Sunday 31 December 2017



1. the evening or day before some special event or festival
2. the period immediately before an event
3. (archaic) evening

Flaming eve
Promising chaos
And haphazard thoughts
Tempered ice morning

Saturday 30 December 2017



1. peaceful or tranquil; calm
2. clear or bright
3. (often capital) honoured (used as part of certain royal titles)

Maybe a stray
But a serene one

Free from cold and want

Friday 29 December 2017



-noun [ˈsʌbdʒɪkt ]
1. the predominant theme or topic, as of a book, discussion, etc
2. any branch of learning considered as a course of study
3. (grammar, logic) a word, phrase, or formal expression about which something is predicated or stated in a sentence
4. a person or thing that undergoes experiment, analysis, treatment, etc
5. a person who lives under the rule of a monarch, government, etc
6. an object, figure, scene, etc, as selected by an artist or photographer for representation
7. (philosophy)
a. that which thinks or feels as opposed to the object of thinking and feeling; the self or the mind
b. a substance as opposed to its attributes
8. Also called: theme music . a melodic or thematic phrase used as the principal motif of a fugue, the basis from which the musical material is derived in a sonata-form movement, or the recurrent figure in a rondo
9. (logic)
a. the term of a categorial statement of which something is predicated
b. the reference or denotation of the subject term of a statement.
10. an originating motive
-adj. [ˈsʌbdʒɪkt ] (usually postpositive; and followed by “to”)
11. being under the power or sovereignty of a ruler, government, etc
12. showing a tendency (towards)
13. exposed or vulnerable
14. conditional upon
-verb [səbˈdʒɛkt ] (trans.)
15. (followed by “to”) to cause to undergo the application (of)
16. (often passive; followed by “to”) to expose or render vulnerable or liable (to some experience)
17. (followed by “to”) to bring under the control or authority (of)
18. (rare) . to subdue or subjugate
19. (rare) . to present for consideration; submit
20. (obsolete) . to place below

A trenchant winter
Subjects the scenery
To death by multiple cuts

Of bitter and hypenemious gales

Thursday 28 December 2017



any congenital growth or pigmented blemish on the skin; birthmark or mole . Also called: naeve

Placed a naevus
On that cheek
And alabaster chin

Plate by Fornasetti

Wednesday 27 December 2017



1. (trans.) to feel a need or longing for
2. (when trans., may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to wish, need, or desire (something or to do something)
3. (intr.; usually used with a negative and often followed by “for”) to be lacking or deficient (in something necessary or desirable)
4. (trans.) to feel the absence of
5. (trans.) to fall short by (a specified amount)
6. (trans.) (mainly British) to have need of or require (doing or being something)
7. (intr.) to be destitute
8. (trans.; often passive) to seek or request the presence of
9. (intr.) to be absent
10. (trans; takes an infinitive) (informal) . should or ought (to do something)
11. the act or an instance of wanting
12. anything that is needed, desired, or lacked
13. a lack, shortage, or absence
14. the state of being in need; destitution
15. a sense of lack; craving

(English dialect)  a mole (in the sense of any congenital growth or pigmented blemish on the skin; birthmark)

For want of desire
Or its opposite

Tuesday 26 December 2017



1. to provide amusement for an audience
2. to show hospitality to people
3. (trans.) to hold in the mind

No finer for immensity
Or for being expelled
From anyone’s mind
To entertain dwarf islands
With unicorn’s blood

In a rite of winter being cast away

Monday 25 December 2017



1. a large and sumptuous meal, usually given as an entertainment for several people
2. a periodic religious celebration
3. something extremely pleasing or sumptuous
4. (intr.) to eat a feast
5. (intr.; usually followed by “on”) to enjoy the eating (of), as if feasting
6. (trans.) to give a feast to
7. (intr.; followed by “on”) to take great delight (in)
8. (trans.) to regale or delight

Feast your eyes upon darkness
A library turned cake at night
By liberal application of light

Whipped into seasonal frenezy

Sunday 24 December 2017



1. the annual commemoration by Christians of the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25
b. Also called: Christmas Day . December 25, observed as a day of secular celebrations when gifts and greetings are exchanged
2. Also called: Christmas Day (in England, Wales, and Ireland) . December 25, one of the four quarter days

