November 16: Flash Fiction Challenge – Mesh in Shadorma


common mesh
their memories mesh
caught in a mesh of crosses
and double crosses

like a shoal
herrings trashed in net
play on fears
of unknown
reality of nature
form intricate mesh

family structure
complex mesh
mesh of power equations
conflicts between them

he and she
her frame mesh with his
fingers mesh
his heart beats with hers, in time
like no tomorrow

almost feel her warmth
in concord
in rhythm
between them there’s just one soul
synchronize breathing

be in harmony
and ivory
together make sweet music
and forever more

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: November 16: Flash Fiction Challenge, Shadorma November: 17 of 30, Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 18 November 2017


Life in Shadorma

The ankh was a symbol of life in ancient Egypt

Ups and downs
Life as we know it
Sometimes broad
Or narrow
Accept our own challenges
Seize the day, we say

Good or bad
Funny or serious
Don’t worry
A new dawn
Feeling grateful for all things
Happy with my life

Path of life
Own way of crossing
Not smooth
Be patient
Light at the end of tunnel
There is always hope

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Weekend Writing Prompt #28 – Life, Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 11 November 2017, Shadorma November: 11 of 30


Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 14 October 2017

as shallow as the tears in eyes
and as deep as the Grand Canyon
our love

below the line, some challenges
above all else, our love to share

as shallow as the pan frying
as deep as Pacific Ocean

thankful for blessing above all
below that, accept what’s given

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 14 October 2017


How fortunate we are for there is love

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Elaine Farrington Johnson. Thank yoiu Elaine!

How fortunate we are for there is love
We amble in the street, aged and young
Preparing like the cooing of the dove
How fortunate we are for there is love
On a parched road we walk in peace, not shove
How fortunate we are for there is love
We amble in the street, aged and young*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Triolet is a poetic form consisting of only 8 lines. Within a Triolet, the 1st, 4th, and 7th lines repeat, and the 2nd and 8th lines do as well. The rhyme scheme is simple: ABaAabAB, capital letters representing the repeated lines.

Make writing a Triolet more challenging! Make each line 8 syllables in length (4 metrical feet), written in iambic tetrameter (the more common way), or try it in pentameter (English version) where each line only has 10 syllables (5 metrical feet).

For: FFfAW Challenge-Week of October 3, 2017, Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 7 October 2017


A simple life, a happy home

When I first left home, was daunting
But managed to experience life
That lasts

I met Him Indoors in the lab
The beginning of our love
Not end

Then HRH the son was born
After seven years of marriage
Our joy

We live in our house with garden
Three tortoises named Gin, Rex, Nik
Our pets

A simple life, a happy home
Stable jobs and good health for us
Our goals*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* “Synchronicity” (The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous; synchronism. Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related.). This form consists of eight three-line stanzas in a syllable pattern of 8/8/2. This poetry type has no rhyme and is written in the first person with a twist. The twist is to be revealed within the last two stanzas. Created by Debra Gundy.

For: Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 4, Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 16 September 2017