Pasko! – B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Tanaga

Greetings from Paloma!

For this week I’d like us to return to the Tanaga for our inspiration.

The tanaga is a Filipino poem passed down through oral tradition. It consists of four lines with seven syllables each; the traditional rhyme scheme is AABB but modern tanagas may follow AABB, ABBB, ABAB, ABBA, AAAB, BAAA, ABCD rhyme patterns.

Ang Pasko ay sumapit
Mano po Ninong at Ninang
Pagmamahal sa mundo
Magdiwang tayong lahat

Christmas has finally come
Bless godfather and godmother
Love is for the whole world
Let’s all celebrate Christmas

(c) ladyleemanila 2015


For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Tanaga


Thur Picture Prompt #42

Tis the season to be merry
Christmas is here with glee
Three stories to tell
I’m sure they’re all swell
Though Panda’s not that cutesy


Samantha’s catching up on her reading
With all her books instead of clubbing
She’s looking for some clues
If and when Santa snooze
Then she needed a break as the coffee’s brewing


The Panda was in a cantankerous mood
He tipped the shopping trolley out, quite rude
Johannes and son were not pleased
Attendants hurriedly the Panda seized
Panda said he was having some Christmas blued


The Smith brothers haven’t seen each other for years
In different places they were all bombardiers
But for this year, they’re all here
Sharing stories, wine and beer
With their families bringing Christmas cheers

For: LRose’ Thur Picture Prompt #42

Little Fairy Christmas


There was Little Fairy Christmas who came down from heaven
She wanted to make everyone happy and have some fun
She chose the first three people
She wanted them to be cheerful
She’s got to be creative and off she went on her mission


There was a business man whose life was so toxic
Meetings, negotiations and everything’s got to be quick
Little Fairy Christmas waved her wand
Sent him there before he could respond
An idyllic place for tranquillity with a nearby creek


There was a lovely lady who had two birds in a cage
She used to perform and sing with them on the stage
She wanted to flee but can’t leave them be
Little Fairy Christmas set them free
Left two red peppers on their place in that cage


There was a little boy who liked playing in the mud
He also liked it when it rains and there’s a lot of flood
Little Fairy Christmas presented her present
Which the boy can put in their basement
A swimming pool but instead of water, it’s full of mud


For: Tale Weaver #43 – Fairy Tale Prompt and Thur Picture Prompt #41



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Metal and Wood

For: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge



The Sea

the sea
boats floating by
relaxing on the beach
swimming, kayaking, snorkelling
temperate climate, gentle waves
friends swimming as sun sets
ocean spray


For: Poetry challenge #8: Butterfly cinquain


Waiting – Thurs Picture Prompt #40


There’s a little girl who waits and waits
Her friend borrowed her skates and not back for ages
Mummy will be worried sick
If she’s not back in a tick
Friend hasn’t come back yet, they’re no longer playmates



They’re playing hide and seek and she’s the “it”
She can’t find them, they hide well, she has to admit
It’s getting rather late
She’s got to be home by eight
She gave up looking and shouted she has to quit



She can’t sleep, something’s bothering her
She kept on tossing and turning and then she stir
Husband’s fast asleep
She can hear the sheep
And the cat came to the room gently and purr


For: Thurs Picture Prompt #40



Topsy Turvy Land © Agrawal


To see the land of Topsy-Turvy
I was very surprised
You will be in amazement
When you see it with your eyes,

The sun used to rise in west
Children used to go to school at night
During the day, people used to rest,
The moon had its own light!

The people used to walk on hands
and that too on walls,
Isn’t this a weird land
Where boys love to play with dolls!

Women used to wear bindi on chin
Lipstick was worn by boys!

The plants could grow without water
The cat was chased by the mouse
Blacksmith’s work was done by a potter
Instead of people, animals used to live in house!

Animals used to have humans as pet
And discount rates were high,
To eat pedigree humans used to get
Instead of eagle, ostrich would fly.

Roots prepared food instead of leaves,
The most free creatures were bees.

Ants were bigger than elephants
Beggars were plump and fat,
Adults used to cry like infants
And rich used to wear rags.

Gum was used to break things and
Seconds were larger than minutes,
So peculiar would this land be
And this land of our creations!!!



For: #BeWoW



Tea, Snowballs and Juicer – Three Things Thursday

sharing a pot of apple and cinnamon tea and a slice of chocolate cake


snow balls this afternoon


we’ve been using our juicer again – fresh apple juice


For: Three Things Thursday




Thur Picture Prompt #39: Prompt-giving Day

We flaunt our stuff, feeling great, the three of us
Where we’re going, that’s none of your business
They didn’t catch us and we were saved
Some didn’t make it, now they’re being carved
We’re off to celebrate, hopefully we’ll last till Christmas


My brother couldn’t wait to start the pie
And I’m so happy I could fly in the sky
Mum said not to touch them
We’re causing such a mayhem
We finished the pie and should think of an alibi


Surprise, surprise, I’ve got no idea about the surprise
Fun, laughter, booze and food and we end up in highs
A cool way to celebrate a round birthday
And they all gave me a gorgeous bouquet
Such a great evening, it was hard for goodbyes


For: Thur Picture Prompt #39


Texture At The Museum

For: Tuesdays of Texture