I’ve lost all meaning when you left

– Image found on Discrete

I’ve lost all meaning when you left
Like a saudade, wishing you’re here
Coruscant you, my elixir
Fishnet stockings and things you left

I incline to overlook facts
What happened was a glitch
Things went so fast
Then you were gone
What was implied was wrong
We could have been more lenient

And with your figure I revere
Your scent through the house still weft
Intriguing piece of work so deft
I really miss you that’s so clear

I have been planting tulips
Daffodils and forget-me-nots
They’ll be blooming in spring
Hope by that time you’ve returned
Like the spring you’re back
And I’d appreciate that

Makikita kita sa lahat
ng pamilyar na lugar
(I’ll be seeing you
in all familiar places)*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* La’libertas


For: Photo Challenge #192, Wordle #182

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, December 13th 2017, first snow


“It’s snowing, it’s snowing!” A week after I’ve arrived in France, it started snowing. I couldn’t believe my eyes; the whole world was blanketed in white! It was so incredibly gorgeous and perfect, no footsteps in it, just lumps and bumps where plants sat in the gardens and cars entirely covered in snow. I was mesmerised. As soon as I’ve felt its powdery texture, I thought to myself, “This was the White Christmas people were dreaming about.” I couldn’t imagine that just a week ago, from sweltering morning – traffic starting to build up in Manila. The noise of cars, taxis, motorcycles, vans and jeepneys beeping and honking, children going to school and adults to work, street vendors selling taho (soya) or peanuts. Such a difference! A normal hectic day in Manila compared to a peaceful, snowy one in France.

first time to see snow
I could still remember it
I cried with joy

the snow has fallen
on branches and leaves of trees
I tried to taste it

For: Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, December 13th 2017, first snow

All that lies broken


All that lies broken
Assault of senses
Last night at the bar
Puppet falling down
Deep into his seat
In this case, breakdown
Running through his life
Sailing through Chinatown

Friends nudge each other
Affording nothing
Wallet left ajar
He said things in slur
Betrayal so deep
Without his armour
Trying to be clown
Went to sea and drown*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Octameter


For: Sunday Writing Prompt #232 “It’s All In The Title”, Wordle 329 Dec 9 by brenda warren


That was a grand entrance


That was a grand entrance
All eyes are on her
With a glance she prance

Then she exits after
A major decision
All eyes are on her

On some minor action
She has to carry on
A major decision

From sunrise until dawn
The world is her oyster
She has to carry on

Even if sometimes err
Experience and challenge
The world is her oyster

In the world she must plunge
That was a grand entrance
Experience and challenge
With a glance she prance*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Terzanelle

For: Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 9 December 2017


Tale Weaver #149 – 7th December – Grandparents


My grandfather
He was always reading
He died of Parkinson’s disease
Tall, dark and handsome, with pipe on his mouth
He called Nanay “dear” till the end
We still remember him
Had lots of books
Mum’s Dad

Deaf as a post
Short, flat nose, wavy hair
Died of a broken heart
When my grandfather passed away
They had many children, with my Mum, too
Had a shop in front of the house
A good business woman
Creative cook
Mum’s Mum*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Rictameter

For: Tale Weaver #149 – 7th December – Grandparents

You don’t know the real me – Photo Challenge #191


You don’t know the real me
Just what I project
In me I cry in plea
People don’t expect

Just what I project
I may look happy but
Really I’m all wreck
And I keep my mouth shut

In me I cry in plea
I zip everything
All these I want to flee
Escape with one wing

People don’t expect
Full of hypocrisy
Won’t even detect
Which makes me so angry*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Quadrilew

For: Photo Challenge #191

Music Prompt #17: “100x” by Tegan and Sara #musichallenge #music #amwriting

I wish I could escape from this
That I cannot get you out of my mind
If only the circumstances are different
Heard this song, you I know I miss

Miss your sound, I wish to push out
Out of my mind, out of my being, too
Thank you for the memories, I know you exist
We’re not meant to be, that’s about

About the party we have been
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink
We drove to places where voted some of the best
Not late, parallel lives begin

Begin the healing, forgiving
When trust was broken, that was about it
Forgiven but not forgotten
Cannot get it out, the sting

Sting in the tail, so goodbye
Learn the lesson and time to move on, too
No regrets, we always say, best to part our ways
We’re not meant to be, you and I*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* RemyLa Rhyme Form


For: Music Prompt #17: “100x” by Tegan and Sara #musichallenge #music #amwriting, Wordle 328 Dec 2 by brenda warren