Missing Heart

An eerie blanket of silence wrapped the courtroom. The accused stood, confidently, without a trace of remorse on his rather innocence eyes.

Without reading the grim report of a young married woman who went missing, then body parts being discovered one by one– legs, arms, head– none can even guess the suspect would be a youthful teenager. Until he confessed and surrendered and then plead not guilty.

“I thought I am guilty of killing her, but I am not. I did not kill her. I just took back what she said is mine before she married that stupid man.”

No one tried to speak.

“Her heart is mine, and will forever be mine. I buried it under the logs beside my home, our could have been home.  I gave her back to the world who never dared to accept us. I only kept her heart. What is wrong with that?”

Word count: 150
©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: Loreta Notto

For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) May 02, 2017. 🙂


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. 🙂

Book Review: A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie

A Murder is Announced

“It’s what’s in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy.”

45th – A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5) by Agatha Christie

Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ (BEST, GREAT read!)

What is it about: Villagers expect a fun game after a Gazette announcement of murder, but when lights flash off, shots ring out, and a masked burglar falls dead, the Inspector and vicar’s wife Bunch call in expert Miss Jane Marple. Was Swiss hotel clerk Rudi framed? Miss Letitia Blackstone houses scatty Dora, cousins Julia and Patrick, gardener widow Phillipa, and paranoid cook Mitzi.

What I Love: Madame Agatha Christie is one beautifully twisted writer. You can never ever know who kills who. She is the best example why I love mystery and crimes. The tension, the suspense, the revelation! Geez!!

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing!

Wise Words: “…what people do see at a moment of intense excitement and nervous strain. What they do see and, even more interesting, what they don’t see.”

“…if you have pain, you know how to enjoy the exquisite pleasure of the times when pain stops.”

“One is alone when the last one who remembers is gone.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

Porous: A Palette*

Pile of pans and plates
all dried-dirt-kissed,
beside untouched
porous sponge.

Dripping faucet,
says tap, tap, tap.
Below rusted sink
mice munch, munch, munch.

Blood-bathed body,
lifeless eyes wide open.
Silently decays,
alone, badly broken.

Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to OctPoWriMo 2016 by Morgan Dragonwillow‘s Day 8.

Palette  creates a vivid word painting within a brief and lyrical poem. It is simply a short poem, using vivid imagery. This genre was specified by Viola Berg. There is no prescribed structure or rhyme. The only mandate is the poem should create a brilliant image in the reader’s mind.

The Palette is:

  • a word painting.
  • framed at the discretion of the poet.



Illicitous: An Imayo*

Blurred eyes missed your intense gaze, as I come near you.
Your face’s illicitous look, reveals your soul’s crooked.
Your dark eyes take off my clothes, but I keep my stance.
I know my womanhood’s worth, you’ll ne’er stand a chance!

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

Photo credit: Unsplash.com

Word Inspiration: Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies (Thank you, Sarah!)


It seems that whenever I research a Japanese form, it involves an alternating 5-7 or 7-5 syllabic structure. The Imayo (present style) of the 12th century is no exception. This form creates long lines broken by caesura separating 7 and 5 syllables in the line.

The Imayo is:

  • a 4 line poem.
  • syllabic, written in 12 syllable lines broken by caesura after the 7th syllable.

Killing Each Other

Why humans kill each other is beyond my comprehension. but I can testify that you have been doing it since your inception. Only the weapons change. – by Mitch AlbomThe Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Last Sunday was
my country’s 118th Independence Day.
After 333 years of slavery
as Spain’s colony,
my country was allegedly
finally ‘set free’.

But freedom is a lie,
independence, oh let’s just sigh.
After Spaniards left
two more invaders crept.
More lives were wrecked,
no freedom,
no independence,
was felt.


After a century,
of war and slavery,
can I say my country is really free?

Well freedom is a choice,
a personal decision,
no one can take away
even an army’s legion.


On another side of globe,
50 lives were killed
by a single heavy weapon,
a single man’s the felon.


Oh humans,
oh humans,
when will you stop killing each other?
Oh humans,
oh humans,
please acknowledge to live is better.

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

Photo from: Mitch Albom’s Facebook page

Also in response to Jacq’s Thinking Corner.

Have a peaceful and safe week, everyone!




143 02 February 14th 2016

After I tried living in that stinky city fogged with asthma-inducing smoke for two long years, I am finally back to my bucolic peaceful home.

