From nowhere comes this rock


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Brown Penny” by William Butler Yeats: brown, enough, loops, hair, young, crooked, wise, thinking, stars, shadows, begin

Let’s begin with brown rock
Lots of holes like stars
Drop some penny scars
Crooked enough to shock
Shadows of alien block
Like the hair of young czar

This rock comes from nowhere
People started thinking
Loops of secrets it brings
Some mystery elsewhere
Surprises they declare
Like some wise men they cling

From nowhere comes this rock
A place where people talk*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The HexSonnetta, created by Andrea Dietrich, consists of two six-line stanzas and a finishing rhyming couplet with the following set of rules:

Meter: Iambic Trimeter
Rhyme Scheme: a/bb/aa/b c/dd/cc/d ee

Iambic Trimeter means the usual iambic (alternating unstressed/stressed) meter for every line of the poem, but instead of the ten syllables that comprise a typical sonnet’s iambic pentameter, this particular form uses six syllables of iambic trimeter per line. Thus, the name HexSonnetta.

For: 11 August 2017 Friday Fictioneers, Whirligig 124

Sunday's Whirligig logo blue-ceiling-ff

Flowers from you

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

receiving flowers when we moved
lovely coming from you my dear
when you’re not here they brought me cheer
with boxes the place has improved

we may not be together
but that’s fine
I can deal with that
perhaps it’s for the best
we’ve tried other means
might work this time

when we were together you just disappear
the blue-grey stone are clad in grooved
for the best when we’re both removed
alone and think of yesteryear

time has come
when we need to part
for both of us to grow
and appreciate what we had
starting new
new house, new friends

hindi kita malilimutan
kahit ano pa man*

  • I’ll never forget you
    whatever happens

* The La’libertas, a 22-line (4/6/4/6/2) poetic form created by Laura Lamarca. The stanza rules are as follows:

Stanza 1 – rhyme scheme ABBA, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 2 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Stanza 3 – Rhyme scheme BAAB, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 4 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Couplet – Italian (Any language acceptable except)

How the La’libertas for got its name is from the word “libertas” which is Latin for “liberty” and “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature.

For: 4 August 2017 Friday Fictioneers

The phone call

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

The phone call from her son’s high school principal was something she was totally unprepared to receive.

“Mrs. Smith, I just would like to let you know that your son Martin has hit one of his classmates and has threatened him with more violence, had we not been able to stop the fight. I talked to both of them. Paul, the classmate had said something which Martin didn’t like. The key point was they apologised to each other. So, for now, let it just be a warning for both the pupils.” She thanked the principal and told her that she’ll have a word with Martin when he gets home.

For: 28 July 2017 Friday Fictioneers


Ten Things of Thankful

PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Sheldon

I’m thankful for all the little things around me
My paper and pens, paperclips, books and my cup of tea
That I could still work, meet my students and have fun together
Teaching them English and knowing good baker, author, banker
Him Indoors and the son and bride for all the love and support
We love our adobo, curries, spaghetti bolognaise and apple torte
My mother dearest who is nearly eighty and she still rocks
My sister in Canada, brother in the UK and older brother on his docks
We’ve got our health and we still keep cycling and swimming

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

Ten Things of Thankful

For: 7 July 2017 Friday Fictioneers, TToT – 7/07/17 , Tell Me Something Good #65


Thinking about my chores as I walk

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Praise Be” by Lowell Jaeger: clerking, willing, smock, walk, hairspray, boxes, hips, wonders, lipsticks, chores, wisp, seldom

Thinking about my chores as I walk
Lipsticks and hairspray to buy
I am with wonders as one amblers
Carry boxes with a willing sigh

Do my hips look wider with my smock?
Wisp of breath up in the sky
As one amblers, I am with wonders
Seldom do I water my bonsai

Going through narrow streets in our block
My make-up I still apply
I am with wonders as one amblers
We have a great town I can’t deny*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* 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.

For: 30 June 2017 Friday Fictioneers


Driving to Britain


Once a year we drive to Britain. We usually stay the night in Maastricht and then carry on driving to Calais, take the ferry to Dover and drive to the Midlands. We visit Him Indoors’ parents for the week, as well as my brother and family. HRH the son and K usually come. On the way to Britain, our car is full of some beers from Bavaria and boxes of wines. On the way back, we have to fill the car with Him Indoors’ British supplies – HP sauce, Worchester sauce, cheddar cheese, salt and vinegar crisps, malt vinegar, Branston pickles and black tea.

For: 23 June 2017 Friday Fictioneers




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


* 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



Also for: Friday Fictioneers 2 June 2017