Grace at dVerse Poets invites us to write a Lai or a Lai Nouveau and I have opted for the Lai Nouveau at my first attempt.
A Lai is a French poetry form consisting of a five-syllable couplet followed by a two-syllable line. The number of lines in each stanza is fixed at nine and the couplets must rhyme with each other, as must the two-syllable lines. The number of stanzas is not fixed and each stanza has its own rhyme pattern. The stanza’s rhyme pattern is: a a b a a b a a b.
A Lai Nouveau is considered to be slightly more challenging than the Lai. It has an eight-line stanza and is similar in idea to the Villanelle. In the Lai Nouveau the first two lines are the refrain and are used as the last lines of the subsequent verses with the last verse including the refrain lines in reverse order. The stanza rhyme patterns are: A1 A2 b a a b a a and a a b a a b A2 A1.
A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)
Below is the complete version of the villanelle:
here by the river, our world seems beautiful a swan in spring feathers tidies the nest it’s time for growth, birth and renewal
big webbed feet are beginning to shuffle the swan feels happy the nest looks its best here by the river, our world seems beautiful
with a breeze from the east, still fairly cool the swan walks through grass, feet pointing west it’s time for growth, birth and renewal
his neck stretched out, feathers unruffled reflected in water, the swan knows his quest here by the river, our world seems beautiful
moments like these feel deeply spiritual he lands in the river assured, on his chest it’s time for growth, birth and renewal
loving, devoted and dutiful the swan and his mate are equally blessed here by the river, our world seems beautiful as time brings us growth, birth and renewal