Tropicana – A Lai


A red bandana
brought from Havana
Lou wore 
She was Rosanna
from south Savannah
She swore
They ate bananas
in their pajamas
Singing hosannas
in the cabana
next door
Carlos Santana
Hannah Montana
do more

They shouted out loud
to quieten the crowd
Please cease!
Rosanna allowed
Santana to cloud
her peace
Hannah of course vowed
she would remain proud
At least
Now Lou never cowed
With gun, in he ploughed
Santana in shroud
Carried out unbowed

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Grace was hosting DVerse Poets tonight and
challenged us to write a Lai
The Lai
This form looks to be a very simple form comprising of a
five syllabled 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 the two
syllable lines must also rhyme. In English this line is
probably the most difficult part of the poem.
The stanza's rhyme pattern is... a. a. b. a. a. b. a. a. b. 
This is my first attempt at this!

  24 comments for “Tropicana – A Lai

  1. Tranature - quiet moments in nature
    April 30, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    A lovely lai Christine, you made it fun and it really flows 🙂💖

    • Christine Bolton
      April 30, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much! I guess the trick is finding a word that has a lot of fun rhymes! 🤣

  2. April 29, 2019 at 6:49 am

    I very much enjoyed this narrative lai – very light and engaging. You did this effortlessly. Thank you for joining our poetry challenge form.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 29, 2019 at 8:29 am

      Thank you Grace. It was fun learning something new 🙂

  3. April 28, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    You have totally nailed it Christine and what a delightful tale! Loved the flow! 😊💞

    • Christine Bolton
      April 28, 2019 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks! It was fun 🙂💕

      • April 28, 2019 at 11:41 pm

        Great! My pleasure. 🙂❤️

  4. April 27, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I really enjoyed this, true to form while telling a story. This form was awkward for me, but yours flows so smoothly! Great work! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      April 28, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Thank you so much. I agree it is not easy but I certainly had fun with it! 🙂💕

  5. April 27, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    It’s difficult to get anything going with this form, but you tackled it in the only way that makes sense, I think—with humour.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      I agree Jane! 🙂

  6. April 27, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Love the walk on the wild side with this Lai

    • Christine Bolton
      April 27, 2019 at 8:50 am

      Thanks 🙂

  7. April 26, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    How fun is that!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      Lol! Thanks Mel 😆

  8. April 26, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Go to the head of the class! You’ve managed a difficult format and entertained us with quite a tale. BRAVO

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you so much Beverly! Yes it was tricky trying to get a story to flow with that rhyming format 😳

  9. April 26, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Enjoyed the Lai. First time or not, It was good.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2019 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Darell. I didn’t realize that so many words rhymed with Bananas!! 🙂

  10. April 26, 2019 at 1:38 am

    That Lai kicks butt, Christine! Instead of The Eagles song, These Lying Eyes, it’s these rhyming lais! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      April 26, 2019 at 8:13 am

      LOL! Rhyming Lais ….I love it! Thanks so much Lisa 🙂💕

      • April 26, 2019 at 11:09 am

        You are welcome. I even tickled myself on that one 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        April 26, 2019 at 12:22 pm


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