Avant Garde: Johnny-come-lately

From your musical tastes to your political views, were you ever way ahead of the rest of us, adopting the new and the emerging before everyone else?

If I’m ahead of the curve,

I’m sure there’s one or more,

Who could come along

And make it better.

And then there’s me.


Who can go one better than you.

The nub: 

It cuts both ways.

—Linus Fernandes.


Twenty-Five Seven: Another hour

Good news — another hour has just been added to every 24-hour day (don’t ask us how. We have powers). How do you use those extra sixty minutes?

The Daily Prompter

claims it’s good news

that the day’s been expanded

by another hour.

The man lies.

“Work expands to fill the time.”

It’s another sixty minutes a waste.

—Linus Fernandes.

Alternative version of image:Wooden hourglass ...

Alternative version of image:Wooden hourglass 2.jpg. Wooden hourglass. Total height:25 cm. Wooden disk diameter: 11.5 cm. Running time of the hourglass: 1 hour. Hourglass in other languages: ‘timglas’ (Swedish), ‘sanduhr’ (German), ‘sablier’ (French), ‘reloj de arena’ (Spanish), ‘zandloper’ (Dutch), ‘klepsydra’ (Polish), ‘přesýpací hodiny’ (Czech), ‘ampulheta’ (Portugese). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Reader’s Block: Compassionate Companion

What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without reading a book (since learning how to read, of course)? Which book was it that helped break the dry spell?

English: Canadian novelist Steven Erikson read...

English: Canadian novelist Steven Erikson reading a book. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The question is :

For how long?

The truth simply is:

I can’t remember.

There’s never really been a time,

I’ve not  had a companion

By my side.

Although I must confess,

In my youth,

I read some trash.

—Linus Fernandes.

Counting Voices: Conversational monologue

A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

Speaking aloud to myself,

Is sometimes an effective way,

To clear a cloudy head.

But I’d be more than fine with a dialogue,

Though it probably is better 

that it  be a series of  conversations.

One talks,  the other listens—well.

Turns at each role.

Clarity in communication—the goal.

(“Understand me, chump.”

“Comprehend me, sweetheart.”

It’s a one-to-one.)

A lively group discussion,

Not a shouting melee,

Can throw up ideas,

In a  huddle we brainstorm.

They all have their uses,

They all have certain aims,

And as long we don’t take ourselves too seriously,

Life should be a round of games.

—Linus Fernandes.



Dictionary, Shmictionary: Uncoined melody

Engraving of Noah Webster, from the frontispie...

Engraving of Noah Webster, from the frontispiece of Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, Revised and Enlarged (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).

There was a time,

When I’d use words liberally,

Hoping I’m getting them right by context.

You see: I’d read them somewhere.

It’s an old habit,

And habits die hard.

Now my favorite book is the dictionary:

Collins, Oxford, Websters etc.

As you like it,

As you know it,

As you expect it.

But mostly, as my text editor permits it.

—Linus Fernandes.


Upturned Noses: Snobbish snub

Even the most laid back and egalitarian among us can be insufferable snobs when it comes to coffee, music, cars, beer, or any other pet obsession where things have to bejust so. What are you snobbish about?

Am I a snob?

I guess, I must be.

Aren’t we all?

At some time or the other.

Not to ourselves, of course.

It’s just that we’re oh so particular.

Snobbery must be in the nose of the beholder,

“I smell a snob. Don’t you?”

—Linus Fernandes.


In Transit: Solitary Reader

Train stations, airport terminals, subway stops: soulless spaces full of distracted, stressed zombies, or magical sets for fleeting, interlocking human stories?


It is amusing,

In places so crowded,

teeming with thousands,

I am among those,

Who prefer to be solitary.

I’d rather read a novel,

Enjoy splendid isolation.

Are you traveling somewhere?

My volume has since transported me there.

—Linus Fernandes.

Welcome, Stranger: Bizarre Bazaar

Think about the town where you currently live: its local customs, traditions, and hangouts, its slang. What would be the strangest thing about this place for a first-time visitor?

(Thanks for inspiring this prompt, Tamarah Rockwood!)

I'm a Stranger Too!

I’m a Stranger Too! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m a stranger,

In my own city.

Back from afar.

Been here a while,

But still feeling bizarre.

Home, but not  quite all here.

I’m not yet accustomed to the atmosphere.

It’s true the world’s a sphere,

I sometimes wish I could disappear.

If you were to come,

You’d feel more welcome.

Than me, than anyone here,

I venture.

—Linus Fernandes.

Big Day Ahead: Night before

It’s the night before an important event: a big exam, a major presentation, your wedding. How do you calm your nerves in preparation for the big day?


A War of Nerves

A War of Nerves (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



The night before,


There’s very little to actually do.


Except show up and do the deed.


For if you’re not ready right now,


You won’t be ready tomorrow.


None can be done extempore.


–Linus Fernandes