Day 12: Imagination Stands in the Road

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Imagination stands in the road
Perhaps a dearth of music and art
In our possible route, a challenge
Boring or shocking, light or dark
Teeming with individual pretense
Jumping for possible result

Misunderstanding as a result
When one doesn’t look on the road
Insincere attempt to please like pretense
In the gallery some paintings of famous art
And with mask he came out of the dark
Is he my hero or my nemesis, such challenge

To write or not to write, that is the challenge
Practice makes perfect and a good result
Eating chocolates such a treat, specially dark
Bright lights on Christmas time on the road
Some weird structures they call art
Offer me some flowers, such pretense

He could be anyone, he’s good with pretense
Swimming the English Channel as a challenge
Mixing medium for his esteem art
Winning prestigious award as a result
That was great! One for the road
And so we drive in the dark

Howling winds in the dark
A woman in a cloak her pretense
Walking with children on the road
Will they get sweets, as a challenge
They behave well as a result
Painting with their hands as art

Impressionism my favourite art
Colourful and vibrant instead of dark
With sunflowers and garden as a result
Lots of imagination with no pretense
And so, will you accept the challenge?
It’s best to keep your eyes on the road

For the love of art, please no more pretense
As the day gets dark, achieving is a challenge
And as a result, imagination on the road*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Sestina


For: Day 12: Imagination Stands in the Road , Wordle 321 Oct 14 by brenda warren

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Music Prompt #13: Snow Patrol – “Run” #musicchallenge #amwriting #music


You are a bright star in my struggle
I sigh and push my fringe back
You lighting up my road on my way
Lifting my spirit my good old Jack

I have no other star, just you
With you, my world is complete
On my way, you lighting up my road
With you by my side, isn’t life sweet?

We can weather the storm as I swirl
My hero, a mystery
You lighting up my road on my way
Then we can have a nice pot of tea

You are in charge of my light brigade
You hold the key to my heart
On my way, you lighting up my road
I cannot bear us to be apart*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* The ZaniLa Rhyme, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists 4 lines per stanza.
The rhyme scheme for this form is abcb and a syllable count of 9/7/9/9 per stanza.
Line 3 contains internal rhyme and is repeated in each odd numbered stanza.
Even stanzas contain the same line but swapped.
The ZaniLa Rhyme has a minimum of 3 stanzas and no maximum poem length.

For: Music Prompt #13: Snow Patrol – “Run” #musicchallenge #amwriting #music , Wordle 320 Oct 7 by brenda warren , Sunday Writing Prompt #223


Sonnet XVI by Pablo Neruda

I love the handful of the earth you are.
Because of its meadows, vast as a planet,
I have no other star. You are my replica
of the multiplying universe

Your wide eyes, are the only light I know
from extinguished constellations;
your skin throbs like the streak
of a meteor through rain.

Your hips were that much of the moon for me;
your deep mouth and its delights, that much sun;
your heart, fiery with its long red rays,

was that much ardent light, like honey in the shade.
So I pass across your burning form, kissing
you – compact and planetary, my dove, my globe.

Sometimes life is like a fairy tale


Sometimes life is like a fairy tale
Or a joie de vivre with self-questioning
It’s how we sing with chime and deliver

We see and gasp life like solving a crime
We tilt our heads and argue for or against
Sometimes life is like a fairy tale

We feed it with love and compassion
We try our best and we shine through
Or a joie de vivre with self-questioning

We begin to understand what it is
And sometimes we get hurt and injured
It’s how we sing with chime and deliver*

(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

For: Sunday Writing Prompt #222, Wordle 319 Sep 30 by brenda warren


FFfAW Challenge – Brace yourself for I’m cool

This week’s photo prompt is provided by shivamt25. Thank you shivamt25 for our prompt!

Brace yourself for I’m cool
Chasing my dream with hope
At the bottom is nope
Ding dong late for school
Faux-fur jacket to rule
Rebel kid my scope

Traffic at the crossroads
Having coffee with you
Enjoying a nice brew
Lock my bike with the codes
Chains and pens I’ve got loads
Then let’s go to the zoo

So cool with my glasses
This coffee gives me buzz*

(C) ladyleemanila 2017


* The HexSonnetta, created by Andrea Dietrich, consists of two six-line stanzas and a finishing rhyming couplet with the following set of rules:

Meter: Iambic Trimeter
Rhyme Scheme: a/bb/aa/b c/dd/cc/d ee

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of September 26, 2017, Wordle 318 Sep 23 by brenda warren


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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Sunday Writing Prompt #219: September 10, 2017 Adjust to the Space of Self


I’m spinning down the path
As I push my way
Funnel to the footpath
Dust sweeping away

As I push my way
With power to the beach
Surge of fun I sway
On the ground I screech

Funnel to the footpath
Shelter in the shade
Waking up in a bath
Enjoyed as we played

Dust sweeping away
With flowers on my head
Fun on my birthday
And on the day we wed*

(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):

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

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.

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.

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.)


For: Sunday Writing Prompt #219: September 10, 2017, Wordle 316 Sep 9 by brenda warren


Thursday photo prompt – Sight #writephoto


Moments come and go on this misty place
Place used to have some bloody history

Walls covered with moss and other plants
Plants to keep me still like I was in a trance

From here I can see the choppy sea
Sea of spell and mystical vibes
Vibes so peaceful and patient
Patient and ever so faithful

I can see you now coming
Coming with feet in a spring

With your nose up in the air
Air we share fair and square

How happy I am on this instant
Instant contentment of life
Life with you forevermore
Forevermore as we kiss

And so my knight we go
Go to a place where we both grow

As we hold hands by the moonlight
Moonlight and the stars so bright*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* Loop Poetry is a poetry form created by Hellon. There are no restrictions on the number of stanzas nor on the syllable count for each line. In each stanza, the last word of the first line becomes the first word of line two, last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3, last word of line 3 becomes the first word of line 4. This is followed for each stanza. The rhyme scheme is abcb.


1. Stanzas, writers choice on the number, no rhyming, the last word, first word scheme is maintained.

2. One long stanza, no limit on number of lines, no rhyming scheme, the last word, first word scheme is maintained.

3. Couplets mixed with 4 line stanzas, the last word, first word scheme is maintained in the stanzas. It can also be used in the couplets. Rhyme scheme is ab, cc, defg, hh, ii, jklm, nn, oo.


For: Thursday photo prompt – Sight #writephoto, 1 September 2017 Friday Fictioneers, Wordle 315 Sep 2 by brenda warren

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