Saddle-Up Saloon Double Ennead Challenge No. 6, Recap

I’ve found an amazing group of poets at Carrot 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

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!

Think you can’t write poetry? Join me, and learn some tips and tricks in writing syllabic poetry. Find the book on Amazon:

Be Careful What You Wish For… #Double Nonet

I haven’t taken part in my own poetry challenge for a couple of weeks. I’m getting down to the nitty gritty on Word Craft ~ the Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry and I’m still hunting for a few poetry forms. So, this double nonet will serve as an example to that specific form. I might add… the only example.

Finding poetry examples for the book from your blogs opened my eyes. We all have our favorite forms that we like to write. No surprise there. Some of you have a tendency to only write one form of poetry, that’s it!

I was surprised to learn that many of you had not experimented with the other syllabic poetry forms from the challenge. I hope after last week’s successes with the haibun form that some of you will venture out and try a few more. Who knows? It might inspire you to compile a collection of your poetry into a book!

The Double Nonet

A classic nonet is a nine-line poem, with a syllable count of 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. You can create this form with any number of nine-line stanzas following the original or leave it as a single verse. In my example below, I wrote two separate nine-line stanzas featuring a syllable count of 9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1, 9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1. However, you could create a double (reversed) nonet with a syllable count of 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9, 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 syllables per line.

All Double nonet poetry needs a theme to make it cohesive. I like to leave a blank line between the stanzas, but you don’t have to. Write about the things important to you and don’t forget to use vivid descriptions.

In my piece below, in the first stanza, I write about climate change and how I imagine a scenario where the mother goddess (Gaia, or mother earth) brings rain to stop the fires ravaging the earth. While in the second stanza, I explain the consequences of too much rain.

The idea is to compare and contrast two things. There should be some kind of connection between the nonet stanzas.

You can create double haiku, double senryu, double tanka, double gogyohka, double cinquain, double etheree, and double nonet poetry. In fact, any of these forms can become longer poems by adding more stanzas, which is excellent information to know when the poetry contest you want to enter asks for longer poetry. You’ve got this!

Image by My pictures are CC0. When doing composings: from Pixabay

“Be Careful What you Wish for…”

Wind, the calming breath of the goddess
brought moisture to the thirsty earth.
Water, the life source endured
quenched the fires and flames
that stoked climate change
across our lands.
This rebirth
brings us

Storm remnants ebb into silvered mists
where sky and water join as one.
I struggle for air above
the rising ocean tides,
as shrill sea bird screams
welcome me to
a fresh day

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Thanks for reading.