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Saddle Up Saloon; Colleen’s Double Ennead Challenge No. 6

Happy July! Welcome to the Carrot Ranch Double Ennead Monthly Poetry Challenge. Every third Monday of the month, I’ll be here at the Saloon with another challenge to help get your poetic juices flowing. Each month, we will explore a different theme or image to inspire our poetry. Take your time, there’s no hurry! You have an entire month to write your poem.

HINT: You can find this post again by typing: double ennead challenge in the search box to the right of the Carrot Ranch banner. That will bring up the most recent challenge post. <3

Check out the poems from last month HERE

The word Ennead means nine, and a double nine is ninety-nine! Carrot Ranch is famous for 99-word flash fiction. Now, the ranch has its own syllabic poetry form written in 99 syllables!

The Double Ennead comprises five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per stanza) 3 STANZAS EACH = 99 SYLLABLES, NO MORE, NO LESS! Punctuation and rhyme schemes are optional and up to the poet.

Last month’s challenge was TUFF! So, this month, let’s write our double ennead using the image below or expound on the theme of travel!

For more inspiration read: What Is Ekphrastic Poetry?

Our Inspiration:

Image by Thanks for your Like • donations welcome from Pixabay

Use the image above to compose your double ennead poem. Remember to count your syllables using the site.

My example follows:

"Travel through Books"

books give me wings to fly
to charming spaces
where characters invite me into their lives
to stay for just a while—
bittersweet friendships

books give me wings to fly
to far-off places
where the battle against good versus evil
wins out at the finish—

books give me wings to fly
to learn new concepts
for writing poetry and fun flash fiction—
travel the world of books
enjoy your flight—read!

© Colleen M. Chesebro

Poetry is based on your perceptions. After all the places I lived and traveled to, in and out of the Air Force, the theme of travel is still exciting. (Although now, I do most of my traveling through reading). While I wrote this double ennead with the theme of travel through the reading of books, you might feel and interpret the image differently. Follow your inner voice for inspiration.

In this double ennead, I used the literary device of repetition by intentionally using the phrase “books give me wings to fly” for effect. Poets often employ this technique. We should use the phrase at least two or more times for the repetition to be noticeable. The words or phrases should be repeated within close proximity of each other. Repeating the same words or phrases in a poem brings clarity to an idea and makes it memorable for the reader.

In the next month:

  • Write a double ennead poem based on the image above.
  • Post it on your blog or in the comments of this post.
  • Include a link back to this challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Read and comment on your fellow poet’s work. Feedback from other poets is how we grow our poetry writing craft.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.
  • I’ll visit, comment, and share your poetry on social media!

Now have fun and write some syllabic poetry!


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  2. Norah says:

    That’s a great challenge, Colleen. I really enjoyed your poem about travelling in/through books – that’s the best way. You can go anywhere and anywhen you want.

  3. ellenbest24 says:

    Good luck with this Colleen.

  4. A terrific poem, Colleen. I love it.

  5. […] Saddle Up/ Double Ennead #6Image prompt: Image from Pixabay The Double Ennead comprises five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per stanza) 3 STANZAS EACH = 99 Twiglet 236 the last word Word Craft Poetry #235 Image Credit: Annette Rochelle Aben […]

  6. Jules says:

    I triple prompted here: Rest, Restore, Rejuvenate

  7. Charli Mills says:

    That’s a fabulous photo inspiration, Colleen! I love the idea of swapping Air Force travels for book travels in life. Already a couple of great responses! And kudos to all who took the harder challenge last month!

  8. I love your poem, Colleen. And i’m in a similar position (wthout the Airforce) of having ‘retired’ from travelling IRL but doing so in books.

    • Hello Anne! Traveling by book is the best! Currently, I’m reading novel number nine (a 9 book series I’ve worked my way through) about a space captain in the future that discovers an alien race of intelligent birds! It’s been quite the adventure! It’s just like your books and characters… always a pleasure to visit for a while. <3

      • Intelligent birds makes me think of the horses in Gulliver’s Travels. They were much more humane and sophisticated than the humans.

      • Yes, exactly! The author, Lorinda Taylor, writes about animals frequently. Most settings are science fiction related. Her alien characters always intrigue me. I’ve enjoyed everything she’s written. This particular book was filled with the mechanics of English and the bird language. It was a fascinating read. <3

  9. […] post also links to Colleen’s Monthly Double Ennead Challenge #6 – click through on this link, if you’d like to have a join in on this […]

  10. SueSpitulnik says:

    Hi Colleen,
    I chickened out last month. I need more practice before I try a TUFF poem…
    I’m glad we have a month to post our response. May I suggest adding instructions on how to find the column after the first week?
    I do travel via books myself, it’s a great way to experience more of the world.
    The link to my page follows. Thanks for the challenge.

    • I had a hard time finding the post myself! What a great idea. Finally, I searched the Archives (left menu column) and clicked on poetry. That is the category I’ve been using for the challenge. I’ll add that to the post. Thanks for a great suggestion, Sue. <3

  11. nightlake says:

    This poem about travel through books was a fun and enjoyable read. Please find mine below:

  12. […] poem below was written for Colleen’s double ennead challenge No. 6. The Double Ennead comprises five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per […]

  13. […] invites us to write an Ekphrastic Double Ennead. Click HERE for the […]

  14. […] Follow the link to the challenge post HERE […]

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