Wishful Fishy: A Folia*


Wishful Fishy: A Folia*

Secondary fish friend, I stare
as Ariel sink in sea of love,
life with prince she wishes to share
while mine’s to fly like a white dove.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

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In response to Napowrimo Day 21. (yes, catching up! :D)


Today I challenge you to write a poem in the voice of minor character from a fairy tale or myth. Instead of writing from the point of view of Cinderella, write from the point of view of the mouse who got turned into a coachman.


Told in the perspective of Flounder of The Little Mermaid.


The Folía is:

  • stanzaic, written in any # of quatrains.
  • syllabic, 8 syllables lines or shorter.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme abab cdcd etc.
  • ridiculous or nonsensical.

Read more of my Napowrimo 2016 poems here!


Zillion Reasons: A Zéjel


Zillion Reasons: A Zéjel
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

I still love you, I’ll tell you why
Before I start, look at my eye
Oh, I hope yours’ll remain dry.

Remember when you stayed with me?
more than a week we wait and see,
if my sister will live or flee,
you hush my cries fearing she’ll die.

Remember when I’m so angry?
I won’t accept any sorry
I wanted to end our story
You said no, then with me, you cry.

Yes, your flaws almost made me bow,
but my heart still preserves our vow,
forever is compose of now,
I have zillion reasons to try.

Photo credit: Mayur Gala

In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeZ is for Zejel


Zéjel is a romantic Spanish form with Arabic influence related to the Qasida and adopted by the Spanish troubadours of 15th century. The Zéjel is distinguished by linking rhyme established in the opening mudanza (strophe in which the theme is established in a mono-rhymed triplet). There have been many variations of the form, in Arabic it is called the Zahal.

The simplest and most common form of the Zéjel is:

  • syllabic, most often written in 8 syllable lines.
  • stanzaic, opening with a mono-rhymed triplet followed by any number of quatrains.
  • rhymed, the rhyme of the opening mudanza establishes a linking rhyme with the end line of the succeeding quatrains. Rhyme scheme, aaa bbba ddda etc.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.

Dear Hatred*


*A  free verse “Dear Series” collaboration with my poetry Queen, my dear soul-sister, my cheerleader and encourager, my lovely friend, Nandita of Manan Unleashed.

Do you know that hate is a double-edged sword?
If not, let Nandita  and I show you how and why.

Dear Hatred*

Drink me like a toxic soup
taste my cold bitter curse,
as I slowly, surely swoop
in between your brain’s curls.

In and out, you are so bitter,
you are no sugar-coated pill,
I must help you feel better
let me drink you to the fill.

Brought by tainted past
you can never forget,
I will remain and will last,
your heart I will torment.

Your past must have been hard,
anger is just masked fear.
Don’t let the future be a shard
pricking everyone near.

Kill me, yes you can,
blow my dark flaming fire.
Forgiveness, no less than
is my only bane for hire.

Let kindness be your lance,
your bane will turn into boon.
Dear Hatred, give love a chance,
love, I know, will find you soon.

Photo: Unsplash

Thank you Nandita for another great duet! I am loving our pen-partnership more because your talent in stanzas is just contagious! ❤ 

Read the rest of our Dear-Series:

Dear Distance

Dear Envy

Yearn: A Ya-Du


Yearn: A Ya-Du
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Chill starts the year
harbinger’s breeze
winter’s here to
comfort your heart,
freeze the pieces torn apart.

Let cold build back
your heart’s track to
attract and feel
it’s once hot fire
ready for spring’s fresh desire.

Photo credit: Natasha Vasiljeva

In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeY is for Ya-Du

Ya Du

The Ya-Du or ritú (season) is stanzaic form dedicated to the seasons. The theme should express the emotions the seasons evoke. The form is a 15th century Burmese pattern using a climbing rhyme.

The Ya-Du is:

  • syllabic. L1-L4 tetrasyllabic (4) and L5 may be 5,7, 9, or 11 syllables. 4-4-4-4-(5,7,9, or 11)
  • stanzaic, written in no more than 3 cinquains.
  • rhymed. The form employs a climbing rhyme in which the 4th syllable of L1 rhymes with the 3rd syllable of L2 and the 2nd syllable of L3. L4 and L5 end rhyme.
  • dedicated to the seasons and the emotions they evoke.

    x x x a
    x x a x
    x a x x
    x x x b
    x x x x b or x x x x x x b etc

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Dear Poetry (A poem and Updates)


Dear Poetry

I thought I lost you
I’m glad I don’t,
not really.
Thank you for waiting,
for me.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

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Finally I had sometime to catch up on responding to lovely comments and reading awesome poems and posts.

