Monday, 26 June 2017

Exactitude

EXACTITUDE

-noun
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

Cup

CUP

-noun
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

Scraggy

SCRAGGY

-adj.
1. lean or scrawny

2. rough; unkempt
























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

Friday, 23 June 2017

Digress

DIGRESS

-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

Emendation

EMENDATION

-noun
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

Deliberate

DELIBERATE

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

















Fake spontaneity
All here is deliberate

But for the lack of focus

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Ataraxia

ATARAXIA
[ætəˈræksɪə]

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

















Behold the Etruscan death

Ataraxia in stone or terracotta

Monday, 19 June 2017

Crapulent

CRAPULENT

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


























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

He lost his crown

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Bladdernut

BLADDERNUT

-noun
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

Sedition

SEDITION

-noun
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

Scotoma

SCOTOMA
[skɒˈtəʊmə]

-noun
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

Abridge

ABRIDGE

-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

Abri

ABRI
ˈbriː]

-noun
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

Still

STILL

-adj.
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
-adv.
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
-noun
11. (poetic) . silence or tranquillity
12. a photograph or frame, in particular of a scene from a motion-picture film
-verb
13. to make or become still, quiet, or calm
14. (trans.) to allay or relieve
-sentence connector
15. even then; nevertheless

-noun
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

Panic

PANIC

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

-adj.
(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.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Biscuit

BISCUIT

-noun
1. (British) . a small flat dry sweet or plain cake of many varieties, baked from a dough
2. (US and Canadian) . a kind of small roll similar to a muffin
3. a pale brown or yellowish-grey colour
4. earthenware or porcelain that has been fired but not glazed (also: bisque)



















Italian variations
On the art of biscuit

Ideal coffee companions

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Bibliophile

BIBLIOPHILE

-noun
a person who collects or is fond of books


























Such a cute sleeper
I never realised
He was such a bibliophile
But then again

Most cats are

Friday, 9 June 2017

Decay

DECAY

-verb
1. to decline or cause to decline gradually in health, prosperity, excellence, etc.; deteriorate; waste away
2. to rot or cause to rot as a result of bacterial, fungal, or chemical action; decompose
3. (intr.) (physics)
a. (of an atomic nucleus) to undergo radioactive disintegration
b. (of an elementary particle) to transform into two or more different elementary particles
4. (intr.) (physics) . (of a stored charge, magnetic flux, etc.) to decrease gradually when the source of energy has been removed
-noun
5. the process of decline, as in health, mentality, beauty, etc.
6. the state brought about by this process
7. decomposition, as of vegetable matter
8. rotten or decayed matter
9. (physics)
a.  radioactive decay
b. a spontaneous transformation of an elementary particle into two or more different particles
c. (of an excited atom or molecule) the losing of energy by the spontaneous emission of photons
10. (physics) . a gradual decrease of a stored charge, magnetic flux, current, etc., when the source of energy has been removed
11. (music) . the fading of a note

























A monochrome crowd

A decay of some sort


Statue by Ellen Lindström

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Promote

PROMOTE

-verb (trans.)
1. to further or encourage the progress or existence of
2. to raise to a higher rank, status, degree, etc.
3. to advance (a pupil or student) to a higher course, class, etc.
4. to urge the adoption of; work for
5. to encourage the sale of (a product) by advertising or securing financial support
6. (chess) . to exchange (a pawn) for any piece other than a king when the pawn reaches the 8th rank


























Obsolescence is hard for a retired robot
This one could have ended on a dump

But was promoted to museum piece

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Mystify

MYSTIFY

-verb (trans.)
1. to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
2. to make mysterious or obscure


























Everyday weird

Failing to mystify

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Flânerie

FLÂNERIE
[flɑnri]

-noun
aimless strolling or lounging; idleness


















Following scents
An olfactive flânerie
Through artificial

And curated grounds

Monday, 5 June 2017

Intimism

INTIMISM

-noun
a school of impressionist painting in early 20th century France whose painters portrayed everyday, usually domestic, scenes

























Within the darkened set
I try my hand at intimism

With a digital filter

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Carafe

CARAFE

-noun

an open-topped glass container for serving water or wine at table
























Dreams you can drink
A genie swimming in a carafe
Georgian wines

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Pococurante

POCOCURANTE
[ˌpəʊkəʊkjʊˈræntɪ]

-noun
1. a person who is careless or indifferent
-adj.
2. indifferent or apathetic


























