Thursday, June 21, 2018
"pleasant distractions" by Lauren McBride
my walk takes longer
Poet's Notes: I love walking around outdoors but rarely go in a straight line. The reason for the walk doesn't matter, be it a trip to the mailbox, my garden, or a nature center. What matters to me is noticing what each season has to offer and taking the time to enjoy it.
This poem follows a form new to me, the Lune, invented by poet Robert Kelly. Also known as the American Haiku, a Lune consists of 13 syllables arranged in a 5-3-5 pattern. The typically short third line causes the right text margin to curve in like a crescent moon. Unlike traditional haiku, there is no requirement for a seasonal word or cutting word. In addition, metaphor, meter, and rhyme are all allowed.
Editor’s Note: My thanks to Lauren for introducing the Lune form to me and for providing this nice example of it for Songs of Eretz! I enjoy the way the curve of the lune echoes the theme of the poem in this one.