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Chicken Haiku

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Don't laugh at the chicken

It knows best.

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please embrace autumn

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autumn (now)
   makes any reasonable person
cry
   (a little anyhow)

still its sadness
can make us
happier. (a bit)
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Epitaph for an Actor

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015, 00:30

You're on.

Then you're gone.

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Epitaph for a Novelist

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 31 Aug 2015, 23:40
"THE END",

He penn'd.

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The Relic

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 31 Aug 2015, 01:50
It's true, I collected words.
From the last living speaker of Giant.
Who remembered the stories well.

Each morning I swam to the island.
From far off I heard her rumble
"Come ashore, little one".

"I will tell you more greedy words,
Then our people shall not entirely die.
Your people at least will know something."

I sorted the fragments like seashells,
So now you are welcome to read them.
With your glass case eyes.
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Cobweb Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 30 Aug 2015, 02:35

Entering an old house,

Cobwebs tug at you.

Like memories.

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Tiny Poems

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The shortest poem I know is "Be happy", in ancient Greek "Xere". This is inscribed on many tombstones from the Hellenistic era, and I admire the way the dead person passes their blessing to the living.

This made me think about the meaning of the word "Verkënnen" that I mentioned a post or two back. I like it because of the emphasis on gradualness and because I have always liked the idea that time may bring us better understanding.

In itself it is a poem.

But can it be translated into other languages, as a poem, rather then literally as in the earlier post?




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Consolation

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This blogging platform is very limited and that's an irritation quite often.

But some of my favorite watercolorists used a basic palette and working within those constraints made the artists concerned more creative.

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Lingo the book

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I'm reading a Lingo: Language Spotter's Guide, by Gaston Dorren.

(Aside: I think we word spotters should be called worders.)

I like the book very much. It taught me a word I've been missing lately. It's from Luxembourgish.

Verkënnen - "to gradually experience the effects of old age in body and mind".

Isn't that rather beautiful?

PS Verkënnen means something related but a bit different in German and Dutch.



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Double decker

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While I think of it:

"Of course I won't marry you!", she bridled unengagingly.

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Croakers

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015, 01:03

A Croaker is similar to a Tom Switfie but with a verb instead of an adverb.

The form gets its name from this example, which was invented by Mr and Mrs Bongartz.

"I'm dying", Tom croaked.

Croakers seem hard to invented but I came up with these.

"The divorce was very costly!", Tom exclaimed.
"Me, addicted to cocaine?", Tom snorted.
"I've got a red-hot tip for the 2:30", Tom asserted.
"Smile for the camera!", Tom snapped.
"This soft toy is totally under my control", Tom ranted.

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Tom Swifties

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Tom Swifties are a form of humorous wordplay. For example:

Go to the rear of the ship at once", said Tom sternly.

"Who left the toilet seat down?", asked Tom peevishly.

Here's a few I came up with:

"I marked your answer wrong", said Tom crossly.

"Life itself is a game of chance", explained Tom winsomely.

"One day all this will be yours", Tom stated willingly.

"Calculate the average for yourself!", snarled Tom meanly.

"They insist on keeping me in overnight", Tom snapped impatiently.

"I think I've sprained my ankle", muttered Tom disjointedly.

"I prefer to live in an apartment", answered Tom flatly.

"I'm counting how many pots of tea you lot make", Tom pointed out brutally.

"What's for afters?", asked Tom sweetly.

"Sorry, your answer was correct after all", Tom remarked.

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Freedom air

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 24 Aug 2015, 02:58

Cod: Found in compounds such as: 'Codwrangle', 'Codratic Seaquation", etc.
Crab: Seas.
Crevette: Posh necktie.
Eel: Dickensian: See cure.
Fish: Dickensian: Aspiration.
Herring: Sounds like.
Lobster: Lember of a lob.
Mussel: Likely to do well on eBay.
Plaice: Pretentious dramas.
Ray: Limp cheer.
Scampi: Deceitful pee.
Shad: Abbr. She formerly had.
Trout: Doh reh.
Whelk: Informal: No thanks expected.
Whiting: A form of communication.

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Clerihew

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 23 Aug 2015, 04:24

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti

Refused to use his potty.

When he began scribbling on the ceiling

His parents considered that more appealing.


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A Messenger from Inside

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 20 Aug 2015, 01:25

John Hull wrote "Touching the Rock”.

If you want to feel blindness, read this book. We can never understand anything by covering our eyes.


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On a hot day, the door being open

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015, 01:02

On a hot day, the door being open

A Robin flew briefly into my kitchen.

Perched on the back of a chair.

I froze. From where I sat its legs were so slender

That I wondered how they could support even that tiny weight.

When my Robin glanced around, I even (stupidly),

Thought it might see me as a friend.

And not be afraid as it flew away.

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Existence

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Peeing in a corner,

A cat.

Or a Buddhist.

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Sigmund and I

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015, 00:42

Recently I've had a bad spell of Meralgia paresthetica (from? Greek meros=thigh + algos=pain + para=around + aistheme=I feel. I guessed some bits but that's the idea.)

It's a very strange and uncomfortable sensation on the outside of the thigh. For me, it's like having something very heavy and clunky in your pocket, always weighing on the thigh, not exactly hurting -- but sort of -- even though the pocket is completely empty.

It's caused by a particular nerve being pinched as it radiates from the spinal chord to the thigh itself. I've had this from time to time since the 70s but it flares up now and then.

Poor me. But then I read that Sigmund Freud had the same condition, so I am in illustrious company.

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Pavlova's dogs

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 17 Aug 2015, 02:44
The feet of a famous ballerina

I couldn't resist this.



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A Week of Pundays

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 16 Aug 2015, 02:13

Munchday
Cheeseday
Wafflesday
Thirsty
Friesday
Snacksday
Bunday

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A Walled Garden

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Oh Mrs Rib and Mr Dust

How shall we know who we can trust?

When the gardener standing by

Has set a trap for you and I.

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About 'The Fair Queen'

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This poem brings together the dream marriage scene from Roy Andersson's "You, the Living" and an ancient legend and ballad "Thomas the Rhymer".

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The Fair Queen of Elfland

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015, 01:12
There I was, waiting, as a pilgrim.
For the procession to cross the rainbow bridge.

      To my astonishment.

You picked me from the crowd. Ran down and drew me up.
Kissed me on the lips. Everyone clapped and cheered.

      They wished us so much happiness.

But I must never speak again.
Except as a blind prophet.
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On The Rainbow Bridge

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015, 02:20

Last night at sunset I saw a beautiful iridescent cloud, the best example I have ever witnessed.

Sunset sky with a bright iridesent cloud

The photo was taken from my mobile phone and gives no idea at all really, but I hope you can just about see that the shiny cloud in the middle displays a range of bright pastel colours, rather like mother-of-pearl.

These clouds are quite rare. They are caused by sunlight shining through clouds whose water droplets (or ice crystals) are all the same size in any small part of the cloud but vary in size between one part of the cloud and another. They act a bit like an oil-slick on a puddle.

Atmospheric optics are an interest of mine. The most familiar example is a rainbow, but there are many others. Sun dogs are commoner than rainbows, but less conspicuous so many people have never noticed one. But as soon as you become aware of them, perhaps just from a single example, you learn to recognize the cloud conditions when it's worth trying to spot a sun dog.

Here is a gallery of remarkable photos of iridescent clouds.

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Autumn

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 10 Aug 2015, 02:12

Leaves, why look back

Shouldn't we look forward?

Homesickness.
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