Friday 31 December 2010



1. death or decease.
2. termination of existence or operation.
3. Law .
a. a death or decease occasioning the transfer of an estate.
b. a conveyance or transfer of an estate.
4. Government . transfer of sovereignty, as by the death or deposition of the sovereign.
–verb (used with object)
5. Law . to transfer (an estate or the like) for a limited time; lease.
6. Government . to transfer (sovereignty), as by the death or abdication of the sovereign.
–verb (used without object)
7. Law . to pass by bequest, inheritance, or succession.

Senescent year
Waiting for its demise
In a glass of sparkles.



1. The supposed physical basis of an individual memory in the brain.
2. A presumed encoding in neural tissue that provides a physical basis for the persistence of memory; a memory trace.

I keep your gloves close to my heart,
Close to my lips, close to my nose,
Tracing faded presence into the fold,
Creases of leather, engrams of memories.

You wore these to church on Sunday
And when meeting secret admirers;
I can't reconcile the ideas:
A volage yet pious grand-mother.

Over the years, I'd forgotten
You were merely human.

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Thursday 30 December 2010



1. hard and continuous work; exhausting labour or effort.
2. a laborious task.
3. Archaic . battle; strife; struggle.
–verb (used without object)
4. to engage in hard and continuous work; labour arduously.
5. to move or travel with difficulty, weariness, or pain.
–verb (used with object)
6. to accomplish or produce by toil.

1. Usually, toils. a net or series of nets in which game known to be in the area is trapped or into which game outside of the area is driven.
2. Usually, toils. trap; snare: to be caught in the toils of a gigantic criminal conspiracy.
3. Archaic . any snare or trap for wild beasts.

Toils let out to dry,
Many such less worries
Paling in the warmth

Wednesday 29 December 2010



1. the short, thick, inner digit of the human hand, next to the forefinger.
2. the corresponding digit in other animals; pollex.
3. the part of a glove or mitten for containing this digit.
4. Architecture . an ovolo or echinus moulding.
–verb (used with object)
5. to soil or wear with the thumbs in handling, as the pages of a book.
6. to glance through (the pages of a book, leaflet, etc.) quickly.
7. to play (a guitar or other instrument) with or as with the thumbs.
8. (of a hitchhiker) to solicit or get (a ride) by pointing the thumb in the desired direction of travel.

I thumb through your body,
Looking for favourite parts
Mindless of scars and fractures
That tell of a long love tale.

Tuesday 28 December 2010



1. To wander; stray.
2. To digress in speech.

Here our road divagates into nothingness
Strangled silences and dire hesitations
Here we must part or run into a slow death
Suffocation by unspoken words or hate.

Monday 27 December 2010



1. Effusive; lavish.
2. Excessive to the point of being offensive.

Fulsome clouds
Painting summer's end.
New ink scent.

Sunday 26 December 2010



1. calm; peaceful; tranquil.
2. rich; wealthy; prosperous.
3. happy; joyful; carefree.
4. of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.
5. a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.
6. any of various kingfishers, especially of the genus Halcyon.
7. ( initial capital letter ) Classical Mythology . a daughter of Aeolus who, with her husband, Ceyx, was transformed into a kingfisher.

Halcyon clouds
Dreaming of being birds
But scared of water

Saturday 25 December 2010



–verb (used without object)
1. to let out secrets.
2. to chatter, prate, or gossip.
–verb (used with object)
3. to utter idly; disclose by gossiping.
4. the act of tattling.
5. idle talk; chatter; gossip.

Tattles come to life
Gaining in complexity.
Santa Claus is real!

Friday 24 December 2010



1. boiling, agitated
2. characterized by ebullience; having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm

Ebullient times
Hard on the grumpy mind
Too many glitters ready to explode

Thursday 23 December 2010



the branch of physical geography dealing with mountains.

Lavishing orography attention
I survey your valleys and summits
Looking for ore
Finding snow

Wednesday 22 December 2010



Spirit, soul.

Pneuma filled places
Haunting rather than haunted
Wind moving shadows

Tuesday 21 December 2010



-v. trans.
To swell out; to strut. (obsolete)

Autumn showers
Overtaking the lawn
Strooting mushrooms

Monday 20 December 2010



1. having a natural inclination or tendency to something; disposed; liable.
2. having the front or ventral part downward; lying face downward.
3. lying flat; prostrate.
4. having a downward direction or slope.
5. having the palm downward, as the hand.


a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.

Prone lying kitty
Prone to lying too

Sunday 19 December 2010



1. marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking
2. sick from excessive indulgence in liquor

I fear crapulous times ahead
But refuse to fast in wait.

Saturday 18 December 2010



1. Expressing a request.
2. Nonbinding: only expressing a wish or giving a suggestion.

Precatory angels
Offering expiation
But refusing grace

Friday 17 December 2010



of, like, or befitting a stepmother.

