I’ve been sitting in a sunbeam with my notebook, a pen and a slumbering baby in my lap. A steaming cup of tea by my side, and a gentle breeze wafting by with delicious smells of lavender, wattle, simmering stock and tonight’s chicken and lentil casserole. Heaven.
I am writing poetry.
I’ve always enjoyed playing about with words and finding good combinations of words to express exactly what I am thinking, feeling, remembering, creating … and while (or perhaps, because) English is a bit of a silly language really, it is good to take a moment to have some fun with it.
For the past year or so I’ve been working my way through Stephen Fry’s book The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking The Poet Within. It was actually my husband who introduced me to this book as he was part of a small and elite writing group who met fortnightly to try out the poetry forms in the book. Now, they had fun with words, but I’ll have to ask them if I can share some of their poems with you …
I know you are all aware that I don’t have any trouble writing down my thoughts! I do have trouble with economy of words, and that is one of my new goals in writing, but I don’t usually have much trouble putting little poems together. Today, however, I am at a loss. I am not sure if it is the form I’ve picked or the thought I want to express …
I am trying out a Luc Bat, which is a Vietnamese form of poetry. Stephen Fry reckons it is easy, but I’ve been battling with this poem for a couple of weeks now. The lines of this poetry form follow a rhythm:
first line: 6 syllables
second line: 8 syllables,
however the 6th rhymes with the last syllable of the previous line,
and the 8th introduces a new rhyme
third line: 6 syllables,
with the 6th rhyming with the 8th of the line
fourth line: 8 syllables, as for second line
and so on …
This is Stephen Fry’s example:
Luc Bat is rather cute
It keeps the mind astute and pert
It really doesn’t hurt
To keep the mind alertly keen …
You’ll know what I mean
When you have gone and been and done
Your own completed one
It’s really rather fun to do
Full of subtlety too,
I hope that yours earn you repute.
Hmm … it certainly does keep the mind astute and pert, and the one I am writing is so full of subtlety that even I am not sure what it is about now! And whether this interests you or not, I’ll keep you informed of my progress 🙂 For those who read my blog for the posts about birthing and babies then you’ll like this poem, once I have finished wrangling with the words and beats within it!