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Clair de Lune

Even moonlight should
be as simple as possible
and no simpler.

The prompt for Day 4 blew me away with its simplicity! Write a lune. A what? A poem about a large diving duck? Turns out a lune is something like a haiku, but even shorter: three lines with a 3, 5, 3 word pattern. Shorter than a haiku? My God, how can this volcano stifle her flow of energy into a mere cough of a poem?

And then Erato smashed through my window, scattering double-glazed glass shards all over the floor.

“I’m not cleaning that up,” I told her.

“Uh huh.”

Erato set her lyre next to me on the black leather couch and touched my forehead with her perfectly manicured and golden ringed fingers. Suddenly, simultaneously I heard Albert Einstein’s quote about propositions, accompanied by the Debussyian ripple of D-flat major’s 6 flats (click here), and saw the score of Monsieur D’s most famous piece illuminated by moonlight. The result is the lune you have just read.

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Photo of the moon by the author.
Clair de Lune score courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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12 thoughts on “Clair de Lune

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    • Hi, Kate! According to the NaPoWriMo website “A lune is a sort of English-language variation on the haiku, meant to better render the tone of the Japanese haiku than the standard 5-7-5 format we all learned (and maybe loved) in elementary school. There are a couple of variants on the lune form, but just to keep things simple, let’s try the version developed by Jack Collum. His version of the lune involves a three-line stanza. The first line has three words. The second line has five, and the third line has three. You can write a poem that consists of just one stanza, or link many lune-stanzas together into a unified poem.

      That’s all I know, and as for a “sussanissima” set to a Mexican polka…dang, what a great idea. I’ll have to work on it. 😉

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