Sunday, April 30, 2017

1014 - Shady Characters


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

rebel, pluck, shady.


Shady Characters.

A rebel, well known for his pluck
Was assisted by the good Friar Tuck.
When asked if his robbing
Left the poor sheriff sobbing,
He replied "I really don’t give 
a lot of thought to that."
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

1013 - This Little Piggie



This Little Piggie.
Ode to a former boss.

I said goodbye, Daryl,
Well, goodbye, Daryl
It's so nice to see you get your lot
You're far too big, Daryl
You’re just a pig, Daryl
You're soon forgotten
You're pretty rotten
You're a misbegotten twat.
I love that you’re disappearin’
And the staff’s all cheerin’
As you waddle out the door just one last time
So take your bum, fella
Your leadership was pretty dumb, fella
Daryl never come this way again

[repeat]

.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, April 24, 2017

1012 - Fire when ready.


Haiku Horizons prompt: burn


Fire when ready.

Eternal hellfire.
Strange for a forgiving God—
A contradiction.


Unpredictable—
Our heart can burn for someone
And surprise our brain.


A warm crackling fire;
It is just so comforting.
What?  Damn the climate!


A book will ignite:
Fahrenheit four fifty one.
Cold stupidity.


Kids—full of mischief!
They will grab hold of your arm,
Give a Chinese burn.


We’ll burn all the coal!
Lemmings racing to the cliff.
Come on, bring it on!


A summer sunburn—
A rite of passage back then.
There are regrets now.


Eucalyptus oil:
Gives a beautiful blue haze
And burns very well.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

1011 - The Dark Ages


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

meander, nameless, oafish.


The Dark Ages

When trolls meander on the land,
Breaking things as they go;
When the nameless backroom overseers
(Who really rule the show),
Pretend
That they alone defend—
Have fears.

Nothing can be for sure
When the oafish are in command;
No-one can feel secure.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1010 - No longer here


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘here’.


No longer here.

A man who desired a cold beer
Yelled “Wife! Quick! Bring it here!”
In the subsequent trial,
Said the judge, with a smile,
“Justifiable homicide, loud and clear!”
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, April 17, 2017

1009 - Terror Australis


Haiku Horizons prompt: drop


Terror Australis

There’s venomous snakes,
(As if spiders weren’t enough)
And there’s drop bears too.

Big, carnivorous,
Could eat the snakes and spiders:
Prefers the tourists.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

1008 - And chortled as they went


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

jabber, knowingly, lasting.

I didn’t plan a continuation of the Lewis Carroll theme 
but the ‘jabber’ took me there.


And chortled as they went.

The Jabberwock was known to wock
But was rarely known to jabber.
She’d frolic in the fields and woods
For flowers, which she’d gather.
Until some uppish, beamish brat
Took up his sword to stab her.

The press back then, as do now,
Knowingly spun a tale
Of how this kind and loving beast
Was something to impale.
They taught us we should be afraid
And fear, they knew, means sale.

Repetition, even of a lie,
Makes a lasting impression.
“Beware the Jabberwock!” the headlines said
And left no room for guessin’.
The judge and jury of the press
Then staged the death procession.

Back home, within her Wocky croft,
Her kids awaited dinner.
Time went by and she didn’t come
And the kids were getting thinner.
From far away, came “Callou, Callay!”
As the crowds cheered on the winner.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

1007 - The Stream


Poet’s United Midweek Motif : books

The Stream

Life is like a stream
Of concurrent stories;
Some starting,
Some finishing,
Some ongoing.

It is strange though.
We only find ourselves embedded 
In one of these stories
Long after it has started.
Only in the middle
Do we realise that it is in progress,
That we are within it.

Day one of a new story 
Is only ever seen in hindsight.

But the last day, that is different.
Sometimes the story end abruptly; by us.
Or by others.
Sometimes it is tossed on the floor
And forgotten.
Sometimes the book is closed reluctantly;
So precious and yet finished. The end.
Sometimes it is closed slowly,
Thoughtfully,
As we reflect on what it said to us.

Whatever we make of it
Each book can only be read once.
And as we ponder stories past,
We suddenly realise that another one started
Some time ago.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

1006 - Hot Water


Haiku Horizons prompt: swim


Hot Water

You can sink or swim.
It’s a false dichotomy—
Avoid the water.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, April 09, 2017

1005 - The Walnut and The Carpetlayer.


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

gloomy, haunted, intense.


The Walnut and The Carpetlayer.

To all intense and porpoises,
With what we think we see,
Our brain is haunted and possessed
By ghosts of what could be.
Our minds invent, when so inclined,
Expressed images, filtered raw
Not gloomy, just fractal corpuses,
Like Lewis Carroll saw.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1004 - Value for Money


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘buy’.


