Monday, January 15, 2018

1165 - Aim


Haiku Horizon prompt: Aim

Aim

It would be lovely to live in a culture
where calmness was the aim. - Matt Haig


Told we must set goals
And chant our affirmations—
Aim high, we are told.



The Self-Help Gurus:
They aim to achieve too—
Mostly our money.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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Aim for the moon.
If you miss, you may hit a star.
- W. Clement Stone

Would that be a constellation prize?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1164 - The Precious



The Precious.

There was a young princess, quite pretty,
Whose attitude edged on the shitty.
The chief tool of her trade
Was a guilt-trip tirade,
Followed by a funk of self-pity.


A pretend princess—
Lacks the graces of the job;
Just wants the title.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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1163 - Pecking Disorder


 Midweek Motif : Doorways

Pecking Disorder

They eye the gateway
And covet the green beyond—
It will not happen.
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© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

1162 - All fired up.


Haiku Horizon's topic of the week : 

Fire

Where there's smoke there's fire.
If you have a suspicion—
Best buy marshmallows.


Modern companies—
The spreadsheet is everything:
Corporate firestorms.


Flames dance like demons:
Hypnotic, captivating.
Fires—the place of dreams.


You can have your doubts
But climate change means more fires.
Best get used to it.
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© 2017 J Cosmo Newbery
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

1161 - Buying The Grinch



Buying the Grinch

Forget the story history tells,
Consumption’s now the game.
So what if your budget’s bust
To avoid that grinchly name?

So buy.
Do not ask why.
You must.
The ads have told us so—
Cash registers play Jingle Bells,
Merchants whisper Ho-Ho-Ho.
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© 2017 J Cosmo Newbery

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Monday, December 04, 2017

1160 - Ocean


Haiku Horizons has the prompt "Ocean"


Ocean

We are all at sea—
Swept along by the currents:
Not waving, drowning.
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© 2017 J Cosmo Newbery

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Repost - As game as they come.

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Mad Kane has a regular limerick challenge.
She provides the first line, the rest is up to us. 
Here are my efforts this week:


A woman who always seemed game
Developed spots with a long Latin name.
She'd got infected
After sex unprotected;
But was at a loss to know who was to blame.

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© 2017 J Cosmo Newbery

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1159 - For whom the jingle bells toll


Company Christmas Party on Friday.
The music was too loud to talk.
I am too old to put up with it.


For whom the jingle bells toll.

"No man is an island"
I can relate to the meaning inferred
But such wisdom departs
When the dance music starts
And no-one can hear or be heard.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

1158 - What could go wrong?


What could go wrong?

"the spirit is willing,
but the flesh is weak."
- Matthew 26:41

As machine algorithms invade out life,
Translation provides a challenge.

The gin is quite good
But the meat has gone flaccid.
Translation error?
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

1157 - Did I hear the corn jar shake?



Feeding the chickens.
One of life's small mysteries:
How do they smell corn?
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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