The City’s Splendour


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “The Wild Swans at Coole” by William Butler Yeats: woodland, twilight, count, wheeling, lighter, lover, passion, wander, drift, edge, pool, find

as the lovers wander through the woodland, they drift
they were wheeling and walking in passion, a gift
trying to get out of the woods before twilight
find themselves at the edge of the woods, such delight

walking around the city as they count their steps
avoiding the guards marching so they sidestep
with horses and guards march by the palace, great sight
they have reached the edge of the woods, what a delight

the city so charming, they fell in love with it
lots of interesting places, they have to admit
at night, all the lights are on and everything’s bright
they have reached the edge of the woods, what a delight

cruising along the River Thames is also fun
one way to reach Greenwich and that’s what they have done
passing by the Tower Bridge and the Parliament
don’t forget the Shard almost directly in front

several of the city’s skyscrapers are there
they won’t miss Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square
people walking and chatting, city so vibrant
museums to see, places to eat on the front

holding hands in Hyde Park and the weather’s so good
watching people hither and thither as they stood
eating ice-cream from the place they love to frequent
they have to queue as children are happy in front

bright colourful flowers float in Canary Wharf
some art was there with characters that can be morphed
they were entertained, creation was so brilliant
they have reached the edge of the woods, what a delight

the lovers enjoy holiday in the city
they go home content after their shopping spree
people walking and chatting, city so vibrant
they have to queue as children are happy in front*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* The La’ritmo, created by Laura Lamarca, consists of 8 4-line stanzas. Each line MUST contain 12 syllables.

Rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb ccbB ddbB eeff ggfF hhfF iibB jjfF

The repetition of 4th line in each stanza can either be an exact repetitive line, or a variation with the exact same end-rhyme word.

The form was created by me, Laura Lamarca, but was officially named by Chandni Hingorani. “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature and “ritmo” in Italian, simply means “rhythm”. 

For: Sunday Photo Fiction – October 23rd 2016, Whirligig 82 by Magical Mystical Teacher


Haibun Monday: The Sky IS the Limit


The day after the son’s wedding, we visited London. The sky was hazy and sombre grey and the clouds soothed it with charcoal whirls. The London Eye provided a sturdy background in slow motion. The movement of the clouds was barely distinctive and the birds wheeled in slow lazy arcs. Above the busy city, the honking of cars and the strolling people, the sober grey sky cloaked the world. Such a malevolent sky with clouds an impermeable carpet of translucent greyish blue, cold, vast.

Cold and grey today
Just the right time to visit
Glad it didn’t rain

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Haibun Monday by hayesspencer


Seasons – London Calling

Hello everyone! I went to London with Him Indoors, my sister and her husband. There we met our friends from Munich. We stayed near Trafalgar Square so we could walk everywhere. And boy, we walked! We walked to the Big Ben, 10 Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden. We met our friends in Soho to have our Chinese meal.

We walked through Green Park to reach Buckingham Palace. There was a cavalry parade.

We took our time looking at some painting at the National Gallery Museum.

We went to Imperial War Museum and saw the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day.

We took a barge from Embankment to Greenwich. We saw the Tower of London, the Shard, Parliament, Millennium Bridge and other places of interest.

We went to the National Maritime Museum – the world’s largest maritime museum with 10 free galleries and a vast collection that spans artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and thousands of other objects. The uniform of General Nelson with a bullethole was there.

We stepped on the Prime Meridian in Greenwich

What made you smile this week?

For: Weekly Smile Week 23 – #weeklysmile, Thankful Thursday: Silver and Shiny, SEASONS – LOCAL JOCALS IN JUNE by jesh stg, Flames of the forest and more Echoes of my neighbourhood 22 by Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha, Three Things Thursday: June 9, 2016 by nerdinthebrain, Thursday’s Special: Traces of the Past Y2-03 by Paula, Skywatch Friday – 9 June 2016 Edition , Ten Things of Thankful 156 (Frivolyptic) #10Thankful by Lizzi

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Saying Thanks

Hello everyone. It has been raining in Bavaria and here are some of our rhododendrons

as well as our aliums

and this hedgehog came to visit us

I have been grateful for some of the food we had for the last week

Our orchid started flowering again!


Tomorrow we’re flying to the UK to attend HRH the son’s wedding to his beautiful K on Tuesday


After the wedding we’re going around London. Really looking forward to it.

What made you smile this week?

For: Sharjah Contemporary Art Exhibition…Echoes Of My Neighbourhood # 19, Weekly Smile Week 20 – #weeklysmile, Ten Things of Thankful 152 (All the D’s) #10Thankful, Three Things Thursday: May 19, 2016,

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A Red Phantom Bus


In the middle of the night
On a full moon, wolves howling
It always gives me a fright
A strange noise beeping

Water dripping, smoke in the air
I count to three and there it is
So eerily quiet in the square
It makes the snake hiss

A red phantom bus
Driving on a crooked road
Definitely red even in blackness
A double decker one with code

Leading to some sort of light
Some pebbles on the street
Oh what a sight
Some more seat

In God’s name, is it real?
Words fail to come
I have to mull
I need a rum

Where will it go? I have to find out
I put my thumb up, it stops
I’m in the red phantom bus
But to where?

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Sunday Photo Fiction – March 27th 2016 and Wordle 244 Mar 27 by Brenda Warren

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