strip me slowly,
it’s fine, i’m ready,
for you.

in your lines, take me
mind, heart, soul, wholly,
not few.

for i’m the real me
when you, poetry
leaks through.

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In response to Lai It On! –dVerse MTB Victoria C. Slotto.
This is Victoria, today asking you to write a Lai. Yes, it’s pronounced “lay,” an old French poetry form that was used to tell tales of adventure and courage using octosyllabic lines.

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.