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Saturday, May 10, 2014


Half moon light shines on the Saguaro
casting dark shadows in the sand.
Their arms stretch up offering
blessings to the desert,
praise to the cool night.
I, in my bed,
am wishing
it were

   Yesterday I said I was working on nine line poems and shared two lai with you.  Today I have another syllabic poem--the nonet.  This poetic form has nine lines and nine syllables in the first line, eight in the second and each subsequent line has one less syllable until the last line has only one syllable.  Finding a suitable one syllable word to end the poem on is the tricky part of this form.
Your challenge for today is to try writing your own nine line poem.  Have fun writing.


  1. Good job, Joy. I love the way a nonet looks on the page. I like counted syllable poems.

    1. Yes, counted syllable poems like haiku, tanka, fib--are fun to do.
      The nonet works well with a center margin too, I just have this thing about NOT using center margin unless there is something in the poem calling for it. I think using center margins is a way of being lazy with a poem. It is one of those crazy things about me--like my abhorrence for starting each line with a capital letter.

  2. It's really pretty, Joy. I like looking at it, too, as Dori says. I might try this one, a big challenge I think.

    1. Do try this one Linda. It is really a lot easier than you might think. Just remember you need to end on a one syllable word.

  3. Joy,
    You know your surroundings and their habits well! Thanks for helping us to learn more about the desert.

    1. Hey, Linda. Thanks for being a faithful reader and friend. It seems like the wind has been blowing for the whole last month. That is a lot of dust.
      Hope you have a great weekend.