Chamomile? or: Lavender?

A nonet

Anxiety is merely four syl~
lables: 'anx', an abbrevia~
tion for 'thanks' (for what, exact~
ly?) for one's all-consum~
ing I? e(eeeeeee), panic
ringing 'tween one's 
ears; t(ea)? Yes!


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

Muri’s poetry scavenger hunt

My friend Muri (Val) is running a poetry scavenger hunt for Na/GloPoWriMo, which I shall attempt to participate in fully this year.

From what I understand, she’s offering three poetry prompts every week for the duration of the month of April ’22 (on MWF).

Last year, I was pretty busy with my personal micropoetry project so I only responded to several of her poetry challenges, but this year I hope to rectify that!

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!

30 thoughts on “Chamomile? or: Lavender?”

  1. Ha! Your poem was fun to read as you play with words! I enjoy the verse but not the tea! Tea always tastes like dirty dish water… in my opinion. Sparky however is quite the tea drinker. His new obsession is turmeric ginger tea. It smells good but I just have to say no. I’m too busy cleaning up yellow stain on counters and sinks!!

      1. We’ll argue this one. I take many liberties with prose but not to the extreme, declaring it is what it no longer is. For example, “I have just written a five hundred word flash fiction piece. It is seventeen thousand words. A minor infringement.” Um, no. It has become NOT a piece of flash, certainly NOT one of 500 words or less as stated. Or. “I just wrote a six-word story in Greek. Except it’s written in Hindi and is three hundred words.” Minor violations.
        Born green, but feeling orange-ish, I pay thousands to be surgically modified to appear to all observers, orange. Whereupon I immediately declare I am purple. There are exceptions and we declare “it’s the exceptions that make the rule.” But to make (or embrace) a rule just to break it? You understand my discomfiture with guidelines so easily ignored.

          1. Just for the sake of clarity, this is a form of 9 lines, with the first line having 9 syllables, and every subsequent line having one less. Those are the rules, which this poem adheres to.

  2. This is an awesome looking nine
    With just a drop of honey you will fine the perfect 10

    Ginger, peach, black currant, lemon, mint, rooibos, chamomile….yes you name it, even five roses…runway from anxiety

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