Z is for ZaniLa Rhyme


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.

March 21st 2013. First ever Sunday Photo Fiction

With wings spread I long to be free
With bread on my beak I’m off
To the light away from the devil
And the stranger gave me a send off

Thunder growls without warning from sky
And the plane left its stripe
Away from the devil to the light
As it switches it on its tailpipe

Shy away from the snatches of greed
Driving away the evil
To the light away from the devil
To freedom I’ll always be careful

(c) ladyleemanila 2018


For: Sunday Photo Fiction – April 8th 2018Wordle 346 Apr 7 by bwarren , Z is for Zzzzzz #AtoZChallengeWe have finally arrived at the last day of Na/GloPoWriMo 2018!


Y is for You


I love you
Do I ever say that?
Yes, my dear, all the time
No, really, I’ve never noticed
How come you never say it?
I always say it, my dear
How come I never hear it?
You’re busy blogging
And the conversation
Goes on and on

I love you, my dear
I love you when you’re busy
I love you when you’re still
When I cannot stop you from talking
You’re definitely excited and wants to share
I had to stop watching football or rugby
And listen to your tales
When you want some ideas
For the fiction, photo prompts
I’ll think of them and tell you
Even though I’m busy with my work

I know that, Him Indoors
I love you, too with all my heart
I appreciate what you are and do
I greatly admire your wits and skills
You are my number one priority
My north, my compass so I won’t get lost
My south, as far away as Sicily or Malta
My east, the Philippines in the Far East
My west, we’ve been to America with HRH
My work days, I look forward when I come home
My Sunday rest, with you at home or elsewhere


For: Y is for You! #atozchallengeDay Twenty-Eight

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#SoCS April 28/18 – “Why/Y”

Why wasn’t I told about things in life?
When I strife or fight while I fall in love
All of the above in terms of nightlife
Carry a knife and then wear my hand gloves

Being hit by buses or trains
Fall in the reins of love and men
Fall in love when and where it feels
It always heals lonesome

I’ve sunk out at sea, crashed my car
Life seems bizarre when I’m with chum
I may be dumb to find my Zen
I should have ken to drum

Has the world changed or is it still the same?
When we can blame the peers or what’s on trend
We try to fend ourselves but all is game
It’s quite so lame when we know it’s the end

Again, why wasn’t I prepared in life?
In my wildlife birds and trees are above
Cooing of doves part of my afterlife
Let’s not strife on some musical octave*

(c) ladyleemanila

* The LaJemme is a 5 stanza form created by poets Laura Lamarca and Jem Farmer.

Meter: consistently iambic

Stanza 1, 10 syllables per line, Rhyme scheme abab, 4th syllable of each line is to rhyme with the end rhyme of the preceding line.

Stanza 2, syllable count: 8/8/8/6, Rhyme scheme cdef, with cross rhymes in each couplet on 4th syllable

Stanza 3, syllable count 8/8/8/6, Rhyme scheme gfdf, 4th syllable of each line follows the same rule as stanza 1.

Stanza 4, 10 syllables per line, Rhyme scheme hihi, 4th syllable of each line is to rhyme with the end rhyme of the preceding line.

Stanza 5, 10 syllables per line, Rhyme scheme abab, 4th syllable of each line is to rhyme with the end rhyme of the preceding line.

For: The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS April 28/18the penultimate day of Na/GloPoWriMo Day 29

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W is for Wrapped Refrain (Form No. 2)


Wrapped Refrain (Form No. 2), created by Jan Turner, carries some similar aspects as her Wrapped Refrain form, with further advanced techniques. It consists of 2 or more stanzas of 8 lines each, with the following set rules:

Meter: 14, 14, 8, 8, 8, 8, 14, 14
Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c,d,d

Refrain rule: In each stanza, the first 10 syllables in the first line (incorporating a phrase) must be the last 10 syllables at the end of the last line (line #8).


There is that sting of betrayal that I don’t deserve
Eddying sprinkle clouds that is something to observe
Gaseous layers to form some nebulae
The flame of the sun some distant away
Stab the sword into the stone
Relish the thought of the unknown
Kiss the crime goodbye and hurtle myself when I’m able
Merge with the flow for there is that sting of betrayal

I’m happy as I dream of stars and their afterglow
I’m calling your name and it springs back like some echo
To think I gave you all, such nerve
What’s left for me is to be brave
Continue with my repertoire
Learn the lesson and the scar
My experience as I write the chapters of my memoirs
And when I sleep I’m happy as I dream of stars

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: W is for “What’s Next?” #atozchallenge , Happy twenty-sixth day of Na/GloPoWriMo

V is for Vers Beaucoup


The Vers Beaucoup, a poem for created by Curt Mongold, which is French for “many rhymes”. Each stanza consists of four lines with a rhyming word scheme of:


Each rhyme can only use a MAXIMUM of three words. The fourth “a” rhyme carried over to the second line causes enjambment and creates a strong internal rhyming structure.

The oasis of SERENITY when I swim in the SEA and I’m FREE
Under the TREE with FRIENDS at the WEEKENDS
They’re GODSENDS, as we LAUGH and take PHOTOGRAPH
On my BEHALF, they give me their TIME until NIGHTTIME

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: V is for Victory #AtoZchallenge It’s the twenty-fifth day of Na/GloPoWriMo

10-line Poem Challenge #27: Ovillejo

In summary, the Ovillejo is:

A decastich (10-line poem) written in two stanzas, a sestet and a quatrain.
Syllabic Structure: 8-4-8-4-8-4 8-8-8-12
Rhythm = trochaic throughout (I personally don’t always hold to this rule.)
Meter = tetrameter (lines 1,3,5,7,8,9); dimeter (lines 2,4,6); line 10 = lines 2,4,6 combined
Rhyme scheme = aabbcc cddc


Are you the angel of the night?
There for my plight
On top of the cliff I saw you
Sky so blue
You put bandage on my scar
Fair and square

You are always there never fake
Guiding me with all challenges
Helping me make the right choices
Knowing what’s at stake every day from daybreak

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: 10-line Poem Challenge #27: Ovillejo, Weekly Writing Challenge #138Day Twenty-Seven of Na/GloPoWriMo.

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | ANGEL | CLIFF | FAKE | SCAR | NIGHT |


U is for Unrhymed



too much suffering
giving too much heat to earth
everyday blazing like fire
can’t help but give heat


a beacon
on a stormy night
not lit but there to give hope
when you thought that was the end
I am still here
waiting for

* 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: Ups and Downs ( #AtoZChallenge ) Happy final Tuesday in Na/GloPoWriMo, everyone.