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17 Ways to Fill Your Literary Gaps and Ease Boredom While You Shelter At Home in 106 Degrees #Nonet

Are you bored/ maybe a tiny bit grumpy trying to stay out of the heat and away from the crowds to avoid the virus?

There’s another way!

Our air conditioner broke two months ago. It was 106 today. Because of COVID-19, the new unit is coming…????? We think it should be here by November. To keep cool in the California sunshine, we watered our garden super well, brought the outdoor cats inside, turned on our ceiling fans and sat down to do as little as possible.

Next problem – boredom.

Not a chance!

Beat Boredom With Poetry

I’ve been updating my series on journaling for the past couple of weeks. Nothing provides as many medical and physiological benefits as journaling.

There’s a problem in journaling, though. Sometimes you stare at a blank page, whether it’s in a book or on your computer screen. Sitting in front of a blank screen has no medicinal advantages.

There’s a solution for blank screens, too. Journaling and writing challenges go together like Forrest Gump and a box of chocolates.

Writing challenges are ubiquitous if you know where to look. My research has led me to several hosts/hostesses. Check out Cee Neuner’s great list of writing challenges.

Today’s challenge hostess for me is Colleen Chesebro.

Seventeen Types of Poetry You’ve Probably Never Tried

  1. Haiku,
  2. Senryu,
  3. Haiga,
  4. Tanka,
  5. Gogyoka,
  6. Tanka Prose,
  7. Haibun,
  8. Cinquain,
  9. Etheree,
  10. Nonet,
  11. Shadorma,
  12. Rondel,
  13. Kyrielle,
  14. Pantoum,
  15. Villanelle,
  16. Limerick,
  17. Found poem

For a fabulous explanation of number one-eleven click on Colleen Chesebro’s Poetry Cheat Sheet.

For the other five, click on the Always Write Cheat Sheet. For even more samples of poetry visit Shadow Poetry.

I am entering a Nonet Found Poem in Colleen’s poetry challenge this week. The rules are to use the following Henry Wadworth Longfellow poem to create your own found poem.


Colleen Chesebro

Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Challenge

This week the challenge is to create a found poem out of these two verses from Longfellow’s poem

A Psalm of Life

What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist


Here is a link to the full poem:
A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Poetry Foundation

Two Verses to Use in Found Poem Challenge

“…In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life,

Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife…”

“…Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time…”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Nonet

NONET: A Nonet is stanzaic and written in any number of 9-line stanzas with the following syllable count per line: 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 syllables per line. It can be written on any subject and rhyming is optional, although they are usually unrhymed. Because of the hourglass shape of a double nonet, it’s often used to represent the passage of time.

Be a Hero

Bivouacs in fields, sublime battle, 

Remind us –  battles – great heroes, 

Leave behind footprints in sands,

Broad battle – strife in fields, 

Not driven cattle, 

Lives sublime make,

Be Heroes,

In Life,


I hope you enjoyed my first Nonet Found Poem. For more samples, check out Colleen’s challenge page.

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  1. I journal longhand every day to work out the thoughts in my mind, and that’s been a great help. Have never thought of poetry even though I’m an avid reader and writer. Am going to check it now soon. Thanks for sharing, Marsha!

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    • Thanks for your comment, Stuart. I like the title of your blog! A blogger said yesterday, “We can spend money on therapy or we can write in our journal.” Not that I have anything against therapists, but writing is more accessible and helps us consolidate our thoughts. When you write a poem on your blog, share the link, or feel free to share a poem. 🤗

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  2. A lovely post. I have not journaled about the virus, but I did make huge progress with my new book, start another short story, make a few lovely cakes and now I am starting a covid-19 memories cake art series. It hasn’t been all bad but my sons have had more than enough.

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  3. Marsha, that you for the wonderful poem and the lovely promotion of this challenge. Will you please go to Mr. Linky on the challenge post and add the URL of this post to the list? Here is the link: That way I can update the post from yesterday and close the link. I’m so tickled that you had fun writing poetry. I hope you will join in to this week’s challenge, as well. Here is the link:

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        • I’m honored to be added to the list of Poetry Stars. 🙂 Air conditioning. We are learning to live without. The insurance company just called and said the new unit should be installed on Friday. It’s been two months, and we’ve gone through up to 106 degrees and we are still alive. Yeah! Today if feels balmy at 95. I’m loving it. Yesterday was a chilly 86. Whooppee! Did I tell you I had a great chat with Charli. Wow! I love her philosophy. I found out that I am a Carrot Rancher! 🙂

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  4. I enjoy reading some types of poetry, Marsha, yours was great! No AC? Oh my goodness, how are you surviving? We were hit hard last week, too, got to 102 two days in a row. At least we get the delta breeze when it decides to blow. Stay cool and enjoy!

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    • Thanks for the comment and the compliment, Terry. You guys are several degrees cooler up there than we are. Our son lives up there in the pocket area. His home stays nice and cool. We are fortunate to have a outside room on a separate air con system. We sleep there at night. Vince installed a window unit air con in the living room and that keeps us cool enough until bed time. our indoor bedrooms are not liveable at night, though. 🙂 You’re going to love the change when you move. You may get snow, though.

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  5. Hi Marsha,
    I really like your approach to the prompt. Found nonet, very cool. When I was trying for “found” I was thinking haiku. Nonet gives you more legs. Nice work😊

    Pat R

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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