The future awaits

The future awaits

Photo © Sascha Darlington


here’s the future community

white domes of different shapes you see

where everyone can stay for free

away from harsh reality, that’s the key


everyone has its commitment

to be helpful, kind and pleasant

different religion and race

diversity we sure embrace and our forefront


the theory is good, will it work?

problems? have we done our fieldwork?

and can we all live together?

we may never know the answer, see through the murk*


(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* The Florette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more 4-line stanzas.

Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,a
Meter: 8,8,8,12
Fourth line requirement of internal (b) rhyme scheme, on syllable 8.

Like the outgrowing of a small flower, the forth line of each stanza is longer, and enwraps the previous lines. Line #4 requires an internal rhyme scheme that rhymes the eighth syllable with the end of line #3, and continues to add on four more syllables than the other lines so that the fourth line ends rhyming with lines #1 and #2.


For: Sunday Photo Fiction – February 12th 2017


Daily Word Prompt 9 “Red”

Daily Word Prompt 9 “Red”


red is my favourite colour
dark chocolates for sweets
kisses from Him Indoors
sensation overload sometimes
nut, raisin and fruit for dessert
tantalising to my taste buds*


(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* Harrisham Rhyme, created by the female poet, Harrisham Minhas, belonging to the State of Punjab in India, of a six-line rhyming stanza. In this form, the last alphabet of the first word of each line is the first alphabet of the first word of next line.

There is no restriction on the starting alphabet of the first line.

Rhyming scheme : ababab.


For: Daily Word Prompt 9 “Red”

Day 12 #Loveuary – Marriage

Day 12 #Loveuary – Marriage

Him Indoors
Together we live

A cosy home
In Bavaria

Is everywhere
Keeping us warm

My sweetheart
To love and cherish
No one else
Only you
Looking forward to old age
Together for love

(and now in Filipino)

At ako
Hanggang sa huli

Hirap at ginhawa
Kapiling ka

For: Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 104 – #Loveuary Special, ALL SEASONS – FEBRUARY VALENTINE

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Strumming the story of my life

Strumming the story of my life



Strumming the story of my life

Each note touching my heart and soul

Like cutting my heart with a knife

From a stranger who knows me whole


Quietly I plead him to stop

Looks at me and tries to console

An old oak tree as a backdrop

From a stranger who knows me whole


And so he carries on playing

Like he’s reading my life in scroll

How he knew that, I keep asking

From a stranger who knows me whole


Strumming the story of my life

From a stranger who knows me whole*


(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.