Like a peregrine
caught in a tailspin,
hard pressed
to find calm within.
To escape the din,
to rest,
seeks his lover’s inn.
Ah sweet nest of skin,
sweet breast.

Form of poem is a Lai: nine-line stanza with syllabic and rhyme requirements as follows:

line 1: 5 syllables, rhyme word a
line 2: 5 syllables, rhymes with a
line 3: 2 syllables, rhyme word b
line 4: 5 syllables, rhymes with a
line 5: 5 syllables, rhymes with a
line 6: 2 syllables, rhymes with b
line 7: 5 syllabkes, rhymes with a
line 8: 5 syllables, rhymes with a
line 9: 2 syllablesm rhymes with b

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets.
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9 thoughts on “Solace

  1. memadtwo May 4, 2019 / 12:26 pm

    I didn’t even notice the form, so A-plus for that. And you can never go wrong with birds as a subject. (K)

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  2. mandibelle16 May 4, 2019 / 2:17 pm

    Lovely piece. Lots of motion 🙂


  3. sarahsouthwest May 8, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    Deeply romantic. I love the use of “peregrine” – works as a bird and as a pilgrim.


  4. Frank Hubeny May 9, 2019 / 12:25 pm

    Nice line: “Ah sweet nest of skin” I had not thought of skin as a nest before.


  5. Grace May 9, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    Wow this reads effortlessly Lillian. And I love also the use of the peregrine.


  6. navasolanature May 11, 2019 / 10:18 am

    This is lovely and I love the peregrine tailspin and the need for solace.


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