Monday Morning Melts #5


Rosema: Most of the time, love is expressed and felt through physical intimacy. Touch. Kisses. Hugs. But how about loving someone from afar? How about loving someone you haven’t seen yet? How about falling for someone’s soul residing in a body thousand miles away from you? Will it be a gamble worth committing? Will it feel like a heart’s solitary suicide?

This week, let’s delve the idea of long distance love. (Which is now for me, the purest love of all). ❤

“One Sweet Love” – Sara Bareilles

The earth that is the space between,
I’d banish it from under me to get to you.
Your unexpected love provides my solitary suicide
oh I wish I knew

Your Turn:

  1. Share a poem, story, or photo inspired by this week’s song-lyrics-prompt. You can share something you created that was inspired directly by the lyrics or you can share other pieces that coincidentally fit the prompt (for ex: an old piece of yours, or one of a beloved blogger – with permission).
  2. Linkback/create a pingback to this post. Here is a quick tutorial on how to do it.
  3. Tag your post with MondayMorningMelts, so we and  your co-bloggers will be able to read/see your take on the prompt. Here’s how you create tags.
  4. Most important of all, read and comment to your blogger friends (old and new found, we’ll never know). 😉

There are no word limits and no restrictions except to stay true to the theme. Creating a brand new post in response to the prompt is also optional.

The goal isn’t to create new content, but rather to share pieces that melt the heart, tickle the soul, and brighten up a typically gloomy Monday. That’s why if you already have a piece that fits this week’s lyrics, or if you have a fellow blogger whose piece you want to share (with their permission), you are more than welcome to do so!


Because These Bloggers Created Something Beautiful With The Prompt:

Because These Melts Are Timeless & Deserve To Be Shared:

These features sections are compiled Sunday so if we missed you, please let us know in the comments, and leave a link to your post. We’ll update our features asap!

Gorgeous Art

Gorgeous Art (Inspired by Between the Lines by Sara Bareilles)

Cruel mind still carries all our shared memories.
Ironically, t’was not able to detect the fallacy
buried between your lying lines.
Thankfully, I have a scarred yet dauntless heart
which made your betrayal a gorgeous art.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to November Notes Writing Challenge by my love Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies and yours truly. ❤


Used to be Mine: A Song-based Fiction

Stranger. That is what I am.

Sitting people all in black and white, I am estranged to everyone, except one person. She is the only human who knows me here. But she can never say who I am.

She’s imperfect but she tries.

She is good but she lies.

Silence. Murmurs. Quiet sobs. The humans that surround me is as still, as her, as me.

I am somehow a gatecrasher to a wake I was not invited to. But I am here, for her, for a woman who used to be mine.

She is hard on herself.

She is broken and won’t ask for help.

Her mom has spoken, in between loud wails.

Her husband has said a short heartless sentence.

Her little lass, who looked just liked her, sang a song.

Her best friend has stood and hold the microphone, but wasn’t able to utter any word.

She is messy but she’s kind.

She is lonely most of the time.

Now it’s my turn.

“Anyone who want to offer words for…”

I stood, just before the sentence was finished. Everyone looked at me.

I gripped the small piece of paper I’ve been holding for hours. It contains the eulogy I have written…for the only girl that I loved. For the girl who was once mine.

She is all of this mixed up.

And baked in a beautiful pie.

She is gone but she used to be mine.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Photo credit: Unsplash
Based on She Used to be Mine by Sara Bareilles. Bold and italicized parts are from lyrics of the song.

Writing Wells: People Behind My Words


“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour

My mind’s once a desert,
barren and wordless,
until it found its oasis,
with these writing wells:

Personal and Lists Posts

Maya Angelou

Inspiration for: Agony (first post) and Ending Agony.

Mitch Albom

Inspiration forDear Mitch Albom: A Ronsardian Ode*, Top Ten Quotes I Loved From The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch AlbomThings I’ve Learned from Mitch Albom.

Nicholas Sparks

Inspiration forTen Books to Read if you Love Nicholas Sparks, The Best Novels of Nicholas Sparks Part 1 and Part 2.

Fiction and Poetry

Jason Mraz


Inspiration for: First Time, My Soul Sings, Fixer.

Sara Bareilles

Inspiration for: Seasons: Epilogue (last part of my FIRST-ever fiction), Used To Be Mine, City Lights, Sweet Sun.

My Family


Inspiration forTo my cook, hair cutter and one and only driver, Nanay, Mother’s ChoicesFirst Forever, Stead, Rainbow Roof, Six Sibs.

My Bestfriends


Inspiration for: Soulmates.

My Dearest


Inspiration for: Dearest, First Poem, A Senryu for MJ, Conversations, One, The Vow, Taught.

Photo credits: Unsplash

The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 5.1– People Who Inspired You

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Jartagnan! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!


Mind’s Colorful Beats


“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

I am currently…

Loving… writing poetry
‘cause I don’t know I have them in me.  

Eating… chewy moniegold.
Drinking… water, not cold.

Watching… nothing, really.
Going… to exercise my right to vote, freely.

Reading… The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
Texting… my beloved papa.

Playing… nothing again.
Working… on new poems again. 😉

Listening… to sad poetic songs by Sara Bareilles.
Thanking… God for giving me nothing less.

Buying… gift for Nanay on Mother’s Day.
Planning… how to make her feel special.

Visiting… nothing but places from the book.
Wondering… if I will ever learn how to cook. 😀

Feeling… contented, excited,
for the words I’ll be reading and writing next.

