Music Challenge #24: “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM

on guard
with love
try not to lose your heart
even if he’s your dream
such pain
he’ll cause
aim high

fresh air
fresh start
as much as you love him
lots of reasons to say otherwise
no more
enough said
he’s not

move on
learn lesson
you tried but he’s not bothered
always hurting you again and again
time helps
no regrets
be strong*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trinet

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | AIM | LOSE | GUARD | AIR | DREAM

For: Music Challenge #24: “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM, Weekly Writing Prompt #131

Photo Challenge #201 – The story has to finish somehow

-Kyle Thompson

The story has to finish somehow
Time to break, time to move on
No regrets, take a bow

Swam in the creek with the carabao
Taming of the dawn
The story has to finish somehow

The loss of the here and now
The curtain has been drawn
No regrets, take a bow

Been through a lot, to Macau
I thought you were my khan
The story has to finish somehow

Rode in your tamarao
Let bygone be bygone
No regrets, take a bow

Make way for the snowplow
Conclusion was foregone
The story has to finish somehow
No regrets, take a bow*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Villanelle

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | FINISH | LOSS | BREAK | MOVE | TAME |

For: Photo Challenge #201, Weekly Writing Challenge #128

On this cold morning the ghost came

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

On this cold morning the ghost came
Buried his gold on soil
I pinched myself on who’s to blame
At any rate, such spoil
Icicles were formed overnight
And so cold it gave me a fright
Icicles were formed
Icicles were formed
When snow is melted by sunlight

On this cold morning the ghost came
Leaving some weird feeling
Inside we were playing some game
And the baby’s babbling
What could we do when it’s so cold?
And we have time to look for gold
What could we do?
What could we do?
Don’t be silly, my Mum scold

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: 8 December 2017 Friday Fictioneers, Weekly Writing Prompt #118


DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | GHOST | PINCH | RATE | GOLD | BURY |


A Month with Yeats: Day Twenty-One

from ‘The Ragged Wood”

‘…by water among the trees
The delicate-stepping stag and his lady sigh’ —W.B. Yeats


come high water and down the lake
a love that shines and doesn’t ache
golden key of my heart to thee
you blush, the colour of a rose
hurry up before we all froze
check the image seen by the sea

down on my knee asking your hand
as the bird flew by the strand
and the waves gently wash away
the sun is coming down to set
and you my love I’m glad we met
we’ll have a great time everyday

and if I may love you always
in God we praise in every way*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Jeffrey’s Sonnet

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | HIGH | CHECK | COLOR | DOWN | KEY |

For: A Month with Yeats: Day Twenty-One, Weekly Writing Prompt #116, Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #21


Deep in his heart, he’s taking his part

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Dorothy. Thank you Dorothy!

Deep in his heart, he’s taking his part
Walking in the square
With all the cars of the tsars
White robe he wears

He sways as he plays
In the heat of the sun
His backpack a drawback
To conceal a gun

He reaches for the breech
It’s now or never
With full spirit he’s got to pull
Then everything went blur*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Triquatrain form

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | REACH | DEEP | SQUARE | FULL | PLAY |

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of October 24, 2017, Weekly Writing Prompt #112

Weekly Writing Prompt #109


Kathy woke up in a good mood like she was a winner that morning. She took her time brushing her hair, few stretching exercises, a refreshing shower and a hearty breakfast. She even sang in the shower. She went to work that morning and had coffee with her colleague. In the afternoon, she went to a conference. It was along the shores of the lake where tall trees rise to the sky. There she met Ben, who asked if he could treat her for dinner that evening.

She wore her favourite dark blue dress and her wedge shoes. She braided her long, brown hair. She looked stunning. Ben was already waiting for her at their favourite Thai restaurant. He was wearing his white shirt and jeans. They had spring rolls for starters with Hugo. They talked about the conference and how they enjoyed taking part in it. They ordered the main meal – Pad Thai and chicken cashew nuts with a nice bottle of Chablis.

They walked to the park near their place after the meal. In the middle of the park, Ben stopped and with bended knee, produced this ring from his pocket. Ben looked at Kathy and asked: “Will you do the honour of being my wife?” Kathy couldn’t stop smiling and answered: “Yes, of course, I’d love to be your wife!” That was a wonderful scene!

For: Weekly Writing Prompt #109

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | STRETCH | TREAT | WIN | SHORE | SCENE |

Photo Challenge #179 – Three Birds


Three birds
On my hands
Chirping away
They like sitting there
Use me like a stage
I am tired of hanging on
Before they fly to the sky
A short stop before their long trip
The year’s getting cold so they’re migrating*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables.

DOOR Template Instructions

 (5) Words: | STOP | STAGE | SKY | YEAR | TRIP |

For: Photo Challenge #179, Weekly Writing Prompt #105