Death Spills

Death Spills: A Lai*

Twas a normal day
within blooming May
blue clouds turns to gray,
it’s too late to pray,
or kneel,
your soul flew away,
left bones to decay—
death spills.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

The Lovely Bones

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.


49 thoughts on “Death Spills”

      1. “Dolores Claiborne” was one, and also “The Shipping News”… PS: I picked up the book “Ocean at the End of the Lane” today, and was glad to see it’s short, so I should be able to actually finish it 🙂

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  1. Oh dear! Blue skies and colourful May turns into heartbreaking reality. I agree with Jacqueline, you tend to make the grim sound beautiful too! 🙂

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  2. Read this book. It’s as interesting from the murdered girls view in heaven, as the book is off-putting and miserable for those she left behind on earth. Your poem is sad and matches the theme of the book well.

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