NaPoWriMo Day Nine: Nine-Line Poem

Prompt: Because today is the ninth day of NaPoWriMo, I’d like to challenge you to write a nine-line poem. Although the fourteen-line sonnet is often considered the “baseline” form of verse in English, Sir Edmund Spenser wrote The Faerie Queene using a nine-line form of his own devising, and poetry in other languages (French, most particularly) has always taken advantage of nine-line forms. You can find information of various ways of organizing rhyme schemes, meters, etcetera for nine-line works here. And of course, you can always eschew such conventions entirely, and opt to be a free-verse nine-line poet.

Aphrodite

danced naked on sea foam,
called.
How could
I resist:
she
a white-armed
goddess,
I a man
doomed.

 

–Scott Rhoades

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