3. Also called (archaic or literary): Christmastide . the season of Christmas extending from December 24 (Christmas Eve) to January 6 (the festival of the Epiphany or Twelfth Night)

Looking forward to
Meek and excellent
Christmas food and cheer

Saturday 23 December 2017



disapproving of fun or festivity

The grump is back
In all her antithalian splendour
Calling off Christmas

Friday 22 December 2017



1. shamelessly immoral or debauched
2. wildly extravagant or wasteful
3. a profligate person

Get ready for
Profligate times ahead
So predictable
So tedious

Thursday 21 December 2017



characterized by twists and turns; convoluted

One shade the more to the night
So red the nameless grace
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Thus mellowed to that anfractuous light
Which heaven to dwelling day denies.

Found in She walks in Beauty (Lord Byron)
Refurbished by yours truly

Wednesday 20 December 2017



1. (mainly British) . a period of the year when the law courts or universities are closed
2. (mainly US and Canadian) . a period in which a break is taken from work or studies for rest, travel, or recreation 
Also called - in Britain and certain other countries - holiday
3. the act of departing from or abandoning property, etc.
4. (intr.) (US and Canadian) . to take a vacation; holiday

Looking up
So red the nameless grace
Of vacation all glitter
In the rain

Tuesday 19 December 2017



polite and considerate in manner

Meeting the moon wanes to third quarter
She empties the courteous rain drumming
Her broken windows shed tears of bridges
And I in the arboretum, awaiting
While lark’s tongues still chatter

Monday 18 December 2017



1. showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc.; courteous
2. cultivated or refined
3. elegant or polished

The sky
That only stone
As far as anyone could see,
Polite shades of day,
But not quite so odd;

Her voice half empty
A landscape that might see
Half a dozen horses,
Any colour of paper balloon
Every minute.

Sunday 17 December 2017



-noun (dialect)
1. a sieve used to strain meal
-verb (trans.)
2. to sift (flour)

From solace too slowly
The candour forgets.

From solace to dragon
Temsed dreams
Coated in confectioner’s sugar

Blooms let go

Saturday 16 December 2017



1. a state of quiet restfulness; peace or tranquillity
2. dignified calmness of manner; composure
3. to place (oneself or one's body) in a state of quiet relaxation; lie or lay down at rest
4. (intr.) to lie when dead, as in the grave
5. (intr.; followed by “on”, “in”, etc) (formal) . to take support (from) or be based (on)

-verb (trans.)
1. to put (trust or confidence) in a person or thing
2. to place or put (an object) somewhere

If she had goals, hungers:

There she is thus trying a dream to chew on,
Just shy of huge or mindless,
And pull, as if she had been and mattered - a decaying mind;
And pull, as if she had somebody else’s heart.

Without repose.

Friday 15 December 2017



1. having or causing a lack of repute
2. disordered in appearance

A golden vine hidden from view
Bloom on those cheeks
A blush of every hue on mines

Such disreputable encounter

Thursday 14 December 2017



-verb (trans.)
1. to express a desire for, in particular if politely; ask for or demand
2. the act or an instance of requesting, in particular in the form of a written statement; petition or solicitation

Six pink pepper-corns implied
Among the false shadows
Crouching there
Filthy truth and red contour
Metamorphosis request

For wine denied

Wednesday 13 December 2017



1. a person with no fixed home
2. an idle wandering beggar or thief
3. (modifier) of or like a vagabond; shiftless or idle

Here come
Our vagabond hours
Braking their chains
On the road

Of our emotions

Tuesday 12 December 2017



an arrival or coming, in particular one which is awaited

There he stands in the shades
Awaiting the advent of tomorrow
And a long promised immortality
Unaware that he already has

As much as he’s ever likely to get.

