shrapnel caught beaming moonlight
bat cauldrons ping night songs slow
blossoms star-struck lie low
rest now awake below high grass
Song thất lục bát (double seven, six eight):
A quatrain comprising a couplet of two seven-syllable lines followed by a Lục bát couplet (a six-syllable line and an eight-syllable line).
Each line requires certain syllables to exhibit a “flat” or “sharp” pitch. Lines and stanzas are linked in a complex rhyme scheme.
Vietnamese Poetry Forms
(Vietnamese poetry is mostly tonal, something that cannot be replicated in English. I apologise for this shortcoming.)