Wednesday, May 02, 2018

1171 - Bad Move

Bad Move

There was a young maiden called Marion,
Who always seemed to be marryin'.
Once the knot was tied
They mysteriously died—
Much to the delight of the carrion.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Sunday, April 29, 2018

1170 - Unthai-ing the knot

UnThai-ing the knot. 

When visiting a restaurant in Melbourne's suburbs
we were subjected to the manager
dressing down a staff member in front of the patrons.
In reply to a 'Tell us how you enjoyed your meal' email
I outlined my concerns and was told it didn't happen.

A restaurateur, let's call him Brian,
Accused me of scurrilous lyin'
When I expressed my concern
At his bullying turn,
And, in more ways than one, I'm not buyin'.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Monday, April 02, 2018

1169 - Surely Not?

Surely Not?

Too much chocolate!
(I was reliably told)
Is there such a thing?
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Sunday, March 25, 2018

1168 - Tempus Transit

Tempus Transit

Another year gone—
The relentless march of time,
Enjoyed day by day.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

1167 - A Good Egg

1943 - 2018

Haiku Horizon prompt: Egg

A Good Egg.

We'll all go sometime—
What better an epitaph:
He was a good egg.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Sunday, January 28, 2018

1166 - Idle Thoughts on A Hot Sunday

Sunday Whirl (Wordle #336) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece. 

The words this week are:

magic, ransom, band, rain, trample, tale,
cat, change, aim, dangerously, dense, day

Idle Thoughts on A Hot Sunday

To each comes it’s own—
Every dog shall have its day;
The cats get the best spot.


Forty Two degrees—
Centigrade, not Fahrenheit,
Dangerously dry.

The weather changes:
The rain bands pass overhead
But hold in the rain.


What killed the magic?
Peering at their mobile phones,
All else seems boring.

So are they just dense?
Unseeing and uncaring—
They trample on life.

A retirement plan—
Kidnap all the wretched phones;
Hold them to ransom.

Do they have an aim?
What tale will they tell their kids?
Will the kids listen?
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Monday, January 15, 2018

1165 - Aim

Haiku Horizon prompt: 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.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

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.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

1163 - Pecking Disorder

 Midweek Motif : Doorways

Pecking Disorder

They eye the gateway
And covet the green beyond—
It will not happen.
© 2018 J Cosmo Newbery

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

1162 - All fired up.

Haiku Horizon's topic of the week : 


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.
© 2017 J Cosmo Newbery