Nonce Poetry: Silver Lining

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 eleventh challenge…Silver Lining

Silver Lining

A modified golden shovel where only the meaningful words are included (skipping words like a/an/and/the/or etc. that are not essential to the meaning of the line).

Bonus: use a poem from a WP poet

Monty Vern

How exciting for my own nonce form to be featured here. Much thanks for giving this form more visibility. Now I’m off to find a WP poet’s poem to work with. The key is to pick one with particularly interesting choice of words.

I’ve decided to chose the work of another poet participating in this challenge and this poem that features some intriguing word choice: Monuments by saintvi. I hope I can do it justice.

Lady of Stone
from Monuments by saintvi

of white,
Lady of stone,
Her lovers, once erected,
To remember the past
And tend
To her till they crumble;
Be it fast or slow,
Through the years of progress,
And years
Of decline, they tell the truth;
Once concealed
Behind curlicues;
Now forever standing tall in glory;
Functionally carved;
Preserved in stone;
To vigor, never to disintegrate;
Never to fade in their aged years;
Never to leave;
They now stand side-by-side; a dozen and a few;
Only to her they tend;
Her passions cultivated,
Insatiable and storied;
Her lovers of the past
Greet the new ones now —
Soon to also be overgrown
By kudzu
Concealing the truth.

I loved working with this poem (Thanks saintvi for a wonderful word pallet to play with).

Be well,



  1. Kathleen says:


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  2. murisopsis says:

    Excellent Silver Shovel! (I expected no less of the originator of the form!!)

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      The source material is key!!


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