Day Nine – NaPoWriMo 2017 – A Nine-Lined Poem

April 12, 2017
One of my favorite parts of this exercise is learning about poetry.  There’s a body of work based on poems with nine lines with different meters and rhyming patterns. Certain poets are best known for certain meter and rhyme patterns as further explained in the link below. Here is the prompt for day nine from Napowrimo.net:

“Finally, here is our prompt (optional, as always). Because today is the ninth day of NaPoWriMo, I’d like to challenge you to write a nine-line poem. Although the fourteen-line sonnet is often considered the “baseline” form of verse in English, Sir Edmund Spenser wrote The Faerie Queene using a nine-line form of his own devising, and poetry in other languages (French, most particularly) has always taken advantage of nine-line forms. You can find information of various ways of organizing rhyme schemes, meters, etcetera for nine-line works here. And of course, you can always eschew such conventions entirely, and opt to be a free-verse nine-line poet.

The link above takes you to a site that gives examples of nine-line poems in a table that identifies poets and various rhyme schemes and meter they use. I chose to write a “nocturna” which has a rhyme scheme of a.b.a. c.b.c d.b.d and a night theme. I did not use the suggested meter for a nocturna, (decasyllabic or iambic pentameter) but I might work on that in later revisions.

Day Nine Image

You are With Me Still

On a moonless June night in the cool mountain air
As day’s last light is fading from view,
I sit on the porch in an old rocking chair.

In splendid isolation, night’s ebony curtain falls.
Alone, with only memories of you
I wait. Soon a lovelorn bird beckons his mate. He calls

“Whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will!”
In the darkness his message rings true
Then stars appear and you are with me still.

©  Kalen Kingsbury 2017

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