Lai Nouveau: Seashore Anew

a black whippet sniffing a seaweed covered breakwater on tidal sands

soothing rise and fall
the sea helps us all
wolfhound’s ancient call
mountains rising tall
scale the old sea wall
throw me a new ball

letting us grow tall
helping us seal all
the cracks
blue sky’s magical
readiness enthrals
our tracks
the sea helps us all
soothing rise and fall

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet looking over his shoulder beside a breakwater at low tide
a blue and white whippet chasing a pink ball on the beach

This is our second contribution to dVerse Poets’ Lai and Lai Nouveau Challenge.

A Lai is a French poetry form consisting of a five-syllable couplet followed by a two-syllable line. The number of lines in each stanza is fixed at nine and the couplets must rhyme with each other, as must the two-syllable lines. The number of stanzas is not fixed and each stanza has its own rhyme pattern. The stanza’s rhyme pattern is: a a b a a b a a b.

A Lai Nouveau is considered to be slightly more challenging than the Lai. It has an eight-line stanza and is similar in idea to the Villanelle. In the Lai Nouveau the first two lines are the refrain and are used as the last lines of the subsequent verses with the last verse including the refrain lines in reverse order. The stanza rhyme patterns are: A1 A2 b a a b a a and a a b a a b A2 A1.

You can read our first contribution, River Affric, on our sister blog Tranature.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets Poetry Form: Lai and Lai Nouveau

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