Coffee Break for June

Summer is done, raindrops are here. So lemme share another cuppa coffee with you! ❤

Productive May

Thank you to somehow a peaceful work-month, May has been quite productive for me. I was able to:

…and most importantly, I was able to join and finish May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Aside from the lovely novel-prompts Sarah Doughty allowed me to use this month, I am more than grateful of knowing a RARE author like her. She has several nearly 5-star-averaged-books on her sleeves such as:

…but she is so lovely, so humble, and so inspiring. She is a gem and I am glad to know her. ❤

After a very active May… here comes a…

Silent June

I am hoping and praying for a work-related-blessing this month… and I am also moving to a new apartment. Things might get busy… and I am also trying to avoid writer’s block.. with these reasons, I am taking a break with writing prompts.

This is just a month-break and I will surely be back. But before that, I want to thank prompt-hosts Alastair ForbesPriceless JoySonya, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and La duchesse d’Erat! ❤

So… will I be completely out? Of course NOT! 😀

I still have two plans this month… and these are:

  • More collabs with my dear Mel, and with other writers too! (hopefully)
  • Post the free verse poems I have written and stocked in a Word doc since February.😀

I hope to still see you around, my lovely writing mates! 🙂 ❤



Photo credit: Pinterest, Daily Meal

Million-Dollar Question

Million-Dollar Question

What is the meaning
of life,
the universe
and everything,
if I don’t

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

Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams.

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)


Dear Pretence*

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

Dear Pretence*


A master in fakery
I make delicious lies,
with mask of bravery
and grinning wide smiles.

Sugar coated bitterness
a good facade you make
Smile laced with uneasiness
What an effort it must take!

Bitter crocodile tears
hides my inner grimace,
as one’s fears
were slowly realized.

Oh the dryness underneath
Misty flowery wreaths
Fear you hide beneath
The anger that seethes

My flattering words,
were never ever pure,
real praises I can’t afford,
cause I’m the best, for sure.

your honeyed words I feel
Compliments not meant
Dear Pretence, be real
how long can you pretend?

Photocredit: Unsplash

Thank you again dear Nandita for anotherlovely collaboration (despite your busy schedule. :)) It will always be my honor. 🙂❤

Read the rest of our Dear-Series:

Dear Distance

Dear Envy

Dear Hatred

Dear Failure

Dear Judgement


My Light (A Poem and An Important Note)

My Light: A Bergerette*

it takes leap of faith,
and some creeping wraith,
to write.
It takes great valor,
and candid candor,
to fight
writer’s agony
so let your words, be
my light.

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

Photo credit: Unsplash

NOTE: My WP friends, please let us all be kind enough to comment back to those who appreciate our work.

I would attest that the awesome people who have been consistently showing love for my pieces boost my confidence. But most of all, they inspire me to write better.

Because of them, I want to be one’s inspiration too. I want to be an encourager, especially for writers who I personally admire.

If your blog is a leap of faith, so as theirs. If you work diligently for your posts, so as them. If your words are special, so as theirs. 

Life and work happen, but be sure to take some time to show gratefulness to people who showed you that your words matter, because their time is precious too.

May our words be the light that brightens our little blogging community. ❤

In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Brave New World

The Virelai, is a narrative, an expanded Lai and a member of the Lai family of forms. A poem of a single Virelai stanza is known as a Bergerette*.

The Virelai is:

  • stanzaic, any number of nonets (9 line stanzas) may be written at the discretion of the poet. One nonet is called a Bergerette or a Lai when made up of 3 tercets.
  • syllabic, syllables per line 5-5-2-5-5-2-5-5-2.
  • rhymed, it carries a running rhyme from stanza to stanza. aabaabaab bbcbbcbbc ddcddcddc etc until the end, in which the long line rhyme of the first stanza is repeated as the short line rhyme of the last stanza, ffaffaffa.

Broken Quiedise

Broken Quiedise: A Pensee*

Your soul
breaks my robust chrysalis,
your fake radiance’s a bright beguile,
that killed my own guarded Quiedise**.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Paradise Lost by John Milton, John Leonard.

Paradise Lost

The Pensee* found in the Caulkins Handbook stresses exact syllable count and strong end words. This invented verse form was first introduced by American poet and educator, Alice Spokes. It can be found on line at Instant Poetry Forms for Kids

The Pensee is:

  • a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
  • syllabic, 2-4-7-8-8 syllables per line.
  • unrhymed.
  • titled.

Quiedise is Carol of WritersDream9‘s made-up word for a quiet paradise. 

P.S. Thank you for letting me use that wonderful world, Carol. ❤


Our Ocean

Our Ocean: An Onda Mel*

Salted wind in swollen seashore,
whispering shells,
singing bird’s bells,
seeping fine sand in my feet’s pores.
You came rushing, warned of a storm,
and then it came,
and end our lane,
wrecking our ocean, all it’s form.

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

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Onda Mel* is an invented verse form introduced by Renelda Gibson.

The Onda Mel is:

  • an octastich, a poem in 8 lines made up of 2 quatrains.
  • syllabic, 8-4-4-8-8-4-4-8 syllables per line.
  • rhymed abbacddc.

First Forever (A Repost)

First princess
for them, that’s me.
First forever
that’s them, for me.

I am a champion
among millions of racers.
They are conquerors
of life’s stumbling glaciers.

I am a dreamer
chasing high goals.
They’re the cheerleaders
who push me to brawl.

I will marry and
have family someday.
But surely they will be
with me all the way.

Because, first princess
for them, that’s me.
And first forever
that’s them, for me.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
First published: January 23, 2016

Photo credit: Unsplash

A poem for my beloved Nanay and Tatay whose celebrating their wedding’s silver anniversary!


They are my first forever. ❤

The Last Letter

“As long as the waves still kiss the rock-shore, 
surely as I can still love you more,
certain as the sun sets and rises,
I promise I’ll be back, dearest.”

His seven-year-old letter turned my heart as cold as the ocean breeze. I’m done hoping. I’m done believing. I crumpled his words, balled it up with my shaking fist, ready to throw, let go.

Then I heard his voice, followed by rushed steps, then a hug from the back. I tasted salty tears, of joy or of anger, I’m not sure. But I’m sure he smells and feels like this.

Word count: 100 words

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Photo credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

In response to Friday Fictioneers prompt for 20 May 2016.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly writing challenge hosted by the generous Fairy Blog-Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction.

Read more great 100-word short stories here:

The Believer

The Believer: A Nonet*

I reached the dead end called neverwhere
as my mind look for your traces.
My eyes didn’t see you go,
ears haven’t heard your voice,
skin haven’t felt you,
only my heart
believes that
you are

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

Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.


The Nonet* is a popular invented stanzaic form that can be found all over the internet. Both Poetry Base and Shadow Poetry feature it as well as several other poetic communities.

The Nonet is:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 9 line stanzas.
  • syllabic, 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 syllables per line.
  • usually unrhymed.