Sunday, 31 July 2016



a liquid substance that is black in colour

Drowning sorrow
In exotic atrament
And a stiff upper lip

Saturday, 30 July 2016



the state of being unwilling

Lounging in the shade
Without even the will
To fight nolition
Dolce farniente 

Friday, 29 July 2016



an ornamental screen-like structure above and behind an altar, especially one used as a setting for a religious picture or carving

With urban walls
As sole retable
Art propagates
Along cracked stucco

Thursday, 28 July 2016



1. (of an angle) a trigonometric function that in a right-angled triangle is the ratio of the length of the hypotenuse to that of the adjacent side; the reciprocal of cosine. Abbreviation: sec
2. a line that intersects a curve

Staring at lines
Hunting for decant
Deciphering circles

Wednesday, 27 July 2016



1. a written or printed list of the events, performers, etc., in a public performance
2. a performance or series of performances, often presented at a scheduled time, especially on radio or television
3. a specially arranged selection of things to be done
4. a plan, schedule, or procedure
5. a syllabus or curriculum
6. to design or schedule (something) as a programme
-noun, verb
7. (computing) a variant spelling of program

Looking at the programme
They salivate over the score
Waiting for encores

Tuesday, 26 July 2016



1. a sequence of coded instructions fed into a computer, enabling it to perform specified logical and arithmetical operations on data
2. (trans.) to feed a program into (a computer)
3. (trans.) to arrange (data) into a suitable form so that it can be processed by a computer
4. (intr.) to write a program

Cast in iron
The program soon ran out
Breaking down reality
Exploding in our face

Monday, 25 July 2016



splendid; joyous

Ô frabjous days
Innocent glee

Of incipient holidays

Sunday, 24 July 2016



1. a wide metal vessel used in cooking
2. Also called: panful . the amount such a vessel will hold
3. any of various similar vessels used especially in industry, as for boiling liquids
4. a dish used by prospectors, especially gold prospectors, for separating a valuable mineral from the gravel or earth containing it by washing and agitating
5. either of the two dish-like receptacles on a balance
6. Also called: lavatory pan British the bowl of a lavatory
7. (terrain)
a. a natural or artificial depression in the ground where salt can be obtained by the evaporation of brine
b. a natural depression containing water or mud
8. (Caribbean) the indented top from an oil drum used as the treble drum in a steel band
9. a small ice floe
10. a small cavity containing priming powder in the locks of old guns
11. a hard substratum of soil
12. (when trans., often followed by “off” or “out”) to wash (gravel) in a pan to separate particles of (valuable minerals) from it
13. (intransitive; often followed by “out”) (of gravel) to yield valuable minerals by this process
14. (trans.) (informal) to criticize harshly

1. to move (a film camera) or (of a film camera) to be moved so as to follow a moving object or obtain a panoramic effect
2. the act of panning

1. the leaf of the betel tree
2. a preparation of this leaf which is chewed, together with betel nuts and lime, in India and the East Indies

Catching gold from the sun

An old pan rusts on the wall

Saturday, 23 July 2016



1. also: morigerous . obedient; acquiescent
2. (intr.) to conform

Why try and tell him
To morigerate
When we all love

His madness?

Friday, 22 July 2016

Thursday, 21 July 2016



1. a perfumed oil or ointment put on the hair, as to make it smooth and shiny
2. (trans.) to put pomade on

Old thrillers
Collecting dust
Killer pomade

On torn covers

Wednesday, 20 July 2016



1. the state of being doubtful
2. a doubtful matter

Looking over the chasm
Dubiety casting cracks in stone
Faith left the stage a long time ago

Pursued by the bear of management

Tuesday, 19 July 2016



1. (intr.) to suffer under oppressive heat, especially to sweat and feel faint
2. (trans.) archaic to exude (venom)
3. (trans.) rare to cause to suffer under oppressive heat
4. a sweltering condition
5. oppressive humid heat

Summer swelter means
Drastic measures

Compensating with grattachecca

Monday, 18 July 2016



an exclamation of disgust, scorn, etc.

