Nonce Poetry: The Helipad

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 twelfth challenge…The Helipad

The Helipad

A poem of 9 lines. All lines begin and end with the letter H which is capitalized and bonded. All words in line 5 are also capitalized and bolded. All lines should be of equal physical length (including words and spaces) to create the shape of a helipad.

Bonus: use an animal in the poem

“Hovering Saviors“

I never realized how many words end with H! I cheated a little bit on the spacing to make the line lengths work, but it was worth it to make the visual just right.

Be well,



  1. Kathleen says:

    Love how you integrated the topic of flight into the form….

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    1. s.s. says:

      Your poem Hovering saviours landed beautifully ❤️ I love the words and I love way you have designed the Helipad!

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      1. Monty Vern says:

        Thank you! It was fun to puzzle it out. Thanks for the interesting form to play with!

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      2. s.s. says:

        😊 very happy to see the Helipad land so well.

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  2. murisopsis says:

    This form is a real brain tickler! I love a challenge and Sangeetha’s form provided a great one… I’m impressed that your helipad look so even! I found that the spacing was the hardest part of writing the poem!!! Your spacing is perfection!

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      I had to do the poem as an image to get the spacing right.


  3. poetisatinta says:

    Great and love your helipad too 🙌

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much 🙂

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