Writing Tip: Poetry Form – Nonet


Photo Credit: Donna J. Sanders

Poetry Form: 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. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional. Each line has a syllable count.  Line one is one syllable, line two is two syllables, line three is three syllables, line four is four syllables, line five is five syllables, line six, is six syllables, line seven is seven syllables, line eight is eight syllables, and line nine is nine syllables.




Your eyes

Speak softly

They reach inside

Touching places untouched for far too long

Dead spaces filled healing the cracks and wounds

Peeling scabs off

One by one





To be found

In those optics

Where the moon shines bright

Calming tsunami tides

Where the sun rises and falls

Between an oasis and Eden

Across desert sands leaving footprints

That show us how to seal the levees

That rescue the aches from the past

That stop the dams from leaking

Ceasing hearts from bleeding

Clearing blurred vision

So we can see

To find me

Seek mine


Written By: Jody Austin

JodyAbout the Author

Jody’s mother was and is still a poet and artist who introduced her to poetry and expressive writing as a child in elementary school. Her bed time stories were of Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Marcus Garvey, Phylis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Chavez, Gil Scott Heron, Khalil Gibran, The Last Poets, and many others. All of these influences started Jody’s creative writing experiences as a child and throughout her adulthood.

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1 reply

  1. I like this style very much. I’m going to give it a try!


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