Wednesday, June 28, 2017

1043 - Fishy



Fishy.

It’s the same old line:
Plenty of fish in the sea.
But who asked the fish?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

1042 - Not a Tea Shirt.



Not a Tea Shirt.

When the weather was excessively cold
Her t-shirt was a sight to behold.
While it spelled out “AA”
In an outstanding way,
It drove many to drink, I am told.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, June 26, 2017

1042 - Reflection


Haiku Horizons prompt: mirror


Reflection.

Bathroom mirrors lie.
A stranger looks back at me.
Who is that person?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

1041 - Sit! Beg!


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


Sit!  Beg!

Said a woman who was asked to explain
Why husbands were easy to train,
“With a beer at hand
They’ll obey your command
As the reward outweighs any pain.”
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1040 - Bum Voyage!


Midweek Motif: yoga


Bum Voyage!

A yogi, when asked to explain why
She contorted and twisted, would reply:
“So when that US boor
Starts a nuclear war
I can kiss my own bum good-bye!”
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1039 - Life Force


A North Melbourne footpath.


Life Force

Nature is a force of power,
Subtle but unrelenting;
Changes come not by the hour
But by constantly presenting.
Like a small but nagging child,
Nature is persisting.
In this way her petition’s filed
And will go on existing.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1038 - Bright Lights


Haiku Horizons prompt: bright


Bright Lights.

Starry, starry night.
Winter’s sky is shining down;
A most wondrous thing.


The beauty is there,
Shining brightly above you:
You must lift your face.


The artists see it—
The wonder of life, as is.
But we walk on by.


Too briefly they shine:
Bright lights in a grey-stone world.
We love them too late.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

1037 - Granny


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

pasty, revel, scent

A pasty is a type of pie, 
especially from Cornwall.
Camay was a brand of soap.


Granny

The scent of Camay—
Transports me back through time.
Grandmother's bedroom.


The smell of pasties.
She flaked the vegetables.
Serve crispy, with sauce.


A young tearaway?
A youth of wild reveling?
I can but wonder.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1036 - When?


Sunday Scribblings 2 prompt: When


When?

Eternal question:
When will [a something] happen?
Why are you waiting?
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, June 12, 2017

1035 - Carpe Diem

Cartoon by Judy Horacek
(click to enlarge)

Carpe Diem

Impulsive choices.
Sometimes they are just so good,
Others are less so.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1034 - Mr Dutton Regrets



Mr Dutton Regrets.

Misuse of power.
But don’t kill the messenger!
Truth is not a crime.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1033 - The One That Got Way.


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


The One That Got Way.

There was an old sailor named Dave
Who’d never been near to a wave.
He just sat on the pier,
Drinking tankards of beer,
And boasting of the fish that he’d saved.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1032 - Theft, Pure & Simple


Haiku Horizons prompt: steal


Theft, pure and simple.

Capitalism—
Please don’t label it stealing.
It is.  But please don’t.


First: they steal your joy,
Second: they sell you the cure.
Choose your addiction.


They steal our climate
To dump their pollution.
But not near their homes.


They create our fears
And then introduce laws
To steal our freedom.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1031 - Split Assessments



Split Assessments.

A lady with a split up her dress,
Deported with style and finesse.
All those who viewed her,
And inwardly reviewed her,
Differed by gender how they assessed.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

1030 - La Vache Qui Rit



La Vache Qui Rit

A guru once sat on a hill,
In search of a truth to distill.
But the mantra he espoused
Confused all the cows,
And they laughed, as naughty cows will.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1029 - Winter Showers



Winter showers

Weather is outside.
When it comes to attitude,
Showers are within.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1028 - Don't say you weren't toad!


Haiku Horizons prompt: kiss


Don't say you weren't toad!

Never kiss a frog!
When they promise you the pond—
They're amphibian.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1027 - You must come up!


Mad Kane poses a regular limerick challenge.
The key word this week is ‘no’.


You must come up!

