Most people, including authors, have never heard of lunes. Yet, this creative gem is priceless. A lune can be tender, humorous, or deep. Nothing has to rhyme and syllables don’t count.
Lunes are like snapshots that relay special moments in your life, or profound thoughts and emotions. Like all poems, they should be full of colorful imagery and involve the five senses, and that’s it. Simple, huh?
Now, can you remember 3 lines of 3/5/3? Yep. 3/5/3.
Okay, let me show you a few examples of Lunes.
On love: On chocolate:
Only for him Sweet decadent sin
Would I leave my life wrapped up nicely in foil
To follow his says “kiss me”
Lunes are like Japanese Haiku but not as strict. Uncomplicated, yet terrific, lunes are a gift not only to yourself, but anyone you share them with. Think of lunes as a literary camera—freezing a moment or thought in time…so hurry, grab your pen and notepad and start creating!
Open your closet Leaves of red,
Get out your favorite sweatshirt Yielding, swirling in the wind
Fall is here (by Kathy Sabol) Glory to God (by Irene Ford)
FYI: originally, poet Robert Kelly had invented the Lune. He had intended it to be a three-line poem with a syllable count of 5/3/5. However, a variation of this form came from poet Jack Collom, who mistakenly told some school children it was a 3/5/3 word count, not syllables. The rest is history…