Someone once told me that I wrote Proustian sentences, and back then I had no idea what they  meant, so I thought, it must be a compliment.   Until I picked up Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu and promptly fell asleep after reading the second page – then I wondered if I could still call that comment about my writing a compliment at all.  Who knows?

Don’t get me wrong.  I like Marcel Proust, and maybe because I write long long sentences (in case you haven’t noticed that in my writing), but I also love poetry, from the sagas of old to the counted rhythms of old and new.  Most of all, I love the spoken word – words written on paper that jump off the page, especially when read out loud.  It’s like making love with words both physically as I write them, and audibly when I listen to them.

Last year, I discovered nonets, a poetry style akin to haiku and senryu, with syllable counts per line.  5-7-5 for haiku and senryu, while a nonet goes like this: 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.  Start with 9 syllables for the first line, end with one for the ninth line.  Hard to be Proustian with that, eh?

But it turned out that I loved the challenge of writing nonets, whether they turned out good or bad, just as I love the challenge or writing haiku and senryu.  And so I started writing a bit here and bit there in 2013, and hope to write one for each day of 2014, though I don’t exactly post them on the exact days on here.

So I hope you enjoy just a few of my nonets here, and maybe even take up the challenge for yourself.


  1. Maleficent
  2. Beginning
  3. Truth
  4. Happy To Be Here
  5. In My Mind, All the Time
  6. Just My Style
  7. Close
  8. Stay A While
  9. Be Happy
  10. Fad
  11. Karma
  12. Day Off
  13. Risk
  14. Losing You


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