Tale Weaver #126 – Death – 29/6/17

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That was the world that never was
They knew it wouldn’t work because
It was too late and all the clause
Forget the flaws, forget the flaws

They were both in heaven at first
Have each other quenching their thirst
They went through some storms and cloudburst
And they were cursed, and they were cursed

The death of “them” and so be it
Not meant to relish the moonlit
Trust was broken so they quit
Thus they admit, thus they admit*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The monotetra is a new poetic form developed by Michael Walker. Each stanza contains four lines in monorhyme. Each line is in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of eight syllables. What makes the monotetra so powerful as a poetic form, is that the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated. It can have as few as one or two stanzas, or as many as desired.

Stanza Structure:

Line 1: 8 syllables; A1
Line 2: 8 syllables; A2
Line 3: 8 syllables; A3
Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4

For: Tale Weaver #126 – Death – 29/6/17

Passenger – Daily Prompt


Santiago has been living a fugitive life for 20 years. He managed to move to a new place every couple of years. Then, he found a real secluded area and felt at home in it that he decided to stay there longer. He also felt confident that the local people will not recognise him and so he slowly mixed with them. He met Marinela in one of the village’s party. They fell in love and Marinela moved in with him. It was all going well.

But somehow Santiago wasn’t satisfied with his situation. He wanted to go back to his country. He was sure that they have forgotten what he did and can visit his parents. After all, they must miss him and they’re getting old. He also wanted to tell them about his life (well, some parts of it).

As he stepped out of the plane, he felt like his whole life had changed. The policemen were waiting for him at the tarmac. They read his name in the passenger’s list and they knew that it was time for him to pay his debt to society. So they arrested him right there and then. Shackled and handcuffed, Santiago cut a sad figure as he was escorted by four policemen to the station.

For: Passenger

Other “passenger” posts:
Glamor Travel

Thursday photo prompt – Flight – #writephoto


After the cloudburst this afternoon
And the gladiola started blooming
No more slovenly living, we’re free

With straight posture, we become aware
Shake all the suffering and tenets
After the cloudburst this afternoon

No longer immured from miseries
We lifted our wings, radiating defiance
And the gladiola started blooming

Our galimatias we keep forever
Hereafter we’ll try to make it better
No more slovenly living, we’re free*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Cascade, a form created by Udit Bhatia, is all about receptiveness, but in a smooth cascading way like a waterfall. The poem does not have any rhyme scheme; therefore, the layout is simple. Say the first verse has three lines. Line one of verse one becomes the last line of verse two. To follow in suit, the second line of verse one becomes the last line of verse three. The third line of verse one now becomes the last line of verse four, the last stanza of the poem. See the structure example below:

a/b/c, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C


For: Thursday photo prompt – Flight – #writephoto, Wordle #161


Thinking about my chores as I walk

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Praise Be” by Lowell Jaeger: clerking, willing, smock, walk, hairspray, boxes, hips, wonders, lipsticks, chores, wisp, seldom

Thinking about my chores as I walk
Lipsticks and hairspray to buy
I am with wonders as one amblers
Carry boxes with a willing sigh

Do my hips look wider with my smock?
Wisp of breath up in the sky
As one amblers, I am with wonders
Seldom do I water my bonsai

Going through narrow streets in our block
My make-up I still apply
I am with wonders as one amblers
We have a great town I can’t deny*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The ZaniLa Rhyme, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists 4 lines per stanza.
The rhyme scheme for this form is abcb and a syllable count of 9/7/9/9 per stanza.
Line 3 contains internal rhyme and is repeated in each odd numbered stanza.
Even stanzas contain the same line but swapped.
The ZaniLa Rhyme has a minimum of 3 stanzas and no maximum poem length.

For: 30 June 2017 Friday Fictioneers


Music Prompt #8: “Calm Before The Storm” by Sarah Ross #amwriting #musicchallenge #music

Calm before the storm
I hope it hits you hard
You left my heart scarred
Gave you my soul in form
And you made it deform
I have to keep my guard

How could you be so cruel?
When I have given all?
You’re such an evil gall
Without me your life’s null
All your fault, you’re blameful
I looked at you, appalled

I’m happy to be free
And you don’t deserve me*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

The HexSonnetta, created by Andrea Dietrich, consists of two six-line stanzas and a finishing rhyming couplet with the following set of rules:

Meter: Iambic Trimeter
Rhyme Scheme: a/bb/aa/b c/dd/cc/d ee

Iambic Trimeter means the usual iambic (alternating unstressed/stressed) meter for every line of the poem, but instead of the ten syllables that comprise a typical sonnet’s iambic pentameter, this particular form uses six syllables of iambic trimeter per line. Thus, the name HexSonnetta. The first part of the form’s name refers to the syllable count per line. The second part of the name, Sonnetta, is to show this to be a form similar to the sonnet, yet with its shorter lines and different rhyme scheme, it is not the typical sonnet. Not only does this poem have six syllables per line, it also has a set of two six-line stanzas, giving an extra “hex” to the meaning of HexSonnetta. The rhyme scheme is a bit of a mixture of the two traditional sonnet types, with the two 6-line stanzas having more the rhyme scheme of an Italian sonnet, but with the ending rhyming couplet being the featured rhyme scheme of the English sonnet. The first stanza presents the theme of the poem, with the second stanza serving to change the tone of the poem, to introduce a new aspect of the theme or to give added details. The final couplet, as in an English sonnet, can be either a summary (if the theme is simple) or it could be the resolution to a problem presented in the theme. In any event, it should nicely tie together the whole piece and could even appear as a nice “twist” presented at the end.

For: Music Prompt #8: “Calm Before The Storm” by Sarah Ross #amwriting #musicchallenge #music