when there's rain
Today's poem is a Lanterne and I wouldn't know the term except my friend, children's poet, Matt Forrest challenged me to write four poems in four days and then find four friends to tag and ask them to write poems too. Except, the last time I did this I had a hard time finding four friends who hadn't already been tapped to write poems. AND this is Memorial Day weekend. It is my birthday weekend and I don't want my friends to have to be glued to their computers posting poems when it is going to be a great weekend to be outdoors.
For my birthday, my husband is taking me caving. Doesn't that sound like fun? It is something I've never done before and I'm looking forward to it
But, let's get back to the lanterne, because that is your poetry challenge for today. Try writing one. A lanterne is a form of cinquain poem. It has five lines. The title can work to make a sixth line for you or go without a title. The first line has only one syllable, then each successive line adds one more syllable, until you get to the last line which has only one syllable again. It is called a lanterne because if the poem is set with a certer margin, or centered on the page it looks like a lantern. Each line should be able to stand on its own.
when there's rain
That is a funny looking lantern to me. I originally ended this poem with the word spring (and I didn't have a title), but when I went back to edit, I was thinking of the Mother's Day hats that the Saguaro wear--pretty white flowers in a ring on the top. I like the surprise of the hats at the end because when it rains, people put on hats too. So there is a layered meaning at the end of the poem.
Line 1 = 1 syllable
Line 2 = 2 syllables
Line 3 = 3 syllables
Line 4 = 4 syllables
Line 5 = 1 syllable
An 11 syllable poem can be tricky.
Now it is your turn. Will you try writing your own lanterne? If you want, please post your poem in the comments below.