Thursday photo prompt – Tower – #writephoto


Old castle stood on rugged slope
British Celts, Romans, Jutes and Gauls
They used to live here, kings or pope
Moonlit snowdrifts piled against walls

Half ruined walls, their windows dark
Day and night of howling mistral
People come and stare, this landmark
Moonlit snowdrifts piled against walls

Castle crumbles in slow motion
Tell-tale signs of weathering falls
Centuries of history spun
Moonlit snowdrifts piled against walls

Old castle stood on rugged slope
Moonlit snowdrifts piled against walls*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Kyrielle Sonnet consists of 14 lines (three rhyming quatrain stanzas and a non-rhyming couplet). Just like the traditional Kyrielle poem, the Kyrielle Sonnet also has a repeating line or phrase as a refrain (usually appearing as the last line of each stanza). Each line within the Kyrielle Sonnet consists of only eight syllables. French poetry forms have a tendency to link back to the beginning of the poem, so common practice is to use the first and last line of the first quatrain as the ending couplet. This would also re-enforce the refrain within the poem. Therefore, a good rhyming scheme for a Kyrielle Sonnet would be:

AabB, ccbB, ddbB, AB -or- AbaB, cbcB, dbdB, AB.

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Thursday photo prompt – Glade – #writephoto


she stood alone in the middle
of the forest as she amble
admiring the nature around
this glade used to be their playground
they played hide and seek as the birds sang so blissful

she recalled the time he kissed her
they promised to love each other
she savours all the memories
the light shines through and all the breeze
trust broken, parted ways, not knowing the answer*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Florette (Form No. 2), created by Jan Turner, is a variation and longer form of The Florette.

Rhyme scheme: a,a,b,b,a
Meter: 8,8,8,8,12
Iambic beat is required throughout (one unaccented followed by one accented syllable).

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Thursday photo prompt – Flow #writephoto


Torrents of water travel its path
So uplifting good for my bath
Cascade so powerful as it whir
Travel its path torrents of water

Force of nature, lovely and brutal
Curtain of white water so ample
As we swim, place is full of laughter
Lovely and brutal force of nature

Splashing like pearls, refreshingly good
Lots of memories from our childhood
Many friends come for our social whirl
Refreshingly good, splashing like pearls*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* The Swap Quatrain was created by Lorraine M. Kanter.

Within the Swap Quatrain each stanza in the poem must be a quatrain (four lines) where the first line is reversed in the fourth line. In addition, line 2 must rhyme with line 1, and line 3 must rhyme with line 4 and so on, BUT not repeat the same rhyming pattern on subsequent stanzas.

Rhyming pattern: AABB, CCDD, and so on.

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Thursday photo prompt – Scattered #writephoto


There are some things that can’t be altered
And things that can’t be answered
However awkward

Sometimes things you do caused me angered
Can’t help but to be captured
However awkward

Unprepared but caught in a blizzard
I’d do things to be bettered
However awkward

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* Triquint, a poem for created by Sylvia A. Feeley, which consists of 3 verses, 5 lines each. Lines 3 and 4 of verse 1 (Refrain) repeat in verses 2 and 3. The syllable count for each stanza is 9, 7, 5, 3, 1 and has an aaAAb rhyme scheme.

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Thursday photo prompt – Fading #writephoto


In a perplexing world, we have got to grin
Carry on with the journey no matter what
Vital thing is we could say that we have been

We may have some flat tyre or hit by comet
The challenge is there and we have to take it
Building something for our offspring like circuit

In the fading light, we do our best, don’t quit
We swim in the sea or climb up the mountain
The world is wonderful, we care to commit

Appreciate our blessing as the day brighten
Listen to the music of great Beethoven*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

* A Terza Rima is a poem with an eleven syllable count in each line and a rhyming scheme of aba, bcb, cdc, dd.

PHOTO PROMPT © Danny Bowman

For: Thursday photo prompt – Fading #writephoto, Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 9 September 2017, 8 September 2017 Friday Fictioneers

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Thursday photo prompt – Sight #writephoto


Moments come and go on this misty place
Place used to have some bloody history

Walls covered with moss and other plants
Plants to keep me still like I was in a trance

From here I can see the choppy sea
Sea of spell and mystical vibes
Vibes so peaceful and patient
Patient and ever so faithful

I can see you now coming
Coming with feet in a spring

With your nose up in the air
Air we share fair and square

How happy I am on this instant
Instant contentment of life
Life with you forevermore
Forevermore as we kiss

And so my knight we go
Go to a place where we both grow

As we hold hands by the moonlight
Moonlight and the stars so bright*

(c) ladyleemanila 2017


* Loop Poetry is a poetry form created by Hellon. There are no restrictions on the number of stanzas nor on the syllable count for each line. In each stanza, the last word of the first line becomes the first word of line two, last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3, last word of line 3 becomes the first word of line 4. This is followed for each stanza. The rhyme scheme is abcb.


1. Stanzas, writers choice on the number, no rhyming, the last word, first word scheme is maintained.

2. One long stanza, no limit on number of lines, no rhyming scheme, the last word, first word scheme is maintained.

3. Couplets mixed with 4 line stanzas, the last word, first word scheme is maintained in the stanzas. It can also be used in the couplets. Rhyme scheme is ab, cc, defg, hh, ii, jklm, nn, oo.


For: Thursday photo prompt – Sight #writephoto, 1 September 2017 Friday Fictioneers, Wordle 315 Sep 2 by brenda warren

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Oh no, where could she be?

Oh no, where could she be?
Be here or there, not anymore

One minute talking animatedly
Animatedly disappeared in the cracked world?

Have I said anything wrong?
Wrong or right, no reason to go
Go to places and leave me alone
Alone looking so forlorn

Out of the blue, a grasshopper flew
Flew to my wrist, I didn’t want to say boo

Has she changed to a grasshopper?
Grasshopper, if you could kindly answer?

Of course, the grasshopper didn’t answer
Answer my silly question, just stayed there
There catapulted up and flew off quickly
Quickly disappeared just like her

(c) ladyleemanila 2017

For: August 24: Flash Fiction Challenge, Thursday photo prompt – Cracked #writephoto