I’m a Fountain of Blood


I’m a fountain of blood
in the shape of a girl
my life is a tragedy or a ballad
I can be your pearl when I twirl

lost at first hole
rattling in the forgotten shell
not knowing my role
coming out of your spell

stretching my wings with feathers
time to leave your sight
life might be a blur
got to be brave for my fight

don’t forget my name
I’m the branch that you break
I’m your dame in a frame
waking up in a lake

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Writing Prompt #155 “Collage 21” and Wordle 247 Apr 17 by Brenda Warren


Thursday photo prompt – Roses #writephoto



J–joy you brought to our lives
E-every moment that you were here
S-sadness still in our hearts
S-singing in heaven, we’re sure of that
A-angel, our angel as we dream through dusk
M-mourning, wish you were still here
I-in our midst, but then it wasn’t meant to be
N-no winter without a spring
E-every rose will fade, dry and brittle

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Thursday photo prompt – Roses #writephoto by Sue Vincent

Giggle – The 7/5 Trochee

The 7/5 Trochee, created by Andrea Dietrich, of 2 or more quatrain stanzas with the following set rules:

Meter: 7/5/7/5
Rhyme Scheme: a/b/c/b or a/b/a/b

The meter is trochee, which means alternating stressed and unstressed beats in each line, with each line beginning and ending in a stressed syllable. This is a simple lyrical type little poem, so rhymes will be basic, nothing fancy. The poem itself should give a description of something of interest to the poet. There is not a set number of these quatrain type stanzas, but a typical 7/5 Trochee would consist of two quatrains, with the second stanza serving to tie up the idea presented in the first stanza.


how we giggle us three friends
creating ripples
like a child’s spinning top
sweet as caramels

sharing a giggle is fun
upsurge of pure glee
builds up like water in dam
release to be free

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Giggle

The Day the Earth Tilted on Its Axis

Into each life a little dramatic change must fall. Whether it is a common occurrence, or a unique experience known only to you, relate a story—factual or fictional—about how your world (or another person’s), or your attitude/perspective of the world/life changed because of a dramatic event or particular experience.


She was such a lovely girl
The first baby in the house
The first daughter, the first niece
The first granddaughter of my Mom
She was our little star on stage
She could sing, dance and perform
She was a darling of everyone
We could still hear her laughter
We could remember her plans
Not even 21 when she left us
Words couldn’t express our loss

Remembering Jessamine
The day she left us broke our hearts
We remembered her poems, paintings and arts
Each one of us has a different way to mourn
We all love her from the day she was born
Different ways of coping and of remembering
What ties us all is the love for her, our darling
That she was still here singing and dancing
All the things she did were entertaining
That the years never really mattered

As the flames leapt skyward
Farewell our Jessamine, farewell
We closed our eyes and sighed
Gone but not disremembered
Her memories lingered on
The happiness she gave us
In that brief time she was here
We’d treasure every moment
Perhaps she left some gift
Legacy of faith, love and fun
Life is short and must use it well
Rest in peace, our darling Jessamine

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: The Day the Earth Tilted on Its Axis


Six on the Sixth Prompt – April 2016

Two twin little sister girls whisper in ear
Two twin little sister girls whisper in the ear, outdoor on green park

Plan – “Let’s tickle Dad,” and the girls ran.

Giant – He’s coming down, quick, the ax!

Pills – Forgot to take them, I’m pregnant!

Hang – Hang in there, some help coming!

Peddle – “Taho!” shouts the peddler every morning.

HRH the son
Inch – Inch by inch he grows fast.

For: Six on the Sixth Prompt – April 2016

Venus on Earth


I’ve known Venus since she was born. She’s so beautiful and the youngest in their family and they used to live two doors away from us. We used to call her Nono when we were kids, you know how each one has some sort of nicknames. Anyway, Venus is my cousin, her father was my father’s brother (in spirit, because they grew up together). Venus and her siblings (4 of them) and us (also, 4 of us) were really, really close, as in best mates in everything. We played together, went on holidays together, did all the usual teen-ager fun, parties, secrets, messing around, experiments, and on and on. We shared a lot of experience and memories. Now we are all in different parts of the world with our own families, but we still keep contact with each other and through social media, have seen each other’s photos and have known each other’s news. Last year, Venus and her husband went to Europe for their holidays and my brother and mother saw them in the UK. And every time I fly back to the Philippines, I see them. So she’s our gorgeous Venus on earth.

For: It’s All In The Title – #Writespiration 86 by Sacha Black



D is for Duo-rhyme

The Duo-rhyme, a poetic form created by Mary L. Ports, is a 10 or 12-line poem, with the first two and last two lines having the same rhyme scheme, and the center of the poem (lines #3 through #8 or #10) having their own separate monorhyme scheme.

Meter: 8 beats per line, written in iambic tetrameter (4 linear feet of iambic) Rhyme Scheme: 10-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a and 12-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a


Oh Darlene
Darlene is like a bud in May
a bouquet in bloom at the bay
self-conscious cheeks of maiden fair
sun shines on her long chestnut hair
she loves dancing in the square
her body fashioned like a pear
every night she says her prayer
she’s generous, she always share
she’s so elegant as she sways
charming, she’s as bright as a day

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Discipline in Blogging for #AtoZChallenge! and fifth day of NaPoWriMo

B is for Ballad

Keeping me busy with all challenges!

For: Six Word Saturday


Ballad – A short narrative poem with stanzas of two or four lines and usually a refrain. The story of a ballad can originate from a wide range of subject matter but most frequently deals with folk-lore or popular legends. They are written in straight-forward verse, seldom with detail, but always with graphic simplicity and force. Most ballads are suitable for singing and, while sometimes varied in practice, are generally written in ballad meter, i.e., alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter, with the last words of the second and fourth lines rhyming.


The Ballad of Maria Makiling

There was a mysterious fairy
Guarding Mount Makiling
Her long hair floating in the air
Her singing echoing
She appeared after a storm
Wandered around the woods
She mended wings of butterflies
Replaced nests on branches
Storm vanished as she walked by
Roses and orchids bloomed
Birds built nests and chirped happily
Deer ran around again
She was known to have a good heart
Helped old women get wood
Left them with gold nuggets and coins
Cooked meals for hunters, too
Nowadays they saw less of her
Why? Excessive hunting
And people cut a lot of trees
Which disappointed her

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Day 2 and Day 2 and the Party is Just Starting to Heat Up! #AtoZChallenge

Secret – A Tri-fall

The Tri-fall, created by Jan Turner, consists three 6-line stanzas, for a total of 18 lines. The rhyme scheme is a,b,c,a,b,c and meter for each stanza is as follows: 6/3/8, 6/3/8. This form requires little to no punctuation and can be written on any subject matter.


Can you keep a secret?
Between us
I know I can always trust you
Can’t be stuck in a rut
What’s the fuss?
Got to share this or else I’m blue

Hide under a blanket
Cat is plus
Here are some sweets for us to chew
We go to the market
On a bus
Then we go and see my Andrew

He gave me a bracelet
Like Christmas
I’m so happy I think I flew
Then we went for doughnut
That’s bonus
He’s my boyfriend, all toys adieu

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Secret