Thai poetry.

• The Lilit is an alternating Raay and Kloang verse. Usually the Raay is used to describe the action and the Kloang is the dialogue.

The Lilit is:
○ stanzaic, alternating Raay couplets with Kloang quatrains.
○ syllabic, the couplets are 5 syllable lines and the quatrains are L1-L3 7 syllable lines and L4 is a 9 syllable line.
○ couplets composed with a chain, linking the lines of the couplet and linking the stanzas.
○ rhymed, composed with cross, interlaced and end rhyme .

x x x x a
a x x x b
b x x x c x d
x x x x d x c
x x x x d x e
x x x x c x x x e
e x x x f
f x x x g
g x x x h x i
x x x x i x h
x x x x i x j
x x x x h x x x j

Pasted from Poetry Magnum Opus, with thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

Chain: A series of verses or stanzas in which the last word of the verse or stanza is repeated as the first word of the next verse or stanza.

Cross rhyme: When the end word rhymes with a word in the middle of the next line

Interlaced rhyme: A word in the middle of one line rhymes with a word in the middle of another.

My Example

Form: Lilit


Stop and take a look.
Look at what I’ve found.

“Found something, new you say?”
While it’s okay to view
the form that way, it’s old
in fact, which you can now behold.

Behold it’s Thailand.
Thailand’s ancient verse.

Verse once inscribed on walls
and in great halls described
is something called new now
what was transcribed– ignored somehow.

© Lawrencealot – January 29, 2015

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Daisy Chain

Daisy Chain: The last word in the line becomes the first word of the next line. To end the poem, the last word is the same as the first word.


Holidays should not be the only special days,
days for family gatherings and for a party.
Party a little every day for the joy of living.
Living harmoniously in the now mode bodes well.
Well of happiness needs to be dipped into often.
Often we don’t celebrate the ordinary sacredness of life.
Life should be filled with grateful holidays.

The Contemplative Crone

When I think about my days,
days filled with reality and fantasies,
fantasies create a new reality to ponder.
Ponder the meaning to give to my life.
Life is too short to squander.
Squander good thoughts and be generous.
Generous people share their passions.
Passions excite us to enjoy living.
Living with joy and hope makes us happy–
happy because we are engaged with others–
others discovered who knows when.
My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.

Like the Wreath which allows more freedom in choosing the linking words, this form requires no meter, rhyme or mandated line or stanza length.

My example

Tougher, Yet Less Stringent Form (Form: Daisy Chain)

Placement is most exact for this form.
Form is more cerebral for the Wreath.
Here last and first words provide the link.
Link in the Wreath may be only near,
near, in meaning or line placement.

© Lawrencealot – December 22, 2014