Lakes Quotes

the plank of loneliness was here
music was broken by the lake
and so what a mistake to make
when everything was by the pier

a snare when we create
revenge by the cliff
the longer it takes
the harder it gets
salt and pepper
add to the mixture

think again for what was in stake
where we go from here as I steer
and so we need to persevere
let’s finish this with a handshake

the lake is calm
and so are we
glad it ends well
we’re friends again
enjoy the trees
listen to the birds

tahimik ang ilog
sa ihip ng hangin
(a calm lake, by the breeze of the wind)*


Geneva the city with its lake

The mountains and my independence

Flew my wings and here I was awake

The first time I drifted from home

Tried to settle while I roam

Composed myself for my sake

Rippling water I glided for my entrance

Geneva the city with its lake

Trial and error while building my nest

Met a guy who would have guessed

Fell in love, didn’t know he was a snake

Broke my heart for he was a menace

Flew my wings and here I was awake

And so I keep on learning

New job, new language, new friends

Learned to skate and bake a cake

Found a job that was stupendous

Geneva the city with its lake

The little town that’s so peaceful

Where I first saw snow

Near and far I have to take

For my sins I need penance

Flew my wings and here I was awake

The arc of life for my keepsake

Love Geneva for its essence

Geneva the city with its lake

Flew my wings and here I was awake**

(c) ladyleemanila 2021

** Grá Reformata

a string of stillness
sunshine, smile and heaven’s blue
such grandeur to behold

commune with nature
admiring view from the side
oh what a blessing***



5 responses

  1. Marsha

    I love your quotes, Lady Lee. My favorite is “Not every lake dreams…” the first part of your video was so moving. I wonder if they filter that water al all? Yikes. Water is so important to our lives. Your Geneva poem was also so moving. I just finished rereading another Charles Dickens novel called David Copperfield. Copperfield ran into his share of snakes, and how they ruin lives but they do make a person stronger if they don’t break!

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    1. ladyleemanila

      so glad you like my post, Marsha 🙂 yes, snakes may ruin lives but could make a person stronger…I’ll try and read that novel. Have a lovely weekend, Marsha ❤

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      1. Marsha

        It’s a super long one, but I loved it. I struggled through some of the language. He writes in an English dialect from the 1800s in some places. But once I got the hang of it, I didn’t mind it.

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  2. Vignesh S Raj

    Beautiful images and poems 🙂

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    1. ladyleemanila

      thank you, Vignesh 🙂

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