Alec’s backpack

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When he turned eighteen, Alec’s aunt told him she’s going to give him some money so he could use it for travelling or for his studies. She wanted it to be something memorable for him, so Alec is still thinking of what to do with the money. His elder brother used it to go to the Philippines for his holiday and he had fun. Alec wants to concentrate first on passing his A- levels, then he can decide. Perhaps in the summer, he can travel to Europe for three months or so before the university starts. He’s planning to take the Euro rail and visit some countries he hasn’t visited yet, or some countries with friends or relatives so they won’t be that expensive. He’s getting ready with his backpack and some itineraries. Here’s wishing him well.

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #17

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Poison – FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #16

Poison – FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #16

poison

Why is it that I carried on?

On something that’s pointless

When I’ve given my heart and soul

And nothing was return?

When I was your cure

And you were my bacteria

Or even a parasite seeping through

When I was trying to save you

And you were drowning me

Or even slowly killing me

I must have known before

Signs were all there

But I wasn’t following my advice

I thought things would have changed

I thought if I’ve given you my love

You’d love me in return

I was wrong

You were my poison

Killing me softly

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #16

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Day Nine – Help!

Day Nine – Help!

kid

How can people vent their ire on him?

How can they undo what they’ve done?

Out of shell shock came his grin

How can they handle this?

With straps across him

A single bomb

Trim his lot

No cheer

Help!*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.

line 1 – 9 syllables
line 2 – 8 syllables
line 3 – 7 syllables
line 4 – 6 syllables
line 5 – 5 syllables
line 6 – 4 syllables
line 7 – 3 syllables
line 8 – 2 syllables
line 9 – 1 syllables

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For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #15, Wordle 294 Apr 8 by Brenda Warren , ninth day of NaPoWriMo

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Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

bottle

With pen and paper, I meander in my thought
Message in a bottle and hope they find it
To my secret love and all the things I jot
Things got to be released to get out of my wit

With my silver pen and a strip of paper
Like putting some apples in a wicker basket
All the deep emotion I come to stir
Answering the why, when, where and what

I can placidly write lists, stories and musing
The stone fell into the water with a soft plop
Waiting for something to happen or bring
I’ll drop it now, don’t make me stop

Instead of forming ethereal dust being untouched
Why not share what’s on my mind before I forget?
I quite like the idea being clutched
I guess I’ll do it coz I don’t want to fret

Everyone does it and what’s the fuss?
In the city where everyone is welcome
Perhaps one day we’ll be together as us
Seize the day or carpe diem

 

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #08

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Strumming the story of my life

Strumming the story of my life

guitar
https://pixabay.com/en/guitar-music-man-play-strum-chord-869217/

 

Strumming the story of my life

Each note touching my heart and soul

Like cutting my heart with a knife

From a stranger who knows me whole

 

Quietly I plead him to stop

Looks at me and tries to console

An old oak tree as a backdrop

From a stranger who knows me whole

 

And so he carries on playing

Like he’s reading my life in scroll

How he knew that, I keep asking

From a stranger who knows me whole

 

Strumming the story of my life

From a stranger who knows me whole*

 

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

 

* A Kyrielle Sonnet consists of 14 lines (three rhyming quatrain stanzas and a non-rhyming couplet). Just like the traditional Kyrielle poem, the Kyrielle Sonnet also has a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the Kyrielle Sonnet consists of only eight syllables. French poetry forms have a tendency to link back to the beginning of the poem, so common practice is to use the first and last line of the first quatrain as the ending couplet. This would also re-enforce the refrain within the poem. Therefore, a good rhyming scheme for a Kyrielle Sonnet would be:

AabB, ccbB, ddbB, AB -or- AbaB, cbcB, dbdB, AB.

 

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #07

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Creativity on my skin

Creativity on my skin

lad
https://unsplash.com/?photo=WvS0rSIFAJE

life is tough and I could be mean
with tattoos and skulls
spending day and night in my jeans
seen life in my angle
express myself on my body
don’t have to agree and I’m free
express myself
express myself
angry with the world, I’m anti

green diamond and big reckless
emblem of hate, my view
politics, I don’t give a fuss
sermon, I flew
live me alone, I don’t need you
fairly, I haven’t got a clue
live me alone
live me alone
perhaps I just need to get through

in this world of hate I am in
misunderstanding, too
creativity on my skin
different rings that I knew
what have we done to disturb peace?
and when will all this hatred cease?
what have we done?
what have we done?
selfishness has to be decreased*

(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

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #04

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Keep everything in perspective

Keep everything in perspective

man

I’ll be able to reach the top
With sheer perseverance and hope
Perhaps one day, just keep going

I’ll be patient, see what it brings
Hard work, I’ll be happy to cope
Whatever I do, just don’t flop

I plant seeds then harvest the crop
Failing sometimes but never mope
Keeping an eye on that building

And every day just keep breathing
Balance myself on a tightrope
With practice I hope not to drop

Keep everything in perspective
That’s how I keep myself active*

(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.

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #03

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