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Johnn Not John on a Jaunt for Jam

While there are many forms from around the world that begin with the letter J, I delighted in discovering this one over at PoetryBase called Johnn (for its creator).

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The Johnn Poetic Form

A poetic form created mainly to help AtoZers like me 🙂 This one is short and long at the same time! How so? You ask me. Well, read on to understand why I say that.

Thanks to PoetryBase where I found this form.

What is the Johnn Poetic Form?

A simple syllabic three-verse form with the title preceding each verse, where each verse is spread across five lines.

At its most basic, the Johnn’s characteristics are that it is:

  • Versed: has three verses
  • Syllabic: the three verses are split across five lines with the following syllable counts: 2, 3, 4, 3, 2/ 4, 6, 8, 6, 4/ 2, 3, 4, 3, 2.
  • Unrhymed
  • With a refrained title: The same title precedes each of the three verses giving an element of repetition

This is how it looks




My Attempt

What Tugs At My Heartstrings?
Their smiles
and laughter
Their happiness
and sadness
Their pouts

What Tugs At My Heartstrings?
When they hug me,
And sometimes when they don’t.
All those tiny treasured moments
Be it a heart-to-heart
Or even when not.

What Tugs At My Heartstrings?
A peck
On my cheek,
a “Love you, ma,”
little things
they do!
~Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites

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pen on paper and title is poetic forms: J is for Johnn (not John!)

The Book


Title: Jamberry
Author/Illustrator Bruce Degen
Publishers: HarperCollins
Genre: Children’s Poetry/Classics (4 – 8 years, and up)
Source: Library

A small boy and a big friendly bear embark on a berry-picking extravaganza, looking for blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Their fun adventure comes to a razzamatazz finale under a starberry sky.

I needed to read this a few times over, simply for the sheer joy of it, the rhymes, the berries everywhere, the clever ways Degen inserts berries into the rhymes, the friendship and happiness of doing the everyday things that shines through, and last but not the least, the colorful and adorable illustrations.

So very joyous and jubilant and jammy!! Now I need some berries for myself, and some jam too.

Get it here

Related Reads and Suggested Activities

Ten 12 Poets I Want to Read

 This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl is top ten authors I haven’t read yet, but want to. Considering I am focusing on poetry this month, I am picking ten 12 poets instead. I am guessing I might have read a poem or two by these poets, but I can’t recall so here they are on this list for I do want to, have to read them soon. If you need more poets, you can also check out this list of 12 women poets to read.

As for the poets below, if you have read any of them, I would love to get reading recommendations from you. Which of their poems/books/collections should I read first?

  1. Joy Harjo
  2. Ocean Vuong
  3. Bhanu Kapil
  4. Claudia Rankine
  5. Derek Walcott
  6. Seamus Heaney
  7. Julia Alvarez
  8. Francisco X. Alarcón
  9. Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  10. Louise Glück
  11. Arundhati Subramanian
  12. Vikram Seth (as a poet)

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear readers, have you read the featured book? I would love to hear your thoughts (if you have read them) as well as recommendations for similar books. What do you think about the Johnn poetic form? Will you attempt one? Hope you try this one or any other I have mentioned so far. You can check them out in the links below:

Day 0  Day 1 – A  Day 2 – B  Day 3  Day 4 – C  Day 5 – D  Day 6 – E  Day 7 – F  Day 8 – G Day 9 – H Day 10 Day 11 – I

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17 thoughts on “Johnn Not John on a Jaunt for Jam

  1. Hi Vidya. I enjoy visiting on your blog. Because of my love for poetry. This is an interesting form and a poem to warm the heart. I hope you’re going to keep the posts because I’ve missed some and would love to come back. Also, any specific post on iambs? Looking for links to practice enough.

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