So… for some reason, I got stuck on the letter N. Which is odd. There are plenty of N words to write about. Among them would be niece, nose, napkin, nuts, newspaper, neighbor, nephew, nickel… But still, stuck. Until the idea came to me to write a poem. And use a poetic type that started with the letter N. What I found was “nonce.” Nonce?What the heck is nonce? I did a bit of research and found that a nonce poem is a poetic form created by the poet for one-time use.
There is something so right about using a made up poetic form after having “normal” life interrupted for a year by a virus that is now madly mutating, even as more and more people get vaccinated. Oh, wait. Normal begins with N. But what is normal? I would say that I no longer have a clue but maybe I never did. So here goes. A nonce poem about normalcy or the lack thereof.
First, for the form.
Seventeen lines: lines one & 17: three syllables
lines two & 16: four syllables
lines three and 15: five syllables
lines four and 14: six syllables
lines five and 13: seven syllables
lines six and 12: eight syllables
lines seven and 11: nine syllables
line eight and ten: ten syllables
line nine: eleven syllables
And now to make up the poem, using the nonce form that I just made up for the occasion.
squashed by a disease
Quickly cover your faces,
and, for heaven’t sake, don’t sing!
Have you noticed that stinks don’t stink
and that your food is a tasteless mess?
Tastes used to dance gently on your tongue
but now, fear has found a home in your brain.
Is it your turn to get a vaccination?
what makes you sneeze? Perhaps it’s tree pollen?
Has Dr. Google diagnosed you?
You work yourself up to panic
because of competing stories
posted on the internet.
you need a distraction.
to focus on health.
on joyous things.
You still live.
So, that’s my nonce poem. I hope that you’ve enjoyed the idea of a nonce poem and that, maybe, you’d like to write one of your own.