



a deep, narrow cleft between hills; shady dell.

In the
Dark dingle,
The metallic dell
Of seemingly faltering love,
I have lost the key to your dreams.
Unable to mourn,
I rattle
The lock

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Thursday 29 July 2010



The prediction of future events from observation of weather conditions.

More than forecast,
Predicts beach days
And water games
To come

Wednesday 28 July 2010



1. Fussy about minor details.
2. Snobbish.
3. Requiring keen attention to detail, as a job.

She was persnickety
Already in her young age
Finding defaults in her parents
And the world around her.
When the faeries seized her
She was elated to fly away
Leaving earth and clumsy shoes behind.

Tuesday 27 July 2010



1. a conductor by which electromagnetic waves are sent out or received, consisting commonly of a wire or set of wires; aerial.
2. Zoology . one of the jointed, movable, sensory appendages occurring in pairs on the heads of insects and most other arthropods.

Shining frame
Disguised antennas
Beam me up.

Monday 26 July 2010



Poisonous or foul-smelling.

Let me tell you a story
Of mephitic prophesies
And untimely death:
Butterflies flying into flames
By preordained orders
A skull on their wings

Sunday 25 July 2010



1. pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes.
2. ( often lowercase ) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.

Ready for summer
Through Procrustean diets.
Gulls couldn't care less.

Saturday 24 July 2010



–verb (used without object)
1. to take great pleasure or delight (usually followed by “in” ).
2. to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities.
3. boisterous merrymaking or festivity; revelry.
4. Often, revels. an occasion of merrymaking or noisy festivity with dancing, masking, etc.

After you are gone...
I revel in the scent of you
Over the battered pillows

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Friday 23 July 2010



1. A state of balance.
2. Something that serves as a counterbalance.
-verb tr.
To counterbalance.

Reaching out
Exercise in equipoise
All for cream

Thursday 22 July 2010



1. An inscription on a building or statue.
2. A quotation introducing a book or a chapter.

Raised in honour
Remaining for luck
The epigraph failed to close an era
Leaving ghosts behind.

Wednesday 21 July 2010



The act or process of curling hair.

Her calamistration skills
Were most unusual:
Not many people use snakes
As curling irons

Tuesday 20 July 2010



–verb (used with object)
1. to span with or like an arch.
–verb (used without object)
2. to form an arch over something.

All our projects
Are overarching
Virtual rainbows
Set in words
Raising questions

Monday 19 July 2010




A narrowing of a passage, vessel, or an opening in the body.

Our skyline was blocked
Cancelled by haphazard roofs.
Urban stenosis.

Sunday 18 July 2010



1. A rain cloud.
2. A halo or aura around the head of a person depicted in a piece of art.

A most stormy saint
His nimbus angry with rain
Salt on open wounds

Saturday 17 July 2010



1. violent in action or spirit; raging; furious.
2. growing luxuriantly, as weeds.
3. in full sway; prevailing or unchecked.
4. (of an animal) standing on the hind legs; ramping.
5. Heraldry . (of a beast used as a charge) represented in profile facing the dexter side, with the body upraised and resting on the left hind leg, the tail and other legs elevated, the right foreleg highest, and the head in profile unless otherwise specified.
6. Architecture . (of an arch or vault) springing at one side from one level of support and resting at the other on a higher level.

A slow burning
Rampant amber
Without boundaries
But under cover
Never extinguishable
Not even bottom up

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Friday 16 July 2010



An expression of praise, joy, or triumph, traditionally in the form of a song.

He launched into a paean
Singing the stones cooling his belly
The sun warming his fur and bones
The fat birds he intended to snack on
(after their concert was finished)
Or the titbits I might feed him instead.

Thursday 15 July 2010



an act or instance of drinking or tippling together.

Under the stars
We revel in
Sharing dreams while
Sharing glasses.

Wednesday 14 July 2010



1 : to cause to waste away by or as if by excessive fasting
2 : to cause to become soft or separated into constituent elements by or as if by steeping in fluid; broadly : steep, soak
3 : to soften and wear away especially as a result of being wetted or steeped

I could not bear to macerate much longer
So elected to macerate my innards instead.

