The Novem is a poetry form created by Robin Skelton. A Novem has stanzas of three unrhymed lines containing three words apiece. All of the words are monosyllabic except the last word of the first line, the middle word of the second line, and the first word of the third line. Each stanza is tied together with consonance.

in the beginning
when nothingness reigned
everything was green

but green epitomized
the unknowingness of
everything not green

thus it started
by recognizing green
realization set in

some things definitely
were un-green while
others were green

back then people
were lacking in
intelligence and thought

they did however
have plenty of
colorful green hues


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