Flashback – Saturday’s Mix – 12 August 2017

Everyone was happy when I was born
Born the second child to the delights of everyone
Girl with the fringe they always said
Said nothing until I was three, very observant girl
Three of us kids when we moved house
House with a garden and played with cousins and us three

Neighbours and friends we played till the sun set
Set the table was one of my tasks and cousins are also neighbours
Had lots of fun playing on the street
Street kids we were and a bike we had
One phone for all of us and we took turns
Turns to phone friends and some jolly one

Spent holidays on the farm with cousins
Cousins sleeping and playing together as spent
Drank fresh milk from the carabao
Carabao went to creek with us as we drank
Now we’re all in different places and countries
Countries far and wide and we still have contacts now*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Mirror Sestet, created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a poem that can be written in one or more stanzas of 6 lines each. The specific guidelines for this form are as follows:

The first word of line 1 rhymes with the last word of line 1.
The first word of line 2 is the last word of line 1
and the last word of line 2 is the 1st word of line 1.

The first word of line 3 rhymes with the last word of line 3.
The first word of line 4 is the last word of line 3
and the last word of line 4 is the 1st word of line 3.

The first word of line 5 rhymes with the last word of line 5.
The first word of line 6 is the last word of line 5
and the last word of line 6 is the 1st word of line 5.

The Mirror Sestet can also be written in non-rhyme.
All rules must be followed except there is no 1st and last word rhyming.

For: Saturday’s Mix–12 August 2017, ALL SEASONS – AUGUST ADVENTURES (Aug13)


#SoCS Aug. 12/17 – “guess”

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One of these things is not like the others
Don’t know which one is not like the others
Is it the full body all knitted?
Or the friends having a cosy night in?
Perhaps the girl with her cat?
I still can’t figure it out
I guess they all belong together
Something to do with being comfy
The knitted body wrap keeps him warm
The friends relaxing with wines and games
And the girl leisurely walking with her cat
I’ll go with that guess – they’re all very comfy!

For: The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Aug. 12/17


Come quickly!

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I need your help
that was a strange call
coming from my old aunt
on the other side of town
I’ve got to change and catch the bus
I hope to catch the bus at this time
and I was gone, worrying about her
she’s my mum’s sister and her husband died
I promise my mum to check on her
every now and then I get this
but there was really nothing
I can’t pretend it’s fun
life is not easy
and I arrived
she’s alright
oh well

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but follow suit with an inverted syllable count.

Reversed Etheree: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Double Etheree: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1



From nowhere comes this rock


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Brown Penny” by William Butler Yeats: brown, enough, loops, hair, young, crooked, wise, thinking, stars, shadows, begin

Let’s begin with brown rock
Lots of holes like stars
Drop some penny scars
Crooked enough to shock
Shadows of alien block
Like the hair of young czar

This rock comes from nowhere
People started thinking
Loops of secrets it brings
Some mystery elsewhere
Surprises they declare
Like some wise men they cling

From nowhere comes this rock
A place where people talk*

(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

Iambic Trimeter means the usual iambic (alternating unstressed/stressed) meter for every line of the poem, but instead of the ten syllables that comprise a typical sonnet’s iambic pentameter, this particular form uses six syllables of iambic trimeter per line. Thus, the name HexSonnetta.

For: 11 August 2017 Friday Fictioneers, Whirligig 124

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10 Days of Heat: Diving into the deep end (Day 4)


Who will you make peace with?
Is it wrong to search my soul?
So I know what indeed is my role
When I wonder deep down its meaning
And forgiveness I am begging
When I pushed the cobwebs of lies
And each one has his lows and highs
Is it wrong to find atonement?
When there was a creepy silent?
For all who I’ve offended
Out with the truth blurted
For all who are suffering
And the tension it brings
For all who are in pain
Like being in chains
What’s clear is I want peace
All misgivings to decrease


snorkelling under the sea
deep silence of nature
admiring life down under
fishes and corals
sharing experience
happy with

For: 10 Days of Heat: Diving into the deep end (Day 4)