Six Lanturnes


Japanese-Lantern

Six Lanturnes

The LANTURNE is a traditional poetic form which has a five-line verse, normally without rhyme, supposedly in the shape of a Japanese lantern.
It has a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one.
Below ,I have composed six loosely connected verses in this form . . .

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  Raise
 your voice
 make it ring
don’t let it die
   sing

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 Vows
last long
when new but
promises  soon
   die

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  Love
  yields hope
 but time tells
and soon it dies
    hurt

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    Life
 brings joy
But  sorrow
Intrudes too soon
    … Damn!

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 I
alas
will die soon
leaving this life
  hurts

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   Cry
and ask
this fool world
to  forgive  your
    tears

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13 thoughts on “Six Lanturnes

  1. I was just saying the other day that I envy the discipline it takes to write with style. My thoughts are way too scattered. But, ‘Cry and ask this fool world to forgive your tears’ is nothing but pure artistry.

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  2. These are great – I’ve never heard of any of these type of verse before – thank you for educating me!

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