Z is for ZaniLa Rhyme


The ZaniLa Rhyme, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists 4 lines per stanza.
The rhyme scheme for this form is abcb and a syllable count of 9/7/9/9 per stanza.

Line 3 contains internal rhyme and is repeated in each odd numbered stanza.
Even stanzas contain the same line but swapped.
The ZaniLa Rhyme has a minimum of 3 stanzas and no maximum poem length.

Give me your hand and we’ll go places
To places we haven’t been
To be strong, I need for lifelong
All these places, where do we begin?

Give me your strength so I can cope
Challenges coming to me
I need for lifelong, to be strong
I’ll do things as long as I am free

Give me your word I know I belong
With you, life is wonderful
To be strong, I need for lifelong
The power within I’ll be able

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: #AtoZChallenge – 4-30-2017 – Letter Z , April PAD Challenge: Final Day, the final day of NaPoWriMo

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Y is for yoyo


like a yoyo, you play with it, make it spin
suchlike it, there’s always a string attached
bike and roller-skate and other games, such fun
hike, climb, run, hide-and-seek and some match

back to yoyo and games we used to play
track and field, football and volleyball
knack for it or not, doesn’t really matter
jack of all trades, depending on the call*

* A poetic form created by Lencio Dominic Rodrigues, the Lento is named after it’s creator, taken from his first name Lencio and rhymed to Cento, an existing form of poetry.

A Lento consists of two quatrains with a fixed rhyme scheme of abcb, defe as the second and forth lines of each stanza must rhyme. To take it a step further, but not required, try rhyming the first and third lines as well as the second and forth lines of each stanza in this rhyming pattern: abab, cdcd. The fun part of this poem is thrown in here as all the FIRST words of each verse should rhyme. There is no fixed syllable structure to the Lento, but keeping a good, flowing rhythm is recommended.


For: #AtoZChallenge 4-29-2017 – Letter Y

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X is for Xenophobia


Xenophobia or religious and racial prejudice are not likely to go away as long as human nature understands what it is. Xenophobia is the dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries. Every person from a certain country has a certain prejudice against people from different countries. Let’s just hope that nothing is too extreme… anyway, here’s a poem about hope.

sun rise
sun rise

The Instinct Of Hope
by John Clare

Is there another world for this frail dust
To warm with life and be itself again?
Something about me daily speaks there must,
And why should instinct nourish hopes in vain?
‘Tis nature’s prophesy that such will be,
And everything seems struggling to explain
The close sealed volume of its mystery.
Time wandering onward keeps its usual pace
As seeming anxious of eternity,
To meet that calm and find a resting place.
E’en the small violet feels a future power
And waits each year renewing blooms to bring,
And surely man is no inferior flower
To die unworthy of a second spring?

For: #AtoZChallenge – 4-28-2017 – Letter X

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W is for Wrapped Refrain


The Wrapped Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of 2 or more stanzas of 6 lines each; Meter: 8,8,8,8,12,12 and Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c.

Refrain rule: In each stanza the first 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) in the first line must be the last 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) at the end of the last line. This is what wraps each stanza with a repeated refrain …thus, the Wrapped Refrain.


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Poem” by Muriel Rukeyser: insane, products, setting, try, devices, similar, considering, mad, nameless, make, waking, call

Let’s try setting up devices
Some nameless products and bridges
A wake up call considering
Something similar to baffling
Insane if you ask me but they are all acting
We’ll never know till we try, so let’s try setting

In this mad world, there’s always one
Who gets into trouble but fun
You may be nameless but I know
People know you as a John Doe
The plot thickening as the mystery unfurled
Anywhere, there is a John Doe in this mad world

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Whirligig 107 by Magical Mystical Teacher, #AtoZChallenge – 4-27-2016 – Letter W, April PAD Challenge: Day 27

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V is for Villonnet


The Villonnet was created by D. Allen Jenkins.

A Villonnet is a hybrid of the Villanelle and the Sonnet. It has the Iambic Pentameter of both, but holds the four-stanza/line structure of the sonnet, while utilizing the two-line rhyme nature of the villanelle. The final stanza replaces the sonnet couplet with a typical villanelle tercet.

(5) Words: | SCORE | SLEEP | FREE | CALM | ESCAPE |

I can’t sleep, free me from your memories
I’d like to remain calm from disturbance
Escape to a place where there’s no more you
It doesn’t matter where, hills or alleys

I don’t know what the score is, but not threes
Three’s always a crowd, so I have to leave
I could be free to roam the whole wide world
I can’t sleep, free me from your memories

Enough about your lies and trickeries
The situation is not getting better
You’re full of promises but no action
It doesn’t matter where, hills or alleys

I can’t sleep, free me from your memories
Stop haunting me wherever I go
It doesn’t matter where, hills or alleys

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Weekly Writing Prompt #85, #AtoZChallenge – 4-26-2017 – Letter V

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U is for Unknown


Once upon a time, there was a lady who found a letter
She doesn’t know who wrote it, sort of unknown
She was mesmerised by the words in it, the story
The emotion, the feeling that was opening up
Like a present in a box that you open it and
Each layer of paper is a surprise, a delight
Waiting up to be read, to be shared
With someone who needs some
Sort of encouragement or hope
She carried on reading it
She cried, she laughed
She mused about it
Perhaps it’s magic
She needed that
She was happy
To find it

For: #AtoZChallenge – 4-25-2017 – Letter U

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T is for Terzanelle


The Terzanelle is a poetry type which is a combination of the villanelle and the terza rima forms. It is a 19-line poem consisting of five interlocking triplets/tercets plus a concluding quatrain in which the first and third lines of the first triplet appear as refrains. The middle line of each triplet is repeated, reappearing as the last line of the succeeding triplet with the exception of the center line of the next-to-the-last stanza which appears in the quatrain. The rhyme and refrain scheme for the triplets is as follows:

1. A
2. B
3. A

4. b
5. C
6. B

7. c
8. D
9. C

10. d
11. E
12. D

13. e
14. F
15. E

Ending Type 1:

16. f
17. A
18. F
19. A

This ambedo of a crumbling cloud
An eminent tide and I’m dazzled
This ambedo of a crumbling cloud

He misbehaved and his flight cancelled
A voracious reader of nature
An eminent tide and I’m dazzled

He cares to switch his pace with ardour
I waited for him so he could see
A voracious reader of nature

We looked at the cloud with its beauty
I gave him some of my blackberries
I waited for him so he could see

This ambedo if we could just freeze
The tide and birds all singing sweetly
I gave him some of my blackberries

Such a lovely day we both agree
This ambedo of a crumbling cloud
The tide and birds all singing sweetly
This ambedo of a crumbling cloud

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


For: Wordle #151 “April 17th, 2017″, #AtoZChallenge – 4-24-2017 – Letter T

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