Emptiness ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #84

In a land of sadness, broken dreams are made
Which strips away any vital connection
And life was gravely portrayed
His name no longer mentioned

Of empty sheets and promises
No sense in carrying on
When everything is aimless
I’ve been conned and he’s gone

When poems are so melancholic
His name no longer part of my speech
Life could be mysterious and cryptic
Acceptance could be beseech

While firmly grasping the goblet by the stem
I used to be happy and carefree
He could no longer be condemned
I just have to accept that I’m free

For: Emptiness ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #84 by Patrick Jennings

Fire ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #82

Fire ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #82

When we’ll go up in flames
Flicker in the moonlight
Staying on the outside
City burning in fires
We watched it burned and sighed

When we’ll go up in flames
We’re hunting silhouettes
Always feeling the warm
In the dark corners, too
Will there be some storm?

When we’ll go up in flames
We’ll stay where we are safe
Try to keep ourselves cool
Keep ourselves together
Try not to be such fool

When we’ll go up in flames
Sneak on the edge of dark
Smoking in total black
City in full chaos
Won’t be turning aback*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* The Monchielle is a poem that consists of four five-line stanzas where the first line repeats in each verse. Each line within the stazas 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: Fire ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #82 by Patrick Jennings

Sunrise ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #79

Sunrise ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #79

– Slrlounge.com

I am off to see the sunrise
To be with you, my beloved
I know you I have always loved

My fish and the foggy skies
Riding with me to go with you
To the sunrise and the great view

I hope you will like my surprise
You always ask if I will come
I thought about it, it’s awesome

Last look at my place, dry my eyes
New adventures, new challenges
Thinking about this for ages

Don’t worry, we will improvise
Together we will have some fun
And it will always rise, the sun*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* The Constanza, created by Connie Marcum Wong, consists of five or more 3-line stanzas. Each line has a set meter of eight syllables. The first lines of all the stanzas can be read successively as an independent poem, with the rest of the poem weaved in to express a deeper meaning. The first lines convey a theme written in monorhyme, while the second and third lines of each stanza rhyme together.

Rhyme scheme: a/b/b, a/c/c, a/d/d, a/e/e, a/f/f………etc.


For: Sunrise ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #79 by Patrick Jennings

No more

No more


No more, please no more
She can’t take it anymore
No more images of him
He was everywhere haunting her
No more bite of the wind
Its sensation so hurtful and banal
No more sting of his betrayal
Cold and laced with salt, no excuse
No more regrets
He made her happy, he made her cry
No more blaming
Her heart smashing into pieces
No more please, no more
She wants to move on

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Forbidden ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #68 by Patrick Jennings

Islands ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #66

Islands ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #66

We had a trip to Hundred Islands and its home, Alaminos City when I was in the Philippines. The trip itself was a great diversion from the hustle and bustle of the busy, urban life. The rice paddies, azure sea and the rustic and peaceful lifestyle were refreshing as we made our way to Alaminos City. And upon arrival, we savoured the city’s unique and dynamic spirit, friendly atmosphere and especially, the beauty and adventure that lies in the hundred wonders that is Hundred Islands. The islands were believed to be about two million years old. They were actually ancient corals that extend well inland, in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea. The lowering of the sea level have exposed them to the surface. The peculiar “mushroom-like” shapes of some of the islands were caused by the eroding actions of the ocean waves.


For: Islands ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #66 by Patrick Jennings

Winter ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #65

Winter ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #65


We never really have winter in the Philippines
I was 23 when I first saw snow in Switzerland
I was ecstatic and took a photo of myself
I couldn’t believe my eyes and I tried to taste it
Now, living in Bavaria, we have nice winter
I love winter, with its candy floss snow!

For: Winter ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #65 by Patrick Jennings, 30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 28, Tell Me Something Good #33


Winter solitude
by Matsuo Basho

Winter solitude–
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.

What are you thankful for today?

I am thankful for winter and all the other seasons.