So today I'll just share a poem I wrote as part of the Monday Poetry Stretch over at Miss Rumpus Effect.
This week I learned about the Lai, a form poem. This is a French form with 9 lines--aab,aab,aab. The a lines have 5 syllables. The b lines have only 2. So, since 6 of the lines need to rhyme, it means that base word family has to be big. I'm thinking words like "an" --ran, fan, can, man, Dan, Nan, pan, tan. Or maybe "ight"--light, bright, bite, might, plight, etc. Anyway, for my poem I cheated a little and used feminine rhyme by using gerunds--"ing" words. (follow the links above for more information on The Lai Verse Form.)
This poem is in honor of the blue moon shining tonight.
While I am sleeping
a lizard leaping
My eyes start blinking
what was I thinking
Then I am screaming
I wasn't dreaming
So, how did I do? Did I meet the requirements of the form?
If you try performing this poem with a class, the children can join in by saying the AWAKES, MISTAKES, LAND SAKES!
Have a Happy Poetry Friday. Thanks to Sylvia Vardell at Poetry for Children for hosting the round up this week. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new POETRY FRIDAY ANTHOLOGY.
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