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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Writing Exercise

 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.

To illustrate:

soft, silken, slippery, soapy fingers
touching, teasing, taunting, pleasing,
swiftly – faster and faster.
And then. Hesitating.
Slowly. Too slowly.
Drawing out the
rich pleasure

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.
Lips together.
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.


  1. he
    the leather straps
    of her ankle boots,
    slides them from wax-white feet,
    runs his tongue along her soles
    and suckles her toes one by one,
    until his cock hardens and grows soft.

  2. As smooth as always. Love the single three-syllable word 'unbuckles.' It's almost sounding like an onomatopoeia.


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