Left Behind: A Lanterne


Left Behind: A Lanterne
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

I thought it was

Photo credit: Jean Gerber

In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeL is for Lanterne.


The Lanterne is a shape poem, centered on the page to resemble the shape of a Japanese lantern. It originated as a nature poem, also called “shaped whimsy”, created by 20th century American Lloyd F. Merrell and described in Pathways for a Poet. The foundation of the shape is similar to the Crapsey Cinquain but with fewer syllables per line. The verse form can be found on line atInstant Poems for Kids. It can also be found, spelled Lanturne, at Shadow Poetry.

The Lanterne is:

  • a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
  • syllabic, 1-2-3-4-1 syllables per line.
  • is composed with no punctuation and no rhyme, each end-word should be strong.
  • centered on the page. Since this is a concrete or shape poem, the length of the word on the page factors into the equation, syllable count is not enough to determine the selection.
  • title optional.

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64 thoughts on “Left Behind: A Lanterne”

  1. Love this! Super duper like! The naivety of the heartbroken speaker (not you, I know, my darling Princess!), comes out so sweet and strong. My dear girl, you are doing amazingly well, like I already told you in the morning. So, when do I expect you to send me that much awaited verse? 🙂

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      1. Whatever takes your fancy. I’m game for anything and everything. How about pushing ourselves for a sestina? 😉 You know where to find me. ❤

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  2. Sad when something you believe so fervently from someone you trust completely, turns out to be a lie. I like Laternes and again it was very effective of you to spell out FOREVER, letter by letter. Great job my friend 💕

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    1. oh wow Mandi. This: “Sad when something you believe so fervently from someone you trust completely, turns out to be a lie.”, sounds really poetic. 🙂

      I have read a lot of beautiful lanternes from you, thus I tried one. 🙂
      Oh thank you for noticing that. 😀 Thank you very much, my friend! 🙂

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  3. Like a lantern, you illuminate–giving utterance to sadness (generally) difficult to express. According to my guess about the time, you’re moving toward the weekend. I hope this is a pleasant weekend for you.

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    1. Thank you for the lantern comparison, Christopher. 🙂 I spell out f-o-r-e-v-e-r to achieve the lantern shape and now I am getting a sweet lantern metaphor. 😀

      Yes, it’s 10:47 am of a Friday here already. How many hours is our time difference? 🙂


  4. Geez!! Geez!! Geez!! One second I’m smiling ear to ear and this… </3
    Haaayy… you never fail to gave me a roller coaster ride dear Rosema! You're teeming with talent. Keep it up! 😀

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