“The Wild Hunt,” A Nonet Poem

This week, I’m adding another poetry format to Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge that is similar to the Etheree, except there are nine lines instead of ten. Everyone loves the Etheree, and I just couldn’t wait till the beginning of the new year to add a similar form. <3 Many thanks to Jane Dougherty for the suggestion.

You can find the instructions on how to write the Nonet poem under the menu item: Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Challenge Guidelines. (P.S. I need to update this page)

For this week’s challenge, I used the word algid for cold, and purest for safe.

How to write a Nonet Poem:

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 finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject. 

line 1 – 9 syllables
line 2 – 8 syllables
line 3 – 7 syllables
line 4 – 6 syllables
line 5 – 5 syllables
line 6 – 4 syllables
line 7 – 3 syllables
line 8 – 2 syllables
line 9 – 1 syllables

Poetry Base shares:


Because of the hourglass shape of a double nonet, it can be used to represent time’s passage.


The elements of the Nonet are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of 9 line stanzas.
  2. syllabic, 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 syllables per line.
  3. usually unrhymed.
Image Credit: germanicmythology.com

“The Wild Hunt”

The phantom calling of the huntsmen
resounds during the algid night
gliding through the purest air
perceived in cloudy shapes
howling on the wind
a sign of war
or a sure

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

The Wild Hunt is a mythological event where a ghostly group of hunters passes overhead in the night sky in wild pursuit. (Wikipedia.com)

If one sees or hears the Wild Hunt it is believed to be a portent of war, or death, or a combination of such events. 

Check out norse-mythology.org to learn more.

Winter is coming…

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Wow! This looks great, Collee. I can’t wait to tell Anita!

  2. Ooops, I lost an ‘n’…

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  4. I think some of us commented when you first introduced the etheree that it was like a nonet. 🙂
    That wild hunt sounds pretty cool–but I guess I wouldn’t want to witness it!

    • Yes, Jane has written a few Nonets too. With the success of the Etheree, it makes sense to offer some longer forms. I love the myth and lore of the Wild Hunt. Great for fantasy writing. ❤️

  5. Love it sis! <3

  6. Thanks for finding this new form for us Sis. Just curious why it starts with 9 and goes down as an Etheree starts with 1? <3

  7. Ooooh, very nice, Colleen.

  8. I’m glad you’re including this form of poetry. I’ve written several nonets that were published in my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. I wrote them backwards to the way you suggested. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. At the time, I understood this was also acceptable. Maybe next week, I’ll try writing one your way.

    • Thanks, Abbie. I think reverse is fine, since many of the other forms reverse too. I also love the double Nonet. I have one more form I’m adding next week. I like to have choices so it helps everyone’s creativity. <3

  9. Reblogged this on Aweni and commented:
    Keep reading if like me, you haven’t heard of a Nonet poem before. Colleen educates us on what a Nonet poem is. I absolutely love her take on the form though the story behind it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

  10. Colleen, you’re right about the Etheree. It’s getting so popular in responding to your challenges. The Nonet would go on fire as well. And you’re adding a new poem form…!! Wow, it’s so exciting. <3 <3

  11. Reblogged this on The Showers of Blessings and commented:
    Writing poetry is so much fun with Colleen’s Poetry Challenge. Come on to learn a new poem form. You’ll have a surprised new poem form coming soon!

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  13. What an interesting poetic form, Colleen. You nailed it!

  14. What a lovely poem. Thank you for sharing it on Monday Blogs this week.

  15. Wow, Colleen. You nailed that poem. I’m having waves and waves of chills. Ack! I love the epic nature of the poem and the End was powerful. And a fun new form!

  16. This is wonderful, Colleen! Thank you for introducing the Nonet! <3

  17. I’ve never heard of nonet before, but you aced this poem

  18. I want to experiment and will visit this site more often but I can rhyme but meter eludes me though. Any ways thnx for sharing and inspiring I will try out the forms in this blog slowly. If you have time do visit my poem Here

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