I’ve found an amazing group of poets at Carrot Ranch 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 assume a persona to use as inspiration to compose their double ennead poem.

Here are the poems from the October 18, 2021 challenge:

"It Appeared the Tree Held all the Answers"

tree held all the answers
on spacious plains
I observe with grace what people say and do
clear as the blue sky
on this open field

through the years I don’t seek
my leaves dance and wave
some happenings I witness make me drowsy
some were fun and simple
history and some

I held all the answers
seasons come and go
witnessing every drama and arguments
recording what they say
I like being me*

© ladyleemanila 2021

"Pumpkin Persona"

from vine to gourd growing
big and round and plump
perfect orange better than my pumpkin kin
a testament to fall
waits in muddy field

plucked from nurturing vine
by small hands searching
for a perfect vessel to hold their vision
of a halloween spook
in the dark of night

face carved deep in firm flesh
a wide toothy grin
with a candle burning bright amongst the guts
gives off a spooky glow
to keep away ghosts

© TJS Sherman
"Receding Confidence II" (in 99 syllables)

Diminishing copycat, bent on disappearing
Losing voice with each dropping petal
the refrain weakens
the will struggling to fulfill expectations

trapped in societal bonds,
like pages in a closed book
on a high shelf,
forever unread

‘will’ only so strong
soul sits alone
attempts one last shout
as a worthy advisory; the cry just fades away…

false partner
underrated soul
sham Echo

© JulesPaige 
"Who is this Dog?"

Off to dreamland, puppy,
A favorite of yours.
Whether sprawled out or curled into a doughnut,
Not a single worry,
A sweet expression.

Out of bed, wide awake,
Time to go explore.
Whether filling hearts or curiosity, 
Your ears ready to prick
At the changing winds.

A flicker in the eyes,
Something takes control.
Transform into a seemingly different dog,
Listening not likely;
Next stop is timeout.

© Francis, the Frenchie
"Happy Holiday Halloween Hextravaganza"

Hard, disapproving eyes
View my family
Our difference not readily accepted
By your society
How we pity you

A small-minded approach
Is so limiting
Freedoms we enjoy, prohibited to you
Exploration of unusual places
By the moon’s pale light

Sea serpent splashes about
We watch full of glee
As the cat escapes a muddy green shower
And baby burns the grass
Do you have any fun?

© Robbie Cheadle
"I’d Love to be a..."

I’m here and unnoticed
hiding in plain sight
things done behind closed doors are easy to see
when I am in the room— 
secret’s safe with me

I stay still and listen
or I crawl about
I don’t need an invisibility cloak
secrets would be revealed—
if only I talked!

while you sleep I’m busy
I might get too close
I startle you when I get next to your nose
It’s fun to tickle you
Ouch! Why did you swat?

©Ruth Klein’s Scribbles

Many thanks to everyone who took part in this challenge and to the Saloon at Carrot Ranch for the opportunity to spread our poetry writing wings.

I’ll be back at the Saloon, on Monday, November 15th! What are you waiting for? Join in and get your syllables in a row!