Nonce Poetry: Melinda’s Whimsy

In celebration of National Poetry Month @murisopsis from A Different Perspective is once again hosting a poetic scavenger hunt. This year’s theme is “nonce” form poetry. What is nonce form poetry? Well, it’s basically a form that was created by a poet for their own use. What’s interesting about a nonce form is that if it is adopted by other poets and used more often it will no longer be considered a nonce form, but rather become recognized as a “valid” poetical form.

The scavenger hunt features thirteen nonce form challenges all to be completed within the month of April. I highly encourage you to check out the prompts and participate here.

Ok, now onto the second challenge…Melinda’s Whimsey

Melinda’s Whimsy

A poem of three quatrains with rhyme scheme A/a/a/b, a/A/a/b, a/a/A/b where “A” represents the same end word. The meter is iambic trimeter for lines 1 through 3 with line 4 having 7 syllables.

Bonus: include a whimsical creature.


Whispering Whimsy

Upon the fern she’d play
Hanging in the cool shade
Beneath it’s dark green blades
Whispering whimsy to me.

A faerie of the glade
She’s always quick to play
Dancing all night and day
Beneath her little fern tree.

Down on my knees I prayed
For my wish true be made
To freely dance and play
To feel her whimsy in me.

Well there you have it. What are your thoughts about the form? About my execution of the form. I’d love to get your feedback.

Be well,



  1. murisopsis says:

    I love the fairy!! I sense a fair bit of whimsy present and that is exactly the spirit of this form and the poem!!

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  2. poetisatinta says:

    We all love a fairy tale 🪄😊

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thank you 🙂

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