Day 10 Prompt: the Future
Suggested form: Sonnet
To a poet, the writing of a sonnet undoubtedly comes more easily than it can for me.
It has been fifty years since last I tried my hand at writing a sonnet. It was a torturous process then, and clearly has become no easier in the intervening decades–not that I have tried it since it was assigned as homework in English class. Back then, there seemed to be much time to come up with a classic Shakesperean sonnet. Today, time is short and more pressing–so little future lies before me.
So, in my need to bring closure to this class, I wrote what can be termed a sonnet in iambic pentameter, but without the traditional rhyme scheme. Mine is just a joke of aabbcc etc. There was no way to get either serious or humorous about this form, at least not today. It rhymes–that’s all I can honestly say about it. Does it make sense? I really wish I could say “maybe,” but I’m not sure.
I will say that I enjoyed the challenges set for each session, even if I didn’t try all of the forms or devices yet. In time, I’m sure I will–just not today. Maybe next time I take this course.
The course itself provided me with what I wanted–a chance to learn something about poetry to season my writing. So I am satisfied.
The Future of My (eh-hem) Poetry
I have no wish to e’re become a bard,
For poetry to me is very hard.
The sonnet is a form I cannot learn.
Time left is short and pressing in its turn.
The lim’rick is a form that often jokes.
Haiku is short but “long enough” to folks.
Poetic’ly impaired as I am here,
It seems no poetry sings in my ear.
And yet I strive to write these lines of verse
As though the future holds to me a purse
Of golden dreams to write across a page–
As though of greatest import, at my age.
Yet as tomorrow rests upon a sigh,
The verse I write today will fall or fly.
Seriously, it has been fun taking this class.
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i read your poem. it’s good. the rhythm is not consistent but i like it. it would sound good at a performance poetry event. well done you.
Thanks. Interestingly, with pronunciation differing for certain words, I can see where the rhythm may seem off. I didn’t think of that when I was putting this piece together. If I ever decide to give the sonnet another try with iambic pentameter, I will definitely keep in mind the differences in the way words are spoken. Thanks for pointing that out! 😊
Re-read the poem as posted again. I didn’t “hear” the clunkiness of the rhythm, especially across one of the lines. It’s more than pronunciation, although I think there are a few words that would also throw off rhythm on their own with a valid pronunciation that differs from the one I intended. Good thing for my readers that they will rarely get poetry on this blog. Thanks again for commenting. You are helping me grow.
that’s wonderful. thanks so much for acknowledging my input. did you say you reposted the poem? i didn’t see it. will have another look.
I didn’t repost it. For now, it stands as it was. Poetry really is a lot of hard work, and several couplets would need re-writing. Right now, I simply don’t have the time to devote to it. Thanks again for taking the time to comment.