What happened? I had a blast on a vacation, and a louder blast when I went back to work. (You guys, know what I mean! :D)

So… let me thank you those who made their presence felt while I’m absent.

Shout outs to my consistent and very supportive readers especially Mel, AnnieChristopher, Mandi,  PJ, Jade! Geez guys, you read almost all my scheduled poems!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ I cannot. I’m just so touched. ❤

Thank you too, my dearest NanditaJudy, Jacq,  Dajena and Ameena. I feel you guys! And to the private messages from lovely Vijaya and La Duch!

Cheers to my new found great writers and friends from Napo and AtoZ: NJ, SriviIndy, Dixita, Era, Ipsita, EM and Uniqusatya ! It was GREAT knowing you!!!! ❤

I stopped writing poetry since I left and until now. I’m afraid I lost the flow, I’m afraid words won’t glow any more. I’m glad it didn’t.

Maybe because I am surrounded by a lot of writing talents.


Xanthus: A Xiaoshi


Xanthus: A Xiaoshi
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Brings joy as sun rises,
shows jealousy once given,
proves fruits sweetness,
a color from heaven.

Photo credit: Aaron Burden

In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeX is for Xiaoshi


Xiaoshi, (small poem,shi = poetry / xiao = little, diminutive or small) is a genre of Chinese poetry from the 1920s. It is a fragmented poem with minimal explanation. It teams seemingly unrelated images with little indication of cause and effect. The frame is at the discretion of the poet although in sync with most Chinese poetry, it is common to be written as a quatrain.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.


Wordless: A Wayra


Wordless: A Wayra
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

An abandoned child,
a penniless new wallet,
bright eyes who sees but not read,
a long meaningless speech
those’re what I’ll be, without words.

Photo credit: Nicole Mason

In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeW is for Wayra


The Wayra (Quechua – wind ) is a popular verse form of Peru and Bolivia. It appears it originated in an indigenous Quechua language but has found its way into Spanish literature. It is a short syllabic verse form found at Vole Central and some other sites around the internet.
The Wayra is:

  • a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
  • syllabic, 5-7-7-6-8
  • unrhymed.

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Victor’s Crown: Villanelle


Victor’s Crown: Villanelle
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Whom shall I fear?
is it the sea of grief?
I think I know the answer.

Soul’s dark, nothing’s clear
enemy’s so fast so brief,
whom shall I fear?

Waiting in pain, rescue’s not near
should I jump in sadness’ cliff?
I think I know the answer.

Hope burned not just seared,
faith stolen by mighty thief,
whom shall I fear?

No one sees or even hear,
am I like a forgotten leaf?
I think I know the answer.

I am not alone, my Redeemer’s here
With victor’s crown he’s my life’s chief
Whom shall I fear?
I think I know the answer.

Photo credit: Micah. H

In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeV is for Villanelle


Villanelle (a rustic, peasant song or dance) is an intricate French verse that is distinguished by its pastoral subject matter and alternating refrain. A member of the Rondeau family, it expands on the Rondeau’s signature, “rentrement”, a repetition of the 1st line or phrase as a refrain, by also including the 3rd line as an alternating refrain. The Villanelle originated in the 15th century becoming standardized by the 17th century.

The Villanelle is:

  • metered, primarily iambic pentameter.
  • in French stanzaic, written in any number of tercets and finally ending in a quatrain.
  • in English, written in a total of 19 lines, made up of 5 tercets and ending with a quatrain.
  • L1 and L3 of the first stanza, alternate as the refrain in the following tercets.
  • composed with L1 and L3 of the first tercet repeated as the last two lines of the poem.
  • written with only 2 end rhymes with a rhyme scheme of A¹bA², abA¹, abA², abA¹, abA², abA¹A².
  • originally composed with a pastoral theme.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.

Underdog: An Ushnik


Underdog: An Ushnik
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Cheers are shouted for my foe
on my ears boos come and go
they believe I’ll run and flee
round one’s done, the winner’s me.

Photo credit: Martin Kníže

In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeU is for Ushnik


Ushnik (God of Wind orignating from the hairs of the body of the almighty Prajāpati) is a stanzaic Vedic meter. The 7th horse pulling the golden chariot of the sun god is named for this meter.

The defining features of the Ushnik are:

  • stanziac, any number of quatrains, 4 padas or lines.
  • syllabic, lines of 7 syllable each.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.