IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – LUNE

The LUNE, (known as the American Haiku) was first created by the poet Robert Kelly as a result of Kelly’s frustration with English haiku. He devised a 13-syllable, self-contained poem that consisted of 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line.

Unlike haiku, there are no other rules. Rhymes are accepted; subject matter is open. While there are less syllables to use, this form has a little more freedom.

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There is a variation of the lune created by poet Jack Collom. His form is also a self-contained tercet, but his poem is word-based (not syllable-based). The structure is 3 words in the first line, 5 words in the second line and 3 words in the final line.

As with Kelly’s lune, there are no other rules.

MARIE ELENA’S COLLOM LUNE:

Cosa sia meglio?
Sophie essere la nonna di.
Niente e meglio.

Translation:

What is best?
Being Sophie’s Grandmother.
Nothing is better.

(So much prettier in Italian, eh? 😉 )

WALT’S LUNE (COLLUM):

At evening’s end,
the sun seeks refuge below,
amidst orange glow.