No Snow

Morning, falling rain.
Winter, without snow’s pain
But let me be quite plain,
My dismay, I can’t restrain.

I prefer dawn’s glow
A blanket, white, to show.
So now, you all should know
How to set my heart aglow.

Word of the Day – indie


Pronunciation /ˈɪndi/
1 (of a pop group, record label, or film company) not belonging or affiliated to a major record or film company.
1.1 Characteristic of the deliberately unpolished or uncommercialized style of small independent pop groups.
1 A small independent pop group, record label, or film company.
1.1 mass noun Indie music regarded as a genre.

1920s (first used with reference to film production): abbreviation of independent.


The artwork of the indie record release was considered unprofessional by many.


(excerpt from much larger list of definitions)

1.1 usually flats – An area of low level ground, especially near water

1.3 A shoe with a very low heel or no heel.


Maggie meandered in her flats along the flats beside the river.

Author’s note: This blog is serving as something of an archive of Words of the Day. It wasn’t the first place where I contributed such words and illustrations. The “Internet Book Database of Fiction”

I was not the original word poster, but had been doing the posts there for a long time. Unfortunately, the server suffered some kind of software meltdown and from August 2020 until today, the forum was not accessible. This note is to celebrate that the forum is back and these words, beginning with today’s will be there.


Pronunciation /ɪnˈkjʊərəb(ə)l/
1 (of a sick person or a disease) not able to be cured.
1.1 (of a person or behaviour) unable to be changed.


It is my fervent hope that hate is not incurable.


Pronunciation /ɡrɪf/
mass noun – informal, dated
News or reliable information.

Late 19th century abbreviation of the slang term griffin ‘a betting tip’, of unknown origin.


Got no griff for ya today, but lots of speculation is flying around.


Pronunciation /fɔːˈfɛnd/
[with object]
1 archaic Avert or prevent (something evil or unpleasant)
2 (also forefend)
US Protect (something) by precautionary measures.


A guard at the door may forfend disaster, but only if he shouts his warning alert early enough.


Advance not in haste
Nor stall through distaste.
A regular try
Will help you get by.

Be not in a rush
To break through the hush.
Develop your voice
With colorful choice.

Seek out the glow;
Let your work flow.
Edits should wait
Until after the spate.


Pronunciation /ˈvɛntɪl/
1 A valve in a wind instrument.
2 A shutter for regulating the airflow in an organ.

Late 19th century from German, from Italian ventile, from medieval Latin ventile ‘sluice’, from Latin ventus ‘wind’.


Tony thought it mean
And did not think it keen
To find his Sax’s ventil
Was blocked up by a lentil.

Century Rider

His daily commute,
A regular route,
Astride his bike,
A ride to like.

Then weekends came
With more of the same
Riding a “century”,
An adventurer, he.

It came to an end
On a road with no bend
His joy is now hushed,
By a car he was crushed.

But where is the moral,
The memorial laurel?
At bad drivers, I’m pissed.
Patrick, you will be missed!