The girl who was made of broken promises


This girl looks like a sad statue
Left to lie in an evil brew
Partial reveries so awe less
She’s made of broken promises

Got no rights to facts in the hood
March alone with torch as she should
Assurance he gave was bareness
She’s made of broken promises

No stability in life
For they always end in strife
And the effect is adverseness
She’s made of broken promises*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Kyrielle is a French form of rhyming poetry written in quatrains (a stanza consisting of 4 lines), and each quatrain contains a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the poem consists of only eight syllables. There is no limit to the amount of stanzas a Kyrielle may have, but three is considered the accepted minimum.

Some popular rhyming schemes for a Kyrielle are: aabB, ccbB, ddbB, with B being the repeated line, or abaB, cbcB, dbdB.


For: Writing Prompt “It’s all in the title”, Wordle 313 Aug 20 by brenda warren


Glass of Love

Dioga Costta

A trip back in time
A trip behind a looking glass
Glass reflecting life
Glass of dream
Dream of Zen and Zuri
Dream of playing a violin
Violin in a band
Violin in a bag
Bag of autumn leaves
Bag of stones
Stones to push
Stones so heavy
Heavy laugh
Heavy to carry
Carry with bare hands
Carry the answer
Answer the question
Answer the agent
Agent of fiction
Agent of truth
Truth or lies
Truth be told
Told to be good
Told of the smoke
Smoke not cool
Smoke not good
Good for Zen and Zuri
Good or bad
Bad dreams
Bad company
Company meeting
Company of wolves
Wolves in the woods
Wolves big bad wolf
Wolf with bare teeth
Wolf to go back
Back to the future
Back to the garden
Garden of Eden
Garden in the autumn
Autumn leaves scents
Autumn quite cold
Cold cuts
Cold wind
Wind blowing
Wind of love
Love of nature
Love of living

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Blitz Poem, a poetry form created by Robert Keim.

This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow.

Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliché. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.

The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition.

Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.

The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.

There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.


For: Writing Prompt “Stories By 5”, Wordle 312 Aug 12 by brenda warren


Sunday Writing Prompt: July 30: Surfacing

Sources: quote: unknown
Underwater image: ©Phoebe Rudomino – and yes, this is an actual underwater set – follow the link to begin to check out her bio and google search her to discover more – you might need oxygen!
Bee image: sourced here: Pollinator Friendly Gardens

When the heat is on or the water too deep
Would you sail on or would you surrender?
Would you bend your ways or stick with trip to keep?
Carry on or moor somewhere with the anchor?
Scan the situation and check how steep?
I won’t give up for any light of sliver
Surfacing up is the best way to survive
Challenges to take if I want to thrive

There’s always light to follow as it shines
The scent of flowers and beauty around us
There’s always a choice to fight or just whine
To accept the challenges or make a fuss
Stitch up the tear and repair, that is fine
As archaic as it sounds, it’s a plus
For all that is worth, life is wonderful
Appreciate it as much as we’re able*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Ottava Rima is a poem written in 8-line octives. Each line is of a 10 or 11 syllable count in the following rhyme:

one octive poem. abababcc
two octive poem. abababcc, dededeff
three octive poem. abababcc, dededeff, ghghghii

…so on and so on


For: Sunday Writing Prompt: July 30: Surfacing, Wordle 310 Jul 29 by brenda warren


Thursday photo prompt – Sails – #writephoto


Nothing can trigger what I feel
No matter how I shake it off
I mean sunset beams like blast-off

The wind carries me with the reel
Picks up my poor spirit by sea
Posts me hope as I am born free

With string of faith I can be healed
With patience and time I’ll be fine
The shine on the sails is a sign

Forgiveness I beg as I kneel
For I am human after all
In this great world I am small

I’ll be good with grace so genteel
Appreciate nature around me
The birds, flowers, mountains and sea*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Constanza, created by Connie Marcum Wong, consists of five or more 3-line stanzas. Each line has a set meter of eight syllables. The first lines of all the stanzas can be read successively as an independent poem, with the rest of the poem weaved in to express a deeper meaning. The first lines convey a theme written in monorhyme, while the second and third lines of each stanza rhyme together.

Rhyme scheme: a/b/b, a/c/c, a/d/d, a/e/e, a/f/f………etc.


For: Thursday photo prompt – Sails – #writephoto, Wordle 309 Jul 22 by brenda warren


An old house – Sunday Photo Fiction – July 16th 2017

© Mike Vore

The house is in need of repair
As you can see, it’s old and damp
With storm coming it needs revamp
Like skin, it needs cream and care

I don’t wish to be the object of scorn
But when one digs deeply
A mask covering the face
A poet and his paper
A house is the setting
Of a beautiful tale

So we started going to camp
And we saw this big bear
We’re so scared we swear
Ran away and started to decamp

Back to the old house
Got some paints and ladder
He started at the bottom
I painted the top floor
We sang as we worked
Glad the day was sunny

Bahay kubo kahit munti
Ang halaman doon, sari-sari*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The La’libertas, a 22-line (4/6/4/6/2) poetic form created by Laura Lamarca. The stanza rules are as follows:

Stanza 1 – rhyme scheme ABBA, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 2 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Stanza 3 – Rhyme scheme BAAB, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 4 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Couplet – Italian (Any language acceptable except)

How the La’libertas for got its name is from the word “libertas” which is Latin for “liberty” and “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature.

* last two lines (Tagalog) nipa hut, although small, the plants there, all different


For: Sunday Photo Fiction – July 16th 2017, Wordle 308 Jul 15 by brenda warren

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Saturday’s Mix – 08 July 2017


Pick up one of the stars
Shimmering rhythm
Caravan of memoirs
Like sheet full of crumbs

Shimmering rhythm
Like a prophet I stand
Like a foolish chum
Vent my faith in hand

Caravan of memoirs
Plumed myself of hope
In space one adores
I’m sure we can cope

Like sheet full of crumbs
I am just a small dot
With all the atoms
Wish we’d have a shot*

(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):

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

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.

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.

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: Saturday’s Mix–08 July 2017, Wordle 307 Jul 8 by brenda warren


Our own lady and the dragon

© A Mixed Bag 2011
© A Mixed Bag 2011

Our own lady and the dragon
They’re curved in stone in our village
Protecting our tribe from the quake
Keep us away from the edges

We expect the unexpected
Our own lady and the dragon
And sometimes I give them a wave
Unlike any other stranger

Digging and planting seeds in holes
Got our own traditions to share
Our own lady and the dragon
In our little village they stand

The swallows and martins flying
Dogs run and bark, cats whimpering
Children ride their bikes on their way
Our own lady and the dragon*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

line 5
line 6 (line 1)
line 7
line 8

line 9
line 10
line 11 (line 1)
line 12

line 13
line 14
line 15
line 16 (line 1)


For: Sunday Photo Fiction – July 2nd 2017, Wordle 306 Jul 1 by brenda warren

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