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[blank renku] promises

 at the end of day;
the unexpected happens; 
promises not kept;

Developer with good intentions writes.
He codes until the end of day, or more,
and wanting more than just to do his job,
he promises to get things done for you.

Paul Guernsey, © 2019

[1blank renku – a form of linked verse, written by one or multiple authors in alternating collaboration. Blank renku differs from renku in that stanzas alternate between haiku form, and blank verse. The shortest blank verse stanza would be a couplet. The longest would fill a Post It note, the original (fictional) medium of blank renku, as invented for The Blank Verse Mystery. Variations are expected.

Blank renku can be played as a game, in the original spirit of renku. It merges poetry from East and West. Writers can choose to write in their stronger form or in their weaker one, and in this way it is similar to the game of THUD.[2]

[2THUD –  [see also Terry Pratchett’s 34th Discworld novel Thud!] “Thud is a strategic [board] game based on the ancient struggle between Dwarf and Troll…Players take turns to play the fast moving Dwarfs as they attempt to trap Trolls in a carefully constructed ambush, then take the part of the fearless Trolls who lumber slowly yet powerfully around the board. You can learn to play in a matter of minutes, and no two games are ever the same.” – discworldemporium.com

[tanka] raster of pixels

raster of pixels
all in motion | frozen still
breaking it all down

reality abstracted
our furrowed field of vision

Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/11/25


picture element; a single element of a picture, where the picture is considered as a grid (having been sliced into a fixed number of rows and columns); each resulting location within the grid is a unique element representing the color of that element. (see raster)

[PIX (pic., picture) + EL (element)]


(word coined in 1934 by German electrical engineers while inventing the television; originally, a screen frame of a television picture, and later used more generally as one method for represent a still image on a video monitor.)

a method of representing a picture (image) on an electronic device (TV, computer monitor) by breaking the image into a fixed number of rows and columns and assigning a single color to each element. Each picture element or PIXEL contains the average color for that area of the grid. By increasing the number of rows and columns, the size of each PIXEL is reduced and the accuracy of the image increased. Pixelation is a condition of a raster image which has fewer pixels than required for an accurate representation of the object. Pixelation can be exaggerated to render an image (or section of an image) unrecognizable. (same as BIT MAP)

[from German RASTER, grid; from Latin RASTRUM rake or plow with 2-6 blades]

Null Reference

A slight bit less than nothing, just a space
where you could put a little something in.
You know just where to find it, if you just
had found the time to see it really was
a thing and set its address down right here.

I'm just a symbol of an object, not
the thing you want, itself, and if you ask
me for the thing before you told me where
it was, I'll throw you an exception hot,
which you had better be prepared to catch
or lacking that prepare to meet your Doom
and die a painful unexpected death.

Much better 'tis to wear a leather glove,
a catcher's mitt with which to soften blows,
or better yet to peek inside the orb
before you try to take a deadly sip
of nothing from inside. So much more comes
from nothing sipped when thirsting for the thing.
A thirst so great that it affects the mind,
and renders naught the seeker's very self.

© 2018, Paul Guernsey Player