Wandering (a nonet poem)

gypsylove

I want to lie with you ‘neath the stars
two gypsy lovers with paint stains
on our fingers, on our souls
I want our words to paint
across the night sky
fill our dreams with
wanderlust
as we
sleep

 

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POETIC FORM: NONET
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 1 syllable in the final (9th) line.

Astronomy (a tanka)

stargaze

Call me a dreamer.
You always seem to find me
with stars in my eyes.
I still believe in magic.
I find it in the night sky.

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POETIC FORM – TANKA:

If a haiku is usually thought of as a 3-line, 5-7-5 syllable poem, then the tanka would be a 5-line, 5-7-5-7-7 syllable poem. It’s better to think of a tanka as a 5-line poem with 3 short lines (lines 2, 4, 5) and 2 very short lines (lines 1 and 3). While imagery is also important in tanka, the form is a little more conversational than haiku, and allows for the use of poetic devices such as metaphor and personification.