Monday 11 December 2017



1. a name, expression, or word used for some particular thing, often in a specialized field of knowledge
2. any word or expression
3. a limited period of time
4. any of the divisions of the academic year during which a school, college, etc, is in session
5. a point in time determined for an event or for the end of a period
6. Also called : full term . the period at which childbirth is imminent
7. (law)
a. an estate or interest in land limited to run for a specified period
b. the duration of an estate, etc.
c. (formerly) a period of time during which sessions of courts of law were held
d. time allowed to a debtor to settle
8. (mathematics) . either of the expressions the ratio of which is a fraction or proportion, any of the separate elements of a sequence, or any of the individual addends of a polynomial or series
9. (logic)
a. the word or phrase that forms either the subject or predicate of a proposition
b. a name or variable, as opposed to a predicate
c. one of the relata of a relation
d. any of the three subjects or predicates occurring in a syllogism
10. Also called : terminal, terminus, terminal figure architecture 
11. (Australian Rules) (football) the usual word for quarter
12. (archaic) a boundary or limit
13. (trans.) to designate; call

For a brief term
I‘ve come to terms with my emotions
And a brief romance
Is orchestrated  in the lapse
It takes for my camera

To go “click”

Sunday 10 December 2017



1. (trans.) to cook by dry heat in or as if in an oven
2. (intr.) to cook bread, pastry, etc., in an oven
3. to make or become hardened by heat
4. (intr.) (informal) . to be extremely hot, as in the heat of the sun
5. (US) a party at which the main dish is baked
6. a batch of things baked at one time
7. (Scottish) a kind of biscuit
8. (Caribbean) a small flat fried cake

One of winter’s delight
Baked goods and cakes
Quinces and roses

Saturday 9 December 2017



-verb (intr.)
1. to sleep lightly or intermittently
2. (often followed by “off”) to fall into a light sleep
3. a short sleep

How I admire
His artless dozing

Power naps

Friday 8 December 2017



1. not genuine or real
2. (of a plant part or organ) having the appearance of another part but differing from it in origin, development, or function; false
3. (of radiation) produced at an undesired frequency by a transmitter, causing interference, etc.
4. (rare) . illegitimate

Lost in internal worth
A true want of poetry,
And spurious relish for truth.

Thursday 7 December 2017



1. something that recalls the past
2. a note to remind a person of something not done

You have demanded the world to play with
But it became metallic and you can't remodel it:
We need a reminder of its feudal tyranny
How is supposedly went down in fire and blood
Only to raise its ugly head in the clutch of economy

Wednesday 6 December 2017



1. to exert a stimulating or beneficial effect upon (a person); animate or invigorate
2. (trans.; followed by “with” or “to”; may take an infinitive) to arouse (with a particular emotion or to a particular action); stir
3. (trans.) to prompt or instigate; give rise to
4. (trans.; often passive) to guide or arouse by divine influence or inspiration
5. to take or draw (air, gas, etc.) into the lungs; inhale
6. (trans.) (archaic)
a. to breathe into or upon
b. to breathe life into

Looking for something to inspire
A seasonal shopping spree

And only find frantic desperation 

Tuesday 5 December 2017



1. (trans.) to cause (something inferior or not genuine) to appear more valuable, desirable, or real by fraud or pretence
2. to pretend to have (an illness, emotion, etc.)
3. to improvise (music, stage dialogue, etc.)
4. an object, person, or act that is not genuine; sham, counterfeit, or forgery
5. not genuine; spurious

1. (trans.; usually followed by “down: ) (nautical) . to coil (a rope) on deck
2. (nautical) . one round of a coil of rope

Mist and stones
Over the mountain
All faked by decay

Spontaneous abstract art

Monday 4 December 2017



1. to feel or express sadness for the death or loss of (someone or something)
2. (intr.) to observe the customs of mourning, as by wearing black
3. (trans.) to grieve over (loss or misfortune)

Time passes
Teaching us to mourn
And let go

Sunday 3 December 2017



a hollowed pastry case or piece of cooked bread, potato, etc., in which food is served

All hail old bread
For its power
To turn into croustade

For a fancy fried breakfast!

Saturday 2 December 2017



1. a signal, given by a bugle, drum, etc., to awaken soldiers or sailors in the morning
2. the hour at which this takes place

In a sort of strong habit
He sleeps through reveille
The secret magic of rising sun
Not casting a shadow upon his vibrissae

Friday 1 December 2017



-verb (trans.)
1. (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) . to disclose (a secret); divulge
2. to expose to view or show (something concealed)
3. (of God) to disclose (divine truths) either directly or through the medium of prophets, etc.
4. the act of exposing something that has been concealed, in particular as the climax of a theatrical performance or magic trick
5. (architecture) . the vertical side of an opening in a wall, like the side of a window or door between the frame and the front of the wall

Our journey
Reveals untold beauties

And forgotten ones