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Nonet Poems: Poetic Form

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Never heard of nonet poems? That's all right. I'd never heard of them before trying to hunt down a new poetic form to cover earlier this week.

Nonet Poems: The Rules

The nonet poetic form is simple. It's a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line, 7 syllables in the third line, and continues to count down to one syllable in the final (ninth) line.

I couldn't find an origin, but I did learn that the word nonet is used for a group of 9 performers or instruments. So I'm assuming this is one of those poetic forms inspired by music.

Here's my attempt at the Nonet Poetic Form:

"Nature"

There's a life curled in the darkness
sweating out the evening storm
beneath leaves covered with rain
and an urge to bolt like
the lightning before
thunder. Under
here we run
free of
why.

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