Friday, 20 October 2017

Jaunty

JAUNTY

-adj.
1. sprightly, self-confident, and cheerful; brisk
2. smart; trim


















He went out one day
On a jaunty sunny walk
To ask one of the Gorgon sisters out

That’s how he met Medusa

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Transition

TRANSITION

-noun
1. change or passage from one state or stage to another
2. the period of time during which something changes from one state or stage to another
3. (music)
a. a movement from one key to another; modulation
b. a linking passage between two divisions in a composition; bridge
4. (Also called : transitional) . a style of architecture that was used in western Europe in the late 11th and early 12th century, characterized by late Romanesque forms combined with early Gothic details
5. (physics)
a. any change that results in a change of physical properties of a substance or system, such as a change of phase or molecular structure
b. a change in the configuration of an atomic nucleus, involving either a change in energy level resulting from the emission of a gamma-ray photon or a transformation to another element or isotope
6. a sentence, passage, etc., that connects a topic to one that follows or that links sections of a written work
-verb
7. to change or cause to change from one state or stage to another

























Here it is
Autumn darkness
Transitioning into light
So slow a lick
It takes forever

To dry

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Awkward

AWKWARD

-adj.
1. lacking dexterity, proficiency, or skill; clumsy; inept
2. ungainly or inelegant in movements or posture
3. unwieldy; difficult to use
4. embarrassing
5. embarrassed
6. difficult to deal with; requiring tact
7. deliberately uncooperative or unhelpful
8. dangerous or difficult
9. (obsolete) . perverse

























Think eye
Staring in the dark
Until the burning
Awkward journey
Comes to a stop

With a revelation

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Fleer

FLEER

-verb
1. (archaic) to grin or laugh at; scoff; sneer
-noun
2. (archaic) a derisory glance or grin

























It laughed and fleered
At her hairstyle

But you don’t mock Medusa

Monday, 16 October 2017

inveterate

INVETERATE

-adj.
1. long established, in particular so as to be deep-rooted or ingrained
2. (prenominal) settled or confirmed in a habit or practice, in particular a bad one; hardened

3. (obsolete) . full of hatred; hostile
























Looking into space for answers
An inveterate response
Bringing only more questions


Black Hole Plexiglas painting by Gomez

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Surfeit

SURFEIT

-noun
1. (usually followed by “of”) an excessive or immoderate amount
2. overindulgence, in particular in eating or drinking
3. disgust, nausea, etc., caused by such overindulgence
-verb
4. (trans.) to supply or feed excessively; satiate
5. (intr.) (archaic) . to eat, drink, or be supplied to excess
6. (intr.) (obsolete) . to feel uncomfortable as a consequence of overindulgence

























How fondly
I look back upon
Not a surfeit of deliciousness
But just a marvellous meal


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Remote

REMOTE

-adj.
1. located far away; distant
2. far from any centre of population, society, or civilization; out-of-the-way
3. distant in time
4. distantly related or connected
5. removed, as from the source or point of action
6. slight or faint
7. (of a person's manner) aloof or abstracted
8. operated from a distance; remote-controlled

























She refused a fuss
Preferring to keep herself
Remote from it all

Not trusting strangers

Friday, 13 October 2017

Isolate

ISOLATE

-verb [ˈaɪsəˌleɪt] (trans.)
1. to place apart; cause to be alone
2. (medicine) . to quarantine (a person or animal having or suspected of having a contagious disease)
3. to obtain (a compound) in an un-combined form
4. to obtain pure cultures of (bacteria, in particular those causing a particular disease)
5. (electronics) . to prevent interaction between (circuits, components, etc.); insulate
-noun [ˈaɪsəlɪt]
6. an isolated person or group




















A busy site
But one can always
Isolate oneself
By choosing time

And floor









Thursday, 12 October 2017

Insular

INSULAR

-adj.
1. of, relating to, or resembling an island
2. remote, detached, or aloof
3. illiberal or narrow-minded
4. isolated or separated

























Thoughts lapping at
Insular dreams

A desire for desert

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Backwater

BACKWATER

-noun
1. a body of stagnant water connected to a river
2. water held or driven back, as by a dam, flood, or tide
3. an isolated, backward, or intellectually stagnant place or condition
-verb
4. (intr.) (back water) to reverse the direction of a boat, in particular to push the oars of a rowing boat

























An apparent pond
Backwater at best
Can hold the most surprising

Treasures in its maws

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Illicit

ILLICIT

-adj.
1.  another word for illegal

2. not allowed or approved by common custom, rule, or standard

























Wishing
This type of dreams
Would become illicit

Monday, 9 October 2017

Coerce

COERCE

-verb
(trans.) to compel or restrain by force or authority without regard to individual wishes or desires
