Value for Money

Our politicians are in oversupply
And parliament’s both a creche and a sty;
But we should be quite proud
Of our political crowd—
They’re the best that money can buy.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

1003 - That Sinking Feeling


Haiku Horizons prompt: sink


That Sinking Feeling.

Life is a rough sea.
Battered from every side
We sink.  Or we swim.


Facades crack open.
What we see is frightening;
It makes our hearts sink.


Dishes fill the sink.
Flotsam of a night well spent.
It is a cheap price.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, April 02, 2017

1002 - The Magician


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

dazzle, erupt, flimsy


The Magician

When they erupt 
Onto our stage
They dazzle us 
With jewels,
Hypnotise us 
Like foolish chooks
with their verbal tools.
Flimsy,
Insubstantial whimsy—
It hooks.
It hooks because we are game
And, even knowing the damage,
We buy it all the same.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1001 - The Door



Haiku Horizons prompt : Door.


The Door

Starting a new year—
Birthdays can be like a door:
A new room beckons.

Rearrange the chairs,
Tidy up the mantelpiece,
Make yourself at home.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, March 13, 2017

1000 - My Word!


Haiku Horizons prompt: light

My Word!

The word of the day—
Lucifer, bringer of light.
Well, I never knew!
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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999 - A Particular Bent


Sunday Scribblings 2 prompt: bent

A Particular Bent

A fellow who shagged in a tent
Found his member distressingly bent.
He set to completing 
His genital meeting
But rather than cumming, he went.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

998 - The Second Estate


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

raspy, shifty, painful


The Second Estate

They give us unctuous, shifty lies
And we lap them up, whole.
Not raspy, these are silky smooth—
Words that paint a tromp l’oeil
To fool,
Fool in a hope that you’ll
Approve
Of their deceptive act.
They get rich by this enterprise
And that’s a painful fact.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, March 10, 2017

997 - Fox in the Hen House.


Haiku Horizons prompt - cold



“It is not man-made”
New view on a heated topic.
Cold comfort, indeed.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, March 06, 2017

996 - Alone in Berlin



Alone in Berlin

The power of words:
Alternative facts, posted,
Passive aggressive.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, March 05, 2017

995 - If it ain’t bust…


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘bust’.

If it ain’t bust…

A lady with a magnificent bust
Caused several young fellows to lust.
But sadly her cleavage 
Was just a deceivage—
A terrible betrayal of their trust.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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994 - But Hollow


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

Mischievous, Nod & Obedience.


But Hollow.

Nice hair,
Pretty face,
But hollow.
A sock puppet
For the mischievous right,
The malevolent might,
Of the God set,
Who expect nothing 
But obedience
And compliance
With their bookish views
Of what is news
Of who they abuse
Of mostly don’ts
But occasional do’s.
With a deferential nod
To these darlings of God
He steps into the lights…
Nice hair,
Pretty face.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

993 - Fearful Revelations


Poet’s United Midweek Motif: Fear

Fearful Revelations

A simple life trick:
Watch when people threaten you—
They use what they fear.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, February 27, 2017

992.Taking the cake. Or not.


Haiku Horizons prompt : waste

Taking the cake.  Or not.

"But you must eat it,
It will only go to waste."
—Yes, but not to mine.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

991 - The Pack


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

High-pitched, languid, impish.


The Pack

Do you hear them?
Dog whistles.
Hight pitched
Well pitched
With languid distain
For the ensuing pain
For the flock,
The anxious flock.
Just an eye
For the effect.
Rally the mob.
Bring out the dogs.
Herd them in, 
Round them up
Bring them in
In for the slaughter.
The dogs do their work.
Not innocent
And yet unaware
Naive in their way,
Working dogs.
Just responsive
To the note as pitched.
A note of malevolence
Behind a feigned innocence.
Look!  I have clean hands!
Nothing impish here,
Not just mischief.
Nastier.
Much nastier.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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990 - Embrace




Embrace

Skin on skin embrace.
We are animals at heart—
A primal pleasure.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

989 - Mental Turns


Poet’s United Midweek Motif : Nostalgia


Mental Turns

Nostalgia plays 
Its siren song;
We fall 
Beneath its spell.

We reconstruct 
The past and smile
At stories it can tell.

It’s false,
This bright and mental waltz.
Futile
And quite pointless because
Wistfully hopeful, we long
For something 
That never was.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

988 - Faultlines


Sunday Scribblings 2 prompt : Broken

Faultlines

Once it is broken
It is irreparable—
Repaired is not new.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, February 20, 2017

987 - Break it up.


Haiku Horizons prompt: break


Break it up.

Need a rest?  Kit Kat!
Chocolate is a cure-all?
Oh, give me a break!
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

986 - Listing


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘list’.


