Ladylee’s Photo Prompt #3

Hello everyone. The challenge – write a tale, poem, fiction, script, lyric, etc. using this photo. Link back to this post from your blog or leave in the comment section below. Thanks and have a great week everyone.


My take:

Waiting for something to happen

On this spot as instructed
Staying together, we added
Toured the city, we’re not frighten

We’re late for some important date
Fun in the city, us children
People walked about, so crowded

Waiting for something to happen*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Octain, full name Octain Refrain, is a form of poetry developed by English poet Luke Prater in December 2010.

It comprises eight lines as two tercets and a couplet, either as octosyllables (counting eight syllables per line), or as iambic tetrameter, whichever is preferable. Trochaic tetrameter also acceptable. The latter yields a more propulsive rhythm, as opposed to iambs, which lilt.

As the name suggests, the first line is a refrain, repeated as the last (some variation of refrain acceptable). Rhyme-scheme as follows –


A = refrain line. c/c refers to line five having midline (internal) rhyme (e.g. here/sneer), which is different to the a- and b-rhymes. The midline rhyme does not have to fall exactly in the middle of the line, in fact it can be more effective and subtle, depending on context, to have it fall earlier or later.

Alternative layout/stanza-structure:

Refrain lines out on their own, with the middle six as two tercets –


Lady by the sunset – Ladylee’s Photo Prompt #2


lady by the sunset
silhouette by the sea
on such a calm evening
some people having tea
sunset they are watching

lady by the sunset
shadow covered the sun
on her way to see him
waited for her all day
her response to his hymn

lady by the sunset
she’s as pretty as rose
others look as she walks
she says hi as she goes
invite her in their talks

lady by the sunset
such a charming person
wish she could be my friend
will go dancing at night
have fun at the weekend*

(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 stanzas 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: Ladylee’s Photo Prompt #2

Tweet! – Ladylee’s Photo Prompt #1


Birds feeding
On their way down south
From the window I see them
Silhouettes against heavens
Flock of birds flying
Sky circling

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of seventeen syllables distributed 1, 3, 5, 7, 1 in five lines, developed by Glenda L. Hand.

oddquain butterflies – a “merged mirror oddquain” where the two stanzas of a mirror oddquain are merged together, one of the middle 1 syllable lines is dropped, resulting in one nine line stanza of the form 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1. Please note that a oddquain butterfly is not a “oddquain” because it doesn’t have five lines, but it is “butterfly” made up of two oddquains that were merged together into one poem.

For: Ladylee’s Photo Prompt #1