Saturday 30 April 2011



1. defamation; calumny.
2. a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report.
3. Law . defamation by oral utterance rather than by writing, pictures, etc.
–verb (used with object)
4. to utter slander against; defame.
–verb (used without object)
5. to utter or circulate slander.

Evidence of murder on the boards...
“Slander!” she cries, outraged
But she still burps a fistful of down.

Friday 29 April 2011



A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.

Afflatus blowing grass about
A song of seasons
Time to mow the wind or lawn.

Thursday 28 April 2011



an improper or incompatible association, especially in marriage;
also: mésalliance.

Soft petals and spurs
Both visible and hidden
A misalliance?

Wednesday 27 April 2011



1. An award, honour, or an expression of praise.
2. A touch on someone's shoulders with the flat blade of a sword in the ceremony of conferring knighthood. Earlier an embrace was used instead.

The very first days
Basking in the sun's accolade
Working lunch tasting so much better for it.

Tuesday 26 April 2011




Without shoes.

And timid
Frigid feet
Has forgotten
His bow.

Monday 25 April 2011



an awkward, ungainly youth.

Even in death
Orbits fixed
Lost to life's
Empty mirror

Sunday 24 April 2011



a very small amount

Only a smidgen of stuffing
Makes the most perfect ravioli

Saturday 23 April 2011



A person's area of expertise or interest.

Sleep as bailiwick
She reigns, unequalled, snoring,
Mistress of pillows.

Friday 22 April 2011



1. An upright stone or pillar, having an inscription or a sculptured surface, serving as a monument. Also called stela.
2. The central core of the stem or root of a vascular plant.

On such stele,
A man called Jesus
Is said to have been flogged
Many – many - years ago.

(Currently in the Basilica of Santa Prassede - Rome)

Thursday 21 April 2011



-trans. verb

1. To shun; to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful).

You can eschew work
And white chocolate
Keep in the shades
And forsake politics
Yet we all die still
Boredom kills us too.

Wednesday 20 April 2011



1. Relating to precious stones or cutting and polishing them.
2. Having elegance, precision, or refinement suggestive of gem cutting.


1. One who cuts, polishes, or deals in precious stones.
2. The art of cutting and polishing gems.

Lapidary walls
Shining in the dew of time
Mirrors from the past.

Tuesday 19 April 2011



1. circumference; circuit.
2. boundary; limit.
3. a sphere of operation or influence; range; scope

Of your arms
I foment a storm
Devotion whipped to frenzy.

Monday 18 April 2011



1. happiness; well-being.
2. Aristotelianism . happiness as the result of an active life governed by reason.
Also, eudaemonia.

Simple eudemonia
Devoid of demons and lust
Balmy air lost in blooms.

Sunday 17 April 2011



verb (used with object)

1. to throw, cast, or hurl with force or violence.
2. to move (oneself) violently with impatience, contempt, or the like.
3. to put suddenly or violently.
4. to project or speak sharply, curtly, or forcefully.
5. to involve (oneself) vigorously in an undertaking.
6. to move, do, or say (something) quickly.
7. to send suddenly and rapidly.
8. to throw aside or off.
9. to throw to the ground, as in wrestling or horseback riding.
–verb (used without object)
10. to move with haste or violence; rush; dash.
11. to fly into violent and irregular motions, as a horse; throw the body about, as a person.
12. to speak harshly or abusively (usually followed by out .
13. an act of flinging.
14. a short period of unrestrained pursuit of one's wishes or desires.
15. an attempt at something.
16. a critical or contemptuous remark; gibe.
17. Also called Highland fling. a lively Scottish dance characterized by flinging movements of the arms and legs.

Just a fling with wind
Whipping clouds to a pink froth
Heavenly pastry

Saturday 16 April 2011



The use of more words than those necessary to express an idea; redundancy.

Lazy cat
Easy pleonasm
Basic truth.

Friday 15 April 2011



–verb (used with object)
to bond a metal to (another metal), especially to provide with a protective coat.

1. a simple past tense and past participle of clothe.
2. dressed
3. covered

Clad in armour
More than one way
Clad in red too
so the blood doesn't show.

Thursday 14 April 2011



1. division into two parts, kinds, etc.; subdivision into halves or pairs.
2. division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups.
3. Botany . a mode of branching by constant forking, as in some stems, in veins of leaves, etc.
4. Astronomy . the phase of the moon or of an inferior planet when half of its disk is visible.

Mankind suffers from dichotomy
So much battle between the two official sexes
That a few alternatives have arisen, ready to conquer.

Wednesday 13 April 2011



Fear of the number 13.

I wonder if they did it on purpose
Making sure that triskaidekaphobia
Would contain more than just thirteen letters.

Tuesday 12 April 2011



–noun Rhetoric .
1. the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humour or a dual meaning; punning.
2. a pun.

