X is for Xander and Xana


It started in school. They were the best of friends. Where one went, the other followed. Xana shared her sandwich with Xander and they ate it together with their drinks. And he walked her home every single day, even though his house was on the opposite side of town.

For some reasons, they got separated. Many years had passed, Xander got married and three years later, he was a widower. Out of the blue, he saw Xana standing there. Was it really her? She glanced at him and did a double take.

“Is that you Xander? Yes, it is you!” Xana said as she did a double take.

“It’s me indeed! How are you? It has been a long time. I thought I was seeing a ghost!” Xander still shocked.

“I’m fine, fine. And this is Jack, my son. We’re getting his ice-cream, want to join us?”

“Sure, after you,” as he followed them to the café.

“Can we have a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, an orange juice, and what do you want to drink?”

“I’ll have a beer please, thanks.”

They kept on looking at each other and after some time, were about to speak at the same time. So they just laughed. Their orders arrived and carried on with polite conversation while enjoying the view of the lake and the volcano.

“You left without saying goodbye. You broke my heart.”

“I’m really sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you. Something tragic has happened, so we had to leave quickly.”

“What happened? You know you could always tell me.”

“It took me some time before I was on my feet again.”

“My dear Xana, it’s so nice to see you again. It has been 8 years and a lot of things have happened to me, too.”

And just as Xana was about to say something, Jack returned from the playground and asked his Mum if they could go home now.


For: X is for ??? #AtoZChallenge


W is for Wrapped Refrain (Form No. 2)


Wrapped Refrain (Form No. 2), created by Jan Turner, carries some similar aspects as her Wrapped Refrain form, with further advanced techniques. It consists of 2 or more stanzas of 8 lines each, with the following set rules:

Meter: 14, 14, 8, 8, 8, 8, 14, 14
Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c,d,d

Refrain rule: In each stanza, the first 10 syllables in the first line (incorporating a phrase) must be the last 10 syllables at the end of the last line (line #8).


There is that sting of betrayal that I don’t deserve
Eddying sprinkle clouds that is something to observe
Gaseous layers to form some nebulae
The flame of the sun some distant away
Stab the sword into the stone
Relish the thought of the unknown
Kiss the crime goodbye and hurtle myself when I’m able
Merge with the flow for there is that sting of betrayal

I’m happy as I dream of stars and their afterglow
I’m calling your name and it springs back like some echo
To think I gave you all, such nerve
What’s left for me is to be brave
Continue with my repertoire
Learn the lesson and the scar
My experience as I write the chapters of my memoirs
And when I sleep I’m happy as I dream of stars

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: W is for “What’s Next?” #atozchallenge , Happy twenty-sixth day of Na/GloPoWriMo

V is for Vers Beaucoup


The Vers Beaucoup, a poem for created by Curt Mongold, which is French for “many rhymes”. Each stanza consists of four lines with a rhyming word scheme of:


Each rhyme can only use a MAXIMUM of three words. The fourth “a” rhyme carried over to the second line causes enjambment and creates a strong internal rhyming structure.

The oasis of SERENITY when I swim in the SEA and I’m FREE
Under the TREE with FRIENDS at the WEEKENDS
They’re GODSENDS, as we LAUGH and take PHOTOGRAPH
On my BEHALF, they give me their TIME until NIGHTTIME

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: V is for Victory #AtoZchallenge It’s the twenty-fifth day of Na/GloPoWriMo

10-line Poem Challenge #27: Ovillejo

In summary, the Ovillejo is:

A decastich (10-line poem) written in two stanzas, a sestet and a quatrain.
Syllabic Structure: 8-4-8-4-8-4 8-8-8-12
Rhythm = trochaic throughout (I personally don’t always hold to this rule.)
Meter = tetrameter (lines 1,3,5,7,8,9); dimeter (lines 2,4,6); line 10 = lines 2,4,6 combined
Rhyme scheme = aabbcc cddc


Are you the angel of the night?
There for my plight
On top of the cliff I saw you
Sky so blue
You put bandage on my scar
Fair and square

You are always there never fake
Guiding me with all challenges
Helping me make the right choices
Knowing what’s at stake every day from daybreak

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: 10-line Poem Challenge #27: Ovillejo, Weekly Writing Challenge #138Day Twenty-Seven of Na/GloPoWriMo.

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | ANGEL | CLIFF | FAKE | SCAR | NIGHT |


U is for Unrhymed



too much suffering
giving too much heat to earth
everyday blazing like fire
can’t help but give heat


a beacon
on a stormy night
not lit but there to give hope
when you thought that was the end
I am still here
waiting for

* Oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of seventeen syllables distributed 1, 3, 5, 7, 1 in five lines, developed by Glenda L. Hand.

oddquain butterflies – a “merged mirror oddquain” where the two stanzas of a mirror oddquain are merged together, one of the middle 1 syllable lines is dropped, resulting in one nine line stanza of the form 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1. Please note that a oddquain butterfly is not a “oddquain” because it doesn’t have five lines, but it is “butterfly” made up of two oddquains that were merged together into one poem.

For: Ups and Downs ( #AtoZChallenge ) Happy final Tuesday in Na/GloPoWriMo, everyone.


T is for Tetractys


Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Tetractys can also bereversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1

are you one?
or otherwise?
love is funny sometimes, makes you work hard
makes you do things you don’t really want to
but that is so
c’est la vie
not fun

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: Music Challenge #25: “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado #amwriting #musicchallenge #MLMMT is for Tales #AtoZChallenge Day Twenty-Three