How come I grew up fast?

How come I grew up fast?
Me and fashion detail
Glide to the next party
Not a care in the world
The airspace with glee

How come I grew up fast?
When there was a problem
I just hunch down and go
Now I try to solve it
Sponge and clean to show

How come I grew up fast?
The world used to be big
Quite afraid to try out
First time for everything
With a twirl and a pout

How come I grew up fast?
Guess that’s how it all rolls
Age is just a number
Just enjoy and have fun
I am my life’s author*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Monchielle

For: Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 16 June 2018Music Challenge #29: “The Freshmen” by the Verve Pipe #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM


Music Challenge #29: “The Nights” by Avicci #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “We Lived Happily During the War” by Ilya Kaminsky: houses, protested, bed, month, reign, money, street, city, country, falling, chair, outside

Live happily however they protest
Spend the rest of life doing what’s right
When you’re in flight, why don’t you try your best?
When you’re stressed, just hold on really tight

On the street of any country
With its beauty and things to do
There’s no time to be falling out
And when in doubt, just flow

It’s nice to be outside the house
In the greenhouse most plants can grow
Money can grow and then accrue
Reign of breakthrough to know

Get to know the city thoroughly well
With bluebell and roses in the garden
Chair in the sun you put that’s quite so swell
A gorgeous belle to meet and have some fun

Make a difference in this world with such zest
Your very best in life with such delight
When it’s alright say thanks for we are blessed
As you have guessed we have to fight or flight*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* LaJemme

For: Music Challenge #29: “The Nights” by Avicci #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMMWhirligig 164

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Music Challenge #28: “Cry Pretty” by Carrie Underwood and Saturday Mix

Your words this week are:



As shield
Moment healed
Go into rage
Enter the battlefield
Cry me an ocean and rampage
Paying up for what was revealed in rage
When all was said and done and we both say goodbye
The hour has come when the soul’s enrage
As much as I want it offstage
And the blood’s all congealed
Sometimes outrage

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Diatelle

For: Music Challenge #28: “Cry Pretty” by Carrie Underwood #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMMSaturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 19 May 2018

T is for Tetractys


Tetractys, a poetic form invented by Ray Stebbing, consists of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Tetractys can also bereversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1

are you one?
or otherwise?
love is funny sometimes, makes you work hard
makes you do things you don’t really want to
but that is so
c’est la vie
not fun

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: Music Challenge #25: “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado #amwriting #musicchallenge #MLMMT is for Tales #AtoZChallenge Day Twenty-Three

Music Challenge #26: “Limes” Brad Paisley #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM


Don’t be startle when life is tough
Mingle, try not to go in huff
Take it easy, smile with your charm
You know when enough is enough

The offer is on, there’s no harm
Call the birds, they come in a swarm
Let’s all have fun without filter
On its mark, pillars and gendarme

Have something to bite and stir
It’s not always clear, sometimes blur
I like my drinks with some lemon
With friends, we agree or bicker

Let’s have a good time, lots of pun
And whatever is done is done
It’s not perfect, some things we shun
Hold up the end of our bargain*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* 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: Sunday Photo Fiction – April 22nd 2018Music Challenge #26: “Limes” Brad Paisley #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM Wordle 348 Apr 21 by bwarren

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Music Challenge #24: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – “Speak To A Girl” #amwriting #musicchallenge #MLMM

Don’t saturate her world with lies
Despite the soft music and soul
Dramatize not for she empathize
Dish her the truth that’s the goal

Over the rainbow and behind shadows
Of broken heart and broken trust
On sharp rains when wind blows
Only the truth a definite must

Veils all silky and pure white
Venture out to the unknown
Victory if you get it all right
Voice of insight and being grown

Every moment counts
Emblazon with a bright sign
Energy every time you bounce
Entering into her lifeline*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trolaan


For: Music Challenge #24: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – “Speak To A Girl” #amwriting #musicchallenge #MLMM, Wordle 344 Mar 24 by brenda warren


Music Challenge #24: “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM

on guard
with love
try not to lose your heart
even if he’s your dream
such pain
he’ll cause
aim high

fresh air
fresh start
as much as you love him
lots of reasons to say otherwise
no more
enough said
he’s not

move on
learn lesson
you tried but he’s not bothered
always hurting you again and again
time helps
no regrets
be strong*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trinet

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | AIM | LOSE | GUARD | AIR | DREAM

For: Music Challenge #24: “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM, Weekly Writing Prompt #131