She likes to hide facts
Disguise her life
As a pococurante
With timely snoozes

Friday, 2 June 2017

Cumbersome

CUMBERSOME

-adj.
1. awkward because of size, weight, or shape
2. difficult because of extent or complexity


























She seems to rant at the boy
For being such a cumbersome weight

And at his age too!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Staffage

STAFFAGE
[ˈstɑːfɪdʒ]

-noun
all of the additional figures, animals and other items of ornamentation in a painted scene or landscape, as distinct from the main figures or elements of the composition


























Petals and decay
Staffage and props

Shadow taming


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Throng

THRONG

-noun
1. a great number of people or things crowded together
-verb
2. to gather in or fill (a place) in large numbers; crowd
3. (trans.) to hem in (a person); jostle
-adj.
4. (Yorkshire dialect)(postpositive) . busy


























They gather under the porch of a paper building
Like a surface flowing on a stream, on a black wave
- A thing which still has nothing to do with everything -
The tears of their hearts shall not ensure this ship,
This city, a throng of people drifting in the rain, will be there

After the rain is done.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Adrift

ADRIFT

-adj. –adv. (postpositive)
1. floating without steering or mooring; drifting
2. without purpose; aimless
3. (informal) . off course or amiss


























The sun was adrift
Drawing chanting scrolls over
The parchments of the sea
Over brutalized stones and sloped grass
Wearied at last of flax maidens
Waiting out storms to come.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Compel

COMPEL

-verb (trans.)
1. to cause (someone) by force (to be or do something)
2. to obtain by force; exact
3. to overpower or subdue
4. (archaic) . to herd or drive together


















I am not there
In this a painting of the world
Opening the dead eye of choice
Compelling a split crowd
Coloured in shades of accidents


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Jug

JUG

-noun
1. a vessel for holding or pouring liquids, usually having a handle and a spout or lip
2. (Australian and New Zealand) . such a vessel used as a kettle
3. (US) . a large vessel with a narrow mouth
4. the amount of liquid held by a jug (also: jugful)
5. (British) (informal) . a glass of alcoholic drink, in particular beer
6. (slang) jail
-verb
7. to stew or boil (meat, especially hare) in an earthenware container
8. (trans.) (slang) . to put in jail


















Using no milk for my tea
The jug remains on the shelf

Holding books in place

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Displeasure

DISPLEASURE

-noun
1. the condition of being displeased
2. (archaic)
a. pain
b. an act or cause of offence
-verb
3.  an archaic word for displease


























The ears have it
Displeasure at its highest point
Crystallizing into loathing
For the mere commoner
The human form

Friday, 26 May 2017

Precarious

PRECARIOUS

-adj.
1. liable to failure or catastrophe; insecure; perilous
2. (archaic) . dependent on another's will

























The storm breaks
A precarious truce
Wind playing about with
Iridescent plastic capes


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Lap

LAP

-noun
1. one circuit of a racecourse or track
2. a stage or part of a journey, race, etc.
3. an overlapping part or projection
4. the extent of overlap
5. the length of material needed to go around an object
6. a rotating disc coated with fine abrasive for polishing gemstones
7. any device for holding a fine abrasive to polish materials
8. (metallurgy) . a defect in rolled metals caused by the folding of a fin onto the surface
9. a sheet or band of fibres, such as cotton, prepared for further processing
-verb
10. (trans.) to wrap or fold (around or over)
11. (trans.) to enclose or envelop in
12. to place or lie partly or completely over or project beyond
13. (trans.; usually passive) . to envelop or surround with comfort, love, etc.
14. (intr.) to be folded
15. (trans.) to overtake (an opponent) in a race so as to be one or more circuits ahead
16. (trans.) to polish or cut (a work piece, gemstone, etc.) with a fine abrasive, in particular to hone (mating metal parts) against each other with an abrasive
17. to form (fibres) into a sheet or band


-verb
1. (of small waves) to wash against (a shore, boat, etc.), usually with light splashing sounds
2. (often followed by “up”) . (in particular of animals) to scoop (a liquid) into the mouth with the tongue
-noun
3. the act or sound of lapping
4. a thin food for dogs or other animals


-noun
1. the area formed by the upper surface of the thighs of a seated person
2. the amount held in one's lap (also called : lapful)
3. a protected place or environment
4. any of various hollow or depressed areas, such as a hollow in the land
5. the part of one's clothing that covers the lap


























Frolics
A lap discovered
Or uncovered

And lapped

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Forbear

FORBEAR

-verb
1. ( when intr., often followed by “from” or an infinitive) . to cease or refrain (from doing something)
2. (archaic) . to tolerate or endure (misbehaviour, mistakes, etc.)

