Summer rain – dizain for dVerse

I’d half forgotten the sound of the rain
falling from leaf to leaf down to the clay,
but listen, here it comes, falling again –
after these days of still blue skies, trees sway
and the rain dances like a child at play,
and suddenly the world is coloured green,
the roses waken from their summer dream –
as rain falls, slakes the dry soil, gives relief,
the world is freshly made and freshly clean,
the summer’s dust is washed from every leaf.

This is my first dizain for the dVerse form for all for July. I have to say that 10 syllables is quite uncomfortable for me. It’s quite a long line, yet not quite long enough…I like the rhyme scheme, though, and I think I might get the hang of it be the end of the month. Rosemary Nissen Wade is out host for this month, and gives a lovely explanation of the dizain and some great examples.

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Possibly my last lai of all.

I'm sorry to say
I can't write a lai,
old chum.
I'm happy that May
is fading away.
All done.
The things that I say
won't come the right way,
oh bum.



Oh, how I have struggled with the lai. DVerse can be cruel sometimes. (No, it’s not. It’s a lovely place to poem, get over there and do something better than this).