Key is to stay calm

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© John Brand

The key is to stay calm in the deck
A glass of wine as she gave me a peck
Bugs thrumming in the grasses above
Birds chirping higher up and the dove
Flying in a row, no fight, no wreck

Magnolia blooming last time I check
Plant some flowers for her, not henpeck
A big red rose as I court my love
Key is to stay calm

Next-door garden and a hollow beck
Strip of land as we go for a trek
Let’s not split, me and my ladylove
Singing sweet songs like two turtle doves
As well as dancing in discotheque
Key is to stay calm*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Rondeau is a French form, 15 lines long, consisting of three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet with a rhyme scheme as follows: aabba aabR aabbaR. Lines 9 and 15 are short – a refrain (R) consisting of a phrase taken from line one. The other lines are longer (but all of the same metrical length).

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For: Sunday Photo Fiction, Wordle 296 Apr 22 by Brenda Warren

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Dear Death

Dear Death

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Listen, I know I’ve reached my turn
Time is not on my side as I scrape by
I’ve tasted life and played my nocturne

I sigh at the barriers and concern
I follow the breeze and say bye
Listen, I know I’ve reached my turn

Sometimes stones are too big but I learn
Hurt by nails and betrayal and I cry
I’ve tasted life and played my nocturne

Tried to stand as tall as trunk with fern
When there’s pain, I know time passes by
Listen, I know I’ve reached my turn

Perhaps I’ve done things that will me burn
Sometimes I’ve blamed you for my loss and I cry
I’ve tasted life and played my nocturne

Give me another chance, your offer I spurn
I still got things to do, I don’t want yet to die
Listen, I know I’ve reached my turn
I’ve tasted life and played my nocturne*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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* 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.

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For: Writing Prompt #203 “Letters to Death”, Sunday Photo Fiction – April 16th 2017, Wordle 295 Apr 15 by Brenda Warren , April PAD Challenge: Day 16, Day Sixteen of NaPoWriMo

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Day Nine – Help!

Day Nine – Help!

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How can people vent their ire on him?

How can they undo what they’ve done?

Out of shell shock came his grin

How can they handle this?

With straps across him

A single bomb

Trim his lot

No cheer

Help!*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.

line 1 – 9 syllables
line 2 – 8 syllables
line 3 – 7 syllables
line 4 – 6 syllables
line 5 – 5 syllables
line 6 – 4 syllables
line 7 – 3 syllables
line 8 – 2 syllables
line 9 – 1 syllables

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For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017 WEEK #15, Wordle 294 Apr 8 by Brenda Warren , ninth day of NaPoWriMo

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Come and follow me

Come and follow me

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© A Mixed Bag

Come and follow me to this place

Chasm that cut across the base

Strum of waves as they hit the rocks

Blithesome like a garden of space

Sea as primal highways of life

Free as far as the eyes can reach

Key to my heart while you’re near me

We can rise up as we beseech*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A poetic form created by Lencio Dominic Rodrigues, the Lento is named after it’s creator, taken from his first name Lencio and rhymed to Cento, an existing form of poetry.

A Lento consists of two quatrains with a fixed rhyme scheme of abcb, defe as the second and forth lines of each stanza must rhyme. To take it a step further, but not required, try rhyming the first and third lines as well as the second and forth lines of each stanza in this rhyming pattern: abab, cdcd. The fun part of this poem is thrown in here as all the FIRST words of each verse should rhyme. There is no fixed syllable structure to the Lento, but keeping a good, flowing rhythm is recommended.

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For: Sunday Photo Fiction – April 2nd 2017, Wordle 293 Apr 1 by Brenda Warren, April PAD Challenge: Day 2

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Music Prompt # 77 “Careless Whisper” by George Michael.

Music Prompt # 77 “Careless Whisper” by George Michael.

Months and years have passed and I still miss you
Your sweet smile, apple stew and coffee brew
I long for your velvety touch
And the sunshine I miss that much
To add, our foothill walks and the mountains
Wearing my red dress with pearly buttons

No regrets, I always say, what we had
Those were special and really, not so bad
Things happened and now we’re apart
No choice but have happiness thwart
Learn the lesson, say thanks and we move on
Goodbye, we now let bygone by bygone

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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For: Music Prompt # 77 “Careless Whisper” by George Michael., Wordle 292 Mar 25 by brenda warren

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Oh what a play!

Oh what a play!

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Oh what a play we lead after we have met
Not taking into board that life could be tough
The bell has rung and we had to sing duet

We had a row and he would leave in a huff
The green monster would also come into play
And when we fought like mouse and cat, it was gruff

Sometimes we’re so sweet in our furnished chalet
Drinking champagne with orange juice or buck fizz
The canapes lovingly served on a tray

We love cooking and baking, we’re such a whiz
All our recipes we could put in a disk
And if you’re lucky we might give you a quiz

Life and romance, as we play in asterisk
We know what’s at stake and we still take the risk*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Terza Rima is a poem with an eleven syllable count in each line and a rhyming scheme of aba, bcb, cdc, dd.

For even more of a challenge, try the Terza Rima Sonnet. This form of poem has an eleven syllable count in each line and a rhyming scheme of aba, bcb, cdc, ded, ee.

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For: Sunday Photo Fiction – March 19th 2017, Wordle 291 Mar 18 by Brenda Warren

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Saturday Mix – Bastet – Lurking of a shadow

Saturday Mix – Bastet – Lurking of a shadow

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A delusion of being watched
Her face was all bruised, also blotched
Her blond hair may be slightly botched
Looked untouched by the night’s debauch
Is he coming for his revenge?
For what had happened to avenge?

Relish the story of the beasts
Full to the brim with surprised feasts
Splintered and flash peeling with yeasts
Entertained by night club artistes
Complete with blank and question mark
Perhaps a boon to disembark

So the lurking of a shadow
Is the story coming to throw?
The background and events to know?
Some tragic a long time ago?
What happened next we never know
In this night of stillness and low*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The LaCharta, created by Laura Lamarca, consists of a minimum of 3 stanzas with no maximum length stipulation. Each stanza contains 6 lines. The syllable count is 8 per line in iambic tetrameter and the rhyme scheme is aaaabb ccccdd eeeeff and so on. “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature and “Charta” in Latin, simply means “poem”.

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For: Saturday Mix – Bastet – March 11, 2017, Wordle 290 Mar 11 by Brenda Warren

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