B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – List Poem

things we have to do in spring
change tyres to summer ones
have the car checked and washed
sort out some clothes, some to give away
in “Kleiderspende” or send via “Balikbayan Box”
put winter coats and boots away
have winter coats dry cleaned and hanged
buy new seeds and plants
Him Indoors works in the garden
put three tortoises out in the garden
give them dandelions from the fields
take lots of photos of buds and flowers
cycle to beer gardens and parks
hurray for spring!!!

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – April 10, 2016

B&P Shadorma & Beyond – Psychedelic Tree


I watch the tree mature tall
sway from the blue sky as high
window or the door as the wind blows
its psychedelic branches no enemy in sight
green, yellow and red such a delight
almost the colour of home sweet home
a place to be where it’s cosy and safe

old oak tree
rattles in the wind
holding fast
to its leaves
stark naked against the sky
leaves scattered on ground

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: B&P Shadorma & Beyond – April 2, 2016

ABC of You and Me


Amidst the crowd there was you
Between that man and the elegant lady
Coming towards me, I wonder why
Daring, I’d like to say
Endearing with your umbrella
Funny with your dry humour
Gallant of you as you kissed my hand
Handsome, of course
“I want to know more of you,”
Joyfully and with great pleasure
Kiddiewinks-like, enjoying the fun
Laughing all the way
Morning till night
Noticed no one but us
Over the moon and far away
Perhaps this is love
Question no more
Rest assured
Safe and sound
Together we can
Under the silvery moon
Violin playing
Watched by the birds
X-ray vision
You and me
Zest for life

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – ABC Poem

B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Snorkelling

Let’s look at the structure of a Kyrielle Poem … it is composed of rhyming three quatrains (four lines) or stanzas and like all Classical French poetry it is octosyllabic (eight syllables). Each quatrain ends with the same line (known as a refrain) – it becomes a sonnet when we add a couplet at the end of the poem composed of the first line and the refrain – so it’s important to choose your first line wisely. The rhyming structures are:




Great fun to be under the sea
Swimming with the fish and algae
Clear azure sea is amazing
Such adventure this snorkelling

Coral reef is another world
It’s like being in a dream world
I can swim for hours, that’s the thing
Such adventure this snorkelling

Saw a school of fish and turtle
Swimming with them is so blissful
Such a wonderful life, floating
Such adventure this snorkelling

Great fun to be under the sea
Such adventure this snorkelling

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Kyrielle Poem

You and Me – B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond

“L’Eco” which is Italian for The Echo.
the word count is: 3 – 5 – 4 – 6 – 6 – 3 – last stanza 3-3-3-3
last line [in brackets].

Green Wheat Field with Cypress, Vincent van Gogh 1889, Narodni Gallery, Prague

green wheat field
with cypress and grass
on a clear day
a sweet place for picnic
with red wine and baguette
green wheat field

pristine day
crisp afternoon air
scent of flowers
with soft background music
coming from the radio
pristine day

birds singing
nature’s our witness
falling asleep
waking up on your arm
watching the sun go down
birds singing

you and me
two bodies one soul
grass tickling us
holding hands, whispering
promising each other
you and me

green wheat field
pristine day
birds singing
you and me
(loving you)

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – January 23, 2016

Stars – B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Pleiades

Greetings from Paloma!

For this week I’d like us to look at a form called the Pleiades.

A Pleiades is a 7 line poem created by Craig Tigerman. It is named after the stars in the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Each line has 6 syllables and begins with the same letter – which is the first letter in the (one word) title.


Spectacle display
Shining like some fireflies
Shrouded by clouds sometimes
Surprise and amazement
Sharing life with you dear
Superb feeling of love

bright stars
they twinkle at night
how small we are to nature
awe exhibition

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Pleiades

B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Cinquenta – April 25, 2015

What is a cinquenta? It’s a poem that has exactly 50 characters.


you’ve got experience
fifty is a golden age
life is wonderful


playing sick
hard to find a cure
tough for us
what to do
all he wants is to sleep
let us leave him be


who say rats? better find him before he goes away.