And finally, our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I challenge you to write a sonnet. Traditionally, sonnets are 14-line poems, with ten syllables per line, written in iambs (i.e., with a meter in which an unstressed syllable is followed by one stressed syllable, and so on). There are several traditional rhyme schemes, including the Petrarchan, Spenserian, and Shakespearean sonnets. But beyond the strictures of form, sonnets usually pose a question of a sort, explore the ideas raised by the question, and then come to a conclusion. In a way, they are essays written in verse! This means you can write a “sonnet” that doesn’t have meet all of the traditional formal elements, but still functions as a mini-essay of a sort. The main point is to keep your poem tight, not rangy, and to use the shorter confines of the form to fuel the poem’s energy. As Wordsworth put it, in a very formal sonnet indeed, “Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room.” Happy writing!
Please see the website for NaPoWriMo for more information. Rhyme scheme is abab, cdcd, efef, gg.
Why do we forge ahead in life, no thought,
For others in our path, hindrance to steps,
Walking on people, won’t provide what’s sought.
Pick-up the down trodden, those who have wept,
Provide helping hands, pick other’s up, give —
Show undeserved grace, to the sufferring,
We were there once, desperate, needing to live.
Falling apart at the seems, blustering.
We’re here to aid others as we journey,
Time ticking past until, our lives are over.
Assisting friends, before they’re lost, learning.
Life isn’t ‘us;’ let kindness spillover.
Emerging fresh, considering our steps,
Aiding ourselves, others, placing footsteps.
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