Writing Exercise

by | January 6, 2013 | Writing Exercise | 2 comments

By Ashley Lister

The nonet is nine lines of poetry – an ideal poetry writing exercise for the start of the New Year. Like the haiku, the nonet is defined by a syllable count for each line. However, because it’s so regimented in its form, the layout of this one is easier to remember:

The first line contains nine syllables.

The second line contains eight syllables.

The third line contains seven syllables.

This pattern continues down to the final line which consists of a single syllable word.

To illustrate:

soft, silken, slippery, soapy fingers
touching, teasing, taunting, pleasing,
swiftly – faster and faster.
And then. Hesitating.
Slowly. Too slowly.
Drawing out
the rich pleasure

The nonet can be used as a single verse, or a collection of nonets can be used as stanzas in a longer poem. The nonet can also be reversed to give 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 pattern.

single kiss. Tongues touch.
Lips together.
Mouths meet.
Hands explore.
Caresses grow bolder.
Clothes are stretched, tugged, then removed.
Bare flesh is finally exposed.
And then, at last, the fun can begin.

As always, I look forward to reading your nonets in the comments box below.

Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his second title published under his own name: Swingers: Female Confidential by Ashley Lister (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753513439) Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.


  1. Rachel Green

    the leather straps
    of her ankle boots,
    slides them from wax-white feet,
    runs his tongue along her soles
    and suckles her toes one by one,
    until his cock hardens and grows soft.

  2. Ashley Lister

    As smooth as always. Love the single three-syllable word 'unbuckles.' It's almost sounding like an onomatopoeia.

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