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 Double Ennead Challenge as a guest at the Saddle Up Saloon.

Follow the link to the challenge 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 Poetry Oracle to compose a stanza of their double ennead poem. If they didn’t want to try the Poetry Oracle, I asked them to write a double ennead poem instead. The poetry Oracle is magnetic poetry found HERE

Here are the poems from the August 2021 challenge:

"The Doorway to Hope"

if I could mend my heart
the doorway to hope
I would scry on the wind and search for answers
falling through a funnel
I’ll still wait and hope

someday I will marry
everything makes sense
years of hurt and pain but then learn my lesson
decry the injustice
with right frame of mind

avenue to freedom
doesn’t hurt to try
if I find the right one and he finds me too
we’ll make the most of it
hope is always there

(c) ladyleemanila 2021

what simple words can script
ancient magic that
draws humans like moths to flames; retribution
of wrongs made into odes
for memories sake

different magnetism;
raining of fire
from the center of Perseus the hero
late summer or fall sky;
meteor shower

there without known sounds to
human ears, movement;
the blur of countless stars in the Milky Way
illuminating the
dreams of innocents

© JulesPaige
"The Double Ennead Blues"

I play the poet’s game,
test the Oracle,
a refrigerator stuffed with scrambled words,
crack open a few, make
a po-omelet.

I am a poor pigeon,
pecking at asphalt,
seeking creative crumbs, word seeds of order.
Alas, it will not gel;
Eggshells stripped my gears.

Oracle, I tried thee,
threw your word dice,
kept rolling snake eyes, blurry bloodshot poets’ eyes-
Double Ennead Blues,
will you cry for me?

© Bill Engleson
"Dark Angel"

smoky kisses linger
in a fool’s wild heart
prisoner of the dark angel’s velvet smile
devoured by haunted lips
her dance of desire

© D. Wallace Peach
"Life’s Desire"

fire dances devour
porcelain kisses
and fool iceman—she wants a life of rhythm,
dazzling angel embraces,
a warm universe

© Ruth Klein's Scribbles
"Being Together"

The quilt of earth shields an
unborn silver plant.
The soil rejoices as it imagines
unified leaves topped
with a purple crown.

© Call2Read

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge. Bravo for your creativity! The Poetry Oracle is just another way to find creativity when you feel like you need a boost.

I’ll be back at the Saloon on Carrot Ranch.com, on Monday, September 20th! What are you waiting for? Join in and get your poetry on!