Speak Out – Discover Challenge

Speak Out – Discover Challenge

an old post…

Ladyleemanila

I’m reblogging two of my earlier posts about the Philippines, one about human trafficking and the second one is about migrant workers.

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How can she not want to help her family, after all? The amount being offered overwhelms her and she answers with a ringing yes. The friend of a friend assures this girl from a poor family a high paying job abroad as a waitress. She is going to the Middle East, but must first stop-off in Malaysia secretly. Before long, she ends up in a confined, murky space, one wrist handcuffed to a bed. The guard gave her a big box of condoms and is casually informed that this will be her daily quota from now on – that is, if she wants to eat at all. By then, it’s too late, as we see the plight of yet another trafficking victim.

That’s…

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Armistice Day

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How do we remember the men we’ve lost?
How can we tell them they’re still being missed?
That every day, especially on this crisp autumn day
Their memories still linger and they’re not forgotten
That what they’ve done are truly appreciated
Would wearing poppies and lighting candles do?

Lest we forget, lest we forget

Men of valour and courage going to war
Every generation, there are some reasons
Of why men waged wars against each other
We send them there, some still boys and girls
Not knowing whether they’d still come back
The experience they’ve got, we don’t really know
And when they come back, are they still whole?
Our heroes, our loved ones, their sacrifices

Lest we forget, lest we forget

And so we remember them
We appreciate what they’ve done
To our countries and to our freedom
Wars are ugly, wars are unfair and wars are ruthless
But then they are necessary sometimes
Let’s just hope that peace and understanding come

Lest we forget, lest we forget

Sonnet of a play – Bonus Wordle – Shakespearian Style

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apple boughs laden with gorgeous blossom
the land pleasant with cowslips and bluebells
as the clock strikes six, viol plays with drum
everything’s tinctured with humour she tells

pantomime villain enters with swagger
his clothes are sodden with strong musk oil
owls are hooting outside stained glass so blur
children playing outdoor messing with soil

time for the play to start, everyone’s in
theatre so packed, standing room only
in the middle of the play, actors grin
they argued, he says sorry with a plea

we’re taken to a land of make-believe
for two hours, plots and stories interweave*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Sonnet is a poem consisting of 14 lines (iambic pentameter) with a particular rhyming scheme:
A Shakespearean (English) sonnet has three quatrains and a couplet, and rhymes abab cdcd efef gg.
Usually, English Sonnet has 10 syllables per line.

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For: Bonus Wordle – Shakespearian Style

Mick’s Short Form Poetry Challenge #4 – Perpetuating the Rare Forms’ – Oct. 7th 2017 – Prompt: ‘tweet’

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sweet chirp of a bird
melodious
soft blow of the wind

such greeting
exchanging their tweets
birds on air

wandering through forest
pure sound
as gentle as the sway of leaves

as tender
as
the love within*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Kelly lune, collom lune, tau ku and pi ku

For: Mick’s Short Form Poetry Challenge #4 – Perpetuating the Rare Forms’ – Oct. 7th 2017 – Prompt: ‘tweet’

Rondelet of Love

Thirty one years
They are not perfect but they’re ours
Thirty one years
Gone through a lot of cheers and tears
Seen a lot of sunsets and stars
Together we write our memoirs
Thirty one years*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain: AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long – octasyllabic or tetrameter.

A Florette for Florentina

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Farewell, Tita Ine, farewell
Will remember your face so well
May your soul rest in peace we pray
The only sister of our father, farewell

Your smile, your soft voice and your care
The food you cooked and we all share
We know you will see all loved ones
Say hello to all of them as we say our prayer*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Our aunt, Florentina passed away yesterday. May her soul rest in peace.