Archive for January, 2011

flat·ter 1 (fltr)

January 19, 2011

v. flat·tered, flat·ter·ing, flat·ters
1. To compliment excessively and often insincerely, especially in order to win favor.
2. To please or gratify the vanity of: “What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering” (George Bernard Shaw).
a. To portray favorably: a photograph that flatters its subject.
b. To show off becomingly or advantageously.
To practice flattery.
[Middle English flateren, from Old French flater, of Germanic origin; see plat- in Indo-European roots.]
flatter·er n.
flatter·ing·ly adv.
flat·ter 2 (fltr)

And this bit made me chuckle – its use as a noun…

1. A flat-faced swage or hammer used by blacksmiths.
2. A die plate for flattening metal into strips, as in the manufacture of watch springs.

listen, please.

January 18, 2011

Do you not know my sorrow…
Do you not hear my wailing…
Can you not see my sadness…
Do I have no worth…
Is my shape too twisted now…
Where is the humanity is seek…the love I need…
You ignore me though my tears are like rain…
I stumble through the pool that is become me and beseech you…
I plead with you to show me a way from this depth of despair…
I have asked you many times…
I asked you each night as I felt myself sliding…
as I tried to help others…
as I gave all I had….
And I did give her all I had…
I would give still more if she asked – but now I am empty…
Please God – Help me!

for·sake (fôr-sk, fr-)

January 18, 2011

for·sake (fôr-sk, fr-)
tr.v. for·sook (-sk), for·sak·en (-skn), for·sak·ing, for·sakes
1. To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce: forsook liquor.
2. To leave altogether; abandon: forsook Hollywood and returned to the legitimate stage.
[Middle English forsaken, from Old English forsacan; see sg- in Indo-European roots.]

Will my sadness never end?

Lovers who were but never were

January 18, 2011

“To love
is to have
who you can
depend on to be there through the years.
As a partner, a lover, a
friend”y to deceive – even easier to be deceived

Large cranium

January 12, 2011

The big head looms in front of me,
disturbing my world with his questions,
while a black sky settles behind –
the orange lamps on concrete sticks
confirm time of day outside the window
and his two tiny earlobes distract me.

But a;l I can think of are his ears…..
Tiny, protruding earlobes.
They become my focus as he sits facing me,
his words are jumbled-up by his ear-lobes,
and I am not listening to what he is saying.
From where I sit they protrude level with his jaw.
I sort-of imagine they can flap – but I hold that thought away from my chuckle muscles – as my innards crumple-up in hysterics.

Mercury! That’s it!
The winged God: Quick-silver.
His large head still looms but I cannot take a word he says seriously – no mater how sternly he says it.
I am desperately trying not to cry with laughter as I study his earlobes (his tiny wings) and their minuscule movements – they actually do move – as he pours out his spiel.

I should feel intimidated by his nearness.
I should be in awe of his physical size,
his intellectual presence and respectful of his achievements to get what he is.
But all I can do is giggle to myself:
Giggle to myself so loud that I can’t hear him.
His qualifications don’t matter – but his power still does.
But I cannot be afraid of a man with tiny, sticky out earlobes……


January 12, 2011

empty room

Mothers know best

January 12, 2011

‘Had a big row with my mother again this morning.
She talks to me like I’m a little kid! (I’m a fifty-three year old, big kid)
She’s having a new washer delivered on Saturday and she’s cleaned some shelves off to allow room to move the old washer out and the new one in.
I said she’d have to at least take the shelves off the brackets to give space to get past.
“STEVEN!” is all she said in reply using my full name and the stern voice I remember from childhood when I’d done something wrong.
And she looked at me as if to say “shut-up – you don’t know what you are talking about”
I persisted in trying to explain why I thought she’d also have to move a cupboard to make room.
So she just put her hands over her ears……………..
I should keep my mouth shut.
Still, the truth will out when her new machine is delivered on Saturday.

Triple suns spotted over China…and we were scared of the Hadron Collider?

January 10, 2011

An astronomical phenomenon that appears to show three suns appears above Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province in northeast China. Skip related content

Triple suns over China
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Two smaller suns appeared on either side of the sun, with a strong light on top.

The smaller twins were about one-tenth of the size of the sun.

Together with the bright light, they formed a round, rainbow-like aura around the sun.

Experts said that such a phenomenon is called “phantom sun”, which is an optical refraction in the atmosphere.

In winter, the clouds are formed by ice crystals and they are relatively higher in the sky than in summer.

When they happen to form a particular shape, they can reflect the sunshine in such a way that produces the astronomical phenomenon of “triple suns”.