Wednesday, 29 February 2012



— adj
1. (of a day, month, etc) inserted in the calendar
2. (of a particular year) having one or more days inserted
3. inserted, introduced, or interpolated
4. botany growing between the upper branches and the lower branches or bracts on a stem

We stumble
Upon intercalary days
Confusing our calculations
Weeks in shambles

Tuesday, 28 February 2012



1. Pathology . a benign encysted tumor of the skin, especially on the scalp, containing sebaceous matter; a sebaceous cyst.
2. British . a large, crowded city or a crowded urban district.

Also Wynn . a character (ƿ) representing the sound (w) in Old English and early Middle English manuscripts, based on a rune with the same phonetic value.

In dusk,
The Eternal Wen fades
Leaving traces of pollution
And a single forlorn fin
Another abandoned site
Ready to turn ruin.

Monday, 27 February 2012




1. wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will; ill-disposed; malicious.
2. evil; harmful; injurious.
3. Astrology . evil or malign in influence.

Regardless of our wishes
And despite incantations
The flowers refused to open
Gaudy but malevolent parcels
Threatening to explode
At the slightest touch.

Sunday, 26 February 2012



1. a portion or allotment of money, food, etc., especially as given at regular intervals by a charity or for maintenance.
2. a dealing out or distributing, especially in charity.
3. a form of payment to the unemployed instituted by the British government in 1918.
4. any similar payment by a government to an unemployed person.
5. Archaic . one's fate or destiny.
-verb (used with object)
6. to distribute in charity.
7. to give out sparingly or in small quantities (usually followed by "out")

Archaic . grief or sorrow; lamentation.

We dole out pasta
For Sunday lunch
Making up for lack of proteins
With nuts and cheese

Saturday, 25 February 2012



1. Heart-shaped.
2. (Of leaves) heart-shaped, with the attachment at the notched end.

We all fall
For cordate pink noses
And a set of whiskers.

Thursday, 23 February 2012



1. churlishly rude or bad-tempered.
2. unfriendly or hostile; menacingly irritable
3. dark or dismal; menacing; threatening:
4. Obsolete . lordly; arrogant.

His was a surly story
Of abandon and betrayal
So he faded into the background
Until all was left on him
Belonged to the realm of pareidolia

Wednesday, 22 February 2012



1. Psychiatry . a distortion of memory in which fact and fantasy are confused.
2. the inability to recall the correct meaning of a word.

Like a sea forgetting water
My memory struggles with paramnesia
Desert growing every day

Tuesday, 21 February 2012



1. large in bodily size; stout; sturdy.
2. bluff; brusque

What burly alien
Has left its mark
At the threshold of sky?

Monday, 20 February 2012



-verb (used without object)

to talk foolishly; blather

Howling at the moon
Versifying blither
Instead of keeping silent
In awe.

Sunday, 19 February 2012




1. the brown, hard outer portion or surface of a loaf or slice of bread.
2. a slice of bread from the end of a loaf, consisting chiefly of this.
3. the pastry covering the outside of a pie or other dish.
4. a piece of stale bread.
5. any more or less hard external covering or coating.
6. Geology . the outer layer of the earth, about 22 miles (35 km) deep under the continents and 6 miles (10 km) deep under the oceans.
7. a scab or eschar.
8. Slang . unabashed self-assertiveness; nerve; gall.
9. deposit from wine, as it ripens during aging, on the interior of bottles, consisting of tartar and colouring matter.
10.the hard outer shell or covering of an animal.
-verb (used with object) cover with or as with a crust; encrust. form (something) into a crust.
-verb (used without object) form or contract a crust. form into a crust.

Sunday crust
Fresh out of the oven
Bringing us together.

Saturday, 18 February 2012



-verb (used without object)
1. to be emphatic, firm, or resolute on some matter of desire, demand, intention, etc.
2. to lay emphasis in assertion
3. to dwell with earnestness or emphasis (usually followed by "on" or "upon").
-verb (used with object)
4. to assert or maintain firmly.
5. to demand or persist in demanding.

She insists
That she's been invited
Into our home
And must be let in
At all costs.

Friday, 17 February 2012



1. a sermon, usually on a Biblical topic and usually of a non doctrinal nature.
2. an admonitory or moralizing discourse.
3. an inspirational saying or cliché.

