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.

Give me your hand and we’ll go places
To places we haven’t been
To be strong, I need for lifelong
All these places, where do we begin?

Give me your strength so I can cope
Challenges coming to me
I need for lifelong, to be strong
I’ll do things as long as I am free

Give me your word I know I belong
With you, life is wonderful
To be strong, I need for lifelong
The power within I’ll be able

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: #AtoZChallenge – 4-30-2017 – Letter Z , April PAD Challenge: Final Day, the final day of NaPoWriMo

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Saturday Mix — Lorraine 29.04.17


The time we went to Bali and saw this
Sun shining, big pond of water lilies
Mountains around us, this is such a bliss
Butterflies and bees hovering with ease
Not too hot, enjoying afternoon’s breeze
Walking along the pond, holding my hands
Looking at each other’s eyes with a tease
And we said this is such a fairyland
Like a prince charming, you gave me a kiss
Bali with water lilies, you are missed*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Decuain (pronounced deck•won), created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a short poem made up of 10 lines, which can be written on any subject. There are 10 syllables per line and the poem is written in iambic pentameter.

There are 3 set choices of rhyme scheme:

ababbcbcaa, ababbcbcbb, or ababbcbccc


eating leaves
patrolling garden
our three pets
garden as their paradise
outdoor till winter

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Saturday Mix — Lorraine 29.04.17, penultimate day of NaPoWriMo, April PAD Challenge: Day 29




We were in the Philippines one holiday and the night was clear. All the stars, planets and the moon were there, and they were amazing to watch. So Him Indoors and I decided to lie down on the grass as we admired them. We felt so tiny compared to the universe, but glad that we were all part of it. Great night to remember!

starlight star bright
making a wish as we count
amazing wonder


wispy clouds across
boats rise and fall in the lock
lazy hazy day

sea lay without a ripple
cupped my hands and drank water

drips falling from lips
ah, the sweet taste of heaven
cool and refreshing

rough winds shake the darling buds
more lovely and temperate

palm trees swaying
clouds scudding across the sky
heaven knows why

have picnics by the seabed
open sunlit grass, cloudless

splashing with the waves
friends waiting for the sunset
the joy of summer

light of the silvery moon
never ending stories

all through the night
singing and dancing with joy
tired and sleepy

birds flying as dawn breaks
memories on shortest night

For: B’S POETRY CHALLENGE #13, twenty-eighth day of NaPoWriMo, April PAD Challenge: Day 28


Your lost, my gain, I’m learning – FFF 39

You came to my life, my king
With you I’m always beaming
Sunny days and fun you bring
To my life you’ve added zing
Given you all my being
My heart, my soul, my caring
But then, some things are baffling
I’ve never seen it coming
Situations seem too taxing
How come you’ve changed, I’m asking
You don’t seem to be caring
How come now I am aching?
And the things you’ve done gives me sting
Didn’t know you’re so cunning
Is our love story ending?
All the tears I have to wring
Your lost, my gain, I’m learning*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Monorhyme is a poem in which all the lines have the same end rhyme.

For: ‘Everything Works Out in the End’-FFF 39, twenty-sixth day of NaPoWriMo

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Daily Picture Prompt 127 – Waiting


There was a time when we were together
And then you err and I kept forgiving
Wasn’t a fling, everything was a blur
And you stir the situation as acting

You said to wait and I’ve waited
Like a ballad with your sweet words
By the clock as they sing, the birds
Cottage cheese curds and whey

Some people sitting by the steps
By the doorsteps on a bright day
Should I stay or fly like bluebirds?
Like some herds I’m away

Twenty past three as I look at the clock
The bird just squawk and I’m still here waiting
The hurt stings and I’m stuck like a block
We are to talk on things, lots of asking

Why couldn’t stuff remain like as they were?
When our behaviour the same to swing
When we can cling to each other and purr
Let us answer this quest without aching*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* 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: Daily Picture Prompt 127, twenty-fourth day of NaPoWriMo


S is for Spirit’s Vessel

S is for Spirit’s Vessel


Spirit’s Vessel, a poetry form created by Christina R Jussaume on April 7, 2008, consists of three stanzas of six lines each of six syllables each. These stanzas must start with the letters VESSEL OF YOUR last word is 6 letters and your choice. The poem must be uplifting in content and spiritual in nature. It may be with or without rhyme. Rhyme is a plus. It should be left justified.



Vessel of memory

Of being together

The love and care for each

In sickness and in health

Until death do us part

Face the world come what may


Vessel of our choice

I with you, you with me

Of devotion and faith

In good times and bad times

Our world full of roses

We try to make it work


Vessel of our wonder

Each one a mystery

Still full of surprises

Last piece of our puzzle

We complete each other

We’re lost without each one


(c) ladyleemanila 2017


For: #AtoZChallenge – 4-22-2017 – Letter S , twenty-second day of NaPoWriMo


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