Sunday Writing Prompt: July 16, 2017: Fine Dining – Kitchen Tricks


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Returning Home in Winter” by David Romtvedt: bath, bamboo, hanging, dirty, wife, stirring, paintings, leafless, skin, blackbird, monk, fire

Blackbird hanging by the kitchen
Hanging on the bamboo shelf by the fire
Onion soup is boiling and wife is stirring it
I’m having a bath and such fun

Fun under my skin in the bath
Better being clean than dirty, I say
Daughter sitting gently as she paints leafless tree
Son is doing his sums and math

Math, such cosy family scene
People don’t know what’s lurking behind doors
Perhaps skeleton hidden in the cupboard?
Gossips and what lies in between?

Between you and me, not a word
Everyone plays his own role in this life
Good or bad, funny or serious and life goes on
Such fine dining with the blackbird*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The RemyLa Rhyme Form, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 4 stanzas. Each stanza has four lines. The syllable count per stanza is 8/10/12/8 and rhyme scheme is abca defd ghig jklj. The first word of stanza 1 must also be the last word of stanza 4. The last word of stanza 1 must also be the first word of stanza 2 and the last word of stanza 2 must be the first word of stanza 3. Finally, the last word of stanza 3 must also be the first word of stanza 4.

This form is named after Laura’s daughter, Remy Lawren Lamarca. La is her signature.

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Savour – Daily Prompt


Food, glorious, food, thou art so flavourful
With chicken and salmon teriyaki
Sashimi, caviar, tea, we can’t grumble
Spring rolls, salad, part of our food spree

Thou art so savoury, not spicy
With seaweed and cucumber, so pleasant
Edifying, too as we eat with glee
We took our time, enjoying each moment

Shall we compare thee to other foodstuff?
Thou art so heavenly if you ask us
Appreciating thou, we can’t get enough
We give each other treats, not so much fuss

We are looking forward to the next trip
For a change, we might go for fish and chips*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Sonnet is a poem consisting of 14 lines (iambic pentameter) with a particular rhyming scheme: A Shakespearean (English) sonnet has three quatrains and a couplet, and rhymes abab cdcd efef gg. Usually, English and Italian Sonnets have 10 syllables per line, but Italian Sonnets can also have 11 syllables per line.

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An old house – Sunday Photo Fiction – July 16th 2017

© Mike Vore

The house is in need of repair
As you can see, it’s old and damp
With storm coming it needs revamp
Like skin, it needs cream and care

I don’t wish to be the object of scorn
But when one digs deeply
A mask covering the face
A poet and his paper
A house is the setting
Of a beautiful tale

So we started going to camp
And we saw this big bear
We’re so scared we swear
Ran away and started to decamp

Back to the old house
Got some paints and ladder
He started at the bottom
I painted the top floor
We sang as we worked
Glad the day was sunny

Bahay kubo kahit munti
Ang halaman doon, sari-sari*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The La’libertas, a 22-line (4/6/4/6/2) poetic form created by Laura Lamarca. The stanza rules are as follows:

Stanza 1 – rhyme scheme ABBA, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 2 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Stanza 3 – Rhyme scheme BAAB, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 4 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Couplet – Italian (Any language acceptable except)

How the La’libertas for got its name is from the word “libertas” which is Latin for “liberty” and “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature.

* last two lines (Tagalog) nipa hut, although small, the plants there, all different


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