Listing

A bloke who was regularly pissed
Developed an unfortunate list.
It so lead him astray,
In a circular way,
That when he fell to the ground, he missed.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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985 - Choose wisely


Sunday Scribblings 2 prompt: pinch.


Choose wisely

Life can be risky—
There are some things you can pinch,
Some things you shouldn’t.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

984 - No bunnies here


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘meat’.


No bunnies here.

No BBQ can be complete
Without a pile of well-grilled meat.
There’s plenty of sauce
And some beers, of course,
And salads for the rabbits to eat.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, February 17, 2017

983 - Transference



Transference

The patterns are there
But meanings are elusive:
You find what you want.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

982 - The Closing of the Day


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

Decaying, Ember, Fragrant.


The Closing of the Day

Fragrant.
Aromatic.
Earthy.
Drifting low 
In the dew laden air
Smoke carries 
Its own peace.

The fire,
Once alive,
Is now decaying.
Dying.
Slowly
But dying.
Fading with the night,
Into the night,
Until the last ember 
Ceases to glow
And the ashes turn cold
And grey.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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981 - Venus


Midweek Motif : love
Haiku Horizons : shell


Venus

When Venus arose from her shell
The men all fell for her spell.
They claimed the attraction
Was a fine mind in action,
But being naked was a bonus, as well.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

980 - The Hunter Gatherer


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

asymmetrical, bare and crave.



The Hunter Gatherer

What do you crave?
I mean, what do you really want?
Keeps you up at night,
Gets you up early in the morning,
Captures and teases your imagination? (1)

What if you stop for a moment,
Strip your desire bare (2)
For a close but critical inspection? 

But the desire to have
And the pleasure of having
Are asymmetric.

You long, lust even, (3)
For as long as you take 
To achieve your kill;
The consummate 
And consuming hunter.

But next day?
A trophy
And a new hunt.

Could you be hunting
The wrong thing?

◊◊

1.  I hope you are not coveting the neighbour’s wife. 
They can be unreasonably touchy about this.
2.  See 1.
3.  See 1.

.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, February 06, 2017

979 - Showers


Haiku Horizons : Rain

Showers

Pain. Anguish. Regret.
In the garden of sorrow
Tears fall as petals.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, February 03, 2017

978 - Faith

Midweek motif: Faith

I’m a scientist.
Faith is not something I do.
But I do have hope.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

977 - The Committee Man


For Neil, who gave me line 4


The Committee Man

In a room, I know not where
There sat a man who wasn’t there.
He’d come along when told to meet
Just a warm body in a another cold seat.

While debates drove others to despair
His mind was in a pool somewhere,
Or sipping champagne by the sea,
Or just off frolicking, wild and free.

Until the chairman, the rotten swine
With wicked eyes and teeth, canine,
Asked the man who wasn’t there
A question about some crook affair.

Reluctantly his mind returned
And move the meeting be adjourned.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

976 - Blueprint


Haiku Horizons prompt: Design

Blueprint

Life has a pattern
But nothing you can design
Beyond a rough draft.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, January 30, 2017

975 - Peeping Tom


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘stare’.


Peeping Tom

When Godiva paraded, all bare,
The townsfolk agreed not to stare.
But the temptation was steep
And young Tom took a peep
But swore he just looked at her hair.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

974 - To a Christian who mocked a Haggis



To a Christian who mocked a Haggis

You are a disappointment, Trevor;
You and your high ideals
Of religion and of heavenly choirs.
Surely you know how it feels
Receiving
From the disbelieving
Satire
And yet you pretend to spew
And laugh as if it’s so very clever.
Would JC agree with you?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

973 - Flood


Haiku Horizons prompt: Flood.


Flood

The ice caps will melt.
But why should I be worried?
I live on a hill.


“We will be flooded!”
“They will breed like the rabbits!”
“You must be afraid!”

Muslim tsunami.
The fear of ignorant folk
Who cannot do maths.


It began to rain—
They came aboard two by two.
Forty days and nights.

A lot of water
To cover all of the land.
Where did it all go?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

972 - Control


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

parched, rotund, scandalous.


Control

“Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. 
Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
-George Orwell


Rotund men
In pinstripe suits 
And tall glass towers
Control our lives.

Yes, it is scandalous.
But we do nothing,
Feel we can do nothing.
That is their power.
That is how they
Control our lives.

We let them.

Like the man lost
In the desert—
Delusional, parched,
Desperate.
We crawl to wards
The mirage
Of hope.  Hope
That things will improve
It we behave.
That is how they
Control our lives.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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971 - Resistance is Necessary


Poets United Midweek Motif : Change

Resistance is Necessary

We are influenced—
Family, friends, the press.
But we can resist.

Yes, we can listen.
They can put forward their case;
That’s all they can do.

It may not sit well.
Afterwards we can assess.
Change is optional.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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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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