At least not until my Writers' Digest magazine arrived. In the "Poetic Asides" column by Robert Lee Brewer, he offered a description (9-line poem in which the first line has 9 syllables and the last line has 1 syllable and all the lines in between have one less syllable than the line before). AND Mr. Brewer offered a challenge.
Well. I do like a challenge.
Plus, I've been reading (listening to) this really good book called THE YELLOW BIRDS by Kevin Powers. It's set during the war in Iraq. I've probably listened to the opening paragraphs of this book ten times. The way he writes about war? Heartbreaking and beautiful.
So here's my nonet, completely inspired by THE YELLOW BIRDS. And if you read or listen to it yourself, you might just recognize a phrase or two!
Al Tafar, Iraq, 2004
By winter the war feasted on fear:
gobbled apricot orchards,
rubbed its ribs against scrub.
Eyes, red and searing,
it was patient,
If you try one, send it to me. I'd love to read it! And don't forget the lovely Laura Purdie Salas has Roundup!