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    Enjoyed this tempest!

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    (music, lake, ring, jolting, thunder, serene)

    The lake
    No ringlets crease the surface
    of the lake,
    it´s inaudible music is serene
    until
    it is jolted
    by the dissonant voice of thunder!

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    (green, Christmas, roots, enthralling, fishes, intense)
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
    Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row

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    Very nice

    A Fishy Christmas

    Word challenge: (green, Christmas, roots, enthralling, fishes, intense)


    A fishy tale to relate of once upon a Christmas
    Down, down, deep, deep in the watery below
    Out near a jutting isthmus
    Enthralled above with bitter snow

    The waving deeply green kelpy fronds
    Whose roots were anchored firm
    Like Christmas trees each corresponds
    With nary, nary, a living worm

    For the fishys there are intensely voracious
    When it comes to their fishy food
    So when Santa visits he thinks them most ungracious
    He leaves their fishy presents in a sore mood -

    Below the green kelpy fronds decorated
    With sea stars at the base and urchins everywhere!
    Santa leaves the fishy's presents separated
    From the waving anemones' and then tarries near

    For the anemones leave Santa a snack
    That has filtered down into the abyss
    Left over from a bull shark's meal of quack
    "It's the thought that counts" Santa says in bliss

    Santa's greatest challenge is with the hermit crabs
    Itinerant little beasties with their houses on the move
    Yes, it's very hard for Santa to keep tabs
    Using google maps and other apps that prove...

    Totally inadequate... So Santa asks the lobsters
    Who've temporally taken up residence in traps
    "Have you seen the little hermit crabs pass by, monsieurs?"
    "Have you word of the little chaps?"

    But the lobsters weren't inclined and in a foul mood
    For they were pondering their frail existence
    So Santa left each one a gift you'd
    Think they would've liked for their gruff non-assistance

    That of rubber bands to play cat's cradle with
    But the lobsters were sore unamused
    Santa left them, he knew the hermit crabs weren't a myth
    Headed toward a shallow shoal and bid the lobsters be excused

    He looked high tide and low tide and then chanced upon
    A defenseless sea snail sobbing bereft of its shell
    Oh, ho! thought Santa and the thought did dawn
    That the hermit crabs were pillaging this noel
    And off with current's help they stealthily have withdrawn

    Santa gifted the sea snail with a home it could lock
    Then followed its directions to find his peripatetic prey
    Planning on giving the hermit crabs gifts of schlock
    But what did he find but the hermit crabs in full array

    Singing hymns to the Almighty and His Son as a child
    Christmas carols divine to all who came near
    And nearby a buffet for Santa to whom they beckoned and smiled
    Santa wept with joy and joined in with the songs of good cheer

    The moral of this story dear reader if you've read this far
    Is that the spirit of Christmas shines as bright as the brightest star... even for fishys

    12/20/2022

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    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
    tailor
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    Lol! Wonderful poem!
    I have to think something out for tomorrow!
    Last edited by Danik 2016; 12-21-2022 at 09:12 AM.
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    Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row

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    (green, Christmas, roots, enthralling, fishes, intense)

    The green Christmas

    Christmas in my country
    is always green
    because it is celebrated
    in summer.

    It might sound strange
    But we use to have pines
    for Christmas trees,
    a rooted custom in countries
    where the cold is intense
    and nature covered by snow
    is almost barren of vegetation.

    As a child I used to be enthralled
    by our big green Christmas pine
    adorned with real candles.
    Today the Christmas pines
    are mostly artificial and
    covered with led lamps
    of all colors.
    They aren´t as dazzling
    as the real pines
    but the natural trees
    are more preserved.

    And what about the fishes?
    They are served as codfish dishes.

    Next challenge:

    (wood, shower, glass, beckon, quickly)
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
    Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row

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    Enjoyed I've never seen a Christmas tree with real candles lit on them, it must be impressive.

    Challenge : (wood, shower, glass, beckon, quickly)

    beware the woodsman

    :shower me with wood chips
    said the coquettish young
    semiaquatic rodent to her beau
    :fill my glass with the freshest
    river water and do so quickly
    she beckoned with a swishy tail
    :return with stout heart and hope
    as I consider your token of troth -
    tarry not and beware the woodsman

    12/21/2022

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    Last edited by tailor STATELY; 12-21-2022 at 07:04 PM. Reason: swiftly > quickly
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    who am I but a stitch in time
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    AAIII!
    (wood, shower, glass, beckon, quickly)

    The Rain
    While wandering through the wood
    I was surprised by a shower of rain!
    The water first poured down,
    Than gradually, it fell
    as pearls of glass.
    Behind a bush, a squirrel beckoned to me:
    "Quickly, quickly" he said.

    Next challenge: (candels, tower, China, running, evergreen, softly)
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
    Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row

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    Delightful !! Just out of curiosity, to whom was the squirrel talking to ?

    Reality Check

    Browsing thrift stores is a passion -
    Looking for treasures overlooked...
    Perhaps antiques from Imperial China
    that one sees popping up on the news
    on occasion auctioned at Sotheby's,
    the ivory tower of riches, for a mint

    Lowering my expectations I was sur-
    prised to find a festive faux evergreen
    sprig wreath with pine cones - perfect
    for hanging on my front door, and some
    running shoes suitable for softly sneak-
    ing up on my neurotic cat Candlewick

    12/22/2022

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    re: Lol! "Behind a bush, a squirrel beckoned to me/"Quickly, quickly" he said (to me).

    re: Enjoyed! "neurotic cat Candlewick"-reality or fiction?

