Cold, Jagged, Piece

It’s Poetics Tuesday over at the dVerse Poets Pub. Tonight our mission is to write a NONET – a nine line poem that begins with 9 syllables, descending line by line to 1 syllable.
Select ONE of these 9 syllable lines as your opener (or more if you wish to write several nonets)

  • It seems as though you are still summer (cite Merwin)
  • Broken shadows across the cracked ground (cite Merwin)
  • The earthed lightning of a flock of swans (cite Heaney)
  • One side is wild with foam and glitter (cite Heaney)

I chose the second line, by William Stanley Merwin.

Broken shadows across the cracked ground

a monotone jigsaw puzzle

missing one cold, jagged piece

to complete the picture.

Rather than question,

most remain safe

within their





Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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