Monday, 26 June 2017



the quality of being exact; precision; accuracy

In old age
A steely exactitude
Was all she could summon

To stay alive

Sunday, 25 June 2017



1. a small open container, usually having one handle, used for drinking from
2. the contents of such a container
3. a unit of capacity used in cooking equal to approximately half a pint, 8 fluid ounces, or about one quarter of a litre
4. something resembling a cup in shape or function, such as the flower base of some plants of the rose family or a cuplike bodily organ
5. either of two cup-shaped parts of a brassiere, designed to support the breasts
6. a cup-shaped trophy awarded as a prize
7. (British) a sporting contest in which a cup is awarded to the winner
8. a mixed drink with one ingredient as a base, usually served from a bowl
9. (golf) . the hole or metal container in the hole on a green
10. the chalice or the consecrated wine used in the Eucharist
11. one's lot in life
-verb (trans.)
12. to form (something, such as the hands) into the shape of a cup
13. to put into or as if into a cup
14. (archaic) . to draw blood to the surface of the body of (a person) by using a cupping glass

The satisfaction
Of a fish in my cup
Going around

In all that saké

Saturday, 24 June 2017



1. lean or scrawny

2. rough; unkempt

She never trusts anyone
The scraggy old thing
Possibly for good reasons

Friday, 23 June 2017



-verb (intr.)
1. to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
2. to wander from one's path or main direction

In the mirror
Ghosts digressing
From the tangible world
Following a light

Into oblivion

Thursday, 22 June 2017



1. a correction or improvement in a text
2. the act or process of emending, i.e. to make corrections or improvements in (a text) by critical editing

Though it was his duty
He found emendation tedious
And borderline sacrilegious

An assault on an author’s rights

Wednesday, 21 June 2017



1. carefully thought out in advance; planned; studied; intentional
2. careful or unhurried in speech or action
3. to consider (something) deeply; ponder; think over

Fake spontaneity
All here is deliberate

But for the lack of focus

Tuesday, 20 June 2017



Calmness or peace of mind; emotional tranquillity (also called: Ataraxy)

Behold the Etruscan death

Ataraxia in stone or terracotta

Monday, 19 June 2017



1. given to or resulting from intemperance
2. suffering from intemperance; drunken

Here he is
A crapulent god
Not clear on how
And why or where

He lost his crown

Sunday, 18 June 2017



1. any temperate shrub or small tree of the genus Staphylea, esp S. pinnata of S Europe, that has bladder-like seed pods: family Staphyleaceae
2. the pod of any such tree

A curiosity
From Georgia
Pickled bladdernut buds

Milder than expected

Saturday, 17 June 2017



1. speech or behaviour directed against the peace of a state
2. an offence that tends to undermine the authority of a state
3. an incitement to public disorder
4. (archaic) . revolt

Despite her cute pink nose
Defiance and sedition

Vibrate from her whiskers

Friday, 16 June 2017



1. (pathology) . a blind spot; a permanent or temporary area of depressed or absent vision caused by lesions of the visual system, viewing the sun directly, squinting, etc.
2. (psychology) . a mental blind spot; inability to see, understand, or perceive certain things or matters

Let’s share other people's joys and sorrows
Stick a red rose at the side
Of the fairy palace in our minds
Ignoring the scotoma drapery

That renders us blind to others

Thursday, 15 June 2017



-verb (trans.)
1. to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
2. to curtail; diminish
3. (archaic) to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc.)

The occasion will plead excuses.
To put two and two together
Whatever abstract ideas are here
Of an actual killing at once empirical
Abridged and yet unpractical
A comment kept unhurt

For private satisfaction.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017



a shelter or place of refuge, in particular during wartime or natural disasters

We pass shadows
With a doorstep for all abri
Trying hard not to see
In case we should feel
A vortex of compassion

Or pity sucking us in

Tuesday, 13 June 2017



1. (usually predicative) . motionless; stationary
2. undisturbed or tranquil; silent and calm
3. (of a liquid) not sparkling or effervescent
4. gentle or quiet; subdued
5. (obsolete) . (of a child) dead at birth
6. continuing now or in the future as in the past
7. up to this or that time; yet
8. (often used with a comparative) . even or yet
9. quiet or without movement
10. (poetic) (dialect) . always
11. (poetic) . silence or tranquillity
12. a photograph or frame, in particular of a scene from a motion-picture film
13. to make or become still, quiet, or calm
14. (trans.) to allay or relieve
-sentence connector
15. even then; nevertheless

1. an apparatus for carrying out distillation, consisting of a vessel in which a mixture is heated, a condenser to turn the vapour back to liquid, and a receiver to hold the distilled liquid, used in particular in the manufacture of spirits
2. a place where spirits are made; distillery

A still life by heart
Of old men and many things.
The water shapes their mind
Shaking the meadows
Swift and shadowy heaving
Beneath the shadows on the walls.

Monday, 12 June 2017



1. a sudden overwhelming feeling of terror or anxiety, in particular one affecting a whole group of people
2. to feel or cause to feel panic

(with capital P) of or relating to the god Pan

My heart is beginning to return
In a house of panic
The colour of a burning blue
All for the records of high fields of work.