A Nonet from me to you

A Nonet.     A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc… until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.


I am blessed to pen my thoughts for you
words from my heart upon the page
hiding nothing ~ sharing all
I open wide my soul
to give all of me
the good ~ the bad
simple truth
no lies

©jmtacken Sep 2013

What is it all about? nonsense number 3

sit tight
late night
long days

and what should be written
words for me but for yOu
no hiding from the world
scraps of yellowed paper
journal scribblings
waste bin piled hiGH

who understands the
couplets/depth – breadth/sonnets??
necessary? uNeccesary?
the world sees now they are my
Judge & Jury

thoughts fumble
words tumble
onto the page for
me for you for both??

what enjoyment is their had
meanderings of an unknown
what do YOU seek
when you rEad

soft words HARD words

must it make sense
thought process
must it stand alone
who cares?
must it pull EmoTion
from your core

leave you puzzled

as to what I meant
do You nEEd to understand

I only know I MuSt
I know not
what’s acceptable/what isn’t
required/needed/held in high esteem
sent to trash bin sight unseen

for a writer and their mUse
meet mine – she’s on your left
we come here every night
our need is great
SHE shares her soul and digs dEEp into mine
clawing her way through

I write for that is what I know
it iS mE

my words shall never run dry

Trifextra 33 word Challenge- Week 62
On to the weekend challenge.  We want you to give us thirty-three words of advice.  Your advice can be to anyone or about anything.  We only ask that you make it uniquely yours.


write from

your heart


discover yourself


your imagination


on the page


critique a learning tool


your lexicon an abyss


your words to life


them not


Trifecta Week Sixty Five Challenge Exhaust


Exhaustion comes to mind
when I lay my body down to rest
words invade my head from one challenge
to the next
I wonder why I do it
push my mind to the extreme
it’s not for comments, likes or such
it just comes from my within
I exhaust all possibilities
gathering my thoughts
I cannot stop this madness
to put my entry onto sites
I revel in the madness
and I push myself it’s true
so forgive me when I write
it’s what I have to do
you must know by now it’s who I am
I shall exhaust myself
for the love of writing
I can I will I can


For – Picture11-1-1

Born to write?

What gives one person the ability to write well and another not?

I have been pondering this the last few days.

What gives writers the capability of putting pen to paper, to express ‘their voice’ more adequately or easier than others?

Are writers simply born with a natural talent, or is it to do with genetics?

Some gift that has allowed us not only to have a vivid imagination, but the skill to transfer that imagination into mere words on a paper.

Do we need a ‘gazillion’ adverbs to show our writing skills?

Do we have to study, to read, to in fact practice the artistry of writing?

I am in two minds on this. I have learnt through others that I follow, about the show don’t tell theory (with my poetry or prose). I am slowly but surely, putting this into practice.

In life I have the gift of the gab and as you are aware can prattle on about virtually anything, does this gab gift help me?

Certain situations, yes, for some of my writing it’s a complete hindrance. However in saying that, it is in the eye of the beholder isn’t it? What one may love, another may hate.

My mum bless her keeps saying “You were always writing, you must have got it from your Aunty Maud, because she always wrote”. Is it in fact something that you are born with?

Are writers confident in what they do (not always). As we write, no one is witness to the dilemmas we face. Do we need to edit, re-write, throw it away and start again. Sometimes the process isn’t an easy one, it can be as frustrating as hell, yet sometimes a piece can be written in the space of 10 minutes which people are in awe over.

Writers, are we also good at public speaking? We can write, we have a voice, do we have a voice in public? Do we shudder, flushed cheeks and sweaty palms when asked to speak in front of those we don’t or do know?

Or is it something that we fear – because we are seen, unlike our writing, (in most cases) no-one knows who we are, therefore we are more comfortable.

Some writers have studied how to write, to share their imagination, to relay their feelings, to use correct grammar, structure, how much of this is natural and how much is gained knowledge?

I do not have fear of public speaking, though yes, I can blush at the beginning, but then that diminishes.

I have not studied how to write or use extended words to get my point across. I am perhaps am a ‘simple’ writer, one who hasn’t the vocabulary that other writers do. This does not and will not stop me from trying or continuing however.

I write because I have an intense love for it, a must do, if you like. Was I born with this love, if not how did it develop? Reading – I do very little compared to others. Study – I have not done that, so I must think that somewhere in my genetic make-up is a little gene or two saying you can do this.  Was I born with a gift? I do not have the answer.

I’m not sure, possibly I have my Aunty Maud to thank, for I know that I could not live without writing every day.

I would be interested in any thoughts you may have.