One of the things I like about doing the PAD challenges is that I’m often taken to places I’ve never been before, learning new things along the way. I usually use the prompts posted by Robert Lee Brewer in his Poetic Asides blog, and today’s prompt was about threes. In it he mentioned a poetry form I’d never heard of before called the Lune. It’s known as the American Haiku and is a 13-syllable, self-contained poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line.

Now, those of you who’ve known me for a while know I have a fondness for short forms like Haiku, Senyru, and Tankas, so I had to give the Lune a try. What follows are some random first efforts written on this Sunday morning when the powers that be decided to turn the clocks back and give me an extra hour to play. I hope you enjoy them.


Autumn came at last
I shiver
snuggle in my robe


The scale laughs at me
Says, “You're fat.”
Often the truth hurts


Last night clocks turned back
This morning
time still moves forward


Too much thought for food
I'm hungry
The scale still mocks me


Will you call today?
I doubt it.
It's always my turn.


I hope you remembered to turn your clocks back. If you didn’t, no time like the present!

Elise Skidmore ©2019

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