NaPoWriMo: Poem – Musette – “I Saw Him First”


And now, for our prompt (optional, as always). Today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that tells a story. But here’s the twist – the story should be told backwards. The first line should say what happened last, and work its way through the past until you get to the beginning. Now, the story doesn’t have to be complicated (it’s probably better if it isn’t)! Here’s a little example I just made up:

Please see NaPoWriMo for further information.

The Musette, created by Emily Romano is a poem that consists of three verses of three lines each. The first lines have two syllables; the second lines have four syllables, and the third lines have two syllables. The rhyme scheme is a/b/a for the first verse; c/d/c for the second verse, and e/f/e for the third verse. The title should reflect the poem’s content.

Please see Shadow Poetry for more information on a Musette.

Jealous kids

Dead on —

Stairs; Rose stares off,

Glimpse gone.


Nothing anymore,



Out of her house,



Fighting again,



Drinking hot tea,


Cleaning —

House, Restoring,



Dolls glistening.



No one else home,


Her chair,

Sit wondering,

Not fair.

Jil took,

Has Ted and kids,

Ted’s looks.

Rose wants —

Ted; Jil stole him,

Jil flaunts.

Young Rose,

Beauty gifted,

Such Pose.

First time,

Rose saw Ted stare,


They kiss,

Under stairs hide,

In bliss.


Jilly saw him,



Girl every guy,

Mostly —


Rosey saw Ted,



Loved Ted, before


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.



13 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: Poem – Musette – “I Saw Him First”

  1. Annie April 28, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Awesome story! I could feel for Rosey or Jilly, depending on how I read it (top-down or the other way around). Clever Musette, Mandi! ☺️

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  2. rosemawrites April 29, 2016 / 7:34 am

    GEEZ! This can be read either way, Mandi!! What a talented poetess you are my friend. ❤

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    • mandibelle16 April 29, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      Almost, I never thought about it going both ways, until I read some others. I think I’d have to change a couple of things. Glad you thought it worked though. Thanks Rosema💖

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  3. maria April 29, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    You made the prompt look easy when it’s quite tricky. Well done, Mandi! 🙂 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 April 30, 2016 / 2:52 am

      Thank you. I read other people’s poems and saw they had done it. Mine kind if worked out that way, though I think I,d have to change a few parts. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for your thoughts Jade.

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