Music Challenge #26: “Limes” Brad Paisley #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM


Don’t be startle when life is tough
Mingle, try not to go in huff
Take it easy, smile with your charm
You know when enough is enough

The offer is on, there’s no harm
Call the birds, they come in a swarm
Let’s all have fun without filter
On its mark, pillars and gendarme

Have something to bite and stir
It’s not always clear, sometimes blur
I like my drinks with some lemon
With friends, we agree or bicker

Let’s have a good time, lots of pun
And whatever is done is done
It’s not perfect, some things we shun
Hold up the end of our bargain*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* A Quatrain is a poem consisting of four lines of verse with a specific rhyming scheme.

A few examples of a quatrain rhyming scheme are as follows:

#1) abab
#2) abba — envelope rhyme
#3) aabb
#4) aaba, bbcb, ccdc, dddd — chain rhyme


For: Sunday Photo Fiction – April 22nd 2018Music Challenge #26: “Limes” Brad Paisley #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM Wordle 348 Apr 21 by bwarren

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Sunday Writing Prompt “Collage Prompt 40” – They said I wouldn’t be able


they said I wouldn’t be able
but I’ve traverse the world
in torrid times I’ve crossed the channel
and with this dress I twirled
align myself against the foe
confess to things that I should know
align myself
align myself
treat myself to a new gizmo

they said I wouldn’t be able
make something out of sand
be in a sect, ride a camel
live in a tale that is so grand
inject myself to a dream world
check in to a fantasy world
inject myself
inject myself
ball was hurled to me and I swirled

they said I wouldn’t be able
find and marry my knight
live a life that is so blissful
play rugby, fly a kite
have a son, apple of our eyes
now he’s flown, we have to downsize
have a son
have a son
garden with bees and butterflies*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trijan Refrain


For: Sunday Writing Prompt “Collage Prompt 40”Wordle 347 Apr 14 by bwarren


J is for Jeffrey’s Sonnet


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.


I hear you on a stormy night
Guilty as sin and full of fright
No moon nor stars just total black
Not much sleep, I’m a little wired
The silence from both is required
And in this manner I might crack

Taken aback, the sand was marred
And I am in charge of the yard
Draft me a gift of indulgence
Fry me an omelette with cheese
Eat outside and enjoy the breeze
Thinking of life in the distance

We were young once, that’s how it was
And in this clause, I see balance

(c) ladyleemanila 2018


For: Wordle 342 Mar 11 by bwarren , J is for J #AtoZchallenge , Day Eleven

I is for Inverted Refrain


The Inverted Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of four 6-line stanzas, for a total of 24 lines.

Rhyme scheme per stanza: Lines #1-4 are abab;
Lines #5 and #6, the two inverted refrain lines, can be a,b or b,a.

Meter: 8 syllables in every line.

The first four lines of a stanza create a statement from which the last 2 lines extract the meaning, and invert the way it was said. The last two lines of each stanza, which are the ‘inverted refrain’, are indented as a couplet.

As a variation, the couplets in each stanza can reorganize the information in the previous four lines in a summarized manner, and can add further description.


Erudite of the universe
Underneath it all lies knowledge
A thirst for truth and not adverse
That cause minatory damage
Thread of wisdom that’s the message
To live in better world not worse

With pen we could express our thoughts
Bend the rules or current impasse
Unthinkable to scatter blots
The bride and groom arrive en masse
Enjoy the blue sky and green grass
Enjoy the voyage in the yachts

What’s absurd is when he left her
When he promised the moon and stars
He gave her some sweet things and myrrh
Blindly she sees him as her czar
He left her with his jaguar
And he left her with no armour

With the help of time, she moved on
He felt guilty for what he’s done
She went to the park and fed swan
Apologised for his action
She likes being under the sun
He wants a second chance and yon

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: Wordle #190 Income Tax ( #AtoZChallenge ), one-third of the way through Na/GloPoWriMo!

G is for Grá Reformata


The Grá Reformata, created by Michael King, is based upon the Villanelle form.

Following the basic setting of the Villanelle, the a Grá Reformata has an extra couplet between each tercet. This couplet can be either rhymed within the structure of the rest of the poem, or in free verse, but always in iambic pentameter.



The x consists of the rhymed, or unrhymed iambic couplet.

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Brantwood Senilia” by Paul Batchelor: illness, giving, eight, led, dangerous, room, morbid, trance, daylight, care, friends, leave

A muffle cry when you touch my skin
Close to crying when I remember us
Whistling in unison as we spin

Listen to our hearts I always say
Not from the pit nor moulded in clay

Memories measured by yard as I grin
Cooking eggs and bacon and all the fuss
Don’t push me to do things and other sins

Pry not when I eat curds and whey
Doesn’t matter when day is bright or grey

We’ve been friends even when illness begins
Morbid it may seem till we’re hit by a bus
We care for each other through thick and thin

Daylight comes and leaves, we try to be gay
Giving each one a neigh or an aye

As you lead me to a room in an inn
Could be dangerous, I’m cautious
In a trance, you are yang to my yin

And after eight we try to stay
Hold hands as we walk by the quay

We’ve been to London, Paris and Berlin
After being to the lab and the campus
All challenges we take on our chin

Being together lies its allure therein
For all we know, could also be boundless
A muffle cry when you touch my skin
Whistling in unison as we spin

(c) ladyleemanila 2018


For: Wordle 345 Mar 31 by brenda warren , Whirligig 154 , G is for Genre #AtoZchallenge #AtoZchallenge 2018 G is for GenreDay Seven

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Music Challenge #24: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – “Speak To A Girl” #amwriting #musicchallenge #MLMM

Don’t saturate her world with lies
Despite the soft music and soul
Dramatize not for she empathize
Dish her the truth that’s the goal

Over the rainbow and behind shadows
Of broken heart and broken trust
On sharp rains when wind blows
Only the truth a definite must

Veils all silky and pure white
Venture out to the unknown
Victory if you get it all right
Voice of insight and being grown

Every moment counts
Emblazon with a bright sign
Energy every time you bounce
Entering into her lifeline*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trolaan


For: Music Challenge #24: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – “Speak To A Girl” #amwriting #musicchallenge #MLMM, Wordle 344 Mar 24 by brenda warren


FFfAW Challenge – Don’t heap coals of fire on my head

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

Don’t heap coals of fire on my head
After the wild evening
Cajoled me to calm down instead
Oh my head is aching
I cringed when I thought about it
That practice made me look halfwit
I cringed ‘bout it
I cringed ‘bout it
Blighted me like some kind of twit

Don’t heap coals of fire on my head
Don’t call me names as well
I really need to go to bed
That lady made a spell
Can’t help but sigh like a wild wolf
Character in Virginia Woolf
Can’t help but sigh
Can’t help but sigh
A desperate and small wolf

Don’t heap coals of fire on my head
Close to losing my mind
I have to woo her and we wed
Which means I could be blind
I am in love, I think I am
I’m not sure, I am in a jam
I am in love
I am in love
It’s like I was hit by a tram*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trijan Refrain


For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of March 20, 2018, Wordle 343 Mar 17 by brenda warren