Becalmed ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #91


In front of us a becalmed yacht
Moored alongside a sailing boat
A dream of what success begot
In front of us a becalmed yacht
One day we’ll moor ours on that spot
And go to places where we float
In front of us a becalmed yacht
Moored alongside a sailing boat*

(c)ladyleemanila 2017

* A Triolet is a poetic form consisting of only 8 lines. Within a Triolet, the 1st, 4th, and 7th lines repeat, and the 2nd and 8th lines do as well. The rhyme scheme is simple: ABaAabAB, capital letters representing the repeated lines.

Make writing a Triolet more challenging! Make each line 8 syllables in length (4 metrical feet), written in iambic tetrameter (the more common way), or try it in pentameter (English version) where each line only has 10 syllables (5 metrical feet).

For: Becalmed ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #91

Crumpled Paper


The crumpled paper and tinsel meant that all presents were given and opened, greetings and thanks were said, the waiting and the excitement really happened. They also meant that another Christmas has come and gone, that we all celebrated it in different ways, usually with our loved ones. Having said that, we should also think of others who celebrated it by themselves, or who cannot celebrate it for some reason or another. That we should be thankful for all our blessing, the good and the bad things that happened to us, and hopefully learning our lessons in life. Cheers everyone!

For: Paper

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Loop Poetry

Here are the guidelines for Loop Poetry:

1) No restrictions on the number of stanzas or the syllable count for each line;
2) For each stanza, the last word of the first line becomes the first word of line two,
the last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3,
and the last word of line 3 becomes the first word of line 4;
3) The rhyme scheme is abcb.


being with you is magic
magic as in worth living
living a dream forever
forever we grow old and ageing

love is happiness
happiness shared with you
you and I together
together we stick like glue

why is the sky so blue?
blue as the wavy sea
sea breeze and summer dream
dream as my love for thee

the tang of the luscious exotic dishes
dishes on display and others being cooked
cooked to tantalise our senses as we walk
walk to tables set in a row and we looked

tempting as it was, I didn’t grab them
them in my desire to try and taste
taste that’s more tantalising – a pulled pork
pork adobo and menudo – that’s aced

Richard appreciated the bakeries and the pastries
pastries and the smell of fresh bread and the coffee
coffee, as well as the sight of the tantalising meat cuts
cuts them up and taste them and fills up his trolley

the butter taste was rich and tantalising while the
the velvetiness of the fresh cream and yoghurt mix
mix was balanced by a kick of almond and sultana
sultana – ah, that did it for me as I get my sweet fix

For: Loop

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Our Malta experience

Hello everyone! Just got back from our five-day Malta trip. It was our second time to visit Malta and we really had a great time. Here’s our view from our balcony.

On the first day we walked around Valletta, its capital. The walled city was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. It’s known for museums, palaces and grand churches. Baroque landmarks include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, whose opulent interior is home to the Caravaggio masterpiece “The Beheading of Saint John.”

St John’s Co-Cathedral is a gem of Baroque art and architecture. It was built as the conventual church for the Knights of St John. The Grand Masters and several knights donated gifts of high artistic value and made enormous contributions to enrich it with only the best works of art. This church is till this very day an important shrine and a sacred place of worship. It is also a venue for cultural events.

We went on a harbour cruise which started from The Strand at Sliema. This trip took about two hours. First the boat visited Marsamxetto Harbour and then it went out in the open sea and from there it entered the Grand Harbour. Magnificent views and scenes that were very difficult to forget. Amazing!

I have to do a second post for the rest of our holidays. For now, have a lovely week!

So, what made you smile this week?

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