defer

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defer

verb
de·​fer | \ di-ˈfər \
deferred; deferring
transitive verb
1 put off, delay
2 to postpone induction of (a person) into military service
transitive verb
to delegate to another
intransitive verb
to submit to another’s wishes, opinion, or governance usually through deference or respect

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Regina’s Rest

My mind is all astir.
My life’s become a blur.
Others may now aver
That I must soon defer

By giving them the reins,
And gently shifting lanes,
Releasing all these pains,
Establishing their reigns.

feign

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feign

verb
\ ˈfān \
feigned; feigning; feigns
transitive verb
1a to give a false appearance of : induce as a false impression feign death
1b to assert as if true : pretend He feigned that he was not feeling well so that he could leave the party early.
2 archaic a : invent, imagine
2b to give fictional representation to
3 obsolete : disguise, conceal
intransitive verb
pretend, dissemble

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When you do not try to learn from
But merely feign concern…some,
For the troubles faced by others
You ignore that they’re your brothers.

haywire

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haywire

adverb or adjective
hay·​wire | \ ˈhā-ˌwī(-ə)r \
1 being out of order or having gone wrong the radio
2 emotionally or mentally upset or out of control : crazy

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Harry hurried to the sink.
He madly craved a drink.
He could not even speak.
His best, a pitiful squeak.
His poor mouth was on fire.
His tongue had gone haywire,
Feeling way too macho,
He’d eaten that hot nacho
It was far too spicy,
He needed something icy.

Sunday Haiku

A double dose today…

clouds fly past the moon
on the way to somewhere else
making fall leaves quake

recent rain water
lets grass pretend there’s still time
to put off autumn

The first release of these haiku happen on my Fediverse (Mastodon) account @algot@mastodon.art where a group of posts use the hashtag #SmallPoems. Sometimes those who work with poetry bounce their work back and forth to one another. This week, between the two haiku above, another person, @dogtrax, added a response to my first haiku of the day.

Trees, and broken leaves;
kindred spirits inside a
gentle heart, changing

That lead me to my second haiku of the day.

I want to thank those who follow this blog for their kindness in doing so.

Please consider joining a fediverse community (there are many). Mastodon.art is more than just for those practicing the visual arts. Writing.exchange is also a potential good fit. You “could” join Mastodon.social, but that defeats the “federated” purpose of spreading people around to smaller, independent servers. Independent community servers allow those who can do so to directly support the administrators and moderation team of their chosen community. It is important to recognize that moderation by humans is one of the features of the fediverse. Abusive language and bad behavior are not tolerated. Repeated bad behavior is swiftly addressed. Offenders’ accounts may be canceled. As a result, it is possible to have a comfortable online experience.

In case you do not feel that you know enough to pre-select a server/community to join, head to https://joinmastodon.org/ where you’ll find solid information about finding your best place to start…and it is very easy to migrate later. The fediverse is a flexible social media experience. Take advantage of it.

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exponent

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exponent

noun
ex·​po·​nent | \ ik-ˈspō-nənt, ˈek-ˌspō- \
1 a symbol written above and to the right of a mathematical expression to indicate the operation of raising to a power
2a one that expounds or interprets
2b one that champions, practices, or exemplifies

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I shall raise to the second power
This short rhyme, done at this hour.
I shall be a proud exponent,
A proponent of this moment.

trace

My old and shaky finger tips
Long to caress your luscious lips.
It has become hard for me to trace
The smooth outline of your sweet face.
Although such memories, to me, are clear,
You…are no longer here.

terse

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terse

adjective
\ ˈtərs \
terser; tersest
1 using few words : devoid of superfluity a terse summary also : short, brusque
2 smoothly elegant : polished

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The fast food worker asked, “Would you like fries with your hamburger?”
Bob gave only a terse reply: “No.”

It was neither polished nor elegant. It was definitely brusque.

coalesce

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coalesce

verb
co·​a·​lesce | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈles \
coalesced; coalescing
intransitive verb
1 to grow together
2a to unite into a whole : fuse
2b to unite for a common end : join forces
3 to arise from the combination of distinct elements
transitive verb
to cause to unite

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Coalesce

The birds of fall
Heed an instinctive call
To flock and fly
And fill the sky

Their vast murmutations
Are aerial sensations
With coordinated flow
No matter how big they grow.

They visit my lawn
And then they’re gone.
All done with breeding
Gone south for feeding.