This week, YOU pick the form. Write a poem using your favorite form. Try a form you’ve wanted to attempt. Take the challenge of writing a form that scares you (sestina). Either way, write your poem, giving the name of form and a brief description of it so others may be enticed to write. Have fun and explore.

Marie’s Form:

I chose the Nonet. I cheated, as this is one I wrote back in May of 2010.

Here are the Nonet rules:

A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc., until line nine, which finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.


As the sun slips beneath the water,
Her afterglow lingers above –
Much to wooing moon’s delight.
And they bask in the glow
Those fleeting moments
They call their own,
As their hearts

Walt’s Form:

Created about twenty years ago by an Arkansas poet named Etheree Taylor Armstrong, this titled form, the Etheree, consists of ten lines of unmetered and unrhymed verse, the first line having one syllable, each succeeding line adding a syllable, with the total syllable count being fifty-five. I too cheated. An older poem.


A man
Standing guard.
Despite efforts
To be fair and firm,
Sometimes he folds under
The pressure. Bright hazel eyes
Flash their semaphore to signal
The next barrage to a father’s heart.
Daughters in tug of war for Dad’s favor.


Quintain (Sicilian)

Written in Iambic Pentameter with a rhyme sequence of a.b.a.b.a. This form has been used by many great poets and, like the Tanka, it is a valid and wonderful poetry form in it’s own write. An example that was provided with this description:

And on and on it goes, on through endless time
Never letting go of the person we love.
Two souls always searching for a path sublime
Connected yet apart, always cognizant of
That to others we will always be, a paradigm.

Ryter Roethicle

However, there is a problem with the Iambic Pentameter in this piece. Marie Elena has written a response as her example.
Marie Elena’s reply:


Iambic pentameter has five feet.
(da DUM, da DUM, da DUM, da DUM, da DUM)
Two syllables in each, so ten’s complete.
(da DUM, da DUM, as though upon a drum)
So Ryter Roethicle “done lost his beat”?!

Walt’s Quintain:


I stand before the god’s of love again,
and hope my fate is better than it was.
For things are not the way that they had been;
my heart still breaks the way a good heart does.
To lay a heart to waste is such a sin.