Bonfire Night – Carpe Diem #846 Chichibu Night Festival

colorful flowers
enlighten the autumn night
almost winter

© Chèvrefeuille


“Remember, remember,
the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason why
Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!”
– words to Guy Fawkes rhyme

penny for the guy
children chant as they prepare
for the bonfire night

Guy Fawkes and his mates
failed secret plot and treason
fifth of November

fireworks display
big bonfires all over town
on cold autumn night

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Carpe Diem #846

B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – The Lento, Revisited

A Lento consists of two quatrains with a fixed rhyme scheme of
abcb, defe;

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.


Which witch prepares a spell?
Switch that man to a frog
Ditched her for that barmaid
Twitch of sting felt for that dog

Feeling at last the problem’s solved
Bring some justice to her fate
Zing was added to her lacklustre life
Chuckling to herself, she feels great

Hallow’s Eve
Or Allhalloween
All Saint’s Eve
Trick or Treat
Costume parties, bonfires, pranks
Light candles on graves

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond

That Night – FFfAW-Week of 10-27-2015

This week's photo prompt is provided by (free to use photos)

This week’s photo prompt is provided by (free to use photos)

I waited for you all evening and you didn’t come. I wore a nice red gown, I thought you would like it. I put my hair up like what you preferred. We were supposed to celebrate the first day we met, like it was just yesterday. But the candle has burned out and you were still nowhere near me. Where were you, my beloved?

Meanwhile, the sound of the siren from the ambulance was loud and the paramedics were taking a man to the emergency room. He was hit by a car as he hurriedly crossed the street. “I’ve got to be there, she’s waiting for me,” he whispered before he lost consciousness again.



Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #16 (Shiki’s) Shasei

Come spring as of old.
When such revenues of rice.
Braced this castle town!

© Masaoka Shiki

waves come into the cove
one at a time

© Jane Reichhold

ame no hi ya seken no aki o sakai-cho

a rainy day
the autumn world
of a border town

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

at sunrise
wandering over the hazy heath
the cry of an owl

© Chèvrefeuille

Fernando Amorsolo 1892-1972

Fernando Amorsolo 1892-1972

as the sun shines
sweet spring, enjoy life’s offer
a welcoming sight

before the dusk
sculpture of silky thread
the last of the light

gleams like a full moon
golden as the crisp leaves
summer is over

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques #16