L for Lai #NaPoWriMo2021


Lai is a French form of poetry with 9 lines and a strict syllabic structure. The rules of a Lai are pretty simple and stated below:-

• 9 lines with 2 rhymes.

• Structured as aabaabaab.

• Lines ending with the ‘a’ rhyme are five syllables long.

• Lines ending with the ‘b’ rhyme are two syllables long.

• a total of 36 syllables

There is no particular rule on the subject matter.

Here’s my attempt at a Lai :-

A picture so clear
with a hint of cheer
We see
what we wish to fear
what our eyes could hear
a plea
an eternal sneer
You held moments dear,
or me?

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