Writer’s digest not only does short story prompts, but poetry prompts and form introductions such as well. This week’s form was called the Nonet.
From Writer’s Digest’s Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides Blog:
Nonet Poems: The Rules
The nonet poetic form is simple. It’s a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line, 7 syllables in the third line, and continues to count down to one syllable in the final (ninth) line.
I’d seen this style, and (foolish me) never stopped to consider it was a recognized poetic form. But that was the poetic form being highlighted so I decided to give it a try. Here were my results:
Curvature of Space
So there I stood at the horizon
Where parallel lines meet at last,
And triangles can be made
With three 90 degrees;
And logic blend
As on this
[In case anyone is interested, it is possible to create a 90-90-90 triangle. It must be drawn on a sphere. Kind of a mind-trip.]
And Pass The Chocolate Cake
You must tell me what the secret is!
Don’t say ‘diet and exercise,’
Tell me the *secret*! The trick!
The drug that I can take
To take it all off,
I’m tired of