• The Virelai, is a narrative, an expanded Lai and a member of the Lai family of forms. A poem of a single Virelai stanza is known as a Bergerette.
The Virelai is: ○ stanzaic, any number of nonets (9 line stanzas) may be written at the discretion of the poet. One nonet is called a Bergerette or a Lai when made up of 3 tercets. ○ syllabic, syllables per line 5-5-2-5-5-2-5-5-2. ○ rhymed, it carries a running rhyme from stanza to stanza. aabaabaab bbcbbcbbc ddcddcddc etc until the end, in which the long line rhyme of the first stanza is repeated as the short line rhyme of the last stanza, ffaffaffa.
○ Telling the Storm by Judi Van Gorder
It happened at night it gave me a fright, the slash! I watched it ignite like a flame in flight its dash like a fighting kite waving fiery bright, so brash.
The thunderous crash made the fish-tank splash. The room shook after the flash, I pulled back the sash. The womb of the storm, the clash was done with panache, Ka-boom!
When done, to resume and dispel the gloom, I write. To tell with a plume and bring forth the bloom, a light. In time to exhume, a poem to groom finite.
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?/topic/686-lai-family-of-forms-lai-lai-nouveaukyriellebergerettevirelai/ My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
When Wally Wanders (Virelai)
When Wally some way, went walking away, I snored. I thought it okay there’s little to stray toward. But to my dismay without his display I’m bored
He’s always deplored the thought of a cord attached. Although I’d be floored He would be adored if snatched. I’ll post a reward to get him restored- much scratch.
If he’s met his match and he’s in the hatch I may just act with dispatch to undo the latch today. As runt of the batch he was a fine catch, I’d say!