Razzle-Dazzle Me!


razzle-dazzle me, full of fun
energy – tons
such a delight
everything’s bright

indeed, life’s full of razzmatazz
all that is jazz
with pizzazz, too
and zest for shoes

come one, come all and join us here
got wine and beer
dancing all night
oh what a sight!*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* The Minute Poem is rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables written in strict iambic meter. The poem is formatted into 3 stanzas of 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff

For: Razzle Dazzle Me! by Lillian in Poetics

B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond: Zeki Majed – September 24, 2016


olive field
the joy of dancing
with rhythm
setting sun
as gentle as the wind blows
with passion and love

dancing together
hand in hand
head on chest
the scent of heaven on me
forever with you

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond: Zeki Majed – September 24, 2016

Share Your World – 2016 Week 28

What is your earliest memory?

One of the earliest memories I had was the time when my sister was born. I was three, my big brother was four and we were waiting in the other room, my father was pacing up and down. Until we heard the midwife (my aunt) said: “it’s a girl!” We all rushed in the room, we saw some blood and the baby crying and my mom was on the floor. My aunt told us to “go away, we’re not ready yet.”

My sister was born
My brother and I waited
Then we heard her cry

What was the last photo you took with your phone?


We were walking in Berlin and we found this Filipino street food restaurant. We stopped to have our lunch. We had some spring rolls, sinigang soup and longganisa hamburger, followed by halo-halo. We had a good time.

Have you ever danced in the rain?


Most of the time, when I was young in the Philippines. It was warm rain and we always had fun playing and dancing in the rain.

What is the longest you have gone without sleep?

I really cannot remember. I love my sleep and I sleep well, so probably very seldom that I’ve stayed awake for a long time and not gone to sleep.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week was back to normal routine after our trip to Berlin.

In two weeks’ time, I’m off again and looking forward to it. Two weeks in the UK to visit my mother who’s still there with my brother after my son’s wedding in May. She’s flying back to the Philippines in August, so I thought I’ll visit her before she returns to the Philippines.

Then, three weeks in India for the son’s wedding with his beautiful bride, Indian version. We’ll be visiting relatives before the wedding. Then after the wedding, we’re going around with a bus, touring the south of India. Looking forward to it!

Have a lovely week everyone!


Word-High July: Indak ni Nanay


Indak ni nanay
Tugtog ni tatay
Mahilig si nanay na manggantsilyo
Parating dala yung bag ng lana
Nagmamaneho si tatay ng trak
Naghahatid ng yielo sa mga tindahan
Nagkakilala sila sa sayawan
Isang bumabagyong gabi
Kwentuhan at tawanan
Habulan at may tampuhan din
Simpleng pamumuhay
Simpleng kaligayahan
Musika at tawanan


Mother’s dancing
Father’s music
She loves knitting
With her bags of wool
He used to be an ice trucker
Delivering ice to shops
In the dance floor they met
One blustery night
News and laughter
Chasing and drama, too
Simple living
Simple happiness
Music and laughter

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Night of Symphonies and Indak. Also for: Friday Flasher: On The Dance Floor by A.L. Mabry

The Ballerina – an Ottava Rima

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


the shopping mall is busy as usual
people shopping, having coffee, meeting friends
people carrying back packs, bags and bundles
and they’re getting ready for the weekend
there’s a ballerina and she’s blushful
a public performance she wish they suspend
biting at her lips, restless and rocking
to herself under her breath she’s talking

“we will be fine,” her friends assuring her
unable to get comfortable, she smiles
lots of questions she wants to know the answer
is her hard work and practices all worthwhile?
what if they don’t like her? as she gets calmer
how she wish time would speed up meanwhile
and so the show must go on, people clapping
she’s so happy and in the air floating

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Friday Flasher: Shopping Mall

Love – Weekly Writing Prompt #40


Keeping close to each other, they dance
To the slow music of the night
With tenderness and passion
Looking at each other
On this special day
With pride and joy
From this day

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

(5) Words: | PRIDE | KEEP | CLOSE | SLOW | TENDER |

Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward

For: Weekly Writing Prompt #40 by the secret keeper and Music Prompt #45: “No Other Love” by Chuck Prophet

Share Your World – 2016 Week 18

Who was your best friend in elementary school?
Wow, many moons ago! OK, I think it could be Dedette, we’ve known each other since we were 5! Actually we’re third generation friends, her grandmother with my granddad and her aunt with my aunt. So cool!

What things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?
A big smile will do it!

If you could make a 15 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?
Let there be peace on earth!

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?
An amazing dancer, even though I cannot really dance nor sing!

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week was a normal week, with weather changing from a warm to snowy to rainy to sunny again!
HRH the son’s birthday today – yay! He’s 24! How time flies. And we’re all looking forward to his wedding to his beautiful K this month!

For: Share Your World – 2016 Week 18


Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – Group

My People
by Carl Sandburg

MY people are gray,
pigeon gray, dawn gray, storm gray.
I call them beautiful,
and I wonder where they are going.

For: Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – Group