10 Days of Heat: STORY 1: Tokyo, Japan … (Day 2)


The day they met cherry blossoms in town
She’s learning English, he is a tourist
He’s fascinated by her eyes, so brown

They fell in love but both have to adjust
East meets west and so different they are
She is a cellist, he is an artist

He is her full moon, she is his star
She follows her tradition and culture
To be in love with her is quite bizarre

Love is all, everything else is quite blur
They’ve to fight for love is complicated
Not just sushi and tea for the answer

They prayed for the engagement to be blessed
From their families who are far apart
Love they feel for each, they never doubted

Two hearts, one soul, nothing can make them thwart
To be separated is the cruellest
They’d do anything not to be depart

So on this day in Tokyo, they married
She wore a kimono, he wore a tweed
The day they met cherry blossoms in town
He’s fascinated by her eyes, so brown*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Lauranelle, created by Laura Lamarca, is a hybrid (variation) of both the Villanelle and the Terzanelle forms. The poem is 22 lines in length opposed to the 19-line length of the aforementioned classical forms. Lines MUST be 10 syllables in length and also MUST be in iambic pentameter.

Rhyme scheme is as follows: aba bcb cdc ded efe fbf ggA(1)A(2)

Lines 1 and 3 MUST be repeated at Lines 21 and 22.

Poems can either be formatted in stanzas or as a whole piece without line-spacing.

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10 Days of Heat: On a hot summer’s night … (Day 1)


On a hot summer’s night
Sitting in the garden
Quite enjoying the sun
Have a drink with my knight
Talking, such a delight
Not a lot has been done

Just been on holiday
Been swimming and cycling
Or just simply ambling
On the grass we both lay
As we talk by the bay
See what the day will bring

On a hot summer’s night
Together we feel right*

(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: 10 Days of Heat: On a hot summer’s night … (Day 1)

The sea is cool, better than the pool

This week’s photo prompt is provided by TJ Paris. Thank you TJ!

The sun is bright, we’re all alright
The sea is cool, better than the pool
Zoe and Yanna playing, Beng and Amy swimming
Eating adobo and rice, Zoe’s hungry, she ate twice
Packed lunch from hotel, made us peckish from the smell
Lovers paddling on the boat, kayaking and banana float
Island hopping is quite fun, everything’s nice with the sun
Splashing water to each other, look at the colour- it’s azure

Friends at sea
Swimming and eating
Island hop
Like creatures of the water
One fine, lovely day
(90 words)

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of 8-01-2017