Tuesday 31 July 2012



1. wary; careful
2. choosy; finicky
3. shy
4. sparing; mean

In the cellar
A few carefully placed heads
Insure the fright of chary visitors
And their compliance

Monday 30 July 2012



1. to retch or feel nausea
2. to feel or express disgust

cow parsnip another name for cow parsley . a common Eurasian umbelliferous hedgerow plant, Anthriscus sylvestris,  having umbrella-shaped clusters of white flowers

Along the way
A few kecking figures
Sculpted way before pollution
Became a problem eating at stonework.

Sunday 29 July 2012



1. a portable or fixed apparatus that furnishes heat for warmth, cooking, etc., commonly using coal, oil, gas, wood, or electricity as a source of power.
2. a heated chamber or box for some special purpose, as a drying room or a kiln for firing pottery.
-verb (used with object)
3. to treat with or subject to heat, as in a stove.

a simple past tense and past participle of stave.

Morning's first gesture
Load the coffee maker
Place it on the stove
An instance of first aid
For the sleepy soul.

Saturday 28 July 2012



- noun
1. a person who is in bondage; slave.
2. a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, or the like.
3. slavery
- verb (used with object)
4. Archaic . to put or hold in thraldom; enslave.
- adj.
5. Archaic . subjected to bondage; enslaved.

They bask in the sunshine
Free from thrall
Yet eager for a morsel, a cuddle,
At the end of minions

Friday 27 July 2012



1. (intr.) (especially of clouds) to move along swiftly and smoothly
2.( intr.) nautical  to run before a gale
3. (Scot.) (trans.) to hit; slap
4. the act of scudding
5. meteorology
a. a formation of low fractostratus clouds driven by a strong wind beneath rain-bearing clouds
b. a sudden shower or gust of wind
6. (Scot.) a slap

She scuds along nicely
But comes back for a crumb or two.

Thursday 26 July 2012



a liquid or semiliquid preparation for rubbing on or applying to the skin, as for sprains or bruises, usually soothing or counter irritating.

I tried and tried again.
Despite numerous applications
Truth asserted itself:
This is no liniment
And my head still feels sore.

Wednesday 25 July 2012



(Of a classical building) wholly or partly open to the sky.

A favourite haunt
The hypethral building
Giving thanks for a general lack of rain

Tuesday 24 July 2012



1. to buy or bring in (goods or services) from a foreign country
2. (trans.) to bring in from an outside source
3. to signify or be significant; mean; convey
4. ( often plural ) goods or services that are bought from foreign countries
5. significance or importance
6. meaning or signification

 Stressing the import
Of distance and time
Nineteen times have I left you
To fall all over for the love of you

Monday 23 July 2012



1. any bracket, especially one of brick or stone, usually of slight extent.
2. a short horizontal timber supporting a girder.
-verb (used with object)
3. to set (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to form a corbel or corbels (usually followed by “out”).
4. to support by means of a corbel or corbels.

Dragons and monsters
A cathedral's host of corbels
Waiting for flowers?

Sunday 22 July 2012



1. sliced bread browned by exposure to heat, usually under a grill, over a fire, or in a toaster
2.informal . be toast  to face certain destruction or defeat
3. (trans.) to brown under a grill or over a fire
4. to warm or be warmed in a similar manner.

1. a tribute or proposal of health, success, etc., given to a person or thing by a company of people and marked by raising glasses and drinking together
2. a person or thing honoured by such a tribute or proposal
3. (especially formerly) an attractive woman to whom such tributes are frequently made.
4. to propose or drink a toast to (a person or thing)
5. (intr.) to add vocal effects to a pre-recorded track: a disc-jockey technique

Bread on a grave
Waiting to be toasted
By revenant, zombie, or ghoul
Or the odd gourmet squirrel

Saturday 21 July 2012



1. (intr.) to lie, lean, or lounge in a lazy or relaxed manner
2. to hang or allow to hang loosely
3. an act or instance of lolling

In the art of loll