I’ve found an amazing group of poets at Carrot Ranch.com: double ennead challenges where every third Monday of the month, I host the challenge as a guest at the Saddle-Up Saloon.
Follow the link to the challenge post HERE
What’s a double ennead? The Double Ennead comprises five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per stanza) 3 STANZAS EACH = 99 SYLLABLES, NO MORE, NO LESS! Punctuation and rhyme schemes are optional and up to the poet.
This month, I asked the poets to use the following image to inspire their double ennead poem:
Here are the poems from the July 19, 2021 challenge:
"I Love Traveling" the world is my oyster I love travelling free as a bird as I make my way to them places without limit I love travelling anywhere I’m allowed brave as I could be trotting, flying, swimming, walking and shopping trying different things brave as I could be I holler if I could glad to be awake bones to inspect, natural beauties to see I hate it when I’m late glad to be awake* © 2021 ladyleemanila
"Rest, Restore, Rejuvenate" a trip to the shore? a season in the sun pack a suitcase to lighten buried baggage stick your toes in the sand release your worries see clearer stars at night view sun’s dawn rising spend the day searching for starfish, pretty shells and other trinkets that the sea has left you let the waves rush over your confessions and your confusion; commune with Mother Nature let her sooth all your fears and… have the last word © 2021 JulesPaige
"Shift" We’re going for the shift A change in our thoughts, To stop future worry: what has been and what’s gone. We need to act upon, A movement in state. We may need a sharp jolt A slap in the face, To ensure we notice where we are right now. Neither tense needs no bow, Today is all that’s real. Thoughts last just a moment Be they fear or joy, Let us seek peace in between each reflection. Discard disaffection And sigh with relief. © 2021 Laura McHarrie
"My Son, The Sports Reporter" Off to graduate school For sports journalism Syracuse University duffel bag Bright television lights Require face make-up Toiletry bag a must Not just shaving gear Also foundation cream and aloe cleansing cloths Hair products and toothbrush Prescription eye drops Bag on the vanity Means he’s visiting Duffel has three sets of station call letters Bigger city each move Emmys multiply © 2021 Sue Spitulnik
"Thrush Travels" Lone thrush flies with the breeze, floats in the wind’s song, wavers and shivers at the sound of thunder, calms at the sky’s blue folds and their white patches. Lone thrush flies with the breeze, looks for life in hills, stills at the urgent cries of pouncing eagles, rubs wings with a goldfinch, croons with small songbirds. Lone thrush flies with the breeze, stares at earth’s colors flies to join golden finch in the red maple, cuts into samara finds home in lush warmth. © 2021 Call2Read
"Getting Ready to Cruise" the night before the cruise packing at midnight flurry, nerves, excitement, a lot to gather we each required two trunks a valise each, too we loaded a taxi we boarded the train finally on our way, our cruise adventure pushing luggage was hard crosswalks had speed bumps boarding the ship, what fun sea sickness hit, ugh— excursions in rain and sun, glaciers to see found new friends at dinner ten days on a ship © 2021 Ruth Klein's Scribbles
Many thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge. Writing syllabic poetry helps writers learn how to work in imagery as we gain command of language! Happy syllabic poetry writing!
I’ll be back at the Saloon, on Monday, August 16th! What are you waiting for? Join in and get your poetry on!
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