Photo credits: Unsplash

The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 5.0– I am currently

Thank you for one awesome prompt list,  Laduchessederat! ❤ I missed you! ❤


Sweet Sun: A Scallop*


Sweet Sun: A Scallop*

Sweet sun,
send me the moon.
Save soul slowly sinking,
steady sea I’m seeking,
where soul can soon
stay shun.

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

Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to Daily Post: Scars and Napowrimo Day 25. (yes, I’m catching up! :D)


Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that begins with a line from a another poem (not necessarily the first one), but then goes elsewhere with it.

The first two lines of this poem is from Sara Bareilles’ song: Send Me the Moon.


Darkness to light
Moved from day into night
To be near you
Still here I stand
I am sinking like sand
In your sea

Sweet sun
Send me the moon
Empty the skies out
Bringing me one step closer
To you
Send it soon
And I will breathe in, breathe out
‘Til you come in and out
Of view


The Scallop is an invented stanzaic form written in sixains. It was created by Marie L Blanche Adams.

The Scallop is:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of sixains.
  • syllabic, 2-4-6-6-4-2 syllables per line.
  • rhymed, rhyme scheme abccba deffed ghiihg etc.

Read more of my Napowrimo 2016 poems here!

Admirable Souls


“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.” ― William Arthur Ward

We are all
wonderfully made
yes, the Bible said.

But there are souls
we can’t help
but admire,
’cause they serve
as inspiration
to aspire.

And for me
they are…


1. Mitch Albom

Wise Words: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

2.  Paulo Coelho

Wise Words: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

3. Nicholas Sparks

Wise Words: “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”

4. Maya Angelou

Wise Words: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”


5. Jason Mraz


Wise Words: “It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary.”

6. Sara Bareilles

Wise Words: “Your fear of jumping without a net is so valid, and the trick that you haven’t learned yet is that that’s life, always and everywhere. There are no nets. Life is a big, long free fall, and the sooner you can embrace what is beautiful about that, the sooner you will start to enjoy the ride.”

7. Darlene Zschech

Wise Words: “Sometimes it takes suffering to reveal to us just how rich we are.”

Photo credits: Kazuend

The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 3.1– A Party of Choice

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Mandibelle! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!



Songs I Wish Were Books


“…funny how a beautiful song could tell such a sad story” ― Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

I know Valentine’s is over but the The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today just made my heart skip a beat.

February 16: songs I wish that were books

Books and songs are, for me,the greatest things invented. With a very very very happy heart, here are the songs I wish, and hope, that were books! ❤

1. Breathe Again by Sara Bareilles

Breathe Again

My first ever fictional series, Seasons (first, second, third and epilogueis actually inspired by this song. 🙂

2. Floodgates by Colbie Callait

This song is just empowering. 🙂

3. Never Seen Anything ‘Quite Like You’ by The Script

My cheesiest short story to date, Quite Like You, is inspired by this beautiful beautiful song. 🙂

4. I Won’t Give Up Jason Mraz

Well this song tugs the heart! ❤

5. Touch the Sky by Hillsong United

I have written a poem about this song titled To the Holder of My Life’s Map, and if this will be made into a book, I know a lot will be able to relate.

6. She Used to be Mine by Sara Bareilles

A sad yet moving song. I have written a short-story about this, too, titled Used to be Mine.

7. Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

Yet another cheesy song, well… this one’s really kilig-inducing. Perfect for an awesome romance novel, I guess? 🙂

8. Free Fallin’ by John Mayer

A romantic but necessarily a happy song. Hmm… interesting, right? 🙂

 Photo Credit: We Heart ItPinterest, Youtube, Tumblr

What are the songs that you think can be a good book?

Tell me!






City Lights

As the sun


to the moon,

my spirit


its gloom.

As the day


to darkness,

my smile


into blankness.

As bright

city lights


my tired

weary heart


As humans



my spirit

starts to


As the

the stars’re


my soul’s



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

Photo credit: Favim

Inspired by a Sara Bareilles song titled ‘City‘.

2016, I’m ready!

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

May your heart

be filled with gratefulness

as 2015 ends.

May your soul

be filled

with hope

as 2016 begins.

©2015 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: News in search

After posting my 2015 in Review, that made me really giddy, here’s the five INSPIRING things that I am grateful for as 2015 ends and 2016 begins! They have been the inspirations of my posts here in A Reading Writer!

Day 25: I am grateful for Sara Bareilles

I haven’t been a fan since last year and I am more than glad that I discovered her music. Her lyrics are just so great, and her voice is just magnificent!

Her songs have inspired two well-loved stories by A Reading Writer: Used to be Mine: A Song-based Fiction and Seasons: Epilogue.

Day 26: I am grateful for Blogging U’s writing courses!

Especially, Ben and Cheri! 😀 Your passion in writing and blogging is contagious! Look how you’ve made A Reading Writer a better blog (content wise!). Thank you so much!

Day 27: I am grateful for Mitch Albom!

You actually know that this is coming, right? 😀 A lot of my posts (Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom; Monday Musings: Why humans kill each other?WRITING 101: Things I’ve Learned from Mitch Albom and a lot more) are inspired by his words. I can definitely say that he is surely the writer that I look up to! 🙂

Day 28: I am grateful for The Broke and the Bookish!

They are the hosts of Top Ten Tuesday, a meme that I truly enjoyed doing! Thank you so much  JamieLoriDaisyJanaJuliaKimberlyTahleen, Bridget and Lauren! ❤

Day 29: Lastly, for today, I am grateful for The Sumerians!

They invented the first books about 5 thousand years ago (c.3100 BC) in Southern Iraq!

As originally a book blog, A Reading Writer will not be around without them!