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Sunday Scribblings #54: The Lune, Cybils Updates, and Wondrous Wilderness

This week’s title — the lune, Cybils updates, and wondrous wilderness — is simply a listing of the things I talk about in my post. All of us are starting this new year with hope for better things to come – for one and all.

Sunday Scribblings #51: Cybils Awards Roundup Two and More

Poetic Sundays

Lune

The lune is also termed as the American haiku, emerged as a result of wanting a form that would be closer to the sparse style of the Japanese haiku. Japanese words tend to have more syllables, because of which even the 5/7/5 syllabic count of the haiku still results in fewer words. But poets writing the haiku in English can effectively use more words, and hence achieve more out of the same syllabic count. The lune has two variations, both of which are noted below.

So what is the Lune?

The lune is a short poem, with three lines, just like the haiku (the form it is based upon). The name itself – lune – comes from the fact that the poem takes the shape of the crescent moon. This is true with both its variations – below (in most scenarios).

The Kelly Lune

Robert Kelly, a poet from New York, first created the lune in the 1960s. The Kelly lune is syllabic and self-contained, with 13 syllables across three lines (5/3/5). There are no other rules for the lune; it can be about anything, can be rhyming(or not), and does not require a cutting word (that the haiku does).

The Collom Lune

Poet Jack Collom later came up with a variant that is word-based; the Collom lune is also a tercet (three-lined poem) with three words in the first line, five in the second, and three in the third line. Again, no other rules apply.

The Lune’s Characteristics

The lune has no rules except for the syllable/word count based on the lune form you pick. You can have each line represent one single thought, or have the poem itself be one line, or write it as a series of thoughts, or any other way you choose. The lines can rhyme, or not; the poem can have any theme of the poet’s choice.

So while the poem is short, the possibilities are endless; and this makes it perfect for a beginning poet!

For the Kelly lune

  • syllabic: 5/3/5

For the Collom lune

  • word-count based: 3/5/3

My Example

Using a photo I clicked during our saunter on the first day of this hopeful new year, I attempted the Kelly lune.

Recently

On My Blog

I managed a couple of posts this past week! And here they are (since my last Scribblings)

And the Home Front

College applications are done, finito, finally!!! And now the waiting begins. My son officially became an Eagle Scout on the last day of 2020 – one of the good things to look back in that otherwise unusual year.

I binged on Netflix’s Bridgerton (had to!!) this past week, after having binge-re-read the series earlier in December. And I can’t wait for Season 2! What about you? Did any of you watch it as well? And if you have not read the series, I highly recommend it.

We rang in the new year like most others, at home with family. We then decided to start off the new year with discovering new local hiking trails. And what a treasure as well as a pleasure it was. Our destination was the Sunol Regional Wilderness Area in the East Bay ; nicknamed Little Yosemite of the Bay Area. We plan to return there in the spring as it offers many hiking trails and we barely scraped the surface this week.

MyPhotoADay

No bookstagram attempts this past week so here are a couple of the regular IG posts

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Upcoming

On My Blog and Home Front

For my blog, I will continue to catch up on reviewing all the books I have read for Cybils and then some more; and work on lists for my challenges. School begins for the teens this coming week after the holidays, and they are looking forward to it despite it still being remote learning for us.

This Week’s Celebrations

For this week, here are a few I wanted to mention…

  • Can you name one of the things that January 4th celebrates? Well, the answer is trivia, for the fourth of January is indeed National Trivia Day!
  • National Bird Day is on the 5th. So step out to do some birdwatching. I promise, it is a rewarding experience..
  • January 6th is National Shortbread Day as well as National Technology Day 
  • Bobbleheads have their own day too, it is National Bobblehead Day on the 7th of January. And I saw a Dr. Fauci bobblehead on their website 🙂
  • For your sweet tooth (mine too, of course), there is National English Toffee Day on the 8th of January; not that I need a reason to reach out for and devour that Almond Roca!! And with us in the northern hemisphere contending with the cold, and most likely dry skin because of that, we have National Winter Skin Relief Day . One thing that helps us is these wonderful DIY lotion bars.
  • Fruits are always a welcome treat, and for someone like me with a serious sweet tooth, a needed diversion from the sugary desserts! So I look forward to National Apricot Day on the 9th of January.
  • I keep thinking about these, but never really worked on one. Maybe this is the year to start? I am talking about vision boards. It is National Vision Board Day on the second Saturday in January.

Cybils Awards Update: List of Finalists!

Cybils Nonfiction Roundup Post One

The Cybils Awards 2020 finalists have been announced! Here are the 2020 Cybils Non Fiction Book finalists for all three categories. Click on the images to go to the Cybils page for more details about each one; and check out the rest of the finalists on the Cybils Awards web page here.

Below are the review round up posts I did earlier along with a recent post this week with some of the Cybils books’ reviews

Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, this was it for my Sunday Scribblings and the Cybils Awards Update. I would love to hear your comments on my post(s), poetic Sunday section, and anything else. And which of these days do you plan to celebrate (or any other)? Also, I do look forward to reading your poems (if you have attempted one or the other forms so far?!) And what are your thoughts on needing more minutes?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

10 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #54: The Lune, Cybils Updates, and Wondrous Wilderness

  1. Lunes are a poetic form that is new to me. Thank you for sharing these. It is a short form, and I am always drawn to things that are short.

    Congratulations to your son on attaining Eagle Scout. I know how much work it is to do this. And I’m glad he has gotten all his college applications in. Another huge task.

    We plan to do more hiking in 2021. I’ll be running photos this month that we took in Sedona in November. It would be a good opportunity for me to do a little more on Instagram.

    1. Deb, I just checked out the Sedona pics (yet to comment there) and they are stunning.. you should add them to your IG feed…
      I will pass on your wishes to my son
      and yes, I am partial to short poetic forms, especially when I end up getting to writing the post at the very last minute 🙂

  2. I knew haikus, but not lunes, thanks for sharing. It surprises me that it’s called “lune” (French) and not “moon” and I wondered for a few second if it meant something else (I’m French). That picture of the hiking trail is beautiful, I can’t imagine what it must be like to have this close to home when spring comes. We don’t hike very much these days because we live in the country and there are hunters and bullets… Good luck for your challenges, I relate to the one of being better each day, enjoy your week 🙂

    1. Iza, thank you! I did read that this trail is beautiful in spring, and this was our first visit to this particular spot.. So I hope to return in spring to see the flowers and greenery..

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