Saturday’s Mix – 12 August 2017 – Our Garden

All winter long the garden is cold and bare
With the coming of spring, everywhere is lovely
Trees unfold their leaves, flowers bloom with flair
Apples blossom, all white and pure with such beauty
And the smell of wonderful rain and freshly cut grass
Don’t forget the symphony of spring with birds singing
The spring peepers chirping call chorus with such class
The dandelions, lilacs, tulips, hyacinths, all blooming

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This used to be our garden
Playing hide and seek
We ran, spun and had fun
That gate used to creak

We were loud and
Very rambunctious
Outside until we’re tanned
Running till we’re breathless

The sunflowers by the fence
They were our witness
We engaged in pretence
Like we’re ageless

They came every year
Just as we grew up fast
Gave us some cheer
The world is vast

Until the dark mist
Swallowed you up
You’re surely missed
Sad for the breakup

For: Saturday’s Mix–12 August 2017

Flashback – Saturday’s Mix – 12 August 2017

Everyone was happy when I was born
Born the second child to the delights of everyone
Girl with the fringe they always said
Said nothing until I was three, very observant girl
Three of us kids when we moved house
House with a garden and played with cousins and us three

Neighbours and friends we played till the sun set
Set the table was one of my tasks and cousins are also neighbours
Had lots of fun playing on the street
Street kids we were and a bike we had
One phone for all of us and we took turns
Turns to phone friends and some jolly one

Spent holidays on the farm with cousins
Cousins sleeping and playing together as spent
Drank fresh milk from the carabao
Carabao went to creek with us as we drank
Now we’re all in different places and countries
Countries far and wide and we still have contacts now*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Mirror Sestet, created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a poem that can be written in one or more stanzas of 6 lines each. The specific guidelines for this form are as follows:

The first word of line 1 rhymes with the last word of line 1.
The first word of line 2 is the last word of line 1
and the last word of line 2 is the 1st word of line 1.

The first word of line 3 rhymes with the last word of line 3.
The first word of line 4 is the last word of line 3
and the last word of line 4 is the 1st word of line 3.

The first word of line 5 rhymes with the last word of line 5.
The first word of line 6 is the last word of line 5
and the last word of line 6 is the 1st word of line 5.

The Mirror Sestet can also be written in non-rhyme.
All rules must be followed except there is no 1st and last word rhyming.

For: Saturday’s Mix–12 August 2017, ALL SEASONS – AUGUST ADVENTURES (Aug13)

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Saturday’s Mix – 28 July 2017 – Happy

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Easy comes, easy goes
The flood and the wind blows
Such a huge deluge
Like river rouge
Fear not I thought, the sun glows

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She has to push her way out
Her question to be answered about
When it was answered
An awe stirred
She’s so happy she could shout

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That boy used all the tricks in the world
To have an ice-cream as he whirled
Since it’s his birthday
Mum has to say yea
Made the boy jolly in his dream-world

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It’s the season to be jolly
All the creatures with glee
New beginning
Love we bring
Be happy for we are free

For: Saturday’s Mix–28 July 2017, Weekly Writing Prompt #99

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(5) Words: | EASY | FLOOD | THOUGHT | FEAR | HUGE |

 

Saturday’s Mix – 08 July 2017

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Pick up one of the stars
Shimmering rhythm
Caravan of memoirs
Like sheet full of crumbs

Shimmering rhythm
Like a prophet I stand
Like a foolish chum
Vent my faith in hand

Caravan of memoirs
Plumed myself of hope
In space one adores
I’m sure we can cope

Like sheet full of crumbs
I am just a small dot
With all the atoms
Wish we’d have a shot*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Created by C. G. V. Lewis, the Quadrilew is a form of quatrain poem with an abab rhyming scheme, repeating lines, and contains an alternating syllable structure.

In the first verse, the poet may either start with a five or six syllable line. If the choice is five then the ‘sounding’ syllable count is (and opposite if the count is six):

VERSE ONE,
Line 1, 5 syllables.
Line 2, 6 syllables.
Line 3, 5 syllables.
Line 4, 6 syllables.

VERSE TWO,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 2 of the FIRST verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

VERSE THREE,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 3 of the first verse) has 5 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 6 syllables.

VERSE FOUR,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 4 of the first verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

If the first line of verse one has 6 syllables then the pattern is
Verse 1, 6565,
Verse 2, 5656,
Verse 3, 6565,
Verse 4 5656: (the rhyme pattern still being abab.)

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For: Saturday’s Mix–08 July 2017, Wordle 307 Jul 8 by brenda warren

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Saturday’s Mix – Sound – 24 June 2017

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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

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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

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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