A man holding a burning iron brand

Brand and Identity

Impressive visuals
Etched forever in your mind
Every artist’s dream.

Photo: The Newsletter Pro

Vintage dental syringe

Feel the Schadenfreude


1. Self-righteous belief
That laughter at others is
The best medicine.

2. Joy at the downfall
Of those we secretly think
Are a threat to us.

3. Inability
To sleep well without dragging
Someone else down first.

Photo: medicalandcollectables (Mycheal Gybbons) | Instagram

Close-up of a durian's sharp thorns

Kingdom of Love and Hate

Sacred crown of thorns
Rewards those who get past its
Armour and odour.

Durian (Durio sp.)
Also known as the “King of Fruits” because of its formidable sharp thorns. It is common in many parts of Southeast Asia and comes in many cultivars, some of which are highly valued and priced. And, depending on who you ask, the smell and taste of durians can range from irresistibly fragrant to horrifyingly fetid. (I belong to the former.)

Photo: Marui Takato | Wikimedia Commons via Flickr

A serious-looking budgie

Like Royalty

Regal splash of blue
In disdain for those who keep
Staring at others.

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
Male budgies over six months old generally have a bright blue cere (area containing the nostrils), while females have a brown or white cere.

Photo: Rolf Dietrich Brecher | Flickr