Sonnet of a play – Bonus Wordle – Shakespearian Style


apple boughs laden with gorgeous blossom
the land pleasant with cowslips and bluebells
as the clock strikes six, viol plays with drum
everything’s tinctured with humour she tells

pantomime villain enters with swagger
his clothes are sodden with strong musk oil
owls are hooting outside stained glass so blur
children playing outdoor messing with soil

time for the play to start, everyone’s in
theatre so packed, standing room only
in the middle of the play, actors grin
they argued, he says sorry with a plea

we’re taken to a land of make-believe
for two hours, plots and stories interweave*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Sonnet is a poem consisting of 14 lines (iambic pentameter) with a particular rhyming scheme:
A Shakespearean (English) sonnet has three quatrains and a couplet, and rhymes abab cdcd efef gg.
Usually, English Sonnet has 10 syllables per line.


For: Bonus Wordle – Shakespearian Style

Music Prompt #13: Snow Patrol – “Run” #musicchallenge #amwriting #music


You are a bright star in my struggle
I sigh and push my fringe back
You lighting up my road on my way
Lifting my spirit my good old Jack

I have no other star, just you
With you, my world is complete
On my way, you lighting up my road
With you by my side, isn’t life sweet?

We can weather the storm as I swirl
My hero, a mystery
You lighting up my road on my way
Then we can have a nice pot of tea

You are in charge of my light brigade
You hold the key to my heart
On my way, you lighting up my road
I cannot bear us to be apart*

(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.

For: Music Prompt #13: Snow Patrol – “Run” #musicchallenge #amwriting #music , Wordle 320 Oct 7 by brenda warren , Sunday Writing Prompt #223


Sonnet XVI by Pablo Neruda

I love the handful of the earth you are.
Because of its meadows, vast as a planet,
I have no other star. You are my replica
of the multiplying universe

Your wide eyes, are the only light I know
from extinguished constellations;
your skin throbs like the streak
of a meteor through rain.

Your hips were that much of the moon for me;
your deep mouth and its delights, that much sun;
your heart, fiery with its long red rays,

was that much ardent light, like honey in the shade.
So I pass across your burning form, kissing
you – compact and planetary, my dove, my globe.

Someone is walking over my grave


Someone is walking over my grave
I could see a reflection of an imp
Cacophony of clandestine crave
I hate the subterfuge, being wimp

I could see a reflection of an imp
Fluttering over the crimson pyre
I hate the subterfuge, being wimp
Why could we be, as we were?

Fluttering over the crimson pyre
A favissa that the arkwright made
Why could we be, as we were?
Just have to forget all the charade

A favissa that the arkwright made
Cacophony of clandestine crave
Just have to forget all the charade
Someone is walking over my grave*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain, and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.

The design is simple:

Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4

Line 5 (repeat of line 2)
Line 6
Line 7 (repeat of line 4)
Line 8

Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending stanzathen repeats the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth. So the first line of the poem is also the last.

Last stanza:

Line 2 of previous stanza
Line 3 of first stanza
Line 4 of previous stanza
Line 1 of first stanza

For: Photo Challenge #183, Bonus Wordle

Sometimes life is like a fairy tale


Sometimes life is like a fairy tale
Or a joie de vivre with self-questioning
It’s how we sing with chime and deliver

We see and gasp life like solving a crime
We tilt our heads and argue for or against
Sometimes life is like a fairy tale

We feed it with love and compassion
We try our best and we shine through
Or a joie de vivre with self-questioning

We begin to understand what it is
And sometimes we get hurt and injured
It’s how we sing with chime and deliver*

(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

For: Sunday Writing Prompt #222, Wordle 319 Sep 30 by brenda warren


FFfAW Challenge – Brace yourself for I’m cool

This week’s photo prompt is provided by shivamt25. Thank you shivamt25 for our prompt!

Brace yourself for I’m cool
Chasing my dream with hope
At the bottom is nope
Ding dong late for school
Faux-fur jacket to rule
Rebel kid my scope

Traffic at the crossroads
Having coffee with you
Enjoying a nice brew
Lock my bike with the codes
Chains and pens I’ve got loads
Then let’s go to the zoo

So cool with my glasses
This coffee gives me buzz*

(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

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of September 26, 2017, Wordle 318 Sep 23 by brenda warren


Tickle me pink for I am free

– Brooke shaden

tickle me pink for I am free
dramatic art at its brilliance
seraphic movement that is me
ecru petticoat to balance

don’t be alarm I don’t squander
I don’t use disastrous fragrance
And my skirt with such neutral shirr
ecru petticoat to balance

as a supplicant I’m polish
I can twist and bend no hindrance
free as the birds as my dress swish
ecru petticoat to balance

tickle me pink for I am free
ecru petticoat to balance*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* A Kyrielle Sonnet consists of 14 lines (three rhyming quatrain stanzas and a non-rhyming couplet). Just like the traditional Kyrielle poem, the Kyrielle Sonnet also has a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the Kyrielle Sonnet consists of only eight syllables. French poetry forms have a tendency to link back to the beginning of the poem, so common practice is to use the first and last line of the first quatrain as the ending couplet. This would also re-enforce the refrain within the poem. Therefore, a good rhyming scheme for a Kyrielle Sonnet would be:

AabB, ccbB, ddbB, AB -or- AbaB, cbcB, dbdB, AB.

For: Photo Challenge #182, Wordle #173

Stems sticking to my back not fun

– Mark Harless

Into the dark with goose-neck lamp
No angst in there as I am champ
Pernicious as it covers truth
Been mollycoddled all my life
Hope the dementia is not rife
Vermilion lipstick in my youth

Tell you the truth, it’s quite jejune
Lying on the floor like a cocoon
With milk bottle in vexation
And the rowboat paddling slowly
With the monkey wrench to be free
Stems sticking to my back not fun

For what I’ve done, I say sorry
And with a plea, I think I won*

(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: Photo Challenge #181, Wordle #172