Sunday, January 15, 2017

970 - Opportunity Knocks


Midweek Motif : Doors

Opportunity Knocks

If the door is closed
You can open it again—
That is what doors do.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, January 13, 2017

969 - Thank You For Your Support.


Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: 

jockey, kindred and lopsided.


Thank You For Your Support,
(I shall always wear it.)

He’s growing up—
Too big to be a jockey
And he’s only four.


Our kindred spirits
Support us when we need them
Wherever they are.


Nothing is even—
Everything is lopsided;
Just like testicles.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, January 07, 2017

968 - None So Blind


Poet’s United Midweek Motif: Vision


None so blind.

Television.
Far seeing.
The bastard offspring 
Of Greek and Latin.
The irony of it:
It makes you 
Introspective
Or escapist,
Or passive.
Voyeurs.
If you don’t like 
What you see
You can change the channel
But, curiously,
You don’t turn off,
Accepting
The best of the worst.
Transfixed 
But seeing nothing.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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967 - Defensive Positions


Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: 

hateful, incorrigible and gaping.



Defensive Positions

Incorrigible,
That’s what they have called me—
For telling ‘Dad jokes’.


Jokes let me escape
From the harsh realities
Of a hateful world.


That dark, gaping void
Between what the world presents
And what it should be.


And so I tell jokes.
If that upsets some people—
They can call me names.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, January 01, 2017

966 - Early Days


Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: 

filthy, elaborate and dappled.


Early Days

It is quiet.
The morning is just starting to move.
But gently so.
An early cloud dissolves slowly
And the wisteria lets a dappled light through.

Reflective moments
While the world dreams
Produce elaborate plans.
Optimistic?  Maybe.
But worthwhile none the less.,
There is scope for improvement.
At home.
And at large.

The year past has had its share of highs
And lows.
A granddaughter arrived,
With that smell new babies have.
But wars continue, as filthy as ever.

This morning feels no different to yesterdays.
But we draw a line in the sands of time
And hope things will change.
Outside, ravens pass discordant judgement.
Inside, a clock ticks.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, December 30, 2016

965 - Thinking Makes It So


Haiku Horizon’s prompt: Joy

Thinking makes it so.

One man’s meat, they say,
Is another man’s poison.
Joy is subjective.

We are as happy
As we determine to be.
It’s an easy choice.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

964 - Dear Santa



Dear Santa,

I know you’ve come through so oft’ before
But the time has come to ask for more.
So, let me be firm and let me be clear
World peace tops my list this year.
And the climate seems to be a mess,
Perhaps you could teach us to use less.
Remove animals out of cosmetics
And take religion out of politics.
And why not knock off the odd disease
And remove the pirates from the seas.
And stop folk cutting down our trees
And improve the quality of what's on our TVs.
And rid the streets of hoons and louts
And ban the sale of Brussels Sprouts.
But if all this is just a wish too far
I’ll happily settle for a good Pinot Noir.
Now reader, visit the comments section
To nominate your gift selection.

.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Monday, December 12, 2016

963 - A Rushed Life


Haiku horizons prompt: rush

A rushed life.

Small. Feathered. Anxious.
Quiet.  Still. Sensing danger.
Hides in the rushes.


If it’s important—
Surely they will wait for you.
So what is the rush?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Friday, December 09, 2016

962 - Stuffed and can't be stuffed.






Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week are: 

tempting, specific and snuff.


Stuffed.  
And can't be stuffed.

That flame,
That light,
Is quickly snuffed,
For no specific reason.
Just lots of things 
Conspire to quell
The heart
This festive season.

I see.

But why just me?

You?  Well—

It’s tempting to try 
To make you see
But in the end 
I can’t be stuffed;
The fight is just too big for me.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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Monday, December 05, 2016

961 - Safe and Secure


Haiku Horizons has the prompt “Safe”.


Safe and Secure.

We worry too much—
Safety is an illusion
That’s quickly shattered.


There is no such thing
As a life lived in safety:
The gods laugh at you.


And what price safety?
You can be well protected
But are you alive?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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