Saturday’s Mix – Sound – 24 June 2017


Drip, drip, drip, that tap is getting on my nerves
Must have a firm grip to stop the drip, drip, drip
Otherwise I might have a trip to a coo-coo land

Coo-coo, coo-coo, coo-coo that’s our Swiss clock
Must take out the batteries to stop it from coo-cooing
HRH the son should have taken it with him when he left

He insisted of buying it when he was seven, I think
And so we have to suffer hearing its coo-coo every hour

Crash, bang, boom, what was that? A thunderstorm?
Him Indoors looking for his lost something in the house?
Part of the Greek wedding ceremony with plates smashing?
Crash, bang, boom, oh- oh- not again! Crash, bang, boom

Boo-hoo-hoo, what are you crying for? You should be happy
Do a hehehehe or a hahahaha or a hip hip hurray, hip hip hurray
Love to hear hehehehe sounds than a boo-hoo-hoo ones

For: Saturday’s Mix–24 June 2017

The farm – Saturday’s Mix– 3 June 2017

credit: Eden Hills

Waking up in a cosy house
Aroma of baking in the kitchen
Seeded loaf in the oven and coffee brewing
Outside are some chicken and grouse

Grouse for dinner so delicious
Fresh eggs and milk from the cows for breakfast
The delight we feel as we wander through the farm
Swimming in the lake is gorgeous

Gorgeous is living in the farm
Hay bale, barn, some crops and vegetables, too
Smell of manure hangs thickly over the air
We don’t mind that, there is no harm

Harm no animals, joy they bring
Always with muddy boots as we work here
Might be hard work but we’re getting enough workout
The sun is up so we’re waking*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The RemyLa Rhyme Form, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 4 stanzas. Each stanza has four lines. The syllable count per stanza is 8/10/12/8 and rhyme scheme is abca defd ghig jklj. The first word of stanza 1 must also be the last word of stanza 4. The last word of stanza 1 must also be the first word of stanza 2 and the last word of stanza 2 must be the first word of stanza 3. Finally, the last word of stanza 3 must also be the first word of stanza 4.

This form is named after Laura’s daughter, Remy Lawren Lamarca. La is her signature.

For: Saturday’s Mix–3 June 2017

The point of no return – Saturday’s Mix–27 May 2017


The point of no return
What happened made me think
Saw it for a reason
Was good to see the truth

I didn’t think you’d do it
My heart and soul I had given
And that was what you did?
The point of no return

Couldn’t bear the betrayal
The stabbing at my back
When I had given my all?
What happened made me think

We’d gone through lots of storms
Against all odds and the world
We thought we could make it
Saw it for a reason

We are not meant to be
Best to go separate ways
Pointless being together
Was good to see the truth*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Cascade, a form created by Udit Bhatia, is all about receptiveness, but in a smooth cascading way like a waterfall. The poem does not have any rhyme scheme; therefore, the layout is simple. Say the first verse has three lines. Line one of verse one becomes the last line of verse two. To follow in suit, the second line of verse one becomes the last line of verse three. The third line of verse one now becomes the last line of verse four, the last stanza of the poem. See the structure example below:

a/b/c, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C

To make the Cascade an even longer poem, use more lines in verse one. For example, if verse one has 6 lines, the poem must have seven stanzas so that each line of verse one is reused as a refrain in each following stanza (a cascading effect).

For: Saturday’s Mix–27 May 2017

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


Saturday Mix – April 22, 2017 – Grey Day

Saturday Mix – April 22, 2017 – Grey Day

Photo: Glenn Hunt

One day with grey clouds

He walked with his umbrella

By the river

The skyscrapers as backdrops

Across the bridge

Where he was going, no idea

Perhaps to meet her

After an intense phone call

He wouldn’t let go

She wanted nothing of it

She had enough

He’d talk to her one last time

“Hope it’s not too late,” he mused


(c) ladyleemanila 2017


For: Saturday Mix – April 22, 2017

Saturday Mix — Lorraine 15.04.17

Saturday Mix — Lorraine 15.04.17


Amazing spring
Biking and basking
Chirping and tweeting the birds
Daffodils, tulips
Everyone gossips
Fun when spring has arrived

Garden parties, too
Holidays we do
Ice-cream, popcorn and soft drinks
Japanese garden
Kaleidoscope run
Lovely when everyone links

Madrid, Madeira
Nice to be there huh
Or anywhere with a beach
Prancing and dancing
Quantum globetrotting
Randomly chosen for each

Savour the nice days
Together we sway
Umbrella and parasol
Violet, my fave
Wish I was so brave
X-ray is not a cure-all

You and I have fun
Zoo and park to run*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Alouette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, with the following set rules:

Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7
Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b

For: Saturday Mix — Lorraine 15.04.17, April PAD Challenge: Day 15

G is for Ghazal

G is for Ghazal


A Ghazal is a poem that is made up like an odd numbered chain of couplets, where each couplet is an independent poem. It should be natural to put a comma at the end of the first line. The Ghazal has a refrain of one to three words that repeat, and an inline rhyme that preceedes the refrain. Lines 1 and 2, then every second line, has this refrain and inline rhyme, and the last couplet should refer to the authors pen-name… The rhyming scheme is AA bA cA dA eA etc.


Without a word, we waited at the scene
On a covered moon, tonight at the scene

Farther along we heard a flute playing
The man on top of his roof at the scene

She sensed an invisible him by her side
He’s gone since he was sixteen, what a scene

The eclipse of the moon on a clear night
The couple waltzed along, romantic scene

He stood there, smiled and looked into my eyes
For Ladylee, the best thing at the scene

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

2017 Badge

For: #AtoZChallenge – 4-8-2017 – Letter G , Saturday Mix – April 8, 2017, the second week of NaPoWriMo