Goodbye, my friend, goodbye

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the time has come to say goodbye
I go this way, you go that way
no regrets, what we had was special
thanks for being part of my life
it was tough, but we made it through
beautiful memories, we’ll treasure them

we laughed, we cried, we argued, all them
we had a good run before this goodbye
the world against us but we made it through
but I think this is the best way
perhaps we’ll meet again in the after life
the jokes, getting lost, finding ways, special

goodbye, my friend, goodbye
we hug and part our ways

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 39

City driving

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Drum Dream Girl” by Margarita Engle: drum, pounding, sticks, secret, gardens, imaginary, parrot, comforting, carnivals, rattling, silver, allowed

Driving to the city with the silver side mirror
Objects are allowed to be nearer but blur
I am not keen on driving in the city
There’s always traffic to do my shopping spree
Sometimes the noise is like a drum pounding on
Every manoeuvre should always be dead on
Stick shift requires more skill than automatic
And with Him who is such a secret car critic
Better to stay in my comforting garden
And with my parrot’s rattling noise, it’s more fun
Driving to the city with the silver side mirror
Objects are allowed to be nearer but blur

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 38, FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #36, Whirligig 131

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My mask – 100 Word Wednesday: Week 37


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Good Shape” by Esther Cohen: look, writing, tell, enormous, drawing, elsewhere, jackets, long, think, flat, see, you

Now you see me, now you do not
A fantasy, I’m sure it’s naught
With my mask I could be elsewhere
Look! Everyone’s here to stare
Tell you what, I think I could go around the plot

I drew an enormous green head
With my long jacket as I sped
Wrote my name in one minute flat
Did not have time to have our chat
I was in a hurry to bake my gingerbread

Painting my mask is such a treat
Pretending is such a new feat
All the things I need for new me
Don’t be scared or angry*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Florette (Form No. 2), created by Jan Turner, is a variation and longer form of The Florette.

Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,b,a
Meter: 8,8,8,8,12
Iambic beat is required throughout (one unaccented followed by one accented syllable).

For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 37, Whirligig 129

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I am the king of the road

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “‘I am the last…'” by Charles Simic: retreating, road, birch, mud, one-eyed, cut, saber, hair, clothes, lined, sell, waving

I am the king of the road
Road sometimes muddy far and wide
Wide away from the one-eyed monster
Monster who doesn’t know how to hide

With my long hair and cool clothes
Clothes that are lined and well cut
Cut the queue because I’m famous
Famous rock star, the best in the circuit

I’ll meet you by the birch tree
Tree with leaves all waving
Waving and selling tickets
Tickets for tonight with all the swing

From town to town, gig to gig
Gig that makes fans devoted
Devoted to songs I sing
Sing to my fans so avid*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Loop Poetry is a poetry form created by Hellon. There are no restrictions on the number of stanzas nor on the syllable count for each line. In each stanza, the last word of the first line becomes the first word of line two, last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3, last word of line 3 becomes the first word of line 4. This is followed for each stanza. The rhyme scheme is abcb.

For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 34, Whirligig 126 , Writing Wednesday – 30th of August 2017

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Free from trammels of conforming

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Free from trammels of conforming
These local boys play their music
Imbibing in their own culture
Not as malleable as others

I grin as I look through keyhole
Free from trammels of conforming
Taking all opportunities
As they touch people’s sentiments

With hindsight they could have gone there
Seeing the fata organa
Free from trammels of conforming
Still being naïve from their youth

So they play to their heart’s content
Loving every minute of it
When people smile and clap their hands
Free from trammels of conforming*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 6 (line 1)
line 7
line 8

line 9
line 10
line 11 (line 1)
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 16 (line 1)


For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 32, Wordle #169

Such a surprise!

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Her Sweet Deceit” by James Laughlin: joys, best, surprise, hair, think, someone, sweet, deceit, only, laugh, girls, alike

Such a surprise when I saw you
A sweet surprise out of the blue
And to think of all the places
We are to meet here as it does
Two girls laughing and all the buzz
We’re so alike with our auras
Known each one since we had braces
We used to share jeans and blouses
Someone like you bring the best fuzz
With the joys you give for ages
Only friend that I know is true
Had fun until we say adieu*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Duo-rhyme, a poetic form created by Mary L. Ports, is a 10 or 12-line poem, with the first two and last two lines having the same rhyme scheme, and the center of the poem (lines #3 through #8 or #10) having their own separate monorhyme scheme.

Meter: 8 beats per line, written in iambic tetrameter (4 linear feet of iambic) Rhyme Scheme: 10-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a and 12-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a

For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 31, Whirligig 122

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Waiting for something to happen

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There are things I’ve done and places I’ve been
Where I may have hurt you and I don’t know
Err I’m sure I have done but haven’t seen
Bear with me and take this night as I owe
So take this night to let me be
Grow with me and please forgive me
Show me you care with your smile
Snow or rain I come with a plea
Midnight comes and what’s to happen
Waiting for something to happen
We thought this was our haven
Waiting for something to happen
Promises not being delivered
Still waiting for something to happen

(c) layleemanila 2017

For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 30