How do I relish paronomasia
And other such rhetoric delights
Hunting games.

Monday 11 April 2011



1. (of a plant) clipped or trimmed into fantastic shapes.
2. of or pertaining to such trimming.
3. topiary work; the topiary art.
4. a garden containing such work.

For the sake of elegance
He was given a topiary education
Not one of a gardener, mind
Just his schooling grew so baroque
He could never make a living
To support himself.

Sunday 10 April 2011




Height of stature; tallness.

Green procerities
Peek out of terracotta
Promises of lunch.

Saturday 9 April 2011



1. One who believes people are motivated by self-interest only.
2. A person with a negative outlook, one disposed to find fault.

A born cynic
She looks down her pink nose
Upon our imperfections
Willing enough to overlook them
When convenient
For her.

Friday 8 April 2011



–verb (used with object)

1. to press into small regular folds; make wavy.
2. to curl (hair), especially with the use of a curling iron.
3. to press or draw together, as the ends of something.
4. to check, restrain, or inhibit; hinder.
5. Cookery .
a. to pinch and press down the edges of (a pie crust), especially to seal together the top and bottom layers of pastry.
b. to gash (the flesh of a live fish or of one just killed) with a knife to make more crisp when cooked.
6. to produce a corrugated surface in; corrugate, as sheet metal, cardboard, etc.
7. to bend (leather) into shape.
8. Metalworking .
a. to bend the edges of (skelp) before forming into a tube.
b. to fold the edges of (sheet metal) to make a lock seam.
9. the act of crimping.
10.a crimped condition or form.
11.Usually, crimps. waves or curls, especially in hair that has been crimped or that displays a crimped pattern.
12.the waviness of wool fibres as naturally grown on sheep.
13.the waviness imparted to natural or synthetic fibres by weaving, knitting, plaiting, or other processes.
14.a crease formed in sheet metal or plate metal to make the material less flexible or for fastening purposes.

1. a person engaged in enlisting sailors, soldiers, etc., by persuasion, swindling, or coercion.
–verb (used with object)
2. to enlist (sailors, soldiers, etc.) by such means.

Crimped metal
Turned into irrational shapes
Pipes for the devil’s organ?

Thursday 7 April 2011



–plural noun ( often initial capital letter )
official records, as of acts, deeds, proceedings, transactions, or the like.

I look upon flowers
As spring numerous acta
Applicable and
In full force.

Wednesday 6 April 2011



–verb (used with object)
1. to strip the blubber or the skin from (a whale, seal, etc.).
2. to strip off (blubber or skin).

Your rejection
Flensed me
Leaving me raw
Without armour
To face the world

Tuesday 5 April 2011



1. a structure built on posts extending from land out over water, used as a landing place for ships, an entertainment area, a strolling place, etc.; jetty.
2. (in a bridge or the like) a support for the ends of adjacent spans.
3. a square pillar.
4. a portion of wall between doors, windows, etc.
5. a pillar or post on which a gate or door is hung.
6. a support of masonry, steel, or the like for sustaining vertical pressure.
7. a long passageway or corridor that extends from a central area of a building, especially one at an airport that leads to boarding gates.

I moored into your arms
As if to a pier shaken by storm
Unable to avoid the wreck still
Tearing at your heart in the process
Lost birds losing height
In the eye of the tempest.

Monday 4 April 2011



1. a general understanding; vague or imperfect conception or idea of something.
2. an opinion, view, or belief.
3. conception or idea.
4. a fanciful or foolish idea; whim.
5. an ingenious article, device, or contrivance; knick-knack.
6. notions, small articles, as buttons, thread, ribbon, and other personal items, especially such items displayed together for sale, as in a department store.

Vague notions collide in my hours of slumber
Cooking monsters, recipes or stories
Sometimes belonging to all three categories.

Sunday 3 April 2011



–verb (used with object)
1. to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short.
2. Mathematics, Computers . to shorten (a number) by dropping a digit or digits: The numbers 1.4142 and 1.4987 can both be truncated to 1.4.
3. truncated.
4. Biology .
a. square or broad at the end, as if cut off transversely.
b. lacking the apex, as certain spiral shells.

Truncate waffles
As if eaten by moths
Tasty butterfly wings

Saturday 2 April 2011



1. a watery discharge from the mucous membranes especially of the eyes or nose
2. a condition (as a cold) marked by such discharge

Pollen induced rheum
She begs for a clean-up
Squinting in the light

Friday 1 April 2011



1. pertaining to or dealing with matters of current or local interest.
2. pertaining to the subject of a discourse, composition, or the like.
3. of a place; local.
4. Medicine/Medical . of, pertaining to, or applied externally to a particular part of the body; local

A topical poppet
Showed up on my desk
As fury developed on my screen:
Here's to optimism.