Rhymes or none,
poems are fun –
you know haiku,
so try something new!
Expressing yourself in verse or song can make everyday life more interesting. That’s what a birthday girl and her little brother and their armadillo pal do, using the nonet form as they celebrate many nines – nine players in baseball, a nonagon-shaped nest, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, being on Cloud Nine.
What’s a nonet? She answers readers in the very first poem, “Nonet”:
with nine lines –
first line builds toward
nine-syllable ninth line
(or the reverse). A staircase
for poets and readers alike!
(Any subject, rhyming optional.)
Did you count the syllables as you read down the nonet-staircase?
Some of her nonets start with the nine-syllable line and get shorter line by line, like “Nine-Banded Armadillo” and “Dressed to the Nines” for her big birthday bash!
Flip to the back of the book to learn more about all the nines in the poems and even the dimensions of the book itself.
Celebrate Poetry Break Day today or any day by writing your own nonet!
What’s your favorite nine fact?