Sunday Writing Prompt – The river flowing up a hill


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “If” by Karen Jo Shapiro: wait, pick, book, read, until, end, find, why, how, lucky, reader, friend

Today I feel lucky, my friend
A day to myself to spend
Row, row, row my boat, such a thrill
The river flowing up a hill

As I pick up a book to read
A page turner just as I fancied
Love story that is so real
The river flowing up a hill

Wanting to find the how and why
Don’t want to end when they say bye
Could row this boat until Brazil
The river flowing up a hill

Couldn’t wait to see what is next
For I know that life is perplexed
Passing by the moor and the mill
The river flowing up a hill*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Kyrielle

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100 Word Wednesday: Week 75 – We surf and wonder all these years

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Hello Great North Road” by Robert Sullivan: wonder, surf, travel, rocking, defy, tucked, years, cars, greatness, smile, whipping, road

We surf and wonder all these years
Working and rocking with smile
Tucked in our rooms, trying our best
A tough road but we have made it

Defying late nights and hard work
We surf and wonder all these years
First, whipping and frustration
Like travelling, we have arrived

With cars, buses and bicycles
The greatness of it all, we’re there
We surf and wonder all these years
Let’s celebrate with our loved ones

Happy on this convocation
We have all made it, hip, hip, hurray
We’re looking forward to a bright future
We surf and wonder all these years*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Quatern

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Music Challenge #29: “The Nights” by Avicci #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “We Lived Happily During the War” by Ilya Kaminsky: houses, protested, bed, month, reign, money, street, city, country, falling, chair, outside

Live happily however they protest
Spend the rest of life doing what’s right
When you’re in flight, why don’t you try your best?
When you’re stressed, just hold on really tight

On the street of any country
With its beauty and things to do
There’s no time to be falling out
And when in doubt, just flow

It’s nice to be outside the house
In the greenhouse most plants can grow
Money can grow and then accrue
Reign of breakthrough to know

Get to know the city thoroughly well
With bluebell and roses in the garden
Chair in the sun you put that’s quite so swell
A gorgeous belle to meet and have some fun

Make a difference in this world with such zest
Your very best in life with such delight
When it’s alright say thanks for we are blessed
As you have guessed we have to fight or flight*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* LaJemme

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Photo Challenge #216 – Moon face

– Luis Gonzalez Palma

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Bedside Reading” by Marilyn Nelson: welter, quartz, bedside, pocket, moves, daughters, wipe, blossoming, trust, wisdom, shakes, pure

With blossoming trust I give you
Pure wisdom through
Moon face I move
Bedside to prove

In the daughter’s mind so welter
Wipe tears better
Shake the pocket
Have a banquet

A ring made of silver and quartz
Found at seaports
Moon face and all
That is my call*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Minute Poem

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THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Hello, Baihua Mountain” by Bei Dao: guitar, patches, sign, valley, sunlight, slits, tale, distant, waterfall, drifted, hand, abyss

I am on top of the world, hello world
From a distant valley and waterfall
Slits and patches of sunlight I twirled

The sound of the guitar glided to call
Some birds drifted in the abyss that way
Different tales I observe overall

The role I play as I sit by the bay
Is the sky giving me a sign to look?
With blue sky, sometimes bright sometimes grey

I know where things are, no need for guidebook
In the hand of God, I’ll try to do best
I’ll be composed even if the earth shook

(c) ladyleemanila 2018


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Sunday Photo Fiction – May 13, 2018 – Mommy and baby elephant

Photo Prompt: C.E. Ayr

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Eddie Priest’s Barbershop & Notary” by Kevin Young: music, spin, chance, reflection, pockets, sting, flowers, wintergreen, guess, turn, running, next

Mommy and baby elephant
They’re next to each other
Running with Mommy in the front
Wintergreen and tree fir
With reflection in the water
Guess who stops being ambler?
With reflection
With reflection
Baby spins around after

Mommy and baby elephant
They could dance with music
Chance to turn around so brilliant
With flowers in the creek
Sting of the bees make them run
Doing things with pockets of fun
Sting of bees
Sting of bees
And their lives are full of action

Mommy and baby elephant
They’re always together
Baby follows Mum with a grunt
Both stay as they were
With adventures and challenges
Sometimes getting food from branches
With adventures
With adventures
Day to day living with no fuzz*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trijan Refrain


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Follow the path as I ascend

PHOTO PROMPT © Karen Rawson

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Praise the Rain” by Joy Harjo: praise, raven, dignity, cloud, forget, spirit, path, roads, song, singer, more, rain

Follow the path as I ascend
Sing a song on the road
And praise the raven that you send
Bright clouds as you bestowed
Forget the past and don’t stray
In the spirit of the day
Forget the past
Forget the past
Weigh my chances and seek my way

Follow the path as I ascend
And with my dignity
As the rain pours, I’m here to mend
Coming here with a plea
Don’t ask for more than I deserve
And this peace I want to preserve
Don’t ask for more
Don’t ask for more
If there’s a problem, I will swerve

Follow the path as I ascend
Humming like a singer
Send me notes that I comprehend
So I don’t have to err
I am lucky, life is a bliss
Going for a walk just like this
I am lucky
I am lucky
He waits for me and gives me kiss*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trijan Refrain


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