The lai is a French form:
A nine-line poem, or stanza, that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme scheme: aabaabaab
Lines ending with “a” rhymes have five (5) syllables
Lines ending with “b” rhymes have only two (2) syllables
In the “BEACH” poems below, I take LIBERTIES — like any good soldier should!
This very stretch and strand,
(a distant year, a distant land)
Soldiers (G.I.’s) land,
drag, crawl —death be damned—
(from sea to shining sand)
to seize a slice of Promised Land —
‘nother day, nother lan’ –
us G.I.’s lan’,
drag, crawl — death be dam!
’n claw ‘at filthy san’
’n take back chunka Frenchy lan’ –
Original version deleted in error — soon to be reposted
Back story, rationale and final version follow:
Troy Graves (born May 4, 1972) is an American serial rapist and murderer of Penn student Shannon Scheiber. He committed a series of rapes in Philadelphia between 1997 and 1999, where he was known as the “Center City rapist”. He also committed rape in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2001. He now serves a life sentence.
He was arrested in 2002. He is serving a life sentence.
The preceding poem is a metaphorical representation of Graves’ deranged behavior. It is in no way meant to glorify. Although cast in light verse, it depicts crime and horror with the ultimate aim that Scheiber and other victims, and rape itself, be not forgotten.