    (candles, tower, China, running, evergreen, softly)

    The Spirits of Christmas Past

    When I was a child
    We used to have a "real' Christmas tree
    Out of a towering pine
    and adorned with baubles, chocolates and candles.

    Ornamenting the ever green tree
    was an important pre Christmas activity
    The baubles had to be handled softly
    the candles carefully.
    A misplaced candle could set
    the whole array on fire.

    In some years I provided also
    a self made manger.
    Out of cotton head and body
    marked by a single silken thread
    a flock of running sheep
    was quickly made.
    Put into the lower part
    of an empty box of matches
    the cotton figure would represent the Holy Child himself.
    Maria was a small blue cloth,
    Joseph a red one with a match for a stick?
    None of them had a face.

    In some years I modelled the Holy Family and visitors
    Sadly some of these primitive "China" figures
    Soon began losing their heads,
    on account of being made
    of garden earth and not of clay.
    My parents kept these headless kings
    for years.

    Next challenge: ( ice, aquarium, sloths, meandering, regular, sound)
    Last edited by Danik 2016; 12-23-2022 at 07:45 AM.
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    Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row

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    re: "neurotic cat Candlewick"-reality or fiction?" - fiction.

    Enjoyed your poem very much

    Challenge: (ice, aquarium, sloths, meandering, regular, sound)

    taking it slow

    slender icicles melting in winter
    their languid regular dripping
    sounds muffled in powder snow;
    sloths in nearly all that they do;
    me meandering an aquarium,
    planetarium, or zoo: taking it slow

    12/24/2022

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    Enjoyed! Enormous cold wave in US was in the news. Hope things are getting better and you are not too affected by it.
    (ice, aquarium, sloths, meandering, regular, sound)

    The intergalactic ice air ship

    It went meandering through Via Lactea
    The small ice air ship
    It looked like a gigantic closed aquarium
    With sloths in it instead of locks.
    Not a sound came from the people
    That one could glimpse.
    The ice air ship
    pursued its regular route...
    meandering through the universe.

    New challenge: ( book, flowers island, forward, gleefully, chiming)
    Last edited by Danik 2016; 12-25-2022 at 09:03 AM.
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    Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row

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    A Sci-fi poem

    Challenge: (book, flowers, island, forward, gleefully, chiming)

    I Chanced Upon a Book

    I chanced upon a book of art with
    works in Gauguin's grand style while
    did he in islands preoccupied imagine
    then the absinthes of Van Gogh ? -
    coaxing green færies in a forward
    manner - they who wore red passion
    flowers in their hair - the lightness of
    their being chiming gleefully as these
    pages turned bell, book, and candle

    12/26/2022

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    Last edited by tailor STATELY; 12-26-2022 at 04:33 PM. Reason: format/indent/words for challenge
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    Enjoyed the lightness of the poem.

    (book, flowers, island, forward, gleefully, chiming)

    While the bells...

    While the bells chime in the new year
    I open the book of 2022.

    Turning the pages back
    I encounter islands immersed in the see called time.
    Islands gleefully cowered with flowers
    but
    also deserted islands hailing the errant ships.

    Forwarding the last packages of the closing year
    the genius of time may well ask:
    "What will 2023 bring?"

    (Next challenge: word, foam, frontier, beguiling, smiling, nasty)
    Last edited by Danik 2016; 12-27-2022 at 01:59 PM.
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    Enjoyed ! The future awaits !

    Challenge: word, foam, frontier, beguiling, smiling, nasty

    future past perfect

    beguiling frontiers, tie dyed dy-
    nasties smiling await our words
    of foam to decipher in the future

    12/28/2022

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    Enjoyed this economical take! And the "nasty" solution was quite sly .

    (word, foam, frontier, beguiling, smiling, nasty)

    Words

    Words spill over frontiers
    like the foam of the sea.
    Sometimes they wear
    a beguiling smile
    sometimes they are just nasty
    But when they are sublime
    frontiers disappear.

    Next one: Suggesting a change in the rules. Each user suggests a new challenge for the next one.

    Here is mine: artist, clay, moon, secretive, hiding, blissfully.
    Last edited by Danik 2016; 12-28-2022 at 08:23 AM.
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    All too true... enjoyed

    Challenge: artist, clay, moon, secretive, hiding, blissfully

    Celestial Proceedings 12.27.2022

    Weaving a gossamer veil of ice crystals this ev'n
    the moon appeared a large crescent from Earth's
    view to partake of Jupiter's counsel as Venus,
    Mercury, Saturn, and red Mars flanked by Capella
    and Aldebaran completed this rare celestial court

    Men hiding in their homes of clay and wood and
    steel this cold chill night were blissfully unaware
    of this secretive conclave - where only Uranus and
    Neptune deigned to abstain; Pluto having given full
    proxy to Jupiter for having dealt with rogue comets

    Only an artist and a poet were made privy to the
    celestial seriousness this tapestry availed to men
    other than the veiled moon who communicated to
    them through dreams that indeed celestial scales
    still tilt in man's favor - but much less than before

    12/28/2022

    My challenge: photograph, clash, spectrum, ice, meadow, speculate

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    Last edited by tailor STATELY; 12-29-2022 at 03:33 AM. Reason: indent / odds and ends
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