First Snow

The Shadorma is a poetic form consisting of a six-line stanza (or sestet). The form is alleged to have originated in Spain. Each stanza has a syllable count of three syllables in the first line, five syllables in the second line, three syllables in the third and fourth lines, seven syllables in the fifth line, and five syllables in the sixth line (3/5/3/3/7/5) for a total of 26 syllables. A poem may consist of one stanza, or an unlimited number of stanzas (a series of shadormas).

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fresh snow
I was twenty-three
full of joy
seeing snow for the first time
I tried to taste it

(c) ladyleemanila 2016

For: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Shadorma – January 2, 2016

Share Your World – 2015 Week #47

In your native language which letter or character describes you best? Why?
When I’m back in the Philippines, people have often referred to me as “mabilis” or “hagibis” (fast). I don’t know why, but perhaps I’ve lost this “take it easy” attitude when I left my country. I guess when I’m there, I want things to happen, and not just wait for things to happen. Most of the time, I’m just there for a couple of weeks, so basically I’ve already organised what I wanted to do, people to see and places to visit. Otherwise, I won’t be able to do what I wanted to do if I just rely on others.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Shopping till I drop, mostly clothes, shoes and bags. I can never have enough stuff, there’s always one or two that I find so irresistible to buy.
Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?
Ideally, both. In reality, I wish I have more time to exercise my body, i.e. go to the gym or go for a walk. As for exercising the mind, I read a lot, play scrabble and write my blogs. The fiction challenges keep me on my toes and the photo challenges, too. I need to take lots of photos or get them from my archive.
List at least 5 things that makes you laugh.
Him Indoors and HRH the son make me laugh – their dry humour are to die for! Watching some TV shows like Big Bang Theory and Have I Got News for You are good, too. And sometimes, when people tell jokes or the situations are funny – they make me laugh, as well.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
We had the first snowflakes for the season yesterday. Winter is here!
Looking forward to a normal week coming up, no stress, meeting friends, being with Him Indoors.
Have a lovely week everyone!

For: Share Your World


Far Too Soon! Write Now! Friday Fictioneers and 3 Words

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Today’s Prompt:
It was definitely too early in the season for the weather forecast to include the word “snow”.

Yet we can’t ignore the fact that not only was it raining today, it was snowing, too! No, they can’t do that! They can’t schedule snow and rain in August! We’re supposed to be in the height of summer, i.e. got to be scorching hot! There were actual delays on the number of aircraft entering the country’s airspace or taking off from domestic airports. Not to mention the traffic caused by this weather. We were not prepared! No snowmobiles, no salts to sprinkle on the road and the tyres were not changed to winter tyres yet. Far too soon!

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Happy 2015!! Ready to commit to three-words-a-day for a year?


* Check out about 3 words, the first posting, for what to do. choose three out of five.

For: Write Now, Friday Fictioneers and 3 words a day

Carpe Diem My favorite haiku by … #3 Adjei Agyei Baah “peak of Kilimanjaro”

one nature’s beauty
observed in a single look
peak of Kilimanjaro

© Adjei Agyei Baah

tears rolling down my cheeks
Africa seen from the sky

© Chèvrefeuille

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peak of Zugspitze
panoramic view from the top
such awe-inspiring

nature at its best
feeling like reaching heaven
impressive summit

(c) ladyleemanila 2015

For: Carpe Diem My favorite haiku by … #3

Snow in July – Friday Fictioneers and 3 Words a Day

PHOTO PROMPT © Dee Lovering

PHOTO PROMPT © Dee Lovering

It snowed in the middle of summer where I was. Record showed it was the coldest day in July. After that day, the weather changed to a milder one and then the normal hot summer again. I suspect that the whole world has been experiencing some climatic change. There were typhoons in the Philippines when it’s supposed to be a dry season. I find that plausible, asking everyone what we have been doing to save the earth. We are responsible for our future and we should ensure that we are leaving a good legacy to our children and our grandchildren. (100 words)

Happy 2015!! Ready to commit to three-words-a-day for a year?
* Check out about 3 words, the first posting, for what to do. choose three out of five.

For: Friday Fictioneers
3 words a day