Oh do coerce me
Stop me from leaving
This bruised ocean

Lapping gently at the walls

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Scrumptious

SCRUMPTIOUS

-adj.
(informal) very pleasing; delicious
























Just one of many
Scrumptious morsels
A dreaming stroll

Into the sea

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Dotard

DOTARD

-noun
a person who is weak-minded, in particular through senility

























Maybe crippled by age
But no dotard nevertheless
That cat knows where to wait

For the fisherman and his nest

Friday, 6 October 2017

Thin

THIN

-adj.
1. of relatively small extent from one side or surface to the other; fine or narrow
2. slim or lean
3. sparsely placed; meagre
4. of relatively low density or viscosity
5. weak; poor; insufficient
6. (of a photographic negative) having low density, usually insufficient to produce a satisfactory positive
7. (mountaineering) a climb or pitch on which the holds are few and small
-adv.
8. in order to produce something thin
-verb
9. to make or become thin or sparse
-noun
10. an object (in particular biscuits or confectionary) characterised in that it is thin

























The smile on her lips
Thin and sly
For she knows
Her hand holds not a bottle
Of perfume but a blade

In its sheath

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Thick

THICK

-adj.
1. of relatively great extent from one surface to the other; fat, broad, or deep
2. (postpositive) of specific fatness
3. having a relatively dense consistency; not transparent
4. abundantly covered or filled
5. impenetrable; dense
6. stupid, slow, or insensitive
7. throaty or badly articulated
8. (of accents, etc.) pronounced
9. (informal) very friendly
-adv.
10. in order to produce something thick
11. profusely; in quick succession
-noun
12. a thick piece or part

























Surprising
Shipwrecked Hercules
A little thick at the waist
A little less below


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Indicate

INDICATE

-verb (trans.)
1. (may take a clause as object) to be or give a sign or symptom of; imply
2. to point out or show
3. (may take a clause as object) to state briefly; suggest
4. (of instruments) to show a reading of
5. (usually passive) to recommend or require

























Building under influence
As clearly indicated by
Flying arches, colourful arabesques

Moresque heirloom

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Argue

ARGUE

-verb
1. (intr.) to quarrel; wrangle
2. (intr.; often followed by “for” or “against”) to present supporting or opposing reasons or cases in a dispute; reason
3. (trans.; may take a clause as object) to try to prove by presenting reasons; maintain
4. (trans; often passive) to debate or discuss
5. (trans.) to persuade
6. (trans.) to give evidence of; suggest

























Too
Often
We would
Argue over this
Concept of sin and evil deeds
And she would summon
Hell’s fire
To spite
Me

So

Monday, 2 October 2017

Debar

DEBAR

-verb
(trans. ; usually followed by “from”) . to exclude from a place, a right, etc.; bar


















Debarred from society
From all love and care
And sanity, she watched

Her mind slowly float away

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Chasseur

CHASSEUR
[ʃæˈsɜː]

-noun
1. (French army) . a member of a unit specially trained and equipped for swift deployment
2. (in some parts of Europe – mostly obsolete) a uniformed attendant, in particular one in the livery of a huntsman

-adj.

1. (often postpositive) designating or cooked in a sauce consisting of white wine and mushrooms

























Putting a Tuscan twist
On a classic chasseur sauce
Served on pasta

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Eudemon

EUDEMON

-noun
a benevolent spirit or demon

























The temples crumbled away
But the eudemon lingered on

(food and cuddles were plentiful)

Friday, 29 September 2017

Solunar

SOLUNAR

-adj.
relating to the sun and the moon

























A stroll across
Minimalism
And solunar tints
Away from chaos

Of mundane reality

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Pant

PANT

-verb
1. to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement
2. to say (something) while breathing thus
3. (intr. ; often followed by “for”) . to have a frantic desire (for); yearn
4. (intr.) to pulsate; throb rapidly
-noun
5. the act or an instance of panting
6. a short deep gasping noise; puff

























How we pant
For a connection
For seduction
Of the soul

And body

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Hostile

HOSTILE

-adj.
1. antagonistic; opposed
2. of or relating to an enemy
3. unfriendly
-noun
4. a hostile person; enemy
















In the hostile politics of today
Our flesh is too bitter to be eaten
And truly I believe that this is miraculous

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Lever

LEVER

-noun
1. a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum, used to transfer a force to a load and usually to provide a mechanical advantage
2. any of a number of mechanical devices employing this principle
3. a means of exerting pressure in order to accomplish something; strategic aid
-verb
4. to prise or move (an object) with a lever

























Morning calls
With a fresh pot

Of tea as lever

Monday, 25 September 2017

Vinyl

VINYL

-noun
1. (modifier) of, consisting of, or containing the monovalent group of atoms CH2CH-
2. (modifier) of, consisting of, or made of a vinyl resin
3. any vinyl polymer, resin, or plastic, in particular PVC
4. (collectively) conventional records made of vinyl as opposed to compact discs

























What is to become
Of things past
Old loved vinyl?

