The Call of the LuneAwhile ago we discussed Haiku. A lot of people have discussed Haiku. And one poet (Robert Kelly) decided to do something about it -- to make Haiku easier for Americans. Well, originally the Lune was intended for American schoolchildren -- but the form has proved popular for all ages.
There are two styles of Lune. One requires syllable-counting: five syllables in the first line, three syllables in the second line, five syllables in the third line. It was called a "Lune" because the results, if you have a poetic imagination, can be seen as a crescent moon.
Unlike haiku, there are no other rules for lunes. They may be as ridiculous or as sublime as you desire.
The second variant of the Lune doesn't even require syllable-counting. It requires three words in the first line; five words in the second line; three words in the first line. No limits on word-length, except your own innate desire for readability.
Nights are warm
EXERCISE:Write one or more lunes of each form.
GUIDELINES FOR CRITIQUE1) Did the poem fit one of the two forms?
a) first line: five syllables
You may see more lunes on display ( and submit your own) at Shortforms Wanted!