B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – The Lento

A Lento consists of two quatrains with a fixed rhyme scheme of abcb, defe as the second and fourth lines of each stanza must rhyme. To take it a step further, but not required, try rhyming the first and third lines as well as the second and fourth lines of each stanza in this rhyming pattern: abab, cdcd. The fun part of this poem is that as all the FIRST words of each verse should rhyme. There is no fixed syllable structure to the Lento, but keeping a good, flowing rhythm is recommended.


Lady Lee, that’s my name
Bouncy, I could do a cartwheel
Happy to be one day a dame
Free as a bee, that’s what I feel

From the Philippines I came
Mum to darling HRH the son
Calm, Him Indoors proclaim
Aplomb and happy as I spun

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

perfect day

in the Philippines
is quite fun
sun and sand
always a pleasure to see
nothing beats like home

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond



  1. Bastet · August 8, 2015

    What a lovely write LadyLee and thanks for introducing yourself in poetry … and hope you get home for a lovely holiday soon! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vagrant Rhodia · August 8, 2015

    Clever, clever! I can tell you really enjoy playing with words in poetry 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Candy · August 8, 2015

    sun, sand, and home – the perfect combination

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ladyleemanilasphotos · August 9, 2015

    yes!!!! cheers, Candy 🙂


  5. C.C. · August 9, 2015

    This has such a happy, upbeat rhythm to it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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