N is for Nonet

A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.

line 1 – 9 syllables
line 2 – 8 syllables
line 3 – 7 syllables
line 4 – 6 syllables
line 5 – 5 syllables
line 6 – 4 syllables
line 7 – 3 syllables
line 8 – 2 syllables
line 9 – 1 syllables


by the light of the silvery moon
angels singing halleluiah
crickets chirping, owls hooting
soft whisper of the wind
children fast asleep
total darkness
time for bed

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: sixteenth day of NaPoWriMo and #atozchallenge — NO sleep till … Z!

Don’t Walk Away


don’t walk away
an atonement to play
haunted by the past
the horror aghast
eerie silence
air of grievance
a solemn requiem
our hearts are numb
of people who didn’t make it
when they were split
separation and fate
such a heavy weight
don’t walk away
an atonement to play

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: Photo-Fiction 31 and Music Prompt #36 “Atmosphere” by Joy Division. Also for: Weekly Challenge: 50 words!


Shadow Shot Tegernsee

The Tegernsee is a Zungenbecken lake in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany. The lake is the centre of a popular recreation area 50 kilometres south-east of Munich. (Wikipedia)

For: Nature’s art , #MySundayPhoto – Easter Time, #SilentSunday 27 March 2016 and A Walk Along the Embarcadero (Sundays In My City)

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Saturday Night at the Opera

Daily Prompt – Tell us about the most exciting big night out you had recently.

Early this year, we had our special night. As a surprise Christmas present, Him Indoors gave me two tickets for the opera. Of course, I took him with me. I wore my new red dress and he wore his tweed jacket, a white shirt and a red and blue tie. We went out for a meal, a Bavarian restaurant in the city centre. I had some cordon blue and Him Indoors had snitzel, together with a wheat beer for me and a lager for Him. Then we walked around town, the Christmas market was gone, but some stands were still there, selling warm mulled wine and pretzels. We reached the National Theatre, still quite early, so we took some photos of the area, with all the lights. We went in, we ordered 2 glasses of Chardonnay and sat at the table with a long stem of fresh red rose. The bell rang and the opera started. It was “La Boheme” by Puccini. The orchestra was practicing their tunes, people coming in the theatre and the whole place was wonderful. We had great seats at the parquet, near the orchestra pit, at the middle. The opera was great – Mimi, Rodolfo, Marcelo and Muzetta – they were all brilliant. I ended up in tears when Mimi died. A great night, indeed!

It was “La Boheme”
The pleasure it offered us
Music was superb

(c) ladyleemanila 2016


For: Saturday Night and #MySundayPhoto – Sheffield Park


Prompt Nights – On Popular Demand [1] – Silence


hush, my dear, hush
I kept my silence
longer than I thought
but then things are
bubbling up inside
they’ve got to be released
or else I pop or crack up
you said things won’t change
you said you won’t ever leave me
you said you love me no matter what
you said a lot of things
things that made me tingle
things that made me melt
but oh, how naive I could be
I thought you won’t hurt me
I thought you won’t leave me
I thought things would be the same
let me tell you this right now
I cried, I felt the pain and hurt
and then time helped me to move on
I knew it wasn’t my loss, it was yours


the weather’s brilliant – was able to swim!

snorkelling under the sea
deep silence of nature
admiring life down under
fishes and corals
sharing experience
happy with


Adventurous as she was, she walked further and further from her friends
They have agreed to hike the Black Forest and other places at the weekends
Looking at all the exotic plants and trees, she didn’t noticed she’s getting lost
And that she’s moving around going back and forth and the paths crisscrossed
By the time it was getting dark, she didn’t know what to do, how to get help
She bumped into something mossy and spooky, that’s when she uttered a yelp
Only silence in that eerie place, she’s imagining a lot of different scenario
Will she be killed by bears, will she die like a saint, this is what she foreknow
She waits; such tight corner she has entered and she doesn’t seem to get out
“Help! Can anybody hear me?” she wish for someone to help her find her route

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silent prayer
conversation with God
in the Cathedral

no one around
a place to contemplate
and forgive the past

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such stillness
the trail to the mountain
reaching the summit

admiring view from the top
oh what a blessing

a benediction
sacred sign of quietness
commune with nature

For: Prompt Nights – On Popular Demand [1]

Silent Night

Finding Focus In Different Media

When we get stuck in our creative process, one of the best things we can do is change the channel.

Joseph Mohr, 1816 (1792-1848)

1. Stille Nacht! Heil’ge Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knab’ im lockigten Haar,
|: Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh! 😐

2. Stille Nacht! Heil’ge Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb’ aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund’.
|: Jesus in deiner Geburt! 😐