Dock, or: Hickory dickory

A series of micropoems written in Michael โ€œMouseโ€ Murdoch’s new nonce poetic form: “The Mouse”

I. day off

(day) (off)
vacation time
parents and children together__________

II. him her

(him) (her)
different needs
compromise is so essential__________

III. not now

(not) (now)
demanding child
__________constantly bored to distraction

IV. the end

(the) (end)
finally back
returning to daily routine__________

‘The Mouse’ nonce form

  • Three lines;
    1. L1: 2 single syllable words, must be the same number of letters in each word;
    2. L2: 4 syllables, 2 words;
    3. L3: 8 syllables, 4 words:
  • L1 is also the title;
  • Written completely in lower case.

This poetic form was created by Michael โ€œMouseโ€ Murdoch

Murisopsis’ Scavenger Hunt for National Poetry Month

This poem was written for Muri’s poetry scavenger hunt.

This year, she has selected some nonce forms for us to experiment with.

Nonce forms are essentially poetic forms created by poets for one-time use…. When enough people use a nonce form it becomes recognized as a received form…


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