Born naked, or: Affectionate kiss

A quadrille

In the form of a Double Nonet poem

born naked; heart beating; anxie-
ty; wailing loudly, absent salt-
y tears despite harsh, harrow-
ing experience; for-
eign, chilly air flow-
ing into ti-
ny lungs; glar-
ing lu-
cence that
pierces thin
eyelids, tightly
shut; cacophony
reverberating on
small eardrums; lying upon
warmness, soothed by familiar
heartbeat; mother's affectionate kiss


  • A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etcโ€ฆ until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.

dโ€™Verse Quadrille #146:

The above ‘Double Nonet’ poem is my take on today’s dโ€™Verseโ€™s Quadrille challenge.

The Quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This weekโ€™s challenge was to use the word โ€œsaltโ€ in a Quadrille.


The above ‘Double Nonet’ was written for Colleen M. Chesebroโ€™s โ€˜Tanka Tuesdayโ€™ prompt: Poets were prompted to write syllabic poems based on the theme of ‘transition’.

Shay’s Word Garden Word List #14

Poets were prompted to use at least 3 of the following 20 words provided in an original poem:

arrow; awning; beating; cortege; dog; earth; falling; geraniums; honey; iron; kiss; listen; malediction; naked; origin; petals; poppies; sour; water; white

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

89 thoughts on “Born naked, or: Affectionate kiss”

  1. It’s a brilliant evocation of birth, especially the wasp-waist part of it that forces you to draw out the word, like suddenly hitting slow motion before the film kicks up again and reality reasserts.

  2. Such an interesting take on birth. Never thought of it like that, but you’re right! A massive shift in environment. That’s why all the screaming๐Ÿ™‚.
    Love this!


  3. Such a cool format. I love how you break up the words to fit the syllable restrictions. It makes for a more โ€œvisualโ€ poem. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comments are closed.