Indira Renganathan


Alankar(Decor) -152


Little Cloud Is Sad(Lai)

The Lai as verse form is:
a narrative, tells a story.
usually a nonet,9 lines made up of 3 tercets.
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.

Little Cloud Is Sad

Little cloud is sad
As big clouds are glad
Friendly
Without him.Too sad
Little cloud left bad
Coldly
Seeks sun's help to add
A gold seam to play aired
Friendly

Submitted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The Lai Family of forms are French,12th century variable forms that share a narrative nature and in all but the Kyrielle, long / short lines. The style of writing is attributed to a French noble woman simply known as Marie. She has since been named by historians as Marie de France.

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.

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