Love the Way You Hate

How your eyebrows rise
when I start to speak.
How your mouth tries to swallow
your envy’s upcoming leak.

How I love to see your
angered-colored face.
How I admire how you
contain such hateful maze.

And in case you haven’t heard it yet,
you got to love before you can hate.

Note: I am not quite sure if this suits the prompt (irony). Please enlighten me, Frank. 🙂 Thank you!
©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo via Unsplash

In response to dVerse‘s Meeting the Bar: Irony by frankhubeny.


The Painting

I asked my mom this morning about the almost burnt painting I saw last week in our attic. Its main subject is a woman dressed in glamor and elegance. She looked like me and my mommy but I am quite sure she is not my granny.

To my surprise, mom turned pale and then sad and then angry. “I thought I was able to throw it. Don’t touch it again,” she said.

I stared and waited for more. Sighing, she continued.

“She’s your granny’s mom. The man and the girl were your granny’s dad and sister. She burned their house and killed all including herself because of jealousy. Your granny and that painting are the only survivors of that fire.”

Word count: 120
©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: The Storyteller’s Abode

For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) March 28, 2017. 🙂

Little Bud


Photo courtesy: Shubhodeep Roy (@shubhodeeproy)


I was welcomed
by the warm kiss
of the first batch of
golden morning rays,
and the soothing embrace
of  the whistling wind
dancing with grace.

I may bloom for a month
or for days,
I would never know.
I may wilt sooner
or later,
I would never know.

All I know is
I am a little, wild bud
inside a vast maze of greens,
I may be too small
to be noticed,
or to be seen,
but it doesn’t mean
my existence
doesn’t mean a thing.

Because for me,
you need not
to be noticed
or to be seen
to prove you are living.

Note: This poem is the second piece inspired by the amazing photo above shot by my best friend from India, Shubhodeep Roy. You can see more of his awe-mazing photographs in his Instagram gallery @shubhodeeproy.
©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

In response to dVerse‘s Poetics: From Nature’s Point of View by Mish.
Write a poem from the perspective of a part of nature (ex: flower, soil, cloud, bird).





helium-filled balloons
float up, up, away
from the dust
of the waiting
to kiss the sky’s

why do we
find it hard
to be like
the cheery balloons–
happy when
we’re being
let go?

maybe because
we prefer attachments
over freedom.

©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to dVerse‘s Quadrille #29 by whimsygizmo.
Just write a poem of precisely 44 words, including the word balloon.


FlyTip: Cover Design (Favorite Book Covers)

Do you judge a book by its cover? (Well, honestly, I do. :))

I asked because I am back for the new FlyTip  feature hosted by my darling Lonna of FlyLef. The second topic is:

FLYTIP: Cover Design || What are 5-10 of your favorite book covers?

This is a delight because I miss writing about my boooooookish thoughts so this might be the beginning of something awesome! 😀

So here are my fave covers! (I only included the books I have read. :))

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places


The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See


Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything


Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time


The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park


There you go! 😀

Photos are from Unsplash and Goodreads

The Rule of Eleven (aka The Blue Sky Tag)

And my darling Jade of the ever-lovely blog named after her tagged me recently with The Rule of Eleven (aka The Blue Sky Tag)And because I consider her one of my bestest far-away-friends, I treat her tag as a friendship card which I have no choice by to accept and comply. (super smiling emoji because I am kidding. :D)

So here are my answer to her 11 witty questions:

1. Pick one of your scars. What’s the story behind it?

I have an invisible scar on my chin which is only visible when I do some weird facial expressions. 😀 I am an “accident prone” kid (and teen and adult. Some things doesn’t change, I think) and the scar is a result of a bad fall when I was in third grade.

I was walking and then tripped on someone’s foot and the first part that hit the rough ground was my chin. (YEP.) I cried like mad for hours (because I am darn afraid of blood and yeah, it’s painful!) and my teacher was compelled to call my mom for rescue. 😀


2. What is the most random thing you’ve ever watched on TV?

The latest random thing I’ve watched was the CNN documentary about Melania Trump. (DISCLAIMER: I am not a fan of his husband. ;))

3. How did you meet your best friend?

I met my sisters/best friends when I was in college. We were classmates in all subjects and we got along so well because (1) we love to eat; (2) we don’t know how to dress up; (3) we don’t know how to put up make-up and (4) those three are still us until now. 😀


4. If you were to go to the movies by yourself, what movie would you watch?

I would watch a cute chick flick because I have never ever watched a horror movie. If I would watch one alone no one would know I am dead. 😀

5. If you could pick any celebrity, dead or alive, to play you in a movie, who would you pick?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. I want to be Anne Hathaway. Because eep. She is gorgeous inside out! (Plastic surgery will be part of the package? HAHA)

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6. Where is your favorite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?

