strangers wait out the storm (a luc bat poem)


(for Nadine)

you might not notice me
here as I sip my tea, again
pondering this cold rain
you might think me too plain, but look
you’re clever as a rook
I watch you, with your book — pages
turning — passing ages
weathered like old sages, at sea



luc bat – (Vietnamese: “six-eight”) Alternating lines of 6 and 8 syllables. The rhyme scheme renews at the end of every 8-syllable line and rhymes on the 6th syllable of both lines: xxxxxA, xxxxxAxB, xxxxxB, xxxxxBxC, xxxxxC, xxxxxCxD, xxxxxD, xxxxxDxE. No set length or subject matter.