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

Weekly Smile 84 #weeklysmile


On this day and age, I’d say thanks
To big and small things I received
Giving me light when it is dark

Being able to climb the mountain
See what’s wise and what isn’t wise
On this day and age, I’d say thanks

To have my family and health
To be able to travel, too
To big and small things I received

The sun shines, birds sing, flowers bloom
Thanking God for all His blessing
Giving me light when it is dark*

(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

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | AGE | SEE | DARK | WISE | CLIMB |

So, what made you smile this week?

For: Weekly Smile 84 #weeklysmile, Weekly Writing Prompt #101

Also for: Nurt Thurs – Return to Childhood, #ThreeThingsThursday – What made me smile this week…, TToT – 8/11/17

#Bathwater Ten Things of Thankful

Saturday’s Mix – 28 July 2017 – Happy


Easy comes, easy goes
The flood and the wind blows
Such a huge deluge
Like river rouge
Fear not I thought, the sun glows


She has to push her way out
Her question to be answered about
When it was answered
An awe stirred
She’s so happy she could shout


That boy used all the tricks in the world
To have an ice-cream as he whirled
Since it’s his birthday
Mum has to say yea
Made the boy jolly in his dream-world


It’s the season to be jolly
All the creatures with glee
New beginning
Love we bring
Be happy for we are free

For: Saturday’s Mix–28 July 2017, Weekly Writing Prompt #99

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | EASY | FLOOD | THOUGHT | FEAR | HUGE |