Fun at the beach

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you Louise!

shine, sunshine, shine as we wonder
we do not get tired of singing
along the beach, also running

in a stilted manner, we stir
message in a bottle or so
some flimsy swimsuit on the show

trace our footsteps like an ambler
one of the best trips we have had
having tea at three we are glad

some boats floating with their anchor
children play and run in a line
this is better than wine and dine

watch the waves in the sea azure
on such a fine day together
wish to stay the same as we were*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Constanza, created by Connie Marcum Wong, consists of five or more 3-line stanzas. Each line has a set meter of eight syllables. The first lines of all the stanzas can be read successively as an independent poem, with the rest of the poem weaved in to express a deeper meaning. The first lines convey a theme written in monorhyme, while the second and third lines of each stanza rhyme together.

Rhyme scheme: a/b/b, a/c/c, a/d/d, a/e/e, a/f/f………etc.


For: FFfAW Challenge by Priceless Joy, Wordle 300 May 20 by brenda warren


His perfect lawn – FFfAW Challenge

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yarnspinner. Thank you Yarnspinner for our prompt!


His perfect lawn
Not a single weed to be seen
His perfect lawn
Sitting in the middle I yawn
Order and discipline his gene
Don’t know if I could be his queen
His perfect lawn*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain: AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long – octasyllabic or tetrameter.

For: FFfAW 114th Challenge by Priceless Joy

A walk in the woods

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Loretta Notto. Thank yoiu Loretta!

Gone was the snow and I’m free to roam again
Away from the scrutiny of my fellow townsmen
Wearing just trainers, t-shirt and jeans, I’m ready
Why are you angry and at the same time so clingy?
To the woodlands where all trees and flowers bloom
I need this time to clear my head and not feel gloom
In the spring where cherry boughs laden with blossoms
And the trees are randomly in rows and columns
Seventy trees and still counting, on and on I walked
Not a sound, not even when some birds squawked
Free from worries, free from pain, free from convention
Just me and the nature, and being on my own was fun

For: FFfAW Challenge by Priceless Joy

The Date – FFfAW Challenge

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Dawn Miller. Thank you Dawn for our photo prompt!

They met at the café and there was faint music in the background. They started talking about their days at work, their hobbies and their likes. Was it Ralph Waldo Emerson who said that: “conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors?” And they do converse for quite a long time. They found a lot of things in common. They laughed at their jokes, mused at some others and agreed or disagreed with the rest.

The conversation was very interesting. They didn’t speak ill of others, for they know that nothing good will come out of it. It was night time when they left the café. It was a cold evening. Faint stars were in the sky, silver leaves in the background. They agreed to meet next week for dinner. There was a new Italian restaurant in town, and they said they will try that one out.

For: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers by Priceless Joy

N is for Nove Otto

N is for Nove Otto


The Nove Otto poetry form was created by Scott J. Alcorn. It is a nine-lined poem with 8 syllables per line (isosyllabic). The rhyme scheme is as follows: aacbbcddc.

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Maria with Doodles and Scribbles. Thank you Maria!

The sound of the fountain of life

Stridently trickling down so rife

Thus refreshing, splashing like pearls

A force of nature so charming

Nice to swim after our biking

Water with its tempestuous whirls

You and I commune with nature

Wish we can stay here as we were

Here and there, up and down with swirls

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of April 11, 2017 by Priceless Joy, #AtoZChallenge – 4-17-2017 – Letter N

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On this foggy day

On this foggy day

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yarnspinner. Thank you Yarnspinner!

Listen, my hear shatters into bits
On this foggy day, it hits
Going down the pits
Our splits

Such cheat and betrayal in a blitz
You don’t deserve me, you twits
Going down the pits
Our splits

Nothing left to say, you hypocrites
Go away, our benefits
Going down the pits
Our splits

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Triquint, a poem for created by Sylvia A. Feeley, which consists of 3 verses, 5 lines each. Lines 3 and 4 of verse 1 (Refrain) repeat in verses 2 and 3. The syllable count for each stanza is 9, 7, 5, 3, 1 and has an aaAAb rhyme scheme.

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of April 4, 2017 by Priceless Joy, April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Crazy for feeling so blue…

Crazy for feeling so blue…

Photo prompt provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you Louise!

I’m crazy for feeling so lonely
I’m crazy
Crazy for feeling so blue..”

There goes my mother with her “Crazy” song, her favourite! Every time we are together and people start singing, she has to be there, too. She sings it with all the emotion one mutters, all the pain and the memories with my father. She will be eighty this year and her children and grandchildren from Canada, UK and Germany are flying to the Philippines to celebrate it with her. It’s going to be a big party and of course, she’s singing her “Crazy” song.

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of March 28, 2017 by Priceless Joy

Also for: 52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 40 By Bernadette  So grateful that my mother is still here with us ❤