Lantern Poems

growl
hungry
stomach aches
what’s in the fridge?
check

light
open door
late night snack
I deserve this
right?

oats
yogurt
strawberries
blend together
full


noise
I’m up
out of bed
creep to window
peek

crash
neighbor
seems upset
cry, yell, scream, shout
sad

knock
it’s me
your neighbor
are you okay?
talk

glare
she says
talk to me
I’m not okay
stay

tea
cookies
connection
tired walk down stairs
sleep

I wrote these for today’s #tankatuesday poetry challenge by Colleen Chesebro from Word Craft Poetry.

The challenge was to write a lantern poem (also known as a lanterne or lanturne), or a series of lantern poems. A lantern poem has five lines, each of which should be able to stand on its own as a complete thought.

The first line has one syllable, the second has two, the third has three, the fourth has four, and the fifth has one. So, the pattern is 1-2-3-4-1.

As you can see, I ended up writing two poems. The first has three lanterns, and the second has five.

This is the first poetry challenge I’ve done on WordPress so far, but I’m hoping to do more posts like this in the future. I love the challenge of making thoughts fit into a particular structure!

Here is a link to the challenge: https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2022/07/12/tankatuesday-poetry-challenge-no-280-specificform-lanturne-or-lanterne/

9 Comments Add yours

  1. judeitakali says:

    Love how you told this story with lanturnes. quite captivating actually.

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  2. Eugenia says:

    A delightful sequence in which you told a story! Well done.

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    1. ty Eugenia! šŸ™‚

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  3. memadtwo says:

    I like the way you tell a story. (K)

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  4. This was such a fun read, Sylvia – I really enjoyed it – particularly the snacking stanzas! šŸ˜€

    Much love,
    David

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  5. Both poems were great, Sylvia! The first was light-hearted and fun. The second pulled at my heart strings from the compassion and empathy flowing through it. Loved them! šŸ™‚

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  6. Welcome to #TankaTuesday, Sylvia. These lanturne series are spectacular. I hope you enjoyed the flow of this form’s syllable count. I hope to see more of your poetry! ā¤

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  7. Gwen M. Plano says:

    You created a delightful story through your verse. I’m so impressed!

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