They come through the mail
Pretty homilies with sunsets
Forwarded in return for happiness
Discarded unopened

Thursday, 16 February 2012



1. a stout fabric of cotton and flax.
2. a fabric of stout twilled cotton or of cotton and low-quality wool, with a short nap or pile.
3. pompous or pretentious talk or writing
4. cheap; worthless
5. pompous; bombastic

Fustian epistles
Flapping in the wind
Gathering rust

Wednesday, 15 February 2012



1. a long discourse or essay, especially a diatribe.
2. an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing.
3. Building Trades .
a. a strip of plaster or wood applied to a surface to be plastered to serve as a guide for making a true surface.
b. a wooden strip serving as a guide for making a true level surface on a concrete pavement or the like.
c. a board or metal strip dragged across a freshly poured concrete slab to give it its proper level.
4. British Dialect . a fragment or shred, as of cloth.
5. Scot.
a. a tear or rip, especially in cloth.
b. a drinking bout.

In the depth of our screed
We encounter torn universes
Fraying legends scented with must
Unravelling screeds

Tuesday, 14 February 2012


[oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee-ohs]

1. being at leisure; idle; indolent.
2. ineffective or futile.
3. superfluous or useless.

Otiose white
Against otiose struggles
Nature wins over cars

Monday, 13 February 2012



-verb (used with object)
1. to allow to enter; grant or afford entrance to.
2. to give right or means of entrance to.
3. to permit to exercise a certain function or privilege.
4. to permit; allow.
5. to allow or concede as valid.
6. to acknowledge; confess..: The fact is admitted.
8. to have capacity for:
-verb (used without object)
9. to permit entrance; give access. grant opportunity or permission (usually followed by "of")

We admit winter in our midst
Clenching teeth and lips
Hoping for a quick release
And spring

Sunday, 12 February 2012




1. the act of indulging or state of being indulgent
2. a pleasure, habit, etc, indulged in; extravagance.
3. liberal or tolerant treatment
4. something granted as a favour or privilege
5. Roman Catholic Church a remission of the temporal punishment for sin after its guilt has been forgiven
6. commerce an extension of time granted as a favour for payment of a debt or as fulfilment of some other obligation
7. Also called: Declaration of Indulgence a royal grant during the reigns of Charles II and James II of England giving Nonconformists and Roman Catholics a measure of religious freedom
8. Commerce . an extension, through favour, of time for payment or performance.
-verb (used with object)
9. Roman Catholic Church . to provide with an indulgence.

Sunday indulgence
Need not involve a priest,
Although Bacchus is invited

Saturday, 11 February 2012



an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.

The art of sciamachy
Is what cats are all about
In their dreams
And in their lives
Chasing tails and tales.

Friday, 10 February 2012




1. a wasteful person; spendthrift.
2. Chiefly British .
a. refuse; waste.
b. a waif; abandoned child.
c. an idler or vagabond

Over the weekend,
The street filled with wastrels
Looking for a little attention
A ray of sunshine

Thursday, 9 February 2012



a less common word for transparent

My world is prisoner
Of a transpicuous life form
Cold and unyielding

Wednesday, 8 February 2012




1. An innovation in language, as a new word, term, or expression.
2. The use of new words, terms, or expressions.

How dearly I love an author
Who constructs clever neoterism
New toys to play with

Tuesday, 7 February 2012



Judaism (in the folklore of the cabala) the soul of a dead sinner that has transmigrated into the body of a living person

I ran over an ex lover
(on purpose)
But he turned dybbuck and
Cried iced tears all over my car.
Mister Frost.

Monday, 6 February 2012




1. (in ancient Greece and Rome) any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae, who guided Aeneas through the underworld
2. a witch, fortune-teller, or sorceress

When Christianity took over this land
The old sibyls turned into olive trees
Forecasting winter at Candlemas

Sunday, 5 February 2012



-verb (used with object)
1. to draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent; elicit; develop.
2. to infer or deduce.

One could educe
From the amount of food picture
In my portfolio
That I like food.

Saturday, 4 February 2012



1. A large ship, or a fleet of ships, especially one carrying valuable cargo.
2. A rich source or supply.

An argosy unto herself
She shelters a cargo of kittens
Or it is just fat?

Friday, 3 February 2012



1. another word for nonetheless

2. notwithstanding; despite

Gloom rolls in
The day starts

Thursday, 2 February 2012



1. of no real value; trifling; worthless.
2. of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain.
3. not valid.

Nugatory efforts
To fight digestive problems
Unfazed by bubbles

Wednesday, 1 February 2012




1. the edge of woven fabric finished so as to prevent ravelling, often in a narrow tape effect, different from the body of the fabric.
2. any similar strip or part of surplus material, as at the side of wallpaper.
3. Also called margin. Philately . the surplus paper or margin around a sheet of stamps.
4. a plate or surface through which a bolt of a lock passes.

I keep my life in selvage
Hoping this will keep it
From unravelling.