What Inspires You? {FMF Link-Up :: Inspire}


By silvery moon
I sing my heart to you
Eloquence so soft
Seeking the steam of my soul
Bliss, star of my garden

Melody from heart
No cloud in sky to be seen
Watch birds fly somewhere
Till dawn when Nature smiles
Pursuing your affection

“The world is a dangerous place to live
Not because of the people who are evil but
because of the people who don’t do anything about it”
Albert Einstein’s quote is a wonderful quote
Makes us wrestle with our memories
Whether we are acting on its saintly cue
Cracking the code, holding the true meaning
Or tracking down the science behind it
We know we’re not angels and we do react
To different situations in varied ways
But what Einstein is trying to tell us is
To be responsible and look after each one
If we see something evil being done
We don’t just stand there and watch
We have to do something about it
We have to see to it that we are not
Just passive onlookers and self-centred
Don’t let evil wins, be active and do it right

For: What Inspires You? {FMF Link-Up :: Inspire}

Write Your Future {FMF Link-up :: Future}


the world’s our oyster, the future in our hands
with just a wave of my hard to make out wand

it’s how we look at it, be it a challenge or a setback
if I’m not careful, I’ll find myself sitting on a yak

will we accept the challenge, or will we stop at the first fall?
and shot up all the rest with caffeine, happiness, life and all?

life is not always smooth sailing; there’ll be some setbacks
oh my God, do I feel a knife at my back?

we shouldn’t stop at plan A, there should always be a plan B
I have to take things breezy, gladly and calmly

and if they still don’t work, go on until the last letter plan
though I seem to have misplaced my recipe for flan

Let’s not give up just easily; it’s all a test on our determination
I think it is easy; it’s not thermodynamics or nuclear fusion

For: Write Your Future {FMF Link-up :: Future}

five minute friday :: truth


The tapestry of life
The veiled truth sparkles
Sad when we’re in strife
Why can’t you see my angle?

Ignorant to be precise
Shining in lightness
Searching for a paradise
Instead of one in bleakness

A mutable cuttlefish
Flaking in the sea
Don’t be so childish
Otherwise I’ll flee

Such a grey existence
As the bee buzzes
Can I survive in your absence?
Don’t know what’s the fuzz?

Can we make it rosy?
The shadows of the past
I say with a plea
Let’s give it a blast


For: five minute friday :: truth

five minute friday :: mom


We’re so happy you’re still with us
Mother dearest to all of us
We cannot say thank you enough
For all the things you’ve done for us

We may be in different places
We’re so happy you’re still with us
We treasure you with all our hearts
The centre core of our beings

It’s not long now when we’re all there
Looking forward to be with you
We’re so happy you’re still with us
We’ll all have great fun that’s for sure

Sending you our love on this day
Kisses and hugs from all of us
Stay beautiful and cheerful, Mom
We’re so happy you’re still with us*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 6 (line 1)
line 7
line 8

line 9
line 10
line 11 (line 1)
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 16 (line 1)


For: five minute friday :: mom

five minute friday :: more


No more, please no more
She can’t take it anymore
No more images of him
He was everywhere haunting her
No more bite of the wind
Its sensation so hurtful and banal
No more sting of his betrayal
Cold and laced with salt, no excuse
No more regrets
He made her happy, he made her cry
No more blaming
Her heart smashing into pieces
No more please, no more
She wants to move on

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five minute friday :: empty

five minute friday :: empty


Crack the code
Information overload
Wrestle with memory
When will you be free?
Too much information
No time in the garden
Full of empty promise
Sometimes it’s aimless
To act like an angel
Don’t be so bashful
Cue saintly disguise
Don’t need all the bytes
You can hold science fair
To get you out of chair
Pebble on the track
Before you crack

As the wind howls on this grey day
Stray dogs wandering the empty streets
Sweets given free but still no takers
Acres of spaces starting to be vacant
Client, vacationers don’t come here anymore
Shore is not enough, fighting for survival
Dull and aged, they speak with no loyalty
Tea by the sea is still brilliant, whereas
As the wind howls on this grey day


For: five minute friday :: empty

five minute friday :: enough

five minute friday :: enough


enough is enough
enough of turning tables
table with your thumb as you wish
wish to end this, tired of battles

I won’t let you hurt me anymore
anymore is a lot already
already like an old lady
lady tired of you turning tables

the world never keeps still
still as in it never stops
stops from going up and down
down is where you belong

enough is enough
enough lies and betrayal
betrayal that cuts like a knife
knife straight to my heart

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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