Finish off Friday #6: Footsteps in the Fog 20.01.17

Finish off Friday #6: Footsteps in the Fog 20.01.17

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Image: phylor aka Lorraine

Footsteps echoed eerily in the fog
Wind coming from the east and the trees swayed
Getting louder like the barking of dog
Gets nearer, is one going to be preyed?
Who’s that? I asked even though I’m afraid
Footsteps stopped suddenly, I’m still puzzled
Stop it now, Mathew, and don’t make me jade
Game is over and you’ve won, I dabbled
Not Mathew but Joe, who came in a jog
His footsteps faster coming from the fog*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Decuain (pronounced deck•won), created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a short poem made up of 10 lines, which can be written on any subject. There are 10 syllables per line and the poem is written in iambic pentameter.

There are 3 set choices of rhyme scheme:

ababbcbcaa, ababbcbcbb, or ababbcbccc

For: Finish off Friday #6: Footsteps in the Fog 20.01.17

Finish off Fridays #5: Bicycle 06.01.17

Finish off Fridays #5: Bicycle 06.01.17

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When Mark and Pat renovated the family home, they discovered an old bicycle hidden under the porch. It was Mark’s old bike when he was a boy. He remembered all the fun and adventure he had with that bike. Not to mention, all the scratches, bruises, mud cakes formed and mischiefs.

He checked it out and it still works. He just has to pump air in the tyres, check the brakes, scrub and paint the rusted parts. Voila! A new bike for their son, Peter. He’s looking forward to teaching Peter how to ride a bike. He might even buy a second hand bike for himself. That was a good find.

For: Finish off Fridays #5: Bicycle 06.01.17

Finish Off Fridays #3: Snowballs of Hay & Garden Gargoyles (09.12.16)

Finish Off Fridays #3: Snowballs of Hay & Garden Gargoyles (09.12.16)

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Overnight, giant snowballs of hay appeared in the field
I am flattered to see this inexhaustible supply
The hay were not in clutters but all lined in the field
As bellwether in the farm, I began to groove
With my handbag, I entered into a Faustian pact
Of late, I was familiar with the nuances of the local dialect
The giant snowballs provide the vital marrow for all things

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

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For: Finish Off Fridays #3: Snowballs of Hay & Garden Gargoyles (09.12.16), Wordle #132 “December 5th, 2016”

Where was James?

Where was James?

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James was never seen again after setting
off down the rutted, puddled road, foggy day
everyone’s worried, where he could be and why
was he upset or was he meeting anyone?

who the last one he saw and other clues
outside the window was a film of fog
some dark clouds were sprayed across the sky
James was never seen again after setting

will we ever see James again as we vent
our sorrow for all to add their concern
we searched everywhere but he was nowhere
off down the rutted, puddled road, foggy day

we sat around with our pot of tea and cake
can we handle this mess before winter comes?
we drove around villages after villages
everyone’s worried, where he could be and why

law enforcers were doing what they could
getting more frustrated as the days went by
and so we carried on looking for clues
was he upset or was he meeting anyone?*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* Cascade, a form created by Udit Bhatia, is all about receptiveness, but in a smooth cascading way like a waterfall. The poem does not have any rhyme scheme; therefore, the layout is simple. Say the first verse has three lines. Line one of verse one becomes the last line of verse two. To follow in suit, the second line of verse one becomes the last line of verse three. The third line of verse one now becomes the last line of verse four, the last stanza of the poem. See the structure example below:

a/b/c, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C

To make the Cascade an even longer poem, use more lines in verse one. For example, if verse one has 6 lines, the poem must have seven stanzas so that each line of verse one is reused as a refrain in each following stanza (a cascading effect).

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For: Finish off Fridays #2: James (25.11.16), Sunday Photo Fiction – November 27th 2016, Wordle 276 Nov 27 by Brenda Warren