Poetry challenge #23: Nove otto

This is another new poetry form I found on the Shadow Poetry site where you can find instructions on how to write a nove otto poem if mine seem obscure.

Nove otto is a neat rhyming form. Nine lines (nove) with eight (otto)ย  syllables to the line. If you can get the eight syllables into four beats it creates an attractive rhythm. Syllables on their own don’t make a rhythm as the stress within each word dictates the way the poem flows.

The rhyme scheme is simple: aabccbddb.

Okay, it’s another rhyming poem, but I know you can all do it. Please join in with links to your blog in the comments.

Here is my example.


The sky is filled with beating wings,

Above the banks where blackbird sings,

The geese are flying home today.

Yellow gorse and yellow iris,

Where the greening tidal mud is

Smoothing winterโ€™s scars away.

Cry, the wild geese as the cold yields,

Carry spring sun to the ice fields,

I watch and wish that they could stay.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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