Thursday photo prompt – Wisp #writephoto


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Carrying Water to the Field” by Joyce Sutphen: afternoons, cultivating, water, wrapped, cut, across, surprise, turning, blade, melted, gulp, accomplished

Wisp of cloud rose into the air
A sign if it could just spare
From miles away a silent hope
Swimming across the seven seas
Surprise on an afternoon breeze
Cultivating that I could cope

The scope of which is accomplished
You know you are being cherished
And my heart’s melted by your care
Turning water into trophy
Wrapping my soul to ecstasy
Cutting my heart fair and square

I swear for a wisp of belief
A brief moment you’re everywhere*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Jeffreys Sonnet was created by Scott J. Alcorn. It is isosyllabic (only 8 syllable per line), 2 sestets with a cross rhymed couplet (the cross rhyme is in the 2nd to 4th syllable in each of the two lines of the couplet). Also there is a cross rhyme in the first line of the 2nd sestet (between the 2nd to 4th syllable), tying the 1st sestet to the 2nd. So the rhyme scheme would be: aabccb, (b)ddeffe, (e)g (g)e. The letters in ( ) are the cross rhymes.

For: Thursday photo prompt – Wisp #writephoto, Whirligig 125

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From nowhere comes this rock


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Brown Penny” by William Butler Yeats: brown, enough, loops, hair, young, crooked, wise, thinking, stars, shadows, begin

Let’s begin with brown rock
Lots of holes like stars
Drop some penny scars
Crooked enough to shock
Shadows of alien block
Like the hair of young czar

This rock comes from nowhere
People started thinking
Loops of secrets it brings
Some mystery elsewhere
Surprises they declare
Like some wise men they cling

From nowhere comes this rock
A place where people talk*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The HexSonnetta, created by Andrea Dietrich, consists of two six-line stanzas and a finishing rhyming couplet with the following set of rules:

Meter: Iambic Trimeter
Rhyme Scheme: a/bb/aa/b c/dd/cc/d ee

Iambic Trimeter means the usual iambic (alternating unstressed/stressed) meter for every line of the poem, but instead of the ten syllables that comprise a typical sonnet’s iambic pentameter, this particular form uses six syllables of iambic trimeter per line. Thus, the name HexSonnetta.

For: 11 August 2017 Friday Fictioneers, Whirligig 124

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Such a surprise!

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Her Sweet Deceit” by James Laughlin: joys, best, surprise, hair, think, someone, sweet, deceit, only, laugh, girls, alike

Such a surprise when I saw you
A sweet surprise out of the blue
And to think of all the places
We are to meet here as it does
Two girls laughing and all the buzz
We’re so alike with our auras
Known each one since we had braces
We used to share jeans and blouses
Someone like you bring the best fuzz
With the joys you give for ages
Only friend that I know is true
Had fun until we say adieu*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Duo-rhyme, a poetic form created by Mary L. Ports, is a 10 or 12-line poem, with the first two and last two lines having the same rhyme scheme, and the center of the poem (lines #3 through #8 or #10) having their own separate monorhyme scheme.

Meter: 8 beats per line, written in iambic tetrameter (4 linear feet of iambic) Rhyme Scheme: 10-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a and 12-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a

For: 100 Word Wednesday: Week 31, Whirligig 122

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Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Even Though” by Esther Cohen: rejection, different, thought, letters, have, would, harder, envelope, despite, going, pass, satisfying

Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed
Despite different cars passing through today
I thought those old buildings have been bulldozed

Satisfying for me what I composed
Would have been harder had you seen my way
Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed

All emotion in the letter enclosed
My heart bleeding on this morning so grey
I thought those old buildings have been bulldozed

In the envelope rejection disclosed
Hard to walk as I pass by the bikeway
Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed

Have to go through this however I posed
Come hell or high waters or come what may
I thought those old buildings have been bulldozed

With the fire we had, they were quick to hosed
No one was injured, we thanked as we pray
Morning on the street where sidewalk is closed
I thought those old buildings have been bulldozed*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme: aba aba aba aba aba abaa.

The first and the third lines in the first stanza are repeated in alternating order throughout the poem, and appear together in the last couplet (last two lines).

One of the most famous Villanelle is “Do not go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas.

For: Sunday Photo Fiction – August 6th 2017, Whirligig 123

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Old Jack – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you Louise!

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “The Pleasures of Hating” by Laure-Anne Bosselaar: hate, bliss, rapture, wig, lips, sandals, loathe, dents, draw, relapse, broccoli, delight

Such a delight when you came back
Rapture of bliss when I saw your sack
I no longer hate nor loathe you
Don’t even think what we’ve gone through
No need for relapse, my lips were black

You’re wearing sandals, my old Jack
And the boat got dents from such thwack
Reunion of faith for what is due
Such a delight

Eating broccoli from your backpack
Healthy things you have when you packed
Not to quarrel again, we both knew
Especially in front of the crew
They are Croatian and Slovak
Such a delight*
(94 words)

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Rondeau is a French form, 15 lines long, consisting of three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet with a rhyme scheme as follows: aabba aabR aabbaR. Lines 9 and 15 are short – a refrain (R) consisting of a phrase taken from line one. The other lines are longer (but all of the same metrical length).

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Sunday Writing Prompt: July 16, 2017: Fine Dining – Kitchen Tricks


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Returning Home in Winter” by David Romtvedt: bath, bamboo, hanging, dirty, wife, stirring, paintings, leafless, skin, blackbird, monk, fire

Blackbird hanging by the kitchen
Hanging on the bamboo shelf by the fire
Onion soup is boiling and wife is stirring it
I’m having a bath and such fun

Fun under my skin in the bath
Better being clean than dirty, I say
Daughter sitting gently as she paints leafless tree
Son is doing his sums and math

Math, such cosy family scene
People don’t know what’s lurking behind doors
Perhaps skeleton hidden in the cupboard?
Gossips and what lies in between?

Between you and me, not a word
Everyone plays his own role in this life
Good or bad, funny or serious and life goes on
Such fine dining with the blackbird*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The RemyLa Rhyme Form, a form created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 4 stanzas. Each stanza has four lines. The syllable count per stanza is 8/10/12/8 and rhyme scheme is abca defd ghig jklj. The first word of stanza 1 must also be the last word of stanza 4. The last word of stanza 1 must also be the first word of stanza 2 and the last word of stanza 2 must be the first word of stanza 3. Finally, the last word of stanza 3 must also be the first word of stanza 4.

This form is named after Laura’s daughter, Remy Lawren Lamarca. La is her signature.

For: Sunday Writing Prompt: July 16, 2017: Fine Dining – Kitchen Tricks, Whirligig 120

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If only you were here before

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Are Poets the Same as Everyone Else?” by Esther Cohen: festival, together, wore, only, poems, fruit, walked, favourite, wine, listened, before, shades

If only you were here before
We’d walked along the villages
Listened to our favourite song

I’d write some poems short and long
Under the shades we’d kissed for ages
We’d go to festival, I swore

I still remember what you wore
When you left and the house changes
Overgrown plants which was all wrong

Together we used to belong
I’ve regretted all the chances
Come back to always open door

If only we could bring back time
I’d write poems with all the rhyme*

(c)ladyleemanila 2017

* Trilonnet, created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a 14-line poem made up of four three-line verses of 8 syllables (iambic tetrameter) and one rhyming couplet or four three-lined verses of 10 syllables (iambic pentameter) and one rhyming couplet.

Each 3 line verse is an unrhymed triplet. Each triplet has a rhyme scheme of abc. It is related to a sonnet in that it made up of 14 lines. There are 2 rhyme schemes for this form:

abc abc abc abc dd

or abc cba abc cba dd

This form is written in either iambic tetrameter or iambic pentameter.

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For: FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER- 2017: WEEK #27, Whirligig 119 , Sunday Photo Fiction – July 9th 2017

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