Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Poetry Stretch - Lune

One can find many variations on haiku these days. Often these forms attempt to find a syllabic pattern that is more appropriate to English than Japanese. Today's poetry stretch takes the form of one of these variations.
The lune is a haiku variation invented and named by poet Robert Kelly. The lune, so called because of how the right edge is bowed like a crescent moon, is a thirteen syllable form arranged in three lines of 5 / 3/ 5 respectively.
(Adapted from The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms.)
You can try your hand at writing an instant lune or read some examples by Robert Kelly here.

I wrote these lunes to get us started.
Lune #1
wings beating, whirring
you float there
sipping sweet nectar

Can you guess what I was watching when I wrote this?

Lune #2
watermelon days
rush headlong
toward pencils, books, desks

I suppose none of us can escape this one. I, for one, can't wait!
So, do you want to play? What kind of lunes will you write? Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments. 


  1. the beak of the world
    pecks, pokes, pries
    till it frees a seed

    how does a poem stretch
    so tall when
    it looks very small?

    cool summer wind drifts
    through window
    as I lie awake

    —Kate Coombs 2013,
    all rights reserved

  2. summer’s road stretches
    towards fall
    I yearn for July

    Fairy houses nest
    tucked in lush gardens

    cosy harbor scene:
    sails flutter about

    Janet F.

    Fireflies chatter
    Back and forth
    Through aurulent flash.

    Cell phone alarm chirps:
    Good morning!
    Back to school blues.

    (C) Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved.