Thursday photo prompt: Beginnings #writephoto


We make our way back to his beginnings
With his luggage he asked for our blessings
Off he goes to places no one knows
Even if he freezes, as long as he grows
Curiosity is a useful gift and keeping him go
He has to start as early as the cockcrow
He knows he can’t just stand still
It’s a drill he does with all our goodwill
Keep going forward to reach some place
He even goes to retrace his birthplace
Motivation is a very significant factor
He knows what to do, he’s not a bragger
And determination to succeed, he adds
Like one of the wanderers or nomads

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

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Thursday photo prompt: Remains #writephoto


We have sought the moon in our hearts
“I think therefore I am,” from Descartes
Defeated no more as the bells toll
With thee, the world remains whole
Long live laughter as we smell the roses
When one door opens, the other one closes
We fought battle after battle with sorrow
Give them a chance, our friends or foe
We cried out loud for victory and peace
War is ceased, but that is a tough piece
The song has been heard from distant land
Hard to avoid, not to misunderstand
Shall we be quiet or be loud with hope?
Give us something, so all of us can cope

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Thursday photo prompt: Conflagration #writephoto

Photo by Sue Vincent

While the fire is still burning
And the city goes up in flames
We see flickers in the moonlight
Sneaking on the edge of dark

The city in total chaos
While the fire is still burning
Silhouettes of people around
Smouldering in full blackness

When we will all go up in flames
We will try to keep ourselves cool
While the fire is still burning
And keep ourselves together

We will stay where we are safe
Help the people who are injured
There’s nothing we could do, we sigh
While the fire is still burning*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Quatern

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Follow the path as I ascend

PHOTO PROMPT © Karen Rawson

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Praise the Rain” by Joy Harjo: praise, raven, dignity, cloud, forget, spirit, path, roads, song, singer, more, rain

Follow the path as I ascend
Sing a song on the road
And praise the raven that you send
Bright clouds as you bestowed
Forget the past and don’t stray
In the spirit of the day
Forget the past
Forget the past
Weigh my chances and seek my way

Follow the path as I ascend
And with my dignity
As the rain pours, I’m here to mend
Coming here with a plea
Don’t ask for more than I deserve
And this peace I want to preserve
Don’t ask for more
Don’t ask for more
If there’s a problem, I will swerve

Follow the path as I ascend
Humming like a singer
Send me notes that I comprehend
So I don’t have to err
I am lucky, life is a bliss
Going for a walk just like this
I am lucky
I am lucky
He waits for me and gives me kiss*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trijan Refrain


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Thursday photo prompt: Splash #writephoto



We were always there
Come Holy Week or All Saint’s Day
And don’t forget the harvest time
And all the fiestas – they were always fun
All our cousins were there
Tatang’s farm was always open
We all slept together on the floor
Snoring, people talking in their sleeps
Playing till the sun came down
Swimming and splashing in the creek
And Tatang washing his carabao
Fresh unpasteurised milk in the morning
We just poured it with steaming rice
We added salt and ate with our hands
And on the way to the creek, we had fruit
Mangoes, lansones, bananas as we picked them
On harvest time it was fun, people singing
Grounding some rice and peanuts and coconuts
We made some nice dish, I forgot what it was called
Perhaps we’d never be all together or experienced the same fun
As we are all over the world and the farm was not there anymore
But we’d always remember the fun we shared
On Tatang’s farm in Culianin, Plaridel, Bulacan

(c) ladyleemanila

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