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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

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

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Come quickly!

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come
quickly
accident
I need your help
that was a strange call
coming from my old aunt
on the other side of town
I’ve got to change and catch the bus
I hope to catch the bus at this time
and I was gone, worrying about her
she’s my mum’s sister and her husband died
I promise my mum to check on her
every now and then I get this
but there was really nothing
I can’t pretend it’s fun
life is not easy
and I arrived
she’s alright
oh well
tough!*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Reversed Etheree: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Double Etheree: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017: Week 31

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If only you were here before

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Are Poets the Same as Everyone Else?” by Esther Cohen: festival, together, wore, only, poems, fruit, walked, favourite, wine, listened, before, shades

If only you were here before
We’d walked along the villages
Listened to our favourite song

I’d write some poems short and long
Under the shades we’d kissed for ages
We’d go to festival, I swore

I still remember what you wore
When you left and the house changes
Overgrown plants which was all wrong

Together we used to belong
I’ve regretted all the chances
Come back to always open door

If only we could bring back time
I’d write poems with all the rhyme*

(c)ladyleemanila 2017

* Trilonnet, created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a 14-line poem made up of four three-line verses of 8 syllables (iambic tetrameter) and one rhyming couplet or four three-lined verses of 10 syllables (iambic pentameter) and one rhyming couplet.

Each 3 line verse is an unrhymed triplet. Each triplet has a rhyme scheme of abc. It is related to a sonnet in that it made up of 14 lines. There are 2 rhyme schemes for this form:

abc abc abc abc dd

or abc cba abc cba dd

This form is written in either iambic tetrameter or iambic pentameter.

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For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017: WEEK #27, Whirligig 119 , Sunday Photo Fiction – July 9th 2017

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My favourite place – FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #25

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I love this place. It’s my favourite place when I want to be alone. There’s something about this library that makes me feel I’m in a trance. The mass of books with atlases, road maps, novels, plays, bits and pieces and news. These books are my friends and companions. They show me interesting things, talk to me and sometimes chant and rant after the first block of information. Like I need to know more, like looking for a treasure hunt, one bit of evidence at a time. And as I read them, I’m being relocated to a totally new world. Where am I again?

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #25

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Fire! – FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER

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When we’ll go up in flames
A fire started no one blames
Try to keep ourselves cool
We have to save the dames

Oh God please save our school
I promise not to be cruel
As long as town’s protected
All energy we pool

The smoke was so acrid
Good thing firemen acted
Won’t be turning aback
And every one aided

The whole town is all black
I just saved my backpack
This scene stays as flashback
Run, there’s no turning back*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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* A Quatrain is a poem consisting of four lines of verse with a specific rhyming scheme.

A few examples of a quatrain rhyming scheme are as follows:

#1) abab
#2) abba — envelope rhyme
#3) aabb
#4) aaba, bbcb, ccdc, dddd — chain rhyme

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #22

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Also for: Friday Fictioneers 2 June 2017

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In honour of our love, a tree

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In honour of our love, a tree
Take it as a bouquet
A sign to interpret for thee
Tassel to make your day
Orange line that says I love you
I am the speaker so it’s true
Orange line that says
Orange line that says
Together we see the tree grew

In honour of our love, a tree
Billboard of our love
With the sound of a drum with glee
Like cooing of a dove
Everything’s nice and romantic
We make it work as well as click
Everything’s nice
Everything’s nice
The fruit of the tree we can pick

In honour of our love, a tree
We see from the window
From flower to flower the bee
Sucking the nectar so
As the tree blooms and so as we
We appreciate the tree’s beauty
As the tree blooms
As the tree blooms
And we go through life breezily*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Trijan Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of three 9-line stanzas, for a total of 27 lines. Line 1 is the same in all three stanzas, although a variation of the form is not to repeat the same line at the beginning of each stanza. In other words, the beginning line of each stanza can be different. The first four syllables of line 5 in each stanza are repeated as the double-refrain for lines 7 and 8. The Trijan Refrain is a rhyming poem with a set meter and rhyme scheme as follows:

Rhyme scheme: a/b/a/b/c/c/d,d refrain of first 4 words of line five /c

Meter: 8/6/8/6/8/8/4,4 refrain/8

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For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #20, Wordle 299 May 13 by brenda warren

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Life is an enigma – FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #19

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Life is an enigma
I have to go through it
With all its challenges
And hindrances, of course
I might fall in ditches

Life is an enigma
I cannot fathom it
I know I’ll find my way
But it will take a while
Each day I have to play

Life is an enigma
Some thick fogs on the way
Different roads to take
I could get lost sometimes
Some things are at stake

Life is an enigma
I’m glad you are here, too
Together we travel
Experience and taste life
Fight our own battle*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Monchielle is a poem that consists of four five-line stanzas where the first line repeats in each verse. Each line within the stazas consist of six syllables, and lines three and five rhyme. The rhyme pattern is Abcdc Aefgf Ahiji Aklml.

The Monchielle form was created by Jim T. Henriksen.

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #19

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