Sunday, January 6, 2013
By Ashley Lister
The nonet is nine lines of poetry – an ideal poetry writing exercise for the start of the New Year. Like the haiku, the nonet is defined by a syllable count for each line. However, because it’s so regimented in its form, the layout of this one is easier to remember:
· The first line contains nine syllables.
· The second line contains eight syllables.
· The third line contains seven syllables.
· This pattern continues down to the final line which consists of a single syllable word.
soft, silken, slippery, soapy fingers
touching, teasing, taunting, pleasing,
swiftly – faster and faster.
And then. Hesitating.
Slowly. Too slowly.
Drawing out the
The nonet can be used as a single verse, or a collection of nonets can be used as stanzas in a longer poem. The nonet can also be reversed to give 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 pattern.
kiss. Tongues touch.
Mouths meet. Hands explore.
Caresses grow bolder.
Clothes are stretched, tugged, then removed.
Bare flesh is finally exposed.
And then, at last, the fun can begin.
As always, I look forward to reading your nonets in the comments box below.