Whittled Words – Magic 9 Poem


Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. This week’s selection:


The Magic 9 is a newer form and relatively unknown. In fact, I couldn’t find a creator of the form, though it appears to have been inspired by a poet misspelling the word ‘abracadabra’.

This 9-line poem doesn’t have any rules as far as meter or subject matter–just a rhyme scheme: abacadaba

That’s right! Just remove the r’s from “abracadabra,” and boom! This 9-line form allows for fun and expression without the stress of length or meter to individual lines.


Examples of Magic 9 Poems:


by R J Clarken


The aegrotat is a clever and very useful note
because it’s a document which states
that a student is too ill, with (for example) the flu or a strep throat
and therefore, cannot sit for an exam, along with his or her fellow classmates.
No need to study the gerund or Newton’s 2nd Law or even the asymptote
when a single piece of paper can simply get one excused from this chore,
thus leaving said pupil more time to devote
to the pursuit of online games, sleeping in and other worthwhile endeavors.
While it may get one’s teacher’s goat, the aegrotat most assuredly gets my vote.


by Mike Gill

Depression is more than a dent in the ground.
It’s more than a few days in a sad mood.
Think instead of a thousand pound
Weight sitting deep in your soul
And you have to listen to the constant sound
Of your mind telling you lies and sometimes
You wonder if any light can be found.
You have to look in the mirror and tell that dude
That his is not a feeling to which you are bound.


By Brad Osborne

Do not act like you have no clue

I see easily through your practiced veil

You know exactly what it is you do

This torrid and playful game

Pretense of love not true

Bewitches me and draws me in

The ache and want in me renew

I resist your efforts to no avail

Helpless I fall into you



I hope you have enjoyed this entry to the series, Whittled Words. I look forward to your comments, and if you dare, maybe share your own Magic 9 poem. Thanks for reading!



9 Responses to “Whittled Words – Magic 9 Poem”
  1. yassy says:

    I liked yours best , Brad. Thank you for showing us this form. I hope I will be able to do it as good as you did yours.

  2. Harley Unhinged says:

    Magic indeed! Brilliant work Bradiekins

  3. Jim Borden says:

    once again, well done executing on this week’s poetry form. Your words were magical… 🙂

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