A lanturne or lantern poem is a relatively new type of descriptive poetry which originated from Japan. Similar to a Haiku, the lanturne poem has a fixed syllable count on each line. Both forms of poetry are very short; challenging the writer to express their ideas with the exact words necessary to say what they are intending to say. The lanturne poem uses five lines with a syllable structure of one, two, three, four and one syllables per line. Some writers consider this form of writing a visual experience and will center their piece to appear like the shape of a lantern. This adds another challenge, to both use the “right words” to speak their truth and words with enough characters to make the visual appearance seem perfect.
Since this is the first time I’ve attempted this type of poetry, it appears that I have some work to do if I want to achieve that perfect lantern form. My first one looked decent, but the second two look like mushrooms and I’m not really sure about that last one. Regardless, it was fun to try it out.
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