Saturday Mix: Poem – Lai – “What If?” #amwriting #dVerse #poetry #saturdaymix

Thanks to Teresa of MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting Saturday Mix with an “What If . .  .” prompt theme. I’m combining this prompt with a #dVerse prompt from Victoria C. Slotto, to do a form of poetry called a ‘Lai.’ 


Credit: Magical Sky Gallery


What if the sky was —

Bright pink? Not blue but —

Hot Pink.

What if during storms, 

Sky’s turned scarlet poured, 

Red wine. 

What if elephants soared, 

Wings, ears flapping; trump


What if those with eyes,

Blue or Green now had, 

Pink eyes? 

Bright orbes reflecting, 

Sky violat purple,

with clouds. 

What if words meant, 

Flowed easily came,

Out swell? 

Perfect words; but what —

If all birds talked,


If dogs spoke human? 

Understood confessions, 

You’ ve shared.

What if tomorrow, 

The sky hailed childhood, 



The Lai (as we will play with it) a nine-line poem or stanza that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme following this pattern:




The lines with an “a” rhyme use 5 syllables; the “b” rhyme lines only have 2 syllables:


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15 thoughts on “Saturday Mix: Poem – Lai – “What If?” #amwriting #dVerse #poetry #saturdaymix

  1. michnavs June 11, 2017 / 5:47 am

    Beautiful form Mandy..
    And the “what ifs”…
    .really good.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jerry Peri June 11, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Yes beautiful! The “what its” seriously got my attention. Yes, what if and so what? It can either be this or that, life goes on!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Singledust June 11, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    loved it and loved how you could find such lovely What If’s – a lot of which are pinging in my head now! loved it – again!

    Liked by 1 person

      • Singledust June 12, 2017 / 2:58 pm

        the absurd make some really fancy poetry Mandibelle and a little flight into fantasy like an Alice story – yes I liked it very much

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  4. Teresa June 15, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    This is a great form. I love how you used it for the “What if” prompt. It was fun, yet thought provoking.

    Liked by 1 person

    • mandibelle16 June 15, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Thanks Teresa. First time I used it from the dVerse prompt. I enjoyed it too 🙂


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