Tale Weaver – #163 – Aging – 15th March

old woman portrait vietnam three tamarind m’nong

I was rummaging through the attic
in the filth, searching for some documents
old memento, toys and games of our antic
brown faded photos of our descents

I found an old photograph of a woman
she was beautiful, I save it as my keepsake
lines on her face tell us experience she’d done
her eyes conveyed her joy, hope and ache

an enigma, seducing me to deconstruct
I can feel her wraith in my zone
enlightening me of proper conduct
her past mistakes to atone

her alexithymia makes me want to express
something she wasn’t able to do
perhaps she was in distress
if only I could have a cue

like colouring her life with crayons
through the convex lens the search
looking for truth, spending aeons
thinking of it as my research


We’re nearly there and we have to keep going
Praise the Lord for managing to continue
Look, I could see a glint of assurance at the end
The overgrown garden with herbs is my witness
Hush, don’t feel guilty for not doing other things
As the leaves sway with the winds, be happy
Our sense of woe slowly disappearing
We are compelled to continue until the end
To give us some sort of satisfaction and hope

For: Tale Weaver – #163 – Aging – 15th March, Nurt Thursday – Rise and Soar

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 75: “Patience & Green” #SnynonymsOnly

– Ryn-Sweet-Surreal

Tuesday is my favourite day. After school, Mum is taking me to Irish dancing. I always wear something verdant and matches my eyes. With tenacity, I am learning the basic steps and having fun with my friends from the village. I need to have a rigid upper body and the footwork is so intricate. Practice, practice, practice, my teacher says. After the dance practice, we’re allowed to have some ice-cream and that’s the best part.

having fun dancing
with friends from the village
intricate footwork

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 75: “Patience & Green” #SnynonymsOnly, Photo Challenge #205


Sunday Writing Prompt “Butterfly Effect”


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “The Hand-Carved Loon” by Robert Adamson: poem, balsa, bird, head, glides, murk, bottom, waves, sleek, things, made, cuts

The butterfly effect
Waves alter and things change
Birds tweet, poems strange
Sleek view and aspect
Balsa boat which shipwrecked
You and I seem estrange

At the bottom was murk
I made some cutting notes
Which you frequently quote
I glide and make a smirk
Which make you so berserk
Don’t know what our endnotes

I shake my head and go
Life is so and it flows*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* HexSonnetta

For: Sunday Writing Prompt “Butterfly Effect”, Whirligig 152

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Music Challenge #24: “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM

on guard
with love
try not to lose your heart
even if he’s your dream
such pain
he’ll cause
aim high

fresh air
fresh start
as much as you love him
lots of reasons to say otherwise
no more
enough said
he’s not

move on
learn lesson
you tried but he’s not bothered
always hurting you again and again
time helps
no regrets
be strong*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Trinet

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | AIM | LOSE | GUARD | AIR | DREAM

For: Music Challenge #24: “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM, Weekly Writing Prompt #131

Photo Challenge #204 – I hauled myself along the road

– Hossein Zare

I hauled myself along the road
With sharp turns and typhoons I rowed
Some snarling dogs along the way
In my mind, I saw and not stray
Stand tall, arms swinging in both sides as I strode

Other ways remained far apart
Some scars left doing my part
As I put down roots, trunk shoots up
Big or small, I have to getup
Challenge or hindrance, I don’t mind to restart*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* The Florette (Form No. 2)


For: Photo Challenge #204, Wordle 341 Mar 3 by brenda warren


Sunday Writing Prompt #243 “Core Beliefs”


A gradual crescendo in life
The gravity of what we do and like
All of a sudden we’re shattered by experience
When jealousy and greed is rife

Rattle your teeth and fly with birds
Bare truth is what comes around goes around
Electrifying moments which give us a kick
We also hurt others with words

Spread love with honey and jam
Always be kind and enjoy the blue seas
With excitement keep us on the edge of our seat
And we follow our own programme

Be positive and don’t worry
We don’t care about what we cannot change
Even when we are hurt, somehow karma is there
Be happy for we are all free*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* RemyLa Rhyme Form


For: Sunday Writing Prompt #243 “Core Beliefs”, Wordle 340 Feb 24 by brenda warren


Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 24 February 2018

Same Same But Different
Your ‘Same Same But Different’ task is to take the five challenge words and NOT use them in your writing. That’s right, you need to dig out your thesaurus and find a synonym for each word instead.

Your words this week are:


Your writing form is either poetry or prose.


Capture the moment
Before it gets starless
Have a catnap

A board full of food
Get hold of delights
Capture the moment

Siesta is important
Life is not that tragic
Before it gets starless

Love is the bottom of it
Seize the day
Have a catnap*

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

* Cascade

For: Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 24 February 2018