When asked in for a coffee, post-show,
A choice is to be made, yes or no.
Some advise you decline
As it may make you recline,
But sadly there’s no way to know.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1026 - The Kiss


Haiku Horizons prompt: kiss


The Kiss

The meeting of lips.
Strange, if you think about it.
So best you don’t.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1025 - Rather Fluid


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

murky, navigate, organic


Rather Fluid

Life is a fairly organic thing,
Fluid in so many ways;
With many streams to navigate
As we fulfill our days.
Some streams arouse and some elate,
Some are murky, some are clear,
Some make us want to rise and sing,
And some we’re wise to fear.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1024 - Wrong Question


Sunday Scribblings 2 prompt: where

Wrong question.

We focus on ‘where’
And chase the rainbow of ‘there’
Along roads of gold.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, May 22, 2017

1023 - Windows


Haiku Horizons prompt: window
(OK, for the pedants, mine are Senryus)


Windows

Modern day vouyeurs—
They watch the world pass them by
Through thin panes of glass.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

1022 - A Titanic Disaster.


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

crisis, decayed, embarrassment.


A Titanic Disaster.

Crisis? What crisis?
The media is lying,
There is no ice-berg.


An embarrassment.
A cause for public concern.
When will we be safe?


It can’t be decayed—
It is still so very new.
Yet there is a smell.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1021 - Careful Driving.


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


Careful Driving

A less than demure young bride,
Took care when going for a ride.
The bumps on the road
Could dislodge her load:
Spectacular but not dignified.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Vale Boneman


Berry Connell
“Boneman”
??? - 2017

Here lies Berry,
Oft known as Boneman;
He made the world a better place,
As much as any man alone can.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Monday, May 15, 2017

1020 - Roads


Haiku Horizons prompt: road
(OK, for the pedants, they are Senryus)


Roads

We forge our own road,
Blazing a trail through the rough.
Will others follow?


You take the high road
And I will take the low road...
Both murmur “Ta, Mac!”


They are everywhere!
Just where did they learn to drive?
Why aren’t they like me?


The roadside cafĂ©—
Cold and rather fatty food.
It’s a tradition.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

1019 - The President's Picnic



The President’s Picnic

If you turn on the news today
You’ll feel you want to cry
If you turn on the news today
Expect to see some lies.

For every lie that ever there was
Will be broadcast there for certain
Because the news is the way
The President fools the public.

Snow job time for Presidents
The little Presidents are having
A lovely time today. 
Watch them as they change events
And then recant the previous day.

See them freely change the news
In any way they choose
They never make any sense
Behind the scenes the Russians and Saudis
Will take them out for drinks
Because they’re rich little Presidents.

Every President whose been bought
Acts in a treasonous way
There’s lots of marvellous cash to keep
And wonderful deals in play.

Behind the lies where nobody sees
They'll muddy the water as long as they please
'Cause that's the way the
Presidents fool the public.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Sunday, May 07, 2017

1018 - If I Ruled The World


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

seductive, tilt, urgent.


If I Ruled The World

It is a seductive thought:
That you matter.
That you know what should be.
That you can change the world,
Tilt it to align correctly
With what is right;
To address the urgent needs
As you see them.

Seductive, but wrong.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Saturday, May 06, 2017

1017 - Paradise Island


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


Paradise Island

A ship-wrecked couple who displayed
Reluctance when contact was made,
Explained their position
Facilitated coition
So not really marooned, just mis-laid.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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1016 - Confected Outrage


Poets United Midweek Motif : News media


Confected Outrage

The media. It's called a medium 
because it's neither rare nor well done. 
Paraphrasing Ernie Kovacs

In a flow that just increases
Comes outrage, lies and sting.
The owners, sad, are unabashed,
Money, not truth, is king.

Fake news,
The twisted views
Rehashed
Not really
News at all;
Just a stream
Of opinion pieces
Meant to shock
And appall.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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Friday, May 05, 2017

1015 - Links


Haiku Horizon prompt: link

Yes, they are Senryus, not Haikus.  Get over it.


Links

18 holes of golf;
Called a “round” for some reason—
A nice walk ruined.


Thick pork sausages
Sizzling on the BBQ—
Someone pass the sauce.


The proof of the link.
They say that it is missing
But look at Donald!


We must remember—
No matter how strong the chain
The weakest link breaks.
.
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© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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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
who was, shall we say, let go.

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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