Smell the roses

take time to smell the roses
sweet spring, enjoy life’s offer
relish the air in the azure

be glad we have all the choices
let us not take things for granted
let’s appreciated them as fitted

scent of a rose gives me a buzz
don’t have to be in a hurry
enjoying life that is the key

think of the love and its aura
and what goes around, comes around
kids playing in merry-go-round

take time to smell the roses
for one day we won’t be able
just enjoy it and be grateful*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Constanza

I see hope from afar
I can smell the roses
Cycling at the weekend
No fret no bother, too
Where I can pray and mend

I see hope from afar
And looping with the wind
Imagine to be free
Not swatting in the hole
Where I’ll be full of glee

I see hope from afar
The pink glow of sunset
Where trees sway and birds fly
Wife baking bread for kids
Dad brought sauce for the pie

I see hope from afar
Green fields where children play
Distant snow covered hills
Where winter is nearing
Christmas with all the frills**

(c) ladyleemanila 2019

** Monchielle

The gentle summer breeze

As the sparrow flies

The gentle summer breeze

Before me the skies

Reading to my delight

As the sparrow flies

On this day so bright

Sound of nature heard

Reading to my delight

Feathers of the bird

Decades of beauty

Sound of nature heard

Smell of porch so fruity

Hold hope in my hands

Decades of beauty

All of the nature’s plans

The gentle summer breeze

Scriptures in the sands

The gentle summer breeze***

(c) ladyleemanila 2021


The pungent smell of onion
Peels and peas in the dungeon
Parts of me missing and hunted
Some chewed some hit by the canyon
I know I cannot be improved
With some rubbish to be removed

My mother said I was pretty
Displayed in shops in the city
Three children passed by with kitty
Eating their sandwich with gritty
Now I’m dirty with old tshirt
No man should see that I am hurt

(c) ladyleemanila 2020



  1. I love this stanza. “take time to smell the roses
    for one day we won’t be able
    just enjoy it and be grateful* mostly because I want to live every day to the fullest. I don’t know that I do that perfectly, but its a goal. Thanks for posting this lovely set of poems for WQW.

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