The air is fresh, time for harvest – Sunday Photo Fiction – September 24th 2017


The air is fresh, cool breeze, dark time
Trees and monkey bars, children climb
Wind whispers as crispy leaves fall
Time for tea, as their mothers call
Just got back from our holiday, feeling refresh
Summer’s over, children playing, the air is fresh

Time for harvest, grapes and apples
Make some wine and apple crumbles
As crunchy copper leaves fall off
We’re cooking beef stroganoff
Harvest thanksgiving festival, it is a must
Grateful for pumpkins and produce, time for harvest*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Wrapped Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of 2 or more stanzas of 6 lines each; Meter: 8,8,8,8,12,12 and Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b,b,c,c.

Refrain rule: In each stanza the first 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) in the first line must be the last 4 syllables (or 4 single-syllable words) at the end of the last line. This is what wraps each stanza with a repeated refrain …thus, the Wrapped Refrain.

Optional: The first stanza refrain and last stanza refrain can be joined (or loosely joined) together for the title of the poem.

For: Sunday Photo Fiction – September 24th 2017


Imagine a world with no bridge

© John Robinson

Imagine a world with no bridge
Forget crossing the other side
No swinging as agile or spry
As you thump your fist to your heart

And as I plague you with questions
Imagine a world with no bridge
No spraying graffiti on walls
The real drama is on tap

We go through our lives everyday
Meeting lots of people and foes
Imagine a world with no bridge
Tough if we get stuck on one side

If there’s no bridge to cross over
How do we know there’s other side?
That we can venture out and taste?
Imagine a world with no bridge*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 6 (line 1)
line 7
line 8

line 9
line 10
line 11 (line 1)
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 16 (line 1)


For: Sunday Photo Fiction – September 17th 2017, Wordle 317 Sep 16 by brenda warren

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Sing me a song with mist


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Sea Fever” by John Masefield: kick, song, shaking, mist, grey, spume, yarn, vagrant, laughing, way, sleep, over

Sing me a song with mist
On this grey sleep over
Laughing all the way here
Water was spuming
Circling there as I hear

Sing me a song with mist
Weave me a yarn of tales
The room started shaking
Vagrant of migration
Kicking and screaming

Sing me a song with mist
Hope the water don’t rise
And we don’t have such flood
Paper boat floating by
Children play in the mud

Sing me a song with mist
On such a grey morning
I see people pass by
On their way to some place
And bird tweet as they fly*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* 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: Sunday Photo Fiction – September 10th 2017, Whirligig 128

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Doctor Who and the Tardis


Some creatures here to destroy the earth
Call the Doctor for all its worth
The blue Tardis landing with all whirs
Here to destroy the earth, some creatures

Bigger inside than the Tardis actually is
The Doctor saving the princess
From the Daleks on his own stride
The Tardis actually is, bigger inside

The Master is the Doctor’s Moriarty
The Cybermen coming from the sea
Other Time Lords and Davros in anger
The Doctor’s Moriarty is the Master

The eccentric Doctor Who and his Tardis
Coming to help the earth with his whisk
One phone call and earth is safe as we knew
His Tardis and the eccentric Doctor Who*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Swap Quatrain was created by Lorraine M. Kanter.

Within the Swap Quatrain each stanza in the poem must be a quatrain (four lines) where the first line is reversed in the fourth line. In addition, line 2 must rhyme with line 1, and line 3 must rhyme with line 4 and so on, BUT not repeat the same rhyming pattern on subsequent stanzas.

Rhyming pattern: AABB, CCDD, and so on.

For: Sunday Photo Fiction – August 13th 2017


Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed

© J Hardy Carroll

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Even Though” by Esther Cohen: rejection, different, thought, letters, have, would, harder, envelope, despite, going, pass, satisfying

Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed
Despite different cars passing through today
I thought those old buildings have been bulldozed

Satisfying for me what I composed
Would have been harder had you seen my way
Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed

All emotion in the letter enclosed
My heart bleeding on this morning so grey
I thought those old buildings have been bulldozed

In the envelope rejection disclosed
Hard to walk as I pass by the bikeway
Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed

Have to go through this however I posed
Come hell or high waters or come what may
I thought those old buildings have been bulldozed

With the fire we had, they were quick to hosed
No one was injured, we thanked as we pray
Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed
I thought those old buildings have been bulldozed*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme: aba aba aba aba aba abaa.

The first and the third lines in the first stanza are repeated in alternating order throughout the poem, and appear together in the last couplet (last two lines).

One of the most famous Villanelle is “Do not go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas.

For: Sunday Photo Fiction – August 6th 2017, Whirligig 123

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An old house – Sunday Photo Fiction – July 16th 2017

© Mike Vore

The house is in need of repair
As you can see, it’s old and damp
With storm coming it needs revamp
Like skin, it needs cream and care

I don’t wish to be the object of scorn
But when one digs deeply
A mask covering the face
A poet and his paper
A house is the setting
Of a beautiful tale

So we started going to camp
And we saw this big bear
We’re so scared we swear
Ran away and started to decamp

Back to the old house
Got some paints and ladder
He started at the bottom
I painted the top floor
We sang as we worked
Glad the day was sunny

Bahay kubo kahit munti
Ang halaman doon, sari-sari*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The La’libertas, a 22-line (4/6/4/6/2) poetic form created by Laura Lamarca. The stanza rules are as follows:

Stanza 1 – rhyme scheme ABBA, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 2 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Stanza 3 – Rhyme scheme BAAB, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 4 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Couplet – Italian (Any language acceptable except)

How the La’libertas for got its name is from the word “libertas” which is Latin for “liberty” and “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature.

* last two lines (Tagalog) nipa hut, although small, the plants there, all different


For: Sunday Photo Fiction – July 16th 2017, Wordle 308 Jul 15 by brenda warren

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If only you were here before

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Are Poets the Same as Everyone Else?” by Esther Cohen: festival, together, wore, only, poems, fruit, walked, favourite, wine, listened, before, shades

If only you were here before
We’d walked along the villages
Listened to our favourite song

I’d write some poems short and long
Under the shades we’d kissed for ages
We’d go to festival, I swore

I still remember what you wore
When you left and the house changes
Overgrown plants which was all wrong

Together we used to belong
I’ve regretted all the chances
Come back to always open door

If only we could bring back time
I’d write poems with all the rhyme*

(c)ladyleemanila 2017

* Trilonnet, created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a 14-line poem made up of four three-line verses of 8 syllables (iambic tetrameter) and one rhyming couplet or four three-lined verses of 10 syllables (iambic pentameter) and one rhyming couplet.

Each 3 line verse is an unrhymed triplet. Each triplet has a rhyme scheme of abc. It is related to a sonnet in that it made up of 14 lines. There are 2 rhyme schemes for this form:

abc abc abc abc dd

or abc cba abc cba dd

This form is written in either iambic tetrameter or iambic pentameter.

© A Mixed Bag

For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017: WEEK #27, Whirligig 119 , Sunday Photo Fiction – July 9th 2017

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