I regret leaving, because apparently no one noticed that I left, no one knew why I left.

No one was able to figure out how I successfully chopped her into pieces, and how  I intricately buried her lovely doll-like parts around that rhino-ranch.

I thought that would be my shining moment! But it wasn’t!

In fact, her endearing lovely head remained lost. Well, I still have them, preserved in the best way that I could.

I am not back to give it back, though.

I am back because it’s time to look for her companion.

I hope this time my great skills will be known!

Word count: 130

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

Photo credit: Sunday Photo Fiction

In response to Sunday Photo Fiction for February 14, 2016.

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly writing challenge hosted by Alastair Forbes where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction using around 200 words. The piece doesn’t have to center around exactly what the photo is, it can be just used as a basis for a story.

Enjoy more awesome stories here:

Plea to Mourn


For all souls lost.

Either shot or blown apart,

either criminal or civialian,

either innocent or terrorist,

’cause they’re all humans.


For all lives altered by war.

Children who grow old without parents.

Parents who buried their own child.

Fiancee who was not able to say ‘I do’.

Soldiers who were not able to know what’s true.


Because mourning makes you care,

because mourning makes you realize,

that peace is surely a must.


Because war is not a problem

solved by guns and bombs.

Because peace can only be achieved,

by no one else,

but us.



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

Photo credit: Christian Daily

This poem was inspired by Maria’s fictional story ‘The Vow‘ and Christopher poem ‘Microsmic Murder‘.



2015 Reading Challenge SUPER UPDATE Part 3: 21st to 25th Book


I am back! I’m almost halfway through my 2015 Reading Challenge and I am happy to share to you my 21st to 25th books!

A book of short stories (21st) – Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December

It’s deep. George Saunders is really a genius.

A funny book (22nd) – Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless

Yes it’s funny, but it’s forgettable.

A book by a female author (23rd) – Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Mud Vein

I have never read a Tarryn Fisher novel until this one and I commend her way with words. Her characters are deep that you will keep guessing about the truth behind their actions. Her plot is also engrossing to read. Kuddos!

A book with one-word title (24th) – Landline by Rainbow Rowell


My mind can still vividly recall how I fell in love with Rainbow’s Eleanor and Park and I am still waiting for the revelation of that ‘three words’ in Eleanor’s post card for Park!

So here comes Landline. I will not say that this is better or even at par with Eleanor and Park story but that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t worth reading. Landline showed Rainbow’s ‘mature’ side. Her insights about love and lost is in-depth and realistic.

A book that scares you (25th) – A Deadly Business by  Lis Wiehl and  April Henry

A Deadly Business (Mia Quinn, #2)

Like what I’ve said to my review on this book in Goodreads, I actually missed reading Lis Wiehl’s mysteries. Aside from James Patterson, Wiehl is my favorite crime author. And in Deadly Business, she have yet again proven her expertise in writing a thrilling story.

The mere fact that I cannot stop reading it until I was done almost 3 in the morning goes to show how engrossing this book is!

Finally! My 2015 reading challenge list is now updated!

Happy reading everybody!


2015 Reading Challenge SUPER UPDATE Part 1: 14th to 16th Book


Hi there! I’ve been absent for more than a month now (aw!) and I am sorry for that. So let me give a SUPER UPDATE for my 2015 Reading Challenge.

So here it goes:

A book a friend recommended (14th): Girl Missing by Tess Gerritsen

Girl Missing

This book was recommended by my friend Ping. We both love mystery/crime novels so I am quite excited to read this. But to be honest, I was quite disappointed. Don’t get me wrong this book isn’t that bad. It’s just that I am used to novels by James Patterson, Michael Crichton and recently, Agatha Christie which were all able to thrill me and engross me. So there.

A book you mom loves (15th): Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Colton Burpo

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

I am quite vocal that me and my family are all Christian so for the book that my mom would love, I picked Heaven is for Real. My mom haven’t read this book but I just thought that she would love it.  Why? Because I absolutely loved this book. Not because I am a Christian and that I believe in God, it is because the story is really moving.

A book set in a different country (16th): Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

This book is set in Florida and New York and I am from the Philippines so this is definitely a book set in a different country.

I have been vocal that I am not a John-Green-fanatic, neither I am crazy of The Fault in our Stars. But that does not mean I don’t like it. Reading this Paper Towns, I come to realize how good John Green really is. I was engrossed because of Margo’s mysterious personality. This is a book worth reading before watching its movie version.

So there! More updates soon!