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!