Posting for the ninth day at NaPoWriMo. The tenth day has already started here in India, but I’m taking the liberty to go by EST. The prompt is to write a nonet. A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second has eight, and so on until you get to the last line, which has just one syllable.

Here is mine!


Self-love fades in a flash today. Faith

stumbles and I come in my way.

The heart wilts under the load

of my flesh. Praises don’t

mesh, with the darkness

inside me. The

world seems a



The inspiration for this poem is a passage from ‘The Lottery Ticket’ by Anton Chekov (Hatred and hope) that I read during an online workshop. The picture is of a winter evening.

This post is part of BlogchatterA2Z and AtoZChallenge

19 thoughts on “a new IDENTITY”

  1. Arent we our own worst critiques? Life would be better if we could silence that ‘me’ which stops loving ‘me’ and not let the faith stumble.
    This one strung the chords so close to heart, Sonia.

  2. There is such a strong note of despondency in this poem! on a side note, thanks to your NaPoWriMo, I am learning about the various forms of poetry

  3. Chekov, did you hear that his museum in Ukraine (I forget exactly where) came close to being bombarded by Russia? War, good for absolutely nothing… Lovely poem and even more so after hearing how it was inspired. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sending you a big hug…open the door–let the praise lighten the darkness–you hold the key:)

    Beautiful, self-reflective piece Sonia.

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