Thursday, 31 December 2015



an archaic word for wash

The struck of midnight
Laving old sins into new gold
Calendar alchemy
Surrounded by sparklers

Wednesday, 30 December 2015



of, characteristic of, or relating to winter; wintry

East of nothing
Brumal ghosts
Shiver in the sun

Tuesday, 29 December 2015



1. a colour varying from deep red to dark purplish-brown
2. something of that colour

Love messages
In puce over asphalt
Secret street code

Monday, 28 December 2015



-verb (trans.)
1. to fail to notice or take into account
2. to disregard deliberately or indulgently
3. to look at or over from above
4. to afford a view of from above
5. to rise above
6. to look after
7. to look at carefully
8. to bewitch or cast the evil eye upon (someone)
9. (US) a high place affording a view
10. (US) an act of overlooking


An overlook in the metering
Turns a photograph into painting

Sunday, 27 December 2015



1. a meal cooked out of doors over an open fire
2. an outdoor party or picnic at which barbecued food is served
3. a grill or fireplace used in barbecuing
4. the food so cooked
1. to cook (meat, fish, etc.) on a grill, usually over charcoal and often with a highly seasoned sauce
2. to cook (meat, fish, etc.) in a highly seasoned sauce

Unusual breakfast
Barbecued lamb

Nested in a crusty loaf

Saturday, 26 December 2015



1. a person who steals something from another
2. (criminal law) . a person who commits theft
Plural: thieves

Furry criminal
Pillow thief
Planting kitty dreams

In my cushion

Friday, 25 December 2015



1. When intr., often followed by “from” . to give up tenure of (a job, office, etc.)
2. (trans.) to reconcile (oneself) to; yield
3. (trans.) to give up (a right, claim, etc.); relinquish 

Having read the statutes
I resign myself to
The unconceivable
I will never belong there

Thursday, 24 December 2015



1. neat and spruce in appearance
2. slim; slender
3. in good condition
-verb (mainly trans.)
4. to put in good order, especially by cutting or pruning
5. to shape and finish (timber)
6. to adorn or decorate
7. sometimes followed by “off’ or "away” . to cut so as to remove
8. to cut down to the desired size or shape
9. (dialect) to decorate
10. (nautical)
a. (also intr.) to adjust the balance of (a vessel) or (of a vessel) to maintain an even balance, by distribution of ballast, cargo, etc.
b. (also intra.) to adjust (a vessel's sails) to take advantage of the wind
c. to stow (cargo)
11.  to balance (an aircraft) before flight by adjusting the position of the load or in flight by the use of trim tabs, fuel transfer, etc.
12. (also intr.) to modify (one's opinions, etc.) to suit opposing factions or for expediency
13. (informal) to thrash or beat
14. (informal) to rebuke
15. (obsolete) to furnish or equip
16. a decoration or adornment
17. the upholstery and decorative facings, as on the door panels, of a car's interior
18. proper order or fitness; good shape
19. a haircut that neatens but does not alter the existing hairstyle
20 (nautical)
a. the general set and appearance of a vessel
b. the difference between the draught of a vessel at the bow and at the stern
c. the fitness of a vessel
d. the position of a vessel's sails relative to the wind
e. the relative buoyancy of a submarine
21. dress or equipment
22. (US) window-dressing
23. the attitude of an aircraft in flight when the pilot allows the main control surfaces to take up their own positions
24. (cinema) . a section of shot cut out during editing
25. material that is trimmed off
26. decorative mouldings, such as architraves, picture rails, etc.

I try and trim
The trimmings
But the clown
Remained, stuck,
And laughing

Wednesday, 23 December 2015



1. final permission; authorization
2. aid or encouragement
3. something, such as an ethical principle, that imparts binding force to a rule, oath, etc.
4. the penalty laid down in a law for contravention of its provisions
5. (often plural) . a coercive measure, especially one taken by one or more states against another guilty of violating international law
6. to give authority to; permit
7. to make authorized; confirm
8. to impose a sanction or penalty on

Do the cloud worry
About the angel’s sanction?
Wind carries both away

Tuesday, 22 December 2015



any card or dice throw with three spots

Fate handed in
Treasonous trey

Why are clover leaves luck?

Monday, 21 December 2015



1. either the shortest day of the year (winter solstice) or the longest day of the year (summer solstice)
2. either of the two points on the ecliptic at which the sun is overhead at the tropic of Cancer or Capricorn at the summer and winter solstices

Born on a winter solstice
Yet the warmest sun in my life

Sunday, 20 December 2015



1. a man revered for his profound wisdom
2. profoundly wise or prudent
3. (obsolete) solemn

1. a perennial Mediterranean plant, Salvia officinalis, having grey-green leaves and purple, blue, or white flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2. the leaves of this plant, used in cooking for flavouring
3. short for sagebrush

Citrus laced butter
And unwise sage
In a Gordian knot

Sunday fresh pasta

Saturday, 19 December 2015



stupid; gross

He comes in for cuddles
The crass creature
Who could resist him

Despite his dirty nose?