-noun
1. a variant spelling of forebear (i.e. an ancestor; forefather)


























She turns away
Not able to forbear the loss of privacy
The burden of success
A silhouette fading in a matter of minutes.
Now he stands at the window and stops
Forgets to breathe


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Callow

CALLOW

-adj.
1. lacking experience of life; immature
2. (rare) (of a young bird) . unfledged and usually lacking feathers




















Look
What callow creature

Fell off its nest!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Stub

STUB

-noun
1. a short piece remaining after something has been cut, removed, etc.
2. the residual piece or section of a receipt, ticket, cheque, etc.
3. (US and Canadian) . the part of a cheque, postal order, receipt, etc., detached and retained as a record of the transaction.
4. any short projection or blunted end
5. the stump of a tree or plant
-verb (trans.)
6. to strike (one's toe, foot, etc.) painfully against a hard surface
7. (usually followed by “out”) . to extinguish (a cigarette or cigar) by pressing the end against a surface
8. to clear (land) of stubs
9. to dig up (the roots) of (a tree or bush)

























She considers leaving her stub on the pavement

Thinks again: she might clean the store front

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Trophic

TROPHIC

-adj.
of or relating to nutrition (from Greek trophikos, from trophē food, from trephein to feed)


























Discovering
Trophic delights
From faraway places

Culinary tours

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cosset

COSSET

-verb 
1. (trans.) to pamper or pet
-noun
2. any pet animal, especially a lamb

























He would like it so much
To be cossetted and cuddled
But is too scared to accept
More than a quick caress



Friday, 19 May 2017

Terminal

TERMINAL

-adj.
1. of, being, or situated at an end, terminus, or boundary
2. of, relating to, or occurring after or in a term
3. (of a disease) terminating in death
4. (informal) . extreme
5. of or relating to the storage or delivery of freight at a warehouse
-noun
6. a terminating point, part, or place
7. a point at which current enters or leaves an electrical device, such as a battery or a circuit
8. a conductor by which current enters or leaves at such a point
9. (computing) . a device having input/output links with a computer but situated at a distance from the computer
10. (architecture)
a. an ornamental carving at the end of a structure
b. a sculptured post, in particular one in the form of an armless bust or an animal on the top of a square pillar (also called “term”)
11. a point or station usually at the end of the line of a railway, serving as an important access point for passengers or freight
12 a less common name for terminus
13. a purpose-built reception and departure structure at the terminus of a bus, sea, or air transport route
14. a site where raw material is unloaded, stored, in some cases reprocessed, and reloaded for further transportation, in particular an onshore installation designed to receive offshore oil or gas from tankers or a pipeline
15. (physiology)
a. the smallest arteriole before its division into capillaries
b. either of two veins that collect blood from the thalamus and surrounding structures and empty it into the internal cerebral vein
c. the portion of a bronchiole just before it subdivides into the air sacs of the lungs

























There where stars are seen,
A terminal more incomparable than mind
Courting the local liberty of severe extra strings

Waving the flag of a world of partial surfaces.

Hadal

HADAL
[ˈheɪdəl]

-adj.
of, relating to, or constituting the zones of the oceans deeper than abyssal, i.e. below about 6000 metres (18 000 ft)

























Ocean breath pushing against
The weight of a drowned sun
Flying off the wall of night
In hadal depths and cold grass;
A box for streams of dead sand,
Gaseous wails making their way
To an uncertain surface




Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Negative

NEGATIVE

-adj.
1. expressing or meaning a refusal or denial
2. lacking positive or affirmative qualities, such as enthusiasm, interest, or optimism
3. showing or tending towards opposition or resistance
4. . measured in a direction opposite to that regarded as positive
5. having the same magnitude but opposite sense to an equivalent positive quantity
6. (biology) . indicating movement or growth away from a particular stimulus
7. (medicine) . (of the results of a diagnostic test) indicating absence of the disease or condition for which the test was made
8. (physics)
a. (of an electric charge) having the same polarity as the charge of an electron
b. (of a body, system, ion, etc.) having a negative electric charge; having an excess of electrons
c. (of a point in an electric circuit) having a lower electrical potential than some other point with an assigned zero potential
9. short for electronegative
10. of or relating to a photographic negative
11. (logic) . (of a categorial proposition) denying the satisfaction by the subject of the predicate
12. (astrology) . of, relating to, or governed by the signs of the zodiac of the earth and water classifications, which are thought to be associated with a receptive passive nature
13. short for Rh negative
-noun
14. a statement or act of denial, refusal, or negation
15. a negative person or thing
16. (photography) . a piece of photographic film or a plate, previously exposed and developed, showing an image that has a reversal of tones (in black-and-white photography) or in complementary colours to the subject (in colour photography)
17. (physics) . a negative object, such as a terminal or a plate in a voltaic cell
18. a sentence or other linguistic element with a negative meaning, as the English word not
19. a quantity less than zero or a quantity to be subtracted
20. (logic) . a negative proposition
21. (archaic) . the right of veto
22. (military communications) . a signal code word for no
-verb (trans.)
23. to deny or nullify; negate
24. to show to be false; disprove
25. to refuse to consent to or approve of


























Spring
A new dress and
Another one discarded at the far end of the black trees
Its negative twitching slowly in the wind
A reflected world
Barred to all

For the time being

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sentry

SENTRY

-noun
1. a soldier who guards or prevents unauthorized access to a place, keeps watch for danger, etc
2. the watch kept by a sentry

























On this island
Stands a sentry
Keeping tourists at bay
Or ignoring them
For want of finding a better story
Or something else to do.




Monday, 15 May 2017

Morass

MORASS

-noun
1. a tract of swampy low-lying land
2. a disordered or muddled situation or circumstance, in particular one that impedes progress

























This sun is not made for days,
And our sky might be hell bound.
Surface and mental morass
As far as one can see and beyond:

Our world is done.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Nutrition

NUTRITION

-noun
1. a process in animals and plants involving the intake of nutrient materials and their subsequent assimilation into the tissues
2. the act or process of nourishing
3. the study of nutrition, especially in humans



















I saw her on the road
Wan and nearly transparent
Nutrition already receding
From her veins

Like a bad dream.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Magnificent

MAGNIFICENT

-adj.
1. splendid or impressive in appearance
2. superb or very fine
3. (especially of ideas) . noble or elevated
4. (archaic) . great or exalted in rank or action

























Such magnificent
And goofy creature

A true heart throb

Friday, 12 May 2017

Superb

SUPERB

-adj.
1. surpassingly good; excellent
2. majestic or imposing
3. magnificently rich; luxurious

























Silence was a woman you’ve been waiting for

Her voice severe, superb, still full of soft expression.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Tidy

TIDY

-adj.
1. characterized by or indicating neatness and order
2. (informal) . considerable
-verb
3. ( when intr., usually followed by “up”) to put (things) in order; neaten
-noun plural
4. a small container in which odds and ends are kept
5. (mainly US and Canadian) . an ornamental protective covering for the back or arms of a chair
6. Short for sink tidy: a container with holes in the bottom, kept in the sink to retain rubbish that might clog the plug hole


















Half -empty continents unfold between liquid walls
Of tidy fields and roads,
A landscape that has nothing to do with words or silence

A riot of colours after the rain

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Clot

CLOT

-noun
1. a soft thick lump or mass
2. (British) (informal) . a stupid person; fool
-verb
3. to form or cause to form into a soft thick lump or lumps

















Not a single person to stop the world
In all its clotted magnificence
As we fly down the road cutting corners.

I don't know what to do with the fires.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Bulb

BULB

-noun
1. a rounded organ of vegetative reproduction in plants such as the tulip and onion: a flattened stem bearing a central shoot surrounded by fleshy nutritive inner leaves and thin brown outer leaves
2. a plant, such as a hyacinth or daffodil, that grows from a bulb
3. light bulb
4. a rounded part of an instrument such as a syringe or thermometer
5. (anatomy) . a rounded expansion of a cylindrical organ or part, such as the medulla oblongata
6. a bulbous protuberance at the forefoot of a ship to reduce turbulence (Also called : bulbous bow)


























A contemporary luxury bulb
On the threshold between
The shells of our fractured world
The last print of a convention
Ready for the wrong war

Monday, 8 May 2017

Investigate

INVESTIGATE

-verb
to inquire into (a situation or problem, especially a crime or death) thoroughly; examine systematically, especially in order to discover the truth

























Hear the story of how
Three angels slept in a field
To investigate the sins of night
Wet grass and metal flowers.
A story cast in stone:

They rusted over dawn.