A Lune poem is a short poem with just three lines. There are two variations: one that counts syllables, and one that counts words. The name Lune, French for moon, is inspired by a crescent moon – the shape that the form of the poem imitates.
Jack Collom, an American poet, created the form that counts words..
Each line can stand alone as a complete thought, or the lines can run into each other (known as enjambment).
Line 1: 3 words
Line 2: 5 words
Line 3: 3 words
I created two poems to share with grade 2/3 students. I started the lesson by displaying the poems on the projector and asking students what they notice. They first started counting syllables. I had them compare syllable count on both poems and they realized that they aren’t the same. Students said that the poems reminded them of Haiku. I pointed out that word choice is key. You see phrases, not sentences. You paint a picture with words. I asked them to draft several poems and challenged them to write one without naming the subject. They had a lot of fun with this form of poetry.
Here are my exemplars:
Mirrors, windows, doors
Gateway to worlds beyond us
Books are transformative
Fluffy white fur
Purrs contentedly – her gentle nature
Steals my heart
©Heidi Clark, 2022