Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Day 18 ~ “Lantern Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days" #NationalPoetryMonth

Today’s poem is a simple little Japanese poetry form called a "Lantern Poem," a five-line poem in the shape of a Japanese lantern. Please note that each line is specific in what the word(s) should be describing and then also note the number of syllables per line. These poems do not have titles – the first line is basically the title.


Here's the Pattern:

  Line 1: noun (one syllable)
 Line 2: describe the noun (two syllables)
 Line 3: describe the noun (three syllables
 Line 4: describe the noun (four syllables)
 Line 5: synonym for the noun in line one (one syllable)

After you have written your poem, “center align” it and it should be somewhat in the shape of a Chinese lantern.

So here are a few examples to get you started:



One who serves

Without judgment

© 2018 Stephanie Abney

Forty Winks

© 2016 Stephanie Abney

Always there
Can depend on

© 2014 Stephanie Abney

Dwelling place

                                                  © 2011 Mary Walling (deceased;
                          was a member of our poetry challenge)

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Betsy said...

Love for all
Atoned for me

Betsy said...

The centering didn't work here.

Vicki said...

Day 18-Lantern

For others
Shows compassion

Heidi Murphy said...

Mine is here:
Have a lovely Lantern Day!