First Date, a Nonet



Friday, a first date always nervous.

Trying to keep calm being cool;

writing questions I might hear.

Trying on clothes matching

my shoes to get the

look right as if

it’s for points.

First kiss?



© Lemuel

24 April, 2018


Nonet Poetic form

First line is 9-syllables in length. Each line thereafter reduces the number of syllables by one until the ninth line has a single syllable.

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you were once the boy with jet black hair, a Landay



You were once the boy with jet black hair–

my father drove me to school, you waited by the gate.


Patient hope for another not me,

you did not see me, your brown eyes long for one only.


I saw you every day for a week;

that same stance, those eyes, so focused anticipating.


Today I hold your hands as I have for fifty years,

kiss you, fierce sweet love, our last farewell.


I know you will be waiting for me,

you will see me, Love, your brown eyes long for me only.


© Lemuel

23 April, 2018

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  • An ancient Pashto poetic form from Afghanistan created mainly by women but anonymously.
  • Composed of self-contained couplets.
  • Couplets contain twenty-two syllables; 9 in the first line, 13 in the second line. I switched one couple around, okay.
  • Themes are love, war, separation, despair or grief, and homeland.
  • No rhyme pattern in English.
  • Often sung in the original language.


Sigh of the Stars Passing, a Mondo poem

What sound does a tree

make rising into the sky

silent the forest straining

Does not the tree hold

within the sound of the dawn

the sighs of stars bright courses

(c) Lemuel

22 April, 2018


Mondo poetic form

  • Two 5-, 7-, 7- syllable stanzas
  • First stanza presents a question
  • Second stanza puts an answer usually from nature or cultural reflection.

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Ode to Tree Music



Every breeze bends the tree

taunt, releases metric masses.

I listen; I sway harmonic, melody,

the song holds me rapt.


Tree music deep resonate

bass and tenor riffs up the trunk

through tributary branches.

Sway in the wind like a magnificent

string, strong sinew voices.


Sylvan chorus sung in this forest

my ear to its heart in

some deepness rings grow

recording notes for midnight lullaby.


© Lemuel

21 April, 2018

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  • Irregular ode focuses mainly on the praise aspect of the poetic form.
  • Has a few of the poetic formalities of the various forms of formal odes.

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Song, Second-helping


little garden, a cherita poem




a little garden


tomatoes sprout between the

alley and the depot wall


bounty, lush greens, peas

and yellow beans with

variegated peppers to accompany onions


© Lemuel

20 April 2018


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Cherita Poetic Form

  • Cherita (pronounced CHAIR-rita) is a linked poetry form of one-, two-, and three-line stanzas.
  • A ‘linked poem’ is written solo or by poets working with partners or small groups, taking turns composing the alternating three-line and two-linestanzas.
  • Cherita is the Malay word for “story” or “tale”.
  • This poetic form has no title. Mine does.
  • The cherita tells a story was created by ai li, a UK poet in 1997 in memory of her grandparents.

kindles memory, a tanka poem

lamp light secret porch

cedar sweet scent dark image

moth hovers silence

the taste of your mouth lingers

sun dew kindles memory

(c) Lemuel

19 April, 2018

Tanka Poetic Form


  • Tanka poems have 31-syllables. In tradition all written in a single line.
  • Usually written in five lines L1,5-syllables,

L2, 7-syllables, L3, 5-syllables, L4 and L5, 7-syllables each.

  • No much rhyme.

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The Middle Passage to Freedom




Clean up dishes eight bucks a day

small room no view attic walk up.

chill breezes cold lights dark harbor

this middle passage break away.


Get away run fast as you can.


Maybe Spring no way to predict

that ship, a destiny, will dock,

opportunity, don’t look back,

dust and thirst are not magnetic.


Get away run fast as you can


Keep low, blend in, like the masses

the heart’s object is to get free;

escape genetics,  brutal rules–

new start from anonymity.


Get away run fast as you can


© Lemuel

18 April, 2018



Kyrielle Poetic form

  • Four line stanzas French poetic form.
  • Eight syllables each line.
  • Has a refrain, usually the last line of each stanza. I gave mine a stand-alone refrain I had a line I wanted to keep.
  • Rhyming schemes can be aabb, abab, aaab, abcb fairly flexible


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summer time dreamin’, 1968 a Hay(na)ku poem




favorite game

crack the whip.


The next favorite,

red rover




ball wails

duck and zip.


Then Kool-Aid cold

ice floats




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Hay(na)ku Poetic Form

  • Hay(na)ku is one of the most recent forms. It was created in 2003 by poet Eileen Tabios.
  • Hay(na)ku poems have 3-lines with one word in the first line, two words in the second, and three in the third. There are no restrictions beyond this. Placing the number of words in each line in reverse works too, sort of like a count-down, 3-2-1.

Thank you Eileen Tabios

Rabbits in Snow, a Gogyohka




Rabbits roam

snow in fields newly

green share dandelion profusion

glow yet sun melts away

cowslips gather ice.


© Lemuel

16 April, 2018



Gogyohka Poetic Form

  • This poetic form was conceived by Enta Kusakabe. Gogyohka means “five-line poem” in Japanese. It’s related to the tanka form.
  • This form was developed during the mid-twentieth century.
  • The Gogyohka has very simple rules: The poem is comprised of five lines with one phrase per line.


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Thank you Enta Kusakabe











Finch Song, Tone Poem for Mate



finch perch  high

survey  woods

pine tree  alone

song trills  stillness returns


song  echo

chorus  new

beckoned   response

pine tree perch for two  bliss


(c) Lemuel

15 April, 2018


  • 4 lines
  • L1, 3-syllables, L2, 3-syllables, L3, 4-syllables, L4, 6-syllables.
  • Mimic or suggest an opening and closing of some action or scene as in a box or a jar opening then closing; animating a scene; giving extended or curtailed definition to a function.
  • unlimited length