Body Works

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-challenge
Fussy Little Forms:  “Nonet”  (posted by Marian)

A nonet is defined as a combination of nine instruments or voices, or a musical composition for such a combination. The word comes from Italian nonetto or nono–nine.

In poetry, a nonet is a nine-line poem in which the first line contains nine syllables, the next line 8, and so on until the final one-syllable line.

No rhyme required, and no particular topic or subject. You can also write a second stanza in reverse, 1-9 syllables, for a kind of opposite or mirror.

fresh fruit, read
new poems, old poems.
Comment, jot ideas–
simple drafts for later.
Out for a walk with my dogs
some light sketching, crossword puzzles
Words begin to blur, time for a nap.
After nine, I am recharged, wide-eyed
as that pink drum-playing bunny.
Nighttime beckons; my brain whirs.
Oh, that could work quite well!
Poems play chameleon
Rewrites clearer
sense of me.
Words jump

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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24 Responses to Body Works

  1. This sounds like a perfect day to me. 😊


  2. kim881 says:

    The shape of your reverse double nonet really fits the words and meaning, Sara. I really like the line
    ‘Poems play chameleon’!


  3. SatyaPriya says:

    Ah, now that was a clever riff, a double nonet, and works well.


  4. sanaarizvi says:

    Quite an accomplished double nonet, Sara 😍😍😍


  5. Jim says:

    Love the respite until nine. I’ll not get mine this Sunday morning, church time by then.


  6. I like the idea of poems playing chameleon. And that recharged spirit of a pink bunny made me smile. Well-penned.


  7. Marian says:

    Love this! I want days like this. 🙂 Haha, I read that chameleon line as Pokemon at first… which says a lot more about my days than your poem. Love it, well done.


  8. What a great way to show the slow process of writing.


  9. Only thing to do with a sleepless night, really – make poems. 🙂


  10. I love the journey of the writer, and the last, words jump, post! You master the form here, so that it isn’t obvious at all, just the perfect vehicle to express your movement.


  11. MrsBednar says:

    We all need days like this! “poems playing chameleon” really like that


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