L: Lai.


A Lai is a very old French poetry form. It looks to be simple, comprising of a five syllabled couplet followed by a two syllable line. The number of lines in each stanza is fixed at 9 and the coupltets must rhyme with each other as must the two syllable lines. Speaking for myself, as a person completely uninitiated in the formal study of English literature/poetry, this entire exploration of poetry forms has been an interesting and challenging journey. This one, particularly, was not easy to come up with. So let’s me know if it makes sense to you!  


Restless is the night

not a God in sight

birds rising  in fright
surprised into flight
eyes turn to the light
God’s love fierce white

3 Comments Add yours

  1. CRD says:

    Wow! Great work. Made complete sense! The impact came from the syllables.

    Where do you get information about forms of poetry. I have used this style many times, and didn’t know it had a name!


    1. ipsyb says:

      Online. Im travelling so I do t have the link now. Shall send it when I am back home. I basically relied on three websites with different poetry forms.


    2. ipsyb says:

      The sites I primarily relied on are: http://www.shadowpoetry.com and poetsgarret.com.


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