Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 39 – MIRROR & HARBOUR

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Mirror, mirror on the wall
I think this is my call
I see a very busy blog
Like having my own catalogue
Ladyleemanila is the name
One day I’d like to be a dame
I hope I’m doing justice to it
Up to five blogs I can commit
I write fiction and non- fiction
Everything under the sun
Different challenges and prompts
As long as they’re perfect for a stomp
I take lots of photos when I’m out
Up the mountain, along the harbour
I like being such a blogger
Macros, oddballs, skies on my route
I like reading the other blogs
It’s like having a dialogue
Liking and commenting on them
Some of them I found like a gem
I found some friends and followers
Writers, comedians, mothers, actors
They’re like a support group for me
Better than having a shopping spree

Mirror in my hand
What reflection do I see?
View in the harbour

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 39 – MIRROR & HARBOR

Haibun Monday #38, Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces

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– NEKNEERAJ

“I’ve always loved you, from the day we said hello, to now and to the future,” those were his words and I believed them. Days, months and years have passed. We carried on despite the difficulties and our circumstances. Until the wind changed. He broke his promises, he broke my trust and confidence and shattered my heart into pieces. The pain was unbearable and everything was black. But time is a great healer. I’ve learned my lessons and accepted the situation. I’m mending well, slowly. I realise that I’m the only one who could help myself and I have to move on. The world is beautiful and the future is bright.

After the darkness
Dawn always comes and brings hope
A new beginning

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Haibun Monday #38, Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces by Grace, Photo Challenge #167

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Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, May 24th 2017 clouds

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Alec, my nephew, has always been an Ariana Grande fan. He has all her albums. He is saving all his pocket money and the money he earned when he worked last year for her concert. When I heard about the Manchester explosion, Alec was the first thing on my mind. My brother’s email came saying he wasn’t there. Alec went to Birmingham concert last Thursday and treated himself to a VIP ticket. I was relieved. But my heart goes out to all the young people who lost their lives, as well as the injured ones. Praying for Manchester. Love always prevails.

After the dark clouds
Hope, love and togetherness
Pray for Manchester

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, May 24th 2017 clouds

Haibun Monday: From the kitchen of poets

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The kitchen by Carl Larssson

Leche Flan is my favourite dessert. When we have some get-together, I always make leche flan and everyone loves it. My brother has this recipe and it’s so delicious! Here it is: 10 egg yolks, 2 cans evaporated milk, 1 can condensed milk, rinds of a lemon. First of all, prepare your tins and caramelised some sugar in them. Just put a couple of spoons of sugar in the tins and in a medium heat keep on stirring until brown caramelised. Put them aside. For the leche flan, put all the ingredients together, slightly stirring it, making sure no air formed. Double sieve it to the tins you have put aside with the caramelised sugar. Steam them until done. Usually half an hour steaming. Put them in the refrigerator. Best served cold. Enjoy!

Over the rainbow
Walking by the summer field
A day so brilliant

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For: Haibun Monday: From the kitchen of poets by Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

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B’S POETRY CHALLENGE #13 – SPECIAL

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We were in the Philippines one holiday and the night was clear. All the stars, planets and the moon were there, and they were amazing to watch. So Him Indoors and I decided to lie down on the grass as we admired them. We felt so tiny compared to the universe, but glad that we were all part of it. Great night to remember!

starlight star bright
making a wish as we count
amazing wonder

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wispy clouds across
boats rise and fall in the lock
lazy hazy day

sea lay without a ripple
cupped my hands and drank water

drips falling from lips
ah, the sweet taste of heaven
cool and refreshing

rough winds shake the darling buds
more lovely and temperate

palm trees swaying
clouds scudding across the sky
heaven knows why

have picnics by the seabed
open sunlit grass, cloudless

splashing with the waves
friends waiting for the sunset
the joy of summer

light of the silvery moon
never ending stories

all through the night
singing and dancing with joy
tired and sleepy

birds flying as dawn breaks
memories on shortest night

For: B’S POETRY CHALLENGE #13, twenty-eighth day of NaPoWriMo, April PAD Challenge: Day 28

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Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 31 – PEACE & TEAR

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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

Let us all have peace
Tearing down all divisions
Live in harmony

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 31 – PEACE & TEAR

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Departure – Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, April 12th 2017

Departure – Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, April 12th 2017

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Of sunny dreams and bright future ahead

Of surviving against all odds and world

Weathering all types of hindrance and storms

Didn’t really matter, as long as there’s love

But as the days went by, things have changed

Pressure’s mounting and tempers getting frayed

Until we were leading different lives

There was betrayal and trust was broken

No other choice but to separate ways

Those were the days of being together

Now, just memories, no more us, farewell

 

No choice but to part

When love is no longer there

Departure from past

 

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

 

For: Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, April 12th 2017, April PAD Challenge: Day 12