N is for Nove Otto


The Nove Otto poetry form was created by Scott J. Alcorn. It is a nine-lined poem with 8 syllables per line (isosyllabic). The rhyme scheme is as follows: aacbbcddc.

THIS WEEK’S WORDS come from “I, Too” by Langston Hughes: sing, laugh, kitchen, darker, well, beautiful, brother, table, how, eat, dare, say

Nothing could make her laugh or sing
And she wouldn’t eat anything
This beautiful lady so sad
Couldn’t do anything at all
Put her in the kitchen or hall
Dare her to do it or go bad
Oh brother, what shall we do now?
She’s got to be well, don’t know how
Say something funny so she’s glad

(c) ladyleemanila 2019

For: Whirligig 200No Visitors? No Comments? Let’s Fix That #atozchallenge ,  Day 16 of Na/GloPoWriMo


  1. This is a good exercise that I should try for my songwriting attempts. I’d never heard of this poetry form, but I guess there are so many and most of the time if I read a poem I don’t think much about structure unless it’s been pointed out to me.

    In my recent music post I featured some artists originally Filipino but now residing in Canada. Hope you’ll visit, take a listen, and provide your thoughts.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out / Battle of the Bands

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