below the roof edge
on a jutting ledge
flash of feathered legs
returning to eggs
between hawthorn hedge
and the young they fledge
Kim M. Russell, 2017
House Martins by Mark Kilner from the Springwatch Flickr group, found on bbc.co.uk.
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar – Lai it on!
Victoria is our host today and she has challenged us to write a lai, also known as a lay larique or lyric lay. It is a lyrical, narrative poem written in octosyllabic couplets, which often deals with tales of adventure and romance.
Victoria would like us to follow Robert Lee Brewer’s version: a nine-line poem or stanza with the rhyme pattern: aabaabaab. The lines with an ‘a’ rhyme use 5 syllables, while the ‘b’ rhyme lines have 2 syllables. Robert Lee Brewer says ‘it feels kind of like organized skeltonic verse’.
I had to use half-rhyme in the middle section as it was difficult to find further suitable full-rhymes with ‘edge’ and ‘ledge’!