A local friend of mine has been hosting “Poetry and Prompts” on Tuesdays for quite some time now. (I’m thinking years.) Except for one failed attempt, when I tried from Starbucks but didn’t realize we would be reading aloud, I hadn’t attended. Since I decided I would be focusing much more on my writing in 2021, I made sure to go today.
The poetry prompt we used today was “Happy _______.”
Sometimes, if I have a poem rattling around in my head, I can just write one, but I usually need a structure to write poetry on demand. My friend Heather has recently introduced me to the nonet, so I decided I would go with that for today.
A nonet is a nine-line poem which has a structure based on syllables, The first line has nine syllables, the second has eight, with each line decreasing by a syllable, all the way down to the last line, which has just one syllable.
Here is the poem I wrote:
HAPPY RAILS The train rolls to a lumbering stop The conductor drops down the step Eager passengers detrain We wait in line to board Finally seated Feel brakes let go On my way Moving Gone