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

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.
© 2017 J Cosmo Newbery


Monday, December 04, 2017

1160 - Ocean

Haiku Horizons has the prompt "Ocean"


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


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Repost - As game as they come.

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.

© 2017 J Cosmo Newbery


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.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2017