PRAYER – A nonet

by journeyintopoetry


I have recently been introduced to a few different short poetry forms which I am using to help me with my poetry skills and to keep my muse awake when he (yes, he!) starts to yawn. The following one is a nonet.

A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine that finishes with one  syllable.


 Daring to believe in something good,

a presence larger than myself,

I search through myriad thoughts

and stumble upon prayer.

I try it for size;

it seems to fit

very well

so I


24 Responses to “PRAYER – A nonet”

  1. enjoyed this very much…the form and structure interest me…are there any other rules for a nonet should I decide to try my had at it

    • Thank you!

      The little I read on this form is more or less what I have written in the introduction to the poem. it did say it could rhyme too if desired but that’s about it.

      It would be great to see one from you on Poets’ Corner! Maybe we should suggest it as a poetry challenge subject 🙂

  2. I enjoyed this very much Christine, both the form and your own example. I think it would make a great challenge! Yours, in subject, the way it looks on the page and the gentle kind of humour reminds me of Rumi somehow. Beautiful.

  3. Nice– reminds me of George Herbert.

  4. Thank you Harula,very much. I always appreciate your comments of encouragement.

    I certainly havent been compared to Rumi before! 🙂 xx

  5. Lovely poem and form, i think the next challenge will be this form, thank you for finding it.

    So now i’m of to learn what syllables are, i always thought they were round brass things in an orchestra.

  6. very interesting ! Especially the subject which I love !

    • Thanks Deborah! I enjoyed putting this one together. I am quite new to the poetry world and these different forms which are quite short are helping me with my poetry skills and also give me some discipline to write every day. X

  7. This is interesting, I liked how it flowed til the end. I find haikus kind of a challenge, this reminds me to at least try it again and I might give a nonet a go!

    • Thank you very much Devina,

      I find these short forms really good discipline for me as I am still quite new to the poetry world. I really enjoyed the process in doing this one. i love haiku too, which, although they appear easy, actually are very difficult to do them justice. But I am enjoying learning.:).


  8. This is really cool – and I like that your muse is a he – I think mine is too 😉

  9. Great piem. I must try a nonet too


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