Friday, 18 December 2015



1. difficult to understand; obscure; complex; puzzling
2. entangled or involved

Under the golden tree
An intricate lace
A struggle for power

And more dying sun 

Thursday, 17 December 2015



1. a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate
2. an acquaintance or associate
3. an ally in a fight or cause; supporter
4. a fellow member of a party, society, etc.
5. a patron or supporter 
6. to add (a person) to one's list of contacts on a social networking website
7. an archaic word for befriend

A dear friend
Talking until late

Waking up to watch the dawn

Wednesday, 16 December 2015



1. exciting a feeling of wonder; marvellous or strange
2. extremely fine; excellent

In dark days
The light wonderful

Warming galaxies

Tuesday, 15 December 2015



1. an omission or mistake, especially one made through failure to notice something
2. supervision

In an oversight
I forgot my duties
The oversight of tea

Making darkness

Monday, 14 December 2015



1. to take or pull (the covering, clothes, etc.) off (oneself, another person, or thing)
2. (intr.) to remove all one's clothes
3. (intr.) to perform a striptease
4. (trans.) to denude or empty completely
5. (trans.) to deprive
6. (trans.) to rob or plunder
7. (trans.) to remove (paint, varnish, etc) from (a surface, furniture, etc) by sanding, with a solvent, etc 
8. Also: pluck (trans.) . to pull out the old coat of hair from (dogs of certain long- and wire-haired breeds)
9. to remove the leaves from the stalks of (tobacco, etc.)
10. to separate the two sides of a leaf from the stem of (tobacco, etc)
11. (trans.) (agriculture) . to draw the last milk from each of the teats of (a cow)
12. to dismantle (an engine, mechanism, etc)
13. to tear off or break (the thread) from (a screw, bolt, etc) or (the teeth) from (a gear)
14. (often followed by “down”) . to remove the accessories from (a motor vehicle)
15. to remove (the most volatile constituent) from (a mixture of liquids) by boiling, evaporation, or distillation
16. (printing) (usually followed by “in”) . to combine (pieces of film or paper) to form a composite sheet from which a plate can be made
17. (trans.) (in freight transport) . to unpack (a container) 
18. the act or an instance of undressing or of performing a striptease

1. a relatively long, flat, narrow piece of something
2. short for airstrip
3. (philately) a horizontal or vertical row of three or more un-separated postage stamps
4. the clothes worn by the members of a team, especially a football team
5. (business) a triple option on a security or commodity consisting of one call option and two put options at the same price and for the same period
6. to cut or divide into strips

A strip of stranger
Kept for old time’s sake
Cracked yet burning still


Sunday, 13 December 2015



a grain high in nutrients traditionally grown as a staple food high in the Andes

Sunday morning treat
Quinoa porridge full of sun

And luscious cream cheese

Saturday, 12 December 2015



1. an abject or contemptible coward
2. a rare word for cowardly

Diffident poltroon
Hiding on the roof

Clouds cowed in unison

Friday, 11 December 2015



1. (of an object or material) capable of regaining its original shape or position after bending, stretching, compression, or other deformation; elastic
2. (of a person) recovering easily and quickly from shock, illness, hardship, etc.; irrepressible

Climate change
Is not a matter for resilient penguins
The earth is dying

Thursday, 10 December 2015



(British, informal, derogatory) . a young working-class person whose tastes, although sometimes expensive, are considered vulgar by some

It’s obvious from their faces
That they are far from raptus
And consider him a chav

For all his crimson glory

Wednesday, 9 December 2015



(pejorative) . an unsophisticated person of low intellect

In the shadows
Lurks the chawbacon
Ready to pounce

In your timeline

Tuesday, 8 December 2015



1. costing relatively little; inexpensive; good value
2. charging low prices
3. of poor quality; shoddy
4. worth relatively little
5. not worthy of respect; vulgar
6. ashamed; embarrassed
7. stingy; miserly
8. (informal) mean; despicable 

Bad weather and
Cheap filters
For moody shots of

Nothing much

Monday, 7 December 2015



1. mentally deranged; crazy; of unsound mind
2. characteristic of a person of unsound mind
3. irresponsible; very foolish; stupid

Like a ghost
Scrapping nails on a blackboard,
The cough inside my head

Is driving me insane

Sunday, 6 December 2015



1. (trans.) to remove floating material from the surface of (a liquid), as with a spoon
2. to glide smoothly or lightly over (a surface)
3. (trans.) to throw (something) in a path over a surface, so as to bounce or ricochet over water
4. (when intr., usually followed by “through”) . to read (a book) in a superficial or cursory manner
5. to cover (a liquid) with a thin layer or (of liquid) to become coated in this way, as with ice, scum, etc.
6. the act or process of skimming
7. material skimmed off a liquid, especially off milk
8. the liquid left after skimming
9. any thin layer covering a surface

First skim some broth
Then add squash and
A piece of preserved lemon

Serve with cream

Saturday, 5 December 2015



(Scottish) foolish; silly; thoughtless 

Meet the local goof
Glaikit pole dancer
Fierce union leader

And cushion barnacle

Friday, 4 December 2015



a scolding old woman; nag

The feedback is clear
When stressed
I turn to a harridan

No surprise

Thursday, 3 December 2015



-noun (usually plural)
1. an expression of enthusiastic approval or approbation
2. a round of applause

An old puppet
Going for plaudits

Neapolitan comedy 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015



(functioning as singular) . the study of the role of body movements, such as winking, shrugging, etc., in communication

Cardboard kinesics
Sculptural élan

Ghosts at the window

Tuesday, 1 December 2015



1. brilliant or conspicuous success, effect, etc.
2. showy display; ostentation
3. social distinction
4. approval; acclaim; applause

Winter comes in

Softly yet with éclat