Rhythm and Rhyme

The hands of this vintage clock have ticked and turned more than a thousand times.
Likewise my old heart has beat millions da-dums, da-dums.
And now they are both yours, my poetry’s rhythm and rhyme.

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

Photo credit: Rachel Crowe

In response to Sonya of Only 100 Words‘ Three Line Tales Week Thirty.

If you want to join, here are the simple rules:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so we can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.



Silent Witness

Salted breeze combed my hair as my bare soles sink in sun-bathed sand. With eyes closed, my ears are delighted by the singing pelicans.

Then suddenly, a strong force hugged me from the back. Chills ran through me as his lips moved closer. He whispered “Do you remember?”

Slowly I turned, looked into his full-of-love familiar eyes, and said the words I uttered to him a year ago.

I was speechless when he get down on his knees. After a minute no less, in front of armless Neptune and a full blue moon, I said “I do, of course, yes.”

Word count: 100

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

Photo credit: Mom the Obscure

In response to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) May 03, 2016.


  • a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less)
  • each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end
  • no serial (continuation) stories
  • include a pingback to the challenge post

Thank you for the lovely prompt, Priceless Joy! ❤ I missed this so much and I am glad to be back! 😀

Read more short stories 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.