I attempt novercal attention
Applying best behaviour to the cats
Only to be branded as evil.

Thursday 16 December 2010




1. philosophy the branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of being
2. logic the set of entities presupposed by a theory
3. Computing
a. A systematic account of Existence.
b. (From philosophy) An explicit formal specification of how to represent the objects, concepts and other entities that are assumed to exist in some area of interest and the relationships that hold among them.
c. The hierarchical structuring of knowledge about things by subcategorising them according to their essential (or at least relevant and/or cognitive) qualities.

I must confess unrest
Seeing ontology applied to servers
What gods are we creating
That will smother us?

Wednesday 15 December 2010



1. a yellowish-brown to dark-brown pigment made from the soot of burned wood
2. any of various colors in this range

Bistre statues
Showing off in a corner
Not much to boast of.

Tuesday 14 December 2010



an instrument for measuring solid angles, as of crystals.

Women are fabled
For using secret goniometers
To judge a man's solidity
It is unfortunate that
Most of the time
Calibration of the instrument
Has been overlooked.

Monday 13 December 2010



1. a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way; dabbler.
2. a lover of an art or science, especially of a fine art.
3. of or pertaining to dilettantes.

They call me an amateur,
The word rank and bitter to my ears
I prefer that of dilettante
Being one that enjoys the arts
A mindless and blissful dabbler.

Sunday 12 December 2010



1. Fearful; terrible.
2. Unexpected; sudden.
3. Singular; wonderful; extraordinary.
4. A wonder; a strange deed, event, or object.

Ferly morsel
Autumn fragrance captured
Comfort food.

Saturday 11 December 2010



An intimate friend.

My cat
Is a cater-cousin
In some fashion:
She loves to sleep with me
On me.

Friday 10 December 2010



–verb (used without object)
to laugh loudly or immoderately.

Lost in whiteness
Crows cachinnate over snow
Making cold colder.

Thursday 9 December 2010



1. a current at variance with the main current in a stream of liquid or gas, esp. one having a rotary or whirling motion.
2. a small whirlpool.
3. any similar current, as of air, dust, or fog.
4. a current or trend, as of opinion or events, running counter to the main current.
–verb (used with or without object)
5. to move or whirl in eddies.

I let myself sucked into
The eddies of time
An eternal return of the cycle
Yet not quite:
Exactitude as hell promises
Deviations delight.

Wednesday 8 December 2010



1. A large number of persons gathered together; a throng.
2. The common people; the populace.
3. A group of people united by a common characteristic, as age, interest, or vocation.
4. A group of people attending a public function; an audience.
5. A large number of things positioned or considered together.
–verb int.
6. To congregate in a restricted area; throng.
7. To advance by pressing or shoving.
–verb trans.
8. To force by or as if by pressing or shoving.
9. To draw or stand near to: The batter crowded the plate.
10. To press, cram, or force tightly together: crowded the clothes into the closet.
11. To fill or occupy to overflowing: Books crowded the shelves.
12. Informal To put pressure on, as to pay a debt.
13. An ancient Celtic stringed instrument that was bowed or plucked. Also called crwth.
15. Chiefly British A fiddle.

Gather about,
Bear with me as I draw the crowd
Keeping it tense
The old bow quivering with effort
Ready for music.

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Tuesday 7 December 2010



1. a noisy joyful laugh, often featuring a snort
-int. and trans. verb
2. to laugh or express with a chortle

Here by
The fountain
Full of chortles
I can feel your heart
As we hold hands
Beating wild
With mine.

Monday 6 December 2010



1. any of several devices for sharpening razors, especially a strip of leather or other flexible material.
2. Also, strap. Nautical, Machinery .
a. a rope or a band of metal surrounding and supporting a block, etc.
b. a metal band surrounding the pulley of a block to transmit the load on the pulley to its hook or shackle.
c. a rope sling, as for handling cargo.
d. a ring or grommet of rope.
–verb (used with object)
3. to sharpen on or as if on a strop.

Let this be said
And not forgotten:
Your tongue has known the strop
And cuts to the core.

Sunday 5 December 2010




causing or tending to cause happiness.

Felicific food
Shared with friends and love.
Magic calories.

Saturday 4 December 2010



1. biting or given to biting.
2. sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.

Hers is a mordacious smile
Dreams full of playfull nipping
Tender morsels to be teased.

Friday 3 December 2010



An underground publishing system used to print and circulate banned literature clandestinely. Also, such literature.

Holland was once offering a unique samidzat against censure.
Nowadays, Internet fills the gap.
But censure never stops.

Thursday 2 December 2010




1. having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied.
2. of or pertaining to the earliest period or state; primitive.

For days we forgot you
But then we saw you had not been out
Pristine snow telling on your weakness
And came back
Too late.

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Wednesday 1 December 2010



Divination by the letters of a name.

Trying to find
The perfect name
For my characters
Less potent than