Are they even recyclable?

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Bowl

BOWL

-noun
1. a round container open at the top, used for holding liquid, keeping fruit, serving food, etc.
2. the amount a bowl will hold
3. the rounded or hollow part of an object, especially of a spoon or tobacco pipe
4. any container shaped like a bowl, such as a sink or lavatory
5. (mainly US) a bowl-shaped building or other structure, such as a football stadium or amphitheatre
6. a bowl-shaped depression of the land surface
7. literary
a. a drinking cup
b. intoxicating drink
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-noun
1. a wooden ball used in the game of bowls, having flattened sides, one side usually being flatter than the other in order to make it run on a curved course
2. a large heavy ball with holes for gripping with the fingers and thumb, used in tenpin bowling
-verb
3. to roll smoothly or cause to roll smoothly, in particular by throwing underarm along the ground
4. (intr. ; usually followed by “along”) . to move easily and rapidly, as in a car
5. cricket
a. to send (a ball) down the pitch from one's hand towards the batsman, keeping the arm straight while doing so
b. to dismiss (a batsman) by delivering a ball that breaks his wicket
6. (intr.)to play bowls or tenpin bowling
7. (trans.) (in tenpin bowling) to score (a specified amount)

























All this was the work of
Four eager people
Intent on a long meal
And I will confess that
When dinner was ended
And the bowl emptied

All were suitably happy

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Allurement

ALLUREMENT

-noun
Something that entices or tempts (someone) to a person or place or to a course of action; fascination, charm, attraction

























How he rolls and stretches and purrs!
All allurements setting the belly trap
Which he then closes on my hand

To make sure I pet him enough.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Rheology

RHEOLOGY
(rɪˈɒlədʒɪ  )

-noun
the branch of physics concerned with the flow and change of shape of matter





















What is our life
As tentative augurs?
Clutching at dreams
Rheology of clouds
To decipher a path
That might make sense

Or just feel safe

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Preclude

PRECLUDE

-verb (trans.)
1. to exclude or debar
2. to make impossible, in particular beforehand


















A lack of light
Does not preclude

Transparency

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Obsequious

OBSEQUIOUS

-adj.
1. obedient or attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
2. (rare) submissive or compliant



















The jokes aren’t stellar but
Obsequious appreciation
Is proffered nonetheless
Disguised as emojis and

Standard internet emotions

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Quandary

QUANDARY

-noun
a situation or circumstance that presents problems difficult to solve; predicament; dilemma

























We rush through
A weekday morning quandary
Admire the dawn

Or panic into work

Monday, 18 September 2017

Convulse

CONVULSE

-verb
1. (trans.) to shake or agitate violently
2. (trans.) to cause (muscles) to undergo violent spasms or contractions
3. (intr. ; often followed by “with”) (informal) . to shake or be overcome (with violent emotion, in particular laughter)
4. (trans.) to disrupt the normal running of (a country, etc.)
























What fever possesses him
Convulses these chubby limbs

Banning slumber from this body?

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Ripen

RIPEN

-verb
to make or become ripe
























A little line
Of edible soldiers
Ripens on the board

Vying for consumption

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Magnanimous

MAGNANIMOUS

-adj.
generous and noble

























Such
A
True heart
Such a real
Magnanimous soul
To forgive
My sins
So

Soon

Friday, 15 September 2017

Perfunctory

PERFUNCTORY
[pəˈfʌŋktərɪ]

-adj.
1. done superficially, only as a matter of routine; careless or cursory
2. dull or indifferent


















An ideal landscape
Under the most perfunctory look
Nothing left to see there

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Scurrilous

SCURRILOUS

-adj.
1. grossly or obscenely abusive or defamatory
2. characterized by gross or obscene humour

























Whoever
Had the scurrilous notion
To insert chains in his soul
As if he wasn’t able

To do so himself?

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Eke

EKE

-verb
(trans.) (archaic) . to increase, enlarge, or lengthen

-sentence connector
(archaic) also; moreover

























With every passing day
Eked night crawls in

Summer flees along the waves

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Pervasive

PERVASIVE

-adj.
pervading or tending to pervade


Feast
Decay
Pervasive
Blight on  joy


Art by Bertozzi & Casoni. "Minimi avanzi" 
Pinacoteca Civica, Ascoli Piceno, 25 March - 24 September 2017.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Syllabify

SYLLABIFY
[sɪˈlæbɪˌfaɪ]

