When I was just a little girl

For the visually challenged writer, the image is the drawing of a girl’s face. The girl appears to be lying on her side. The image is from the Google Photo Frame.

When I was just a little girl

I was afraid to fly or swirl

I still do but trying to change

Learning new words, trailing new path

Lessons learned even calm my wrath

Say sorry even out my range

Cold and derange late on Sunday

To date or not to date I stray

Don’t wait up for I’m always late

Perhaps there’s other thing to do

And then you’re here out of the blue

Hurt me before, don’t touch the bait

And before eight made up my mind

That to unwind never debate*

(c) ladyleemanila 2020

  • A Jeffreys Sonnet was created by Scott J. Alcorn. It is isosyllabic (only 8 syllable per line), 2 sestets with a cross rhymed couplet (the cross rhyme is in the 2nd to 4th syllable in each of the two lines of the couplet). Also there is a cross rhyme in the first line of the 2nd sestet (between the 2nd to 4th syllable), tying the 1st sestet to the 2nd. So the rhyme scheme would be: aabccb, (b)ddeffe, (e)g (g)e. The letters in ( ) are the cross rhymes.

For: Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #98 – This, That, and The Other (fivedotoh.com), Wordle 488 « The Sunday Whirl (wordpress.com)


  1. And before eight made up my mind
    That to unwind never debate*

    Good principle. One should not be all stressed up right before bedtime. Great sonnet LadyLee. Reduced syllables can be intimidating.


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