O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up-for you the flag is flung-for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths-for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

For: Nurt Thurs – Patience by Becca Givens

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Hope” #WQWWC


We’re nearly there and we have to keep going
Praise the Lord for managing to continue
Look, I could see a glint of assurance at the end
The overgrown garden with herbs is my witness
Hush, don’t feel guilty for not doing other things
As the leaves sway with the winds, be happy
Our sense of woe slowly disappearing
We are compelled to continue until the end
To give us some sort of satisfaction and hope

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Hope” #WQWWC

Word-High July: Aking Paraluman


nadarama ang himukin
kapag ang paraluman ay abot-kamay
dumadaloy ang pagkalikha
ngunit kapag ang paraluman ay nawala
lahat nito tila hihinto
walang kulay ang aking mundo
walang salita , walang pang-uri , walang pandiwa
walang dahilan upang lumaban
walang dahilan upang pagmasdang mabuti
walang dahilan upang umibig


encouragement felt
when muse is within reach
creativeness flows
but when muse is gone
everything seems to stop
my world is without colour
no words, no adjectives, no verbs
no reason to fight
no reason to contemplate
no reason to love

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Word-High July: Paraluman and Dark Eyes

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns


O my Love’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Love’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I;
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Love,
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my Love,
Tho’ it ware ten thousand mile.

For: Nurt Thurs – Recess

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Memories

M – memories are special moments that tell our story
E – every laughter and pain are part of me
M – memories never die
O – one song, thousand memories
R – regret nothing for they made me who I am today
I – I still remember the first day I met you
E – every second counts, live it
S – sometimes you miss the memories, not the person

For: #WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Memories

Sonnet 10 – Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed
And worthy of acceptation. Fire is bright,
Let temple burn, or flax; an equal light
Leaps in the flame from cedar-plank or weed:
And love is fire. And when I say at need
I love thee . . . mark! . . . I love thee—in thy sight
I stand transfigured, glorified aright,
With conscience of the new rays that proceed
Out of my face toward thine. There’s nothing low
In love, when love the lowest: meanest creatures
Who love God, God accepts while loving so.
And what I feel, across the inferior features
Of what I am, doth flash itself, and show
How that great work of Love enhances Nature’s.

For: Nurt Thurs – Embrace Yourself

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writers Challenge – “Faith”

F – faith is something we must have
A – a belief in oneself is very important
I – inner peace is what we get when we have faith
T – trust that we can do it
H – how we do it is all up to us

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: #WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writers Challenge – “Faith”

Romance by Edgar Allan Poe

Romance, who loves to nod and sing
With drowsy head and folded wing
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been—most familiar bird—
Taught me my alphabet to say,
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child—with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky;
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings,
That little time with lyre and rhyme
To while away—forbidden things—
My heart would feel to be a crime
Unless it trembled with the strings.

For: Nurt Thurs – Monkeys

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Happiness” #WQWWC

H – happiness is right next to you
A – accept things we cannot change
P – play, pray, pay attention to your loved ones
P – patience is good to have
I – important things in life
N – never underestimate your own happiness
E – everyone deserves to be happy
S – sunshine, sand, sea, savour them
S – smile and have a great day!

For: Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Happiness” #WQWWC