Weekend Writing Prompt #24 – Shadows

Spring with our shadows
Ladylee and Him Indoors
Shadows in winter

Together we grow
In mountains, seas and moors
Shadows in summer

Things we care to know
Have been through a lot of tours
Shadows in autumn

Sunshine, rain and wind
Together making memoir
Shadows in spring

We met in the lab
Have been through oceans and shores
Shadows in winter

With health we’re aglow
I am his and he is mine
Shadows in summer

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Weekend Writing Prompt #23 – Taste

the memory of eating with my hand
the first meal that I cooked – that was so grand

of fish and I have to take the bones off
when I first tasted wheat beer, a good quaff

when the son first cooked, that wasn’t planned
then I cooked something with cream, it was bland

he cooked a mean curry and boy, I coughed
and sometimes, Houston we have a lift-off

bacon and ham sandwich, the lot we troughed
Him Indoors’ repertoire, that’s so show-off

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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Weekend Writing Prompt #22 – Secret Doorways


Secret doorway beneath the tree
That old oak tree covered with moss
I could go there and I could flee
A place where there’s no double-cross
Everyone is equal and free
We take turn to cook food and sauce
We could be busy as a bee
Happy smelling the camellias
Drink water, wine, coffee or tea
We’re all diverse with shared ethos
Secret doorway beneath the tree

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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Weekend Writing Prompt #20 – Resting


Remember the times when we were here?
Enduring rain, snow, wind and sun?
Smiling and laughing at our jokes?
Teasing each other?
Interesting talks of life?
Nothing can stop us
Good times and bad times

Rest assure I’d be here waiting for you
Every day, every hour, every minute
Sun may or may not be shining
Things we promised each other
In this world or otherwise
Night comes and I go home
Grass growing, I’d be back tomorrow

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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Weekend Writing Prompt #16 – Colours


I woke up and the sun’s bright yellow
Happy to start the day
I wore my blue jeans, more like marines
Went to market, bought my greens and whey

Swam in a pool with blissful white foam
Then met my friend for coffee
More like marines, I wore my blue jeans
Had red tea then went for shopping spree

Indigo and violet ice-cream
And she peels her orange fruit
I wore my blue jeans, more like marines
Then we went for our afternoon scoot*

(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.

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Weekend Writing Prompt #15 – Intricate


Oh the intricacies of life
He loves her, she loves another
Two men fight for the same woman

One needs another holiday after having one
It wasn’t that easy getting what you want
Oh the intricacies of life

All is fair in love, they say
Still, some are not equal than the others
He loves her, she loves another

Fiction or non-fiction? Hard to tell
Which one is following which?
Two men fight for the same woman*

(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

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