Between the lines

sometimes I think I don’t really know you
times like that make me feel frustrated
sublimes we could be but we couldn’t get through
lifetimes we’re aiming if we could be blessed

reading you between the lines is quite hard
and then I should always be on guard
asking whether I got it right with that regard
hand in hand we should be to get our reward*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* Cross Lento: The cross Lento has been introduced in 2012. The cross lento was introduced to make Lento writing more fun. However, a cross lento is applicable only in cases of double, triple and lento chains, where the rhyme schemes in alternate quatrains are reversed, as seen in the following example:



Rosema and Sarah have invited all to their November writing challenge, “November Notes”, based on songs. Today is Day 4, so click their links to learn more and join in the FUN!


For: Gorgeous Art (Inspired by Between the Lines by Sara Bareilles), Between The Lines

Music Prompt 67 # Backstreet Boys – “Quit playing games with my Heart”

my yang to my yin
we are for the win
you and me against the world
challenges we take
whatever the stake
we’re living in our dream-world

we say we will try
limit is the sky
we know it’s not that easy
other factors play
and our world seems grey
honour and trust is the key

you came to my life
we seem to strife
we hurt the one we love most
we keep asking why
until we say goodbye
we thought we’ve made it, almost*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* The Alouette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, with the following set rules:

Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7
Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b

For: Music Prompt 67 # Backstreet Boys – “Quit playing games with my Heart”, Tale Weaver #92: free form free flow (Nov. 3, 2016), NaNoPoblano Day 4


Poetry Prompts Day 14 – OctPoWriMo 2016 – Shameful


It wasn’t supposed to be, a clandestine affair
An unused shed which they could use for their passion
It was dark and humid in there and she was scared

They’ve got to sneak in there, somewhere they couldn’t share
Forgot the rest of the world and the decorum they had to shun
It wasn’t supposed to be, a clandestine affair

Shameful and disgraceful they knew and was a furtive affair
Reprehensible and depraved and they both felt beaten
It was dark and humid in there and she was scared

Tried to end this several times but failed to their despair
Met at a wrong time and place, a lot at stake for the action
It wasn’t supposed to be, a clandestine affair

Such a shame, they were not meant to be a pair
Had they met elsewhere sometime, never barren
It was dark and humid in there and she was scared

An unused shed, so disgraceful, that was their lair
Dark and humid, and they couldn’t see the sun
It wasn’t supposed to be, a clandestine affair
It was dark and humid in there and she was scared*

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

* A Villanelle is a nineteen-line poem consisting of a very specific rhyming scheme: aba aba aba aba aba abaa.

The first and the third lines in the first stanza are repeated in alternating order throughout the poem, and appear together in the last couplet (last two lines).

For: Poetry Prompts Day 14 – OctPoWriMo 2016


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 – Would You Glow?

Love Conquers All


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from Sonnet 65 by William Shakespeare: brass, stone, earth, sea, honey, hold, battering, meditation, forbid, miracle, ink, shine

Oh, Victoria, you are the miracle that was given to me, my world and my universe. You are the peace that consoles me when I meditate. No battering can keep us apart.

Oh Rodolfo, my world shines with you. You are the honey to my tea and the stone or rock that keeps me steady.

But life is cruel. Victoria’s parents forbid her to see Rodolfo again. “He’s not one of us, not made of the same brass as we are. He’s a scum of the earth, coming from that family, our enemy!” Victoria holds her tears.

What happens next?

For: Moral Mondays: “Love Conquers All” by Nortina S. and Whirligig 52 by Magical Mystical Teacher


The Lovers


THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “After Fifty Years” by William Faulkner: empty, shade, echoes, bent, birds, crown, mirrors, softness, blind, scent, body, snare

By the shade of the old oak tree
No one else there, just empty
Echoes of birds twittering
Cricket chirping, wind blowing
He and she mirror each other
They kiss with certain ardour
Her scent snares him
Fills his desire to the brim
The softness of her body
Makes him full of glee
The manliness in him
Like singing in a hymn
Crowning with passion
Two bodies become one
Bent on partaking each other
And stay there as they were

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Writing Prompt #150 “The Lovers” and Whirligig 50 by Magical Mystical Teacher