Introduction to Poetry: Day 10

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. 


About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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6 Responses to Introduction to Poetry: Day 10

  1. Libby Sommer says:

    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.

    • DrEMiller says:

      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! 😊

    • DrEMiller says:

      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.

      • Libby Sommer says:

        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.

        • DrEMiller says:

          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.

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