Tuesday 13 July 2010



Leaving the nest soon after hatching

My thoughts are nidifugous
And often devoured
By lurking predators

Monday 12 July 2010



1. clearness or lucidity, as of a statement.
2. the quality of being perspicuous.

In a state of perspicuity
I saw the ripples of time
Scoring the surface of nature
As on a long playing disk
Singing the evanescent song
Of fragility and grace.

Sunday 11 July 2010



–verb (used with object)
Medicine/Medical. to reduce irritation or sensitiveness.

Ricotta and tomatoes
Paragons of coolness
Abirritate summer's heat.

Saturday 10 July 2010



active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.

The spry creature
Shows the same energy
In every action
Be it hunt or
The noble art of snoozing

Friday 9 July 2010



inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.

Years of living here
Should protect me
Against sudden anger
- Look! A real life Chirico! –
But I still get bellicose
At the sight of dumps.

Thursday 8 July 2010



1. lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly:
2. empty; void.
3. something that is empty or void, especially the void of infinite space.

Inane mind:
Listen close to the ear
and hear the sea roar.

Wednesday 7 July 2010



1. anything taken in war, hunting, competition, etc., especially when preserved as a memento; spoil, prize, or award.
2. anything serving as a token or evidence of victory, valour, skill, etc.
3. a carving, painting, or other representation of objects associated with or symbolic of victory or achievement.
4. any memento or memorial.
5. a memorial erected by certain ancient peoples, especially the Greeks and Romans, in commemoration of a victory in war and consisting of arms or other spoils taken from the enemy and hung upon a tree, pillar, or the like.

Full of tears
Sodden trophies
Waiting for sunshine.
A victory.

Tuesday 6 July 2010



1. (in Swift's Gulliver's Travels ) one of a race of brutes, having the form and all the vices of humans, who are subject to the Houyhnhnms.
2. ( lowercase ) an uncultivated or boorish person; lout; philistine; yokel.
3. ( lowercase ) a coarse or brutish person.

A case of mistaken identity;
His look identifying him as a yahoo.
But that bear is a philosopher:
Thoughts are all he has left to escape.

Monday 5 July 2010



1. a great wave or surge of the sea.
2. any surging mass.
–verb (used without object)
3. to rise or roll in or like billows; surge.
4. to swell out, puff up, etc., as by the action of wind.
–verb (used with object)
5. to make rise, surge, swell, or the like

Hairy billows
Greeted him each morning
Waiting to be coiffed
Over and over
Into temporary submission
Until the next wave
Of dreams.

Sunday 4 July 2010



1. characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.
2. affectedly or coyly decorous, sober, or sedate.

Sitting on my shoulder,
Demure and prim
But for excessive drooling
My inner-monster points out faults,
Phantasmagorical errors,
Implanting self doubt
In a meek ego.

Saturday 3 July 2010



the feeling of displeasure or indignation at some act, remark, person, etc., regarded as causing injury or insult.

This I write
With your blood.
If not your blood,
Your resentment.
Clouding the page
With tight signs
Hiding our escape
Into another

Albertus Seba's squid engraving from his 'Cabinet of Natural Curiosities' appears courtesy of Peacay , of BlibliOdyssey fame.

Friday 2 July 2010




1. a chambered, many-seeded, globose fruit, having a tough, usually red rind and surmounted by a crown of calyx lobes, the edible portion consisting of pleasantly acid flesh developed from the outer seed coat.
2. the shrub or small tree, Punica granatum, that bears it, native to south-western Asia but widely cultivated in warm regions.

There’s a fragile rose inside my window,
Made of pomegranate blossoms and seeds
Ruffled under the hand of antic winds
Turned blue under restoration frosting

Thursday 1 July 2010



1. a table or register with the days of each month and week in a year.
2. any of various systems of reckoning time, especially with reference to the beginning, length, and divisions of the year.
3. a list or register, esp. one arranged chronologically, as of appointments, work to be done, or cases to be tried in a court.
4. a list, in the order to be considered, of bills, resolutions, etc., brought before a legislative body.
5. Obsolete . a guide or example.
–verb (used with object)
6. to enter in a calendar; register.

Broken calendar
Singing days long gone
Planning a mockery