I’ve been lurking in the shadow for quite sometime, and today, I’ve decided to break the ice by sharing with you guys some interesting things about Luc Bat poems. It’s a form of poetry popular in Vietnam, my country. Luc Bat, or 六八 means six eight, which refers to the alternating lines of six and eight syllables. This form of poem always starts with a six syllable line and ends with an eight syllable line. A Luc Bat poem’s length ranges from two lines to a few thousands of lines; there’s no limit. Here’s how you rhyme in a Luc Bat poem. Quite interesting, right?
Hope you like my first attempt at an English Luc Bat poem, I know I butchered it quite terribly.
Oh, little butterfly
Today, you have to die, hear me.
Nature’s cruel, I’m sorry
“What’s the point of beauty,” I ask
“If it can never last.”
Close your eyes, and relax your wings
No need to keep fighting
My kiss, paralyzing venom.
So, this is the end of
A painful, tragic love story.