Daily Archives: April 9, 2022

NaPoWriMo 2022 ~ Day 9 The Nonet


Souvenirs of Life

Your box of unfolded handkerchiefs:
carefully lifted from corners,
our shared morning ritual
of colour and story,
such pretty patterns.
How I wish for
those small squares
now you’re

Photo by Jonas Kakaroto on Pexels.com

On the 22nd March we lost our Great Aunty Sheila, she was an amazing lady. Over the past few years I have been writing my memories. This one was written today for the Napowrimo prompt. I used to visit her over the weekend sometimes and our morning would always start in her bed, looking through her collection from around the world. I loved this time and as an adult, admire her patience over the insistence of a six year olds rituals. Sheila was the calmest person I have ever known.

Rose gentle. May she rest in peace.

Full daily post here.

NaPoWriMo 2022 ~ Day 9


Full prompt here.

Our featured daily participant is Writing in North Norfolk.

Today’s featured online magazine is Pine Hills Review, run by students and faculty at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. I’ll point you to Grant Clauser’s “Addendum to the Note on John Keats’ Grave Marker.”

PROMPT: Because it’s a Saturday, I thought I’d try a prompt that asks you to write in a specific form – the nonet! A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second has eight, and so on until you get to the last line, which has just one syllable.

Awwwww – weekend NaPo! No (time) pressure. I was excited to see the prompt was a Nonet – I have written in this form, discovered it several years ago and haven’t used it since.

I start, as always, with the featured participant’s poem. Words in the Wind by Kim M. Russell. The language is exquisite!

I wuther over moors and I
squabble in the sky.

I really enjoyed this alter-ego poem.

I added Kim’s site to my Reader and left a comment. Another aspect of NaPoWriMo which is wonderful – the connections you make with other people and their poems.

Next stop, Pine Hills Review. I admired the variety of articles and interviews but found the flashing images on the menu mixed with my morning coffee beyond vibrant (a sign of getting too old…) and decided to explore the magazine via the suggested poem.

Addendum to the Note on John Keats’ Grave Marker by Grant Clauser.

I LOVED listening to the audio of the poem. I then read the text to myself. I found the atmosphere of the poem encircle me. I was so moved by this poem that I plan to press it across social media today. In the week of our family funeral it sits even faster to my soul.

we looked up and talked about Venus,
how much she stood out among the stars,
how the night looked blacker, even
the pine trees behind us leaning south
from decades of hill wind.

in our openness like survivors on a life raft

all of us pressed together by gravity,
everything blending into everything else,

And those end-lines. Phewwww – deep exhale. This is a beautiful poem. Grant Clauser has just found himself a new reader, thanks Pine Hills Review! I added Pine Hills Review to my Reader too.

I sat in the moment of the poem for a while before disappearing down a Twitter shaped rabbit hole!


The Nonet.

I sat for seconds before I chose my subject. I liked the constraint of the syllabic frame and by line 3 was composing to order (which is always a lovely surprise) – by that I mean I wrote the line then counted the syllables and they fitted, whereas the first few lines had to be manipulated.

I just need to find a title.

Every once in a while I will share a full poem and as the Nonet is so short and it’s the weekend… this is one of those times.

Souvenirs of Life

Your box of unfolded handkerchiefs:
carefully lifted from corners,
our shared morning ritual
of colour and story,
such pretty patterns.
How I wish for
those small squares
now you’re

Photo by Jonas Kakaroto
on Pexels.com

NaPoWriMo Weekend Pit Stop: Take Stock (Wk1)


You have managed over a week, over a quarter of the NaPoWriMo challenge. At this point you will fall somewhere between exhausted and rejuvenated. This weekend post should help you reach some balance because if you’re already attempting 30 poems in 30 daysYOU ARE AWESOME!

Mission: One Week of Awesomeness by Katie Swanson
is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0



This week you’ve read at least 30 poems (or 31 if you did the Early Bird) and probably more, as who can visit a magazine and only read a couple of poems? Plus you would have read your own work back to yourself. So the actual number is probably way over 40!

40 poems in a week… for those of us who read collections that may not be unusual, but it’s certainly good practice to read widely and I can guarantee this week’s reading will have lodged sprinkles of muse inside your minds for later! By reading a few extra poems in the journals and including my own work I have read 56 poems.

Of course, you may have fallen behind and feel intimidated by these numbers. Don’t be. At the very least you started and who’s counting anyway! Just keep going. You will have read more than if you weren’t attempting NaPoWriMo at all!

© Hayley Parson


You will have written at least 9 poems. If you’re taking part in Nina’s NaPo Challenge there will be 18 new poems in your stack.

In addition you may be using the PAD challenge or others – go careful if you’re working through multiple prompts, in previous years I have saved some lists for May/June… there was that year I wrote 99! But I wouldn’t recommend such pressure.

Whatever you do and however many poems you managed to write – KEEP IT FUN!

I have written 10, as I did the Early Bird prompt.


9 Participating websites will now be on your radar/reading lists.

9 Journals/ Magazines.

3 poets associated with the prompts.

1 list of poetry prompts.

1 Twitter account + several other resources.


In addition to this if you have been following my posts you will also have links and information for:

Poem(s) by: Emily Dickinson, Andrea Gibson

Articles: Writing Forward on Prose Poetry & Numerologist.com

RESOURCES: Mythical Creature generator, Inciting Incident generator, Diana Pressey’s website & Button Poetry You Tube Channel/video.

And of course the additional challenge for Ekphrastic poetry.

But NaPo is much more than a numbers game. You will feel all sorts of positive emotions from being part of NaPoWriMo 2022! You may have found community, new followers, a new poet or poem to love, an answer to a question, a joy for writing and/or a release.

Let us know how it has been for you in the comments and don’t forget to find some time to relax too!

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NaPoWriMo Nina’s Challenge #Day 9


Everyday throughout April I am posting an image for you to use as a writing prompt. Feel free to post links to the resulting work in the comments.

Please be aware by sharing your work digitally, it is considered published and may prevent you from submitting it to journals and anthologies.


© Kanan Khasmam
© Sigmund