Now Zen Now Zen

Gayle is our host for the Meeting the Bar night and here is what she proposes.

The Alouette was created by author, Jan Turner, who has created numerous poetry forms, some of which we’ve covered at dVerse. You can find many of her forms at Shadow Poetry.  This form consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each (sestets) with the following set rules: Syllables/Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7 Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b The name is a French word meaning ‘skylark’ or larks that fly high.  The word ‘alouette’ can also mean a children’s song (usually sung in a group), and is reminiscent of the style of short lines used for their lyrics. Preference for the meter accent is on the third syllable of each line but I won’t hold you to it.


i am writing Zen

it is NOW not then

being as the Buddha would

in a moment true

while the minds eye view

rages as a rivers flood


finding inner peace

inner soaring Geese

trying  hard to still my mind

but it will not come

too much left undone

mental knots inside a bind


merging back with self

contact inner Elf

see life as it really is

take a breath and smile

walk a joyful mile

alouette’s gentille bliss







13 thoughts on “Now Zen Now Zen

  1. Bodhirose says:

    Oh, this is right up my alley. I’ve spent countless hours meditating as my “mind’s eye view rages as a river’s flood.” I love your ending sestet with the breath and smile and “alouette’s gentile bliss.” Thank you very much for this wonderful writing, Paul.

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