Thursday, April 23, 2015

POETRY FRIDAY: A Nonet to Share

Thanks to Renée at No Water River for hosting Poetry Friday this week!
 
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April has skipped and skittered away from me, but it’s been a fun, busy month! I look forward to National Poetry Month every year, and this year’s celebrations have not disappointed—I’ve shared some of my favorite poetic forms with enthusiastic children, discovered some new favorite poets, and tried my hand at some “new to me” formats! (One of my new favorites is the nonet, which I will share at the end of this post!☺) Due to some heavy duty extra-curricular commitments, I haven’t been blogging as much, but I’ve enjoyed keeping up with my online friends as time allows. I look forward to diving back into more frequent blogging soon!

And now to the nonet format: a nonet is a nine-line poem that begins with a nine-syllable first line, and each succeeding line has one less syllable (line two has eight syllables, line three has seven syllables, etc.). Here is a nonet that I composed which was inspired by my sweet boys, who are now 12 ½ and almost bigger than me!

Wonder

For years I wondered who you would be,
For months I dreamed of holding you.
When the day came I marveled,
Counting twenty fingers,
Twenty tiny toes,
Two sweet faces;
Twin blessings
Wrapped in
Blue.
Here is a picture taken a few weeks after we brought our boys home from the NICU.
They were so tiny!!
 
Try writing your own nonet—it is definitely a fun challenge! Enjoy the last week of this year’s National Poetry Month and Happy Writing!

23 comments:

  1. A nonet does sound like fun! I'll have to give it a try, thanks for the introduction to the form. With two boys, I'll bet the past 12 years have flown by!

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    1. Yes, the years have definitely zipped by, Diane! It is bittersweet...

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  2. What a beautiful poem about two gorgeous boys. Thank you for sharing. The nonet is a tricky form, and you've done it well.

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  3. Thanks for helping us learn about nonets, Becky. The twins are precious and you looked glorious in that picture!

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  4. I hadn't heard of the nonet -- your poem is perfect! Love those twins -- adorable. :)

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    1. I had not heard of the nonet until recently, either. I am so glad I "found" it! = )

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  5. What a lovely photo and poem. I can't wait to try this form.

    @CathM_Johnson from
    Catherine Johnson

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  6. Becky,
    I can't think of anything you could have written that would have been sweeter than this topic. What a wonderful poem to pass along to your children.

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  7. Have written Nonets and I do enjoy the format - loving a challenge as I do.
    And what a sweet nonet to twins...now you should do ONE more LEEE-TLE tiny thing more...
    Try a Nonet backwards from that about your boys now...it would end up looking like an hourglass! Wouldln't that be fun? You could even just leave "blue" there as the joining one syllable word as you expand your poem for these two handsome (I can assume that right?) young men as they are today. Let me know if you do! Leave me a comment to remind me to check your site if you do - I want to read it!
    Donna Smith
    Mainely Write

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    1. What a fabulous idea, Donna! I love a good challenge! I won't be able to post next Friday, but will definitely try this for my Poetry Friday post in two weeks. Thank you so much!

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  8. Did you write this wonder-ful nonet for Mary Lee's emotion challenge? I think "wonder" was the emotion of choice the other day. (It is funny when they get to be bigger than you, isn't it??)

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    1. I did not see Mary Lee's challenge until recently. That is such a coincidence! Yes, it is funny that my boys are getting so BIG!

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  9. Becky, your sweet poem captures a beautiful memory and is a lasting keepsake for your boys... they may (if they're anything like my 14 yo) be embarrassed now, but will certainly treasure it eventually. Thanks for the reminder about the nonet form... I've known about it, but it may be time to give it a try!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I don't think they've read it yet--but yes, I can see them being a bit embarrassed when they do. One of them usually reads, so we'll see... Have fun writing your nonet!

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  10. I admire how you used the form without it seeming forced. Perfect word choice!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary Lee! It was a fun challenge for me.

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  11. I didn't even know about this poetic form, thanks Becky! Love the picture! :)

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  12. Lovely. I've never heard of a nonet either. I've been schooled.

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  13. Love the photo and poem ... amazing how the years fly.

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