Scant Shanty – #NaPoWriMo22 – Day 9

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How do?!


“Because it’s a Saturday, I thought I’d try a prompt that asks you to write in a specific form – the nonet! A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second has eight, and so on until you get to the last line, which has just one syllable.” [from]

I found myself writing two random poems while dabbling with this one, so I went onto Pixabay and picked a picture I like the look of, then wrote a nonet inspired by that:

old sailing ship on a stormy sea

My salty sailors went to sea, all                             

Full of hope to treasure seek, and                           

Up blew storms far too quickly,                              

They yelled and prayed to God                                 

to be pulled from the                                                   

waves, brought back to                                                

me: ghost ship                                                              




In case it doesn’t look like it rhymes, I’ve also typed it out below as if it was a ‘normal’ shanty-esque wee ditty 😉

(It has five lines of 8 syllables, and then a 5 syllable line to finish):


My salty sailors went to sea,

All full of hope (to treasure seek),

And up blew storms far too quickly,                              

They yelled and prayed to God to be

Pulled from the waves, brought back to me:

Ghost ship floating free.  


I’m now off to ‘float freely’ into another episode of Dr Who before the kids’ impatience reaches fever pitch 😉 meet you back here for Day 10!


Monty X

 [pic is from here]


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One Response to “Scant Shanty – #NaPoWriMo22 – Day 9”

  1. Jane Wright Says:

    I really like this

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