Author: Dave Kingsbury

I'm a retired teacher who now has more time for thinking, reading, writing, making music and blogging ...

Lugubrious Limerick

A chap said with rather a smirk,
Go out if at home you can’t work –
Ride buses and planes,
Even bug-ridden trains …
Everyone thinks he’s a berk!

 

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image: Dreamstime.com

source: agree from https://randomwordgenerator.com

Deadline

pretend you are permitted just one message
and all that you ever meant to say is now
restricted to
a few last words – allow yourself a vital
gasp of air while whirling emotions seek to
resolve themselves into fresh phrase
and novel sentence and the moment of truth draws near –
please, you cry, more time required for anything approaching
honesty! none left? oh well, then, something to do with love …

 

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image: YouTube

source: paragraph from https://randomwordgenerator.com

Nine Lives

Inspired by a reply to my previous post, I resolved to write an acrostic verse with just one word per line. Here is Michael Halliwell’s succinct poem, itself inspired by this charming photo:

 

Image result for sleepy reader

 

Picture
Us
Sleepily
Surveying
You –

Come
And
Tickle

 

Purr-fect, isn’t it?

I think the art is in its simplicity. Often harder than it looks to marry grammatical sense and apt comedy in a few words!

So when I hit https://randomwordgenerator.com and got discovery, well, my quill wilted. So to speak. It’s not a very funny word.

But then again, just now, it’s not a very funny world.

I try to be hopeful, of course. But in case hope should fall short, this post ends with another cat picture.

Dare I suggest a caption competition? Or even some more one-word-per-line acrostic poems?

 

disaster
is
sudden
creation
of
variable
economic
responses
yesterday

 

 

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images: Pamper My Pet and Reddit

Too True!

So tell us the answer,
oh please
let us know –
unless it’s
too leftfield,
in which case, please go –
or else find a
new one that won’t stop the show!

 

Technology and politics -- two paths that need to cross to ...

 

And that would have been that if I hadn’t seen the news photos of empty supermarket shelves that used to stock toilet rolls and found a new solution acrostic coming to mind:

sometimes there’s a problem
of such magnitude that
little folks like
us must put our heads
together to
investigate a way
out and
not race one another to the, er, bottom …

 

Image result for empty toilet paper shelves

 

images: betanews.com and Forbes

source: solution from https://randomwordgenerator.com

Where?

plastics don’t pollute our waters –
rhythms of slow seasons rock –
every species finds a foothold
free from artificial shock –
elemental nature governs
rules of tidal ebb and flow –
experts track down earthly truths
not cloudy claims they’re in the know –
create this world of balance restored –
elect anyone not too easily bored …

 

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image: The Conversation

source: preference from https://randomwordgenerator.com