I stay under a tree near my aunt’s home with a verdant green view made of swaying grasses and floating pond water lilies.

7. What’s your favorite cheesy pick-up line? (Come onnn, I can’t be the only one who likes cheesy pick-up lines!)

Er. -_- HAHAHA. I would pick the pick-up line I wrote:


8. Have you ever danced in the rain?

I did! And sing and dance actually. 😀 😀 😀 (quite a performer. HAHA)

9. You are designing your perfect pizza. What would it be?

Cheese. Meat. Cheese. Meat. and some more cheeeeese! 😀 (yep. A mouse. :D)

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10. If you had to be named after a city, state, or country, what would your new name be?

Nami (for Nami Island in South Korea) because it is my dream destination and Nami is also a Japanese word which means divine. (am i? HAHA)

11. Pick a fellow blogger. Describe that person in 5 words.

Of course I’d pick you, Jade! ❤ and here are my 5 words:

She’s definitely beautiful, inside out!

There you go! 😀

So instead of tagging anyone, I would like to spread this fun tag to ALL of you! And here are my 11 questions:

1. Describe yourself in ONE word.

2. When and why did you start blogging?

3. Is there a person that you look up to? Who is it and why?

4. What’s the perfect pair for a book, is it coffee or tea?

5. Aside from blogging, name one activity that you truly enjoy.

6.  In your bucket list (or if you will have one), what country/place will be on your top spot?

7. Do you have a phobia? What is it?

8. What’s the weirdest wish/hope that you have secretly said?

9. What is your favorite season and why?

10. What is that one book that touched you in a very special way?

11. What’s your favorite song lyric? Why?

I would love to know more about youuuu, guys! ❤

Note: Photo and gifs are not mine. 😉

The Forgetful

My searching hands
were left bare
by the naked bed
which bear
no one but me.

Sighing, I know
the drill
I get out of our
blanket-made hill
to find he.

Welcoming sunrise
kisses my just opened eyes,
the noise of the road
whispers cluttered sighs,
there is he.

Hugging his guitar,
plucking eloquently,
as if no one’s around,
just his music and he.
Please look at me.

In scintilla
of a second,
he looks up with
fingers in chords,
He don’t know me.

I force a shy smile,
as my salty droplets fall,
he only knows his music
and forget almost all,
including me.

Tightly, I hug myself
and pray tomorrow will be different.

Word count: 115
©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: Sunayana MoiPensieve

For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) March 21, 2017. 🙂

and for dVerse‘s OpenLinkNight #192 hosted by Grace.


River of He

and i won’t mind
like a forgotten leaf
of an
Autumn tree
as long as I can
float and float
on the river named
after my

P.S. Because I ate some extra cheese today ❤ and I got so little time to sneak in between office works. -_-
©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to dVerse‘s Poetics: The River by paul scribbles.


Feast of Friendship

The choir of clinks and clanks of plates and utensils welcomes us to the food extravaganza. The map-like buffet tables overflow with cuisines from Europe to America to Asia. Our stomach growls as our eyes take in the feast. Oh, it’s time to let our mouths be greased!

Tongues relish the fireworks of spices– sweet to salty to sour to tangy. Yet in between chewing meats and veggies, words become the best delicacy. Because the same delighted mouths tasting the delicious treats are also the noisy ones releasing more tasty stories.

A fun-filled dinner
as jovial as sun’s summer,
a feast of friendship.

P.S. Because food is best when shared with families and friends.
©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to dVerse‘s Haibun Monday: Yum!!! by Toni of kanzensakura.




Please Vote for my Piece :)

Hi everyone!!!

I would like to ask you a big big favor! I joined an Instagram contest hosted by @words_with_queens and @words_with_kings. The prize is that your entry poem will be included in their upcoming book title Crown Anthologies Vol. 1.

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The 10 poem with the highest votes will get published. 🙂 So I would like to ask for your help to please vote for my piece here.

The link should look like this (and this is my entry poem too):


I hope you can help me, darlings! ❤

Thank you!