-verb
(trans.) to divide (a word) into its constituent syllables

























In the shop
A delighted child
Slowly syllabifies

The writing on the plates


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Course

COURSE

-noun
1. a continuous progression from one point to the next in time or space; onward movement
2. a route or direction followed
3. the path or channel along which something moves
4. an area or stretch of land or water on which a sport is played or a race is run
5. a period of time; duration
6. the usual order of and time required for a sequence of events; regular procedure
7. a mode of conduct or action
8. a connected series of events, actions, etc.
9. (education)
a. a prescribed number of lessons, lectures, etc., in an educational curriculum
b. the material covered in such a curriculum
10. a prescribed regimen to be followed for a specific period of time
11. a part of a meal served at one time
12. a continuous, usually horizontal, layer of building material, such as a row of bricks, tiles, etc.
13. (nautical) . any of the sails on the lowest yards of a square-rigged ship
14. (knitting) . the horizontal rows of stitches
15. (in medieval Europe) a charge by knights in a tournament
16.
a. a hunt by hounds relying on sight rather than scent
b. a match in which two greyhounds compete in chasing a hare
17. the part or function assigned to an individual bell in a set of changes
18. (archaic) . a running race
-verb
19. (intr.) to run, race, or flow, especially swiftly and without interruption
20. to cause (hounds) to hunt by sight rather than scent or (of hounds) to hunt (a quarry) thus
21. (trans.) to run through or over; traverse
22. (intr.) to take a direction; proceed on a course

























We prepare scents
Perfume for a series of courses
From beans to courgettes

With summer bounty

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Beset

BESET

-verb (trans.)
1. (in particular of dangers, temptations, or difficulties) to trouble or harass constantly
2. to surround or attack from all sides
3. (archaic) . to cover with, especially with jewels

























Beset by enemies and illness
He flees in slumber
Dreaming of heroic escapes

His lungs do not permit

Friday, 8 September 2017

Due

DUE

-adj.
1. (postpositive) immediately payable
2. (postpositive) owed as a debt, irrespective of any date for payment
3. requisite; fitting; proper
4. (prenominal) adequate or sufficient; enough
5. (postpositive) expected or appointed to be present or arrive
-noun
6. something that is owed, required, or due
-adv.
7. directly or exactly; straight

























Due to joyous and mad mistakes
In your arms I fear
Confusion
Yet find

Truth

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Hem

HEM

-noun
1. an edge to a piece of cloth, made by folding the raw edge under and stitching it down
2. short for hemline
-verb (trans.)
3. to provide with a hem
4. ( usually followed by “in”, “around”, or “about”) . to enclose or confine

-noun, exclamation
1. a representation of the sound of clearing the throat, used to gain attention, express hesitation, etc.
-verb
2. (intr.) to utter this sound


















We reach for a moon
Hemmed in clouds
Eaten away by
Some impertinent angel

Known as holy moth 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Frail

FRAIL

-adj.
1. physically weak and delicate
2. fragile
3. easily corrupted or tempted

-noun
1. a rush basket for figs or raisins
2. a quantity of raisins or figs equal to between 50 and 75 pounds



















To the pale east
A frail dawn shivers
Threatened by storms
And an angry rising sun

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Residue

RESIDUE

-noun
1. matter remaining after something has been removed
2. (law) . what is left of an estate after the discharge of debts and distribution of specific gifts






















An attitude
Poor residue
Against the tides
Of forgetful time


Happy 9th blogversary!

Monday, 4 September 2017

Personal

PERSONAL

-adj.
1. of or relating to the private aspects of a person's life
2. (prenominal) . of or relating to a person's body, its care, or its appearance
3. belonging to or intended for a particular person and no-one else
4. (prenominal) . undertaken by an individual himself
5. referring to, concerning, or involving a person's individual personality, intimate affairs, etc., in particular in an offensive way
6. having the attributes of an individual conscious being
7. of or arising from the personality
8. of, relating to, or denoting grammatical person
9. (law) . of or relating to movable property, such as money
-noun
10. (law) . an item of movable property



















As a matter of
Personal preferences
Books are more important

To me than reality

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Vinegar

VINEGAR

-noun
1. a sour-tasting liquid consisting of impure dilute acetic acid, made by oxidation of the ethyl alcohol in beer, wine, or cider used as a condiment or preservative
2. sourness or peevishness of temper, countenance, speech, etc.
3. (pharmacology) . a medicinal solution in dilute acetic acid
4. (US and Canadian) (informal) . vitality
-verb
5. (trans.) to apply vinegar to
























A simple infusion of
Mint and crushed garlic
In wine vinegar

Celebration of summer

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Indignation

INDIGNATION

-noun
anger or scorn aroused by something felt to be unfair, unworthy, or wrong

























She has turned on
Her indignation in full mode
Blasting us from secluded corners:
How dare we treat her

Like some vulgar pet?


Friday, 1 September 2017

Invitation

INVITATION

-noun
1. the act of inviting, such as an offer of entertainment or hospitality
2. the act of enticing or attracting; allurement

























A grey theory
Behind the invitation

Will Circe be magnanimous?