Ayuh to Z Challenge - N

My theme: Book Titles A to Z written by Maine authors,
and a poem for that title each day for the month of April.
The poem is not about the book, but is written with the title as inspiration! 
Welcome to N!

N is for
A Net of Stars 
by Jennifer Jacobson

A Net of Stars

indigo night moon and stars surround
my bed aloft, my boat afloat
in oceans of midnight blue
starry schools swarm about
lighting shimmering
gossamer lines
filling my
net with
©Donna JT Smith, 2014

This poem form is a Nonet, with nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, and each line decreases in its number of syllables until the last line, which has one syllable.  It can be about any subject and may or may not rhyme.  It seemed to work nicely for this poem - it can look like a fishing net in the water or like from the bottom you are looking up into the huge night sky.

A Net of Stars is about a young girl conquering her fears.
More about the book and Jennifer Richard Jacobson here on Jennifer's website.
Jennifer Richard Jacobson lives in Cumberland, Maine.
Night Full Frightful
by Henry Hamilton

Night Full Frightful is a collection of scary poems, published in 2013.
Henry Hamilton was born in Lewiston and now lives in Otisfield, Maine.
The Hamilton's beautiful farm in Otisfield is called Maine Fun Farm, where they raise their own food and tend lots of animals to provide for their needs.  Their website is MaineFunFarm.com
I would have written a poem for this title, as it is full of potential, but the book is already a book of poems, and I don't want to step on toes!
This post was brought to you by the letter N!


O, what letter is next. 


  1. Lovely! It's pure pleasure to follow the trail of an idea (image) from one artist to another.

    1. I'm happy you like the journey! I had hoped I'd put enough info in there to provide a little bit for most tastes! Hope to see you again!

  2. I am enjoying these posts SO much. Surely you are planning to publish them all together as a book! I think this is my favorite one yet. I love the book you referenced, the poem form, and the perfectly chosen words. Lovely!

    1. I'm so glad you are enjoying them. I'm having a fun time writing them. I am thinking about a book format. Sometime I just have to do it.

  3. Lovely poem. I like the structure of it, too.
    Nana Prah

  4. You have many talented people in Maine, Donna.
    When I noticed 'Cumberland' it reminded me that I should make sure I change my profile to add England, because it can be confusing.
    I loved your nonet, and was thankful for the information about it, since it has been so long since I was in education. I must try writing one some time.

    1. Lots of people come for the summer to write here, besides those that live here, too.
      Yes, you should give the nonet a try! It's fun to mess around with.

  5. A Net of Stars is a beautiful title for a children's book. That's just the type of title that would've captivated my interest as a child. :)

    I really like this form of poetry. I need to try to write a Nonet some time. :)

    1. Yes, I was intrigued by the title, too! It seemed a good one for a poem, too.

  6. Lovely Donna: "my bed aloft, my boat afloat ". Dreamy poem from that title.


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