One type of poem you may have studied in school is the sonnet. Typically, they have 14 lines and the rhyme sequence differentiates an Italian sonnet from an English sonnet. The Italian sonnet line-rhymes are as follows: abbaabbacdcdcd. While I prefer writing free verse, thought I’d try my hand at the English sonnet with a tribute to my dad.
To My Father
The writer tapped loathsome keys,
Like the painter at an easel,
Thawing, aching polar freeze,
Inspiring friends or the occasional weasel.
The man deliberately changed a life-
Painfully leaving more than gold--
Humorously topping strife,
Fearless as hell, instilling the bold.
Valiant knight pushing towards the task--
“It will come, not now but someday--
Search for the right words and ask--
Clear the mind--write a story--you have much to say.”
Prayers for strength of pen,
From Heaven’s gate—from man of men.
Do you write poetry? The verse sequence for the English sonnet is ababcdcdefefgg.
Have you ever written a sonnet?