Tweet!

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PHOTO POMPT © Douglas M. MacIlroy

first thing in the morning I hear
tweet that gives cheer
time for his feed
then to be freed

happy to be flying around
glad for the sound
my companion
we have such fun

sometimes he sits on my shoulder
then we amble
around village
over the bridge*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Minute Poem is rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables written in strict iambic meter. The poem is formatted into 3 stanzas of 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff

For: 13 October 2017 Friday Fictioneers

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By the light of the moon

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PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

by the light of the moon
you and me in trance
and in your arms I swoon
after all the dance

you and me in trance
as we rock with the boat
after all the dance
together we’re afloat

as we rock with the boat
ring in hand you kneeled
together we’re afloat
tears in eyes I yield

ring in hand you kneeled
the moon as our witness
tears in eyes I yield
grateful for life’s sweetness*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

*Created by C. G. V. Lewis, the Quadrilew is a form of quatrain poem with an abab rhyming scheme, repeating lines, and contains an alternating syllable structure.

In the first verse, the poet may either start with a five or six syllable line. If the choice is five then the ‘sounding’ syllable count is (and opposite if the count is six):

VERSE ONE,
Line 1, 5 syllables.
Line 2, 6 syllables.
Line 3, 5 syllables.
Line 4, 6 syllables.

VERSE TWO,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 2 of the FIRST verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

VERSE THREE,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 3 of the first verse) has 5 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 6 syllables.

VERSE FOUR,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 4 of the first verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

If the first line of verse one has 6 syllables then the pattern is
Verse 1, 6565,
Verse 2, 5656,
Verse 3, 6565,
Verse 4 5656: (the rhyme pattern still being abab.)

For: 6 October 2017 Friday Fictioneers

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In my mind you’re still here

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PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Potter

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “Bleecker Street, Summer” by Derek Walcott: prose, lemons, languor, tangled, salt, sprinklers, streams, smell, mind, aflame, undress, damp

In my mind you’re still here
With your smelly shoes
And your damp shirt and gear
Aflame if we choose

With your smelly shoes
Tangled with our laughter
Our own very prose
In streams we swam deeper

And your damp shirt and gear
Heavy with languor
As we undress, my dear
Lemons and flower

Aflame if we choose
Wish you were still with me
Did not want adieus
Turn back the clock, my plea*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Created by C. G. V. Lewis, the Quadrilew is a form of quatrain poem with an abab rhyming scheme, repeating lines, and contains an alternating syllable structure.

In the first verse, the poet may either start with a five or six syllable line. If the choice is five then the ‘sounding’ syllable count is (and opposite if the count is six):

VERSE ONE,
Line 1, 5 syllables.
Line 2, 6 syllables.
Line 3, 5 syllables.
Line 4, 6 syllables.

VERSE TWO,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 2 of the FIRST verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

VERSE THREE,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 3 of the first verse) has 5 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 6 syllables.

VERSE FOUR,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 4 of the first verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

If the first line of verse one has 6 syllables then the pattern is
Verse 1, 6565,
Verse 2, 5656,
Verse 3, 6565,
Verse 4 5656: (the rhyme pattern still being abab.)

For: 22 September 2017 Friday Fictioneers, Whirligig 130

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Following your shadow, my bread and salt

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PHOTO PROMPT © Kelvin M. Knight

I send to you the thread of my life
Let’s not end the day with our strife
With every breath, I know I love you
All the challenges we have to go through
Following your shadow, my bread and salt
Head over heels in love, like a somersault
I speak with greater eloquence or gravity
To the depth of your heart, give me your key
Landscape so blissfully wonderful
With you, my life is always beautiful
The sense of our being and of our love
A soft sound, like the cooing of a dove

For: 15 September 2017 Friday Fictioneers, Writing Wednesday – 13 September 2017

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Thursday photo prompt – Fading #writephoto

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In a perplexing world, we have got to grin
Carry on with the journey no matter what
Vital thing is we could say that we have been

We may have some flat tyre or hit by comet
The challenge is there and we have to take it
Building something for our offspring like circuit

In the fading light, we do our best, don’t quit
We swim in the sea or climb up the mountain
The world is wonderful, we care to commit

Appreciate our blessing as the day brighten
Listen to the music of great Beethoven*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Terza Rima is a poem with an eleven syllable count in each line and a rhyming scheme of aba, bcb, cdc, dd.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Danny Bowman

For: Thursday photo prompt – Fading #writephoto, Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 9 September 2017, 8 September 2017 Friday Fictioneers

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Thursday photo prompt – Sight #writephoto

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Moments come and go on this misty place
Place used to have some bloody history

Walls covered with moss and other plants
Plants to keep me still like I was in a trance

From here I can see the choppy sea
Sea of spell and mystical vibes
Vibes so peaceful and patient
Patient and ever so faithful

I can see you now coming
Coming with feet in a spring

With your nose up in the air
Air we share fair and square

How happy I am on this instant
Instant contentment of life
Life with you forevermore
Forevermore as we kiss

And so my knight we go
Go to a place where we both grow

As we hold hands by the moonlight
Moonlight and the stars so bright*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

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* Loop Poetry is a poetry form created by Hellon. There are no restrictions on the number of stanzas nor on the syllable count for each line. In each stanza, the last word of the first line becomes the first word of line two, last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3, last word of line 3 becomes the first word of line 4. This is followed for each stanza. The rhyme scheme is abcb.

Variations:

1. Stanzas, writers choice on the number, no rhyming, the last word, first word scheme is maintained.

2. One long stanza, no limit on number of lines, no rhyming scheme, the last word, first word scheme is maintained.

3. Couplets mixed with 4 line stanzas, the last word, first word scheme is maintained in the stanzas. It can also be used in the couplets. Rhyme scheme is ab, cc, defg, hh, ii, jklm, nn, oo.

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For: Thursday photo prompt – Sight #writephoto, 1 September 2017 Friday Fictioneers, Wordle 315 Sep 2 by brenda warren

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From nowhere comes this rock

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PHOTO PROMPT© CEAyr

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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