The lai is another French form. It’s a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme following this pattern: aabaabaab. The lines with an “a” rhyme use 5 syllables; the “b” rhyme lines have 2 syllables. It feels kind of like organized skeltonic verse.
Here’s an example lai I wrote:
“16,” by Robert Lee Brewer
been ’round here before
I know what’s in store
middle of my four
miles and I’m bored
each mile is four
laps and I get bored
In my version, I used a slant rhyme with “bored” and I converted “mile” to a 2-syllable word–because that’s how I say it.
We currently have the gwawdodyn poetic form challenge running through the end of August (click to check that out), but this will probably be the next form challenge in September. Just a heads up.
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Check out other poetic posts here:
- Pre-selling the Poetry Collection.
- Shaindel Beers: Poet Interview.
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Gwawdodyn.