Death Spills: A Lai*
Twas a normal day
within blooming May
blue clouds turns to gray,
it’s too late to pray,
your soul flew away,
left bones to decay—
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The Lai* is a short story in verse. In its strictest form it is a verse form with a rhymed syllabic pattern in three tercets.
The Lai as verse form is:
- a narrative, tells a story.
- usually a nonet, 9 lines made up of 3 tercets. It can be a hexastich made up of 2 tercets.(When written in 9 lines is can also be called a Bergerette or a Viralai stanza.)
- rhymed, rhyme scheme aab aab aab.
- syllabic, syllables per line are 5-5-2 5-5-2 5-5-2
- Tradition states that the short line must not be indented; it must be left dressed to the poem.