I haven’t taken part in my own poetry challenge for a couple of weeks. I’m getting down to the nitty gritty on Word Craft ~ the Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry and I’m still hunting for a few poetry forms. So, this double nonet will serve as an example to that specific form. I might add… the only example.
Finding poetry examples for the book from your blogs opened my eyes. We all have our favorite forms that we like to write. No surprise there. Some of you have a tendency to only write one form of poetry, that’s it!
I was surprised to learn that many of you had not experimented with the other syllabic poetry forms from the challenge. I hope after last week’s successes with the haibun form that some of you will venture out and try a few more. Who knows? It might inspire you to compile a collection of your poetry into a book!
The Double Nonet
A classic nonet is a nine-line poem, with a syllable count of 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. You can create this form with any number of nine-line stanzas following the original or leave it as a single verse. In my example below, I wrote two separate nine-line stanzas featuring a syllable count of 9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1, 9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1. However, you could create a double (reversed) nonet with a syllable count of 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9, 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 syllables per line.
Double nonet poetry needs a theme to make it cohesive. I like to leave a blank line between the stanzas, but you don’t have to. Write about the things important to you and don’t forget to use vivid descriptions.
In my piece below, in the first stanza, I write about climate change and how I imagine a scenario where the mother goddess (Gaia, or mother earth) brings rain to stop the fires ravaging the earth. While in the second stanza, I explain the consequences of too much rain.
The idea is to compare and contrast two things. There should be some kind of connection between the nonet stanzas.
You can create double haiku, double senryu, double tanka, double gogyohka, double cinquain, double etheree, and double nonet poetry. In fact, any of these forms can become longer poems by adding more stanzas, which is excellent information to know when the poetry contest you want to enter asks for longer poetry. You’ve got this!
“Be Careful What you Wish for…”
Wind, the calming breath of the goddess
brought moisture to the thirsty earth.
Water, the life source endured
quenched the fires and flames
that stoked climate change
across our lands.
Storm remnants ebb into silvered mists
where sky and water join as one.
I struggle for air above
the rising ocean tides,
as shrill sea bird screams
welcome me to
a fresh day
©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro
Thanks for reading.
28 thoughts on “Be Careful What You Wish For… #Double Nonet”
I found your double nonet quite chilling.
Ohhh thank you. I guess I went dark on that one. The contrast is stark. Opposites are so fun. One of my favorite themes. ❤️
I can see that!
So lovely, Colleen. I’m excited for your book. It sounds like it’s coming together and I know it will be beautiful.
Thanks, Diana. It’s more of a how to reference book. I think it will be great. I added the bibliography today. Big smile 😊
Beautful and left to wonder. ❤
Awww thanks Sis. It was a what if poem. ❤️
I can relate ❤
This is really lovely, Colleen. I am struggling to write poetry at the moment. My brain seems to be in lockdown.
I go through that as well, Robbie. I have to constantly feed the well of inspiration. ❤️
This is so beautiful and clever all at the same time a stern warning about climate change. I love the money, infact I love all poetry. You never cease to amaze me with your talent and your helpful support of us all. The book sounds so exciting 💜
Thanks, Willow. You guys inspire me to learn more all the time. Our community is so special. ❤️
It really is isn’t it , thank you 💜
This is lovely and chilling, as Liz says. I think this is one of your best, Colleen.
Wow, Merril. Thanks. 😍
You’re very welcome!
Well-done, Colleen! A beautiful Nonet!
Thanks, Jan. ❤️❤️❤️
We often wish for the truth without the consequences. Vivid imagery.
And you are right about favorite forms. My default is definitely shadorma. But I like to be challenged to try other things. Perhaps you could challenge us with a different form each week, although not require it. (K)
Thanks, Kerfe. That’s what I’m thinking. I’m so eclectic with the forms. I know time is an issue for many so a haiku or Senryu sometimes is the safer bet. Good idea, though! 😍❤️
A superbly written and daunting double nonet, Colleen.
Thanks, Francis. It’s all a “what if?” Sometimes those possibilities make for great inspiration. ❤️
intense, reaching deep into the soul
Thanks, Sis. The chaos spoke to me. We always want what we think will be better. It’s part of the human condition, I believe. ❤
This is so beautifully written Colleen, amazing and deep and vivid.
Thanks, Jude. Life is full of trade offs. Everything feels apocalyptic right now.
Not for too long though
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