The Double Ennead for the Around the Campfire Journal

Double Ennead

There’s been some questions about the Double Ennead form:

The Double Ennead (an ennead means a group of nine, so a double ennead is 99) is a form I created for the Carrot Ranch Literary Community. The site features 99-Word stories, and I thought 99-Syllable poetry would be a great addition.

The Double Ennead comprises five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per stanza) 3 STANZAS EACH = 99 SYLLABLES, NO MORE, NO LESS!

Please use the syllable counter:

Punctuation and rhyme schemes are optional and up to the poet. This is the 99 syllable form to use for the Around the Campfire Journal.


“Farewell to Another Year”

frigid morn, Autumn kissed—
quiescent fields glow,
tempered with an aura of seasonal flow
the wheel of the year turns
another month lost

under the sun’s frail rays,
hardwood shadows fade,
while frost browned grasses sing anthems to the wind
naked tree limbs tremble,
upright to the end

death’s undulations voiced
leaves fall… orange rain,
bird requiems pay deference to the dead
another harvest done,
spring dreams fill my head

© Colleen M. Chesebro

Compose, Write, & Submit!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

28 thoughts on “The Double Ennead for the Around the Campfire Journal

    1. It can have whatever you want it to have. All you do is use the syllable structure. I’ve seen some excellent double ennead with end rhymes. I don’t think in rhyme so it’s harder for me to do. As long as you follow the syllable structure, you can make it how you’d like.

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      1. I’ll have to look and see if I can find it to see why I thought it was so complicated. Syllables are just syllables. I never even thought to try it again.

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          1. I had a phrase written down that I had to include, but I’m nor sure why that was so hard either. It’s always hard to reconstruct former states of mind!

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            1. It is. Play with the form and see what you come up with. The theme for the Around the Campfire journal is fire. Perfect for the first edition. I’m thrilled to have Charli Mills’ expertise along for this journey.

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  1. I have written a few Double Enneads since you introduced the form and quite like it. The structure is sometimes just what I need to be able to write something when stuck with a Carrot Ranch prompt. Sometimes I’ve used rhyme, but not always; I appreciate the leeway. And, you never yelled at me when I tweaked the form’s structure ever so slightly. But I always have stuck to three stanzas of 33 syllables, with 2(6+5) and 11 syllables each.
    It’s a good form!

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    1. I’m so glad you like the form. You have a way with end-rhyme (I don’t) that makes your double ennead sing. I like the structure too. It seems to flow well for most. I like that we can all write it a bit differently. As long as we stick to the syllable count (99 syllables) I think we’re okay. I could never yell at you. 🫶🏻


    1. Balroop, you can submit three entries, 99-word flash fiction, 99 word freestyle poetry, double ennead 99-syllable poetry, and BOTS or memoir (based on a true story) 99-word flash fiction. You can submit a combination or all three the same—Your choice. Please submit all three in the body of an email. Thanks so much.

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  2. I just wonder if my submission came in alright, since it says that all submissions will receive a notification of receipt, but I haven’t gotten it yet. Probably I just need to be patient. I’m Manja Maksimovič and submitted my three pieces yesterday. Thank you!

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