The Lone Fish – B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Free Verse


the lone fish in the aquarium
watching the sea and the waves
how it longs to be there
to swim with other fish
to frolic in the sea
and to have its freedom

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Dancing by the Moonlight – B&P Shadorma & Beyond – Kyrielle Poem

A Kyrielle poem is made up of 4 stanzas with four lines each line having eight syllables (in metrics that is in tetrameter and people tend to write them in iamb feet* for those who are interested here’s the Link to our glossary). The capital being the refrain (which is born from the fourth line of the first stanza) – you’ll notice here that unlike the sonnet there is no fifth conclusive 2 line stanza created by the first and last line of the first stanza:



Oh what a night when you were there
Loud rap music was such a blare
People were coming and going
Singing and dancing with spring

You were a dream and I love it
Hand in hand we walked by moonlit
I don’t know if it’s just a fling
Singing and dancing with spring

Time seemed to be never-ending
We talked and we kept on swaying
Made me laugh and I was beaming
Singing and dancing with spring

Dancing is one way to lose weight
Who knows one day I’d be lightweight
It also keeps me from ageing
Singing and dancing with spring

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B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – The Canzone

I think we’ll do with just three stanzas (including the envoy) … the first or main stanza will be of 10 lines with 5 words repeated twice and the envoy will be a five-line stanza where each line ends with the repeated word introduced in your 10 line stanza starting with the last repeated word creating a ABCDE type envoy – You might want to change the position of your repeating words for each group of five … that’s fine just make sure that the envoy begins with your last repeated word and follows accordingly.


When will I see you again?
Every day I ask this question
I still don’t have the answer
I guess I just have to wait
For you to come back to me
I can’t bear the pain again
I’m asking the same question
I already know the answer
I know it’s pointless to wait
You’ll never return to me

I have to be strong not to wait
Life goes on, that’s the answer
Why keep on uttering the question?
I’m making it difficult for me
When I could be myself again
Life’s passing me by if I wait
Other fishes out there, that’s an answer
Stop wasting time creating questions
It’s not just you who wants me
I have to go out and have fun again

You can’t hurt me again
I’ve decided not to wait
I have to accept the answer
You’re not worth it for my question
I’d be well and stand up for me

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B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – Joseph’s Star

Let’s look again at the Joseph’s Star. The Joseph’s Star was created by Christina R. Jussaume. It is a non-rhyming 8-line poem with a syllable count of 1/3/5/7/7/5/3/1. Each stanza is center-aligned so that the finished poem is diamond-shaped.

Jacek Yerka. Erosion. WikiArt.

Jacek Yerka. Erosion. WikiArt.

one will I
take from here? I have
to decide one way or so
different paths to reach your heart
heart and soul talking
you and me

but whichway do we
go from here?
I don’t know
but we’ve got to try our best
we’ve got to decide

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

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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

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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Landay

The landay originated in Afghanistan. It is a folk couplet that is oral in nature:

1. Twenty two syllables broken into two couplets
…(nine in the first, thirteen in the second);
2. Ends with a “ma” or “na” sound.
…This cannot be replicated in English;
3. May contain end rhyme;
4. Characterized by bawdiness, wit, and piercing truths
…despite the beauty of the language.


you said you’ll stay with me forever
blah! all talk, no trousers, for you were gone with the wind

by the bridge
swore with our padlock
wrote our names
locked us both
but then you changed and left me
like rusty padlock

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

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