So this art, they say?
Just a pair

And mine are nicer!

Sunday, 17 July 2016



A thick flour pudding, often flavoured with currants, citron, etc., and boiled in a cloth bag

I couldn’t find
A suitable bag
So baked my duff
Instead and

Called it clafoutis

Saturday, 16 July 2016



1. irritable
2. unruly

Most of the time
Fast asleep
With a side of fractious

Play hour

Friday, 15 July 2016



1. angry or violent struggle; conflict
2. rivalry or contention, especially of a bitter kind
3. (Australian and New Zealand) trouble or discord of any kind
4. (archaic) striving

Some days
Keeping your head up

Is a real strife

Thursday, 14 July 2016



1. offensive to the senses; revolting
2. offensive in odour; stinking
3. charged with or full of dirt or offensive matter; filthy
4. (of food) putrid; rotten
5. morally or spiritually offensive; wicked; vile
6. obscene; vulgar
7. not in accordance with accepted standards or established rules; unfair
8. (especially of weather) unpleasant or adverse
9. blocked or obstructed with dirt or foreign matter
10. entangled or impeded
11. (of the bottom of a vessel) covered with barnacles and other growth that slow forward motion
12. informal unsatisfactory or uninteresting; bad
13. archaic ugly
14. (sport) a violation of the rules
15. something foul
16. an entanglement or collision, especially in sailing or fishing
17. to make or become dirty or polluted
18. to become or cause to become entangled or snarled
19. (trans.) to disgrace or dishonour
20. to become or cause to become clogged or choked
21. (trans.) nautical (of underwater growth) to cling to (the bottom of a vessel) so as to slow its motion
22. (trans.) sport to commit a foul against (an opponent)
23. (trans.) baseball to hit (a ball) in an illegal manner
24. (intr.) sport to infringe the rules
25. (trans.) (of an animal, especially a dog) to defecate on
26. to collide with (a boat, etc.)
27. in a foul or unfair manner

Foul love
Stolen space

Best love

Wednesday, 13 July 2016



of, relating to, or in the style of a fugue

This fear
But a dream
A fugal moment
A breath instantly neglected
Quickly forgotten
For a scar


Tuesday, 12 July 2016



1. the act or an instance of grasping and holding firmly
2. Also called: handgrip . the strength or pressure of such a grasp, as in a handshake
3. the style or manner of grasping an object, such as a tennis racket
4. understanding, control, or mastery of a subject, problem, etc.
5. Also called: handgrip . a part by which an object is grasped; handle
6. Also called: handgrip . a travelling bag or holdall
7. any device that holds by friction, such as certain types of brake
8. a method of clasping or shaking hands used by members of secret societies to greet or identify one another
9. a spasm of pain
10. a worker in a camera crew or a stagehand who shifts sets and props, etc.
11. a small drainage channel cut above an excavation to conduct surface water away from the excavation
12. to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
13. to hold the interest or attention of

1.(medicine) a variant spelling of grippe (influenza)

A couple of sugar cubes
As grips for love

Popularity with horses

Monday, 11 July 2016



1. elaborate or extravagant; florid; showy
2. rich or brilliant in colour; resplendent
3. exuberant or ostentatious
4. of, denoting, or relating to the French Gothic style of architecture characterized by flame-like tracery and elaborate carving
5. Also called: flamboyante . another name for royal poinciana

Hidden in a corner
A flamboyant fountain

Records a fastuous past

Sunday, 10 July 2016



1. minced beef, shaped into a ball before cooking
2. (US and Canadian slang) a stupid or boring person

I still struggle
To consider meatballs
A delicacy and yet
I loved hunting

Subtle flavours in these

Saturday, 9 July 2016



1. to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
2. (when intr., often followed by “against”) archaic to kick (at)
3. an instance of spurning
4. archaic a kick or thrust

When he returned home
He first spurned food
Then came back to life
And now steals in his friends’ bowl

Business as usual

Friday, 8 July 2016



1. of high moral, aesthetic, intellectual, or spiritual value; noble; exalted
2. inspiring deep veneration, awe, or uplifting emotion because of its beauty, nobility, grandeur, or immensity
3. unparalleled; supreme
4. poetic of proud bearing or aspect
5. archaic raised up
6. something that is sublime
7. the ultimate degree or perfect example
8. (trans.) to make higher or purer
9. to change or cause to change directly from a solid to a vapour or gas without first melting
10. to undergo or cause to undergo this process followed by a reverse change directly from a vapour to a solid

Summer is here
Subliming our dreams

Into clouds

Thursday, 7 July 2016



compelling belief or assent; forcefully convincing

This terrified bunny
Suffers from the cogent fear that

I might see him if he moves

Wednesday, 6 July 2016



1. (of an action or movement) performed or occurring during a short interval of time; quick
2. characterized by high speed
3. acting or moving quickly; fast

Ours is a lazy journey
Far from the world
Of rapid public transport
Punctuated by stops

And pictures along the way

Tuesday, 5 July 2016



1. (when intr., often followed by “about”) to hurry or cause to hurry with a great show of energy or activity
2. energetic and noisy activity

a cushion or a metal or whalebone framework worn by women in the late 19th century at the back below the waist in order to expand the skirt

Around the fountain
A bustle of sphinxes

Plays around with skulls and roses

Monday, 4 July 2016



1. (of objects) large in mass; bulky, heavy, and usually solid
2. impressive or imposing in quality, degree, or scope
3. relatively intensive or large; considerable
4. (pathology) affecting a large area of the body
5. (geology)
a. (of igneous rocks) having no stratification, cleavage, etc.; homogeneous
b. (of sedimentary rocks) arranged in thick poorly defined strata
6. (mineralogy) without obvious crystalline structure
7. (slang) a group of friends or associates; gang

In another dimension
Massive shells do not birth goddesses

But eat them alive for power

Sunday, 3 July 2016



1. any multicellular typically marine animal of the phylum Porifera, usually occurring in complex sessile colonies in which the porous body is supported by a fibrous, calcareous, or siliceous skeletal framework
2. a piece of the light porous highly absorbent elastic skeleton of certain sponges, used in bathing, cleaning, etc.
3. any of a number of light porous elastic materials resembling a sponge
4. another word for sponger, i.e. a person who lives off other people by continually taking advantage of their generosity; parasite or scrounger
5. informal a person who indulges in heavy drinking
6. leavened dough, especially before kneading
7. short for sponge cake
8. Also called: sponge pudding . (British) a light steamed or baked pudding, spongy in texture, made with various flavourings or fruit
9. porous metal produced by electrolysis or by reducing a metal compound without fusion or sintering and capable of absorbing large quantities of gas
10. a rub with a sponge
11. (trans.; often followed by “off” or “down”) to clean (something) by wiping or rubbing with a damp or wet sponge
12. (trans.; usually followed by “off”, “away”, “out”, etc.) to remove (marks, etc.) by rubbing with a damp or wet sponge or cloth
13. (when trans., often followed by “up”) to absorb (liquids, especially when spilt) in the manner of a sponge
14. (trans.; often followed by “off”) to get (something) from (someone) by presuming on his generosity
15. (intr.; often followed by “off” or “on”) to obtain one's subsistence, welfare, etc., unjustifiably (from)
16. (intr.) to go collecting sponges

More and more
Edible sponges
Appear on plates
Good, fun,

And intriguing

Saturday, 2 July 2016



(obsolete) susceptible to teaching or training; easily tamed

He didn’t have to be
Docible though he learned
When to come home
For meals or cuddles
Yet decided to leave
To die in peace

Friday, 1 July 2016



1. a group of three; trio
2. (chemistry) an atom, element, group, or ion that has a valency of three
3. (music) a three-note chord consisting of a note and the third and fifth above it
4. an aphoristic literary form used in medieval Welsh and Irish literature
5. the US strategic nuclear force, consisting of intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and bombers

-noun (capitalised)
1. any of several Chinese secret societies, especially one involved in criminal activities, such as drug trafficking

A triad of lines
Plus the passing of seasons

Syllables counting