Okay, I confess. Last week, wikihow put up an article on how to write a sonnet, and I silently decided to write one this year. Poetry involving rhyme and meter is a stretch for me. Anyway, I’ve not been happy with my first sonnet but I finally figured out what was going on. Iwas writing a Shakespearean sonnet. Those have ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyming schemes. Well, in creating my couplets, I was rhyming them, but then splitting up the idea with the other couplet.
Anyway, I decided to try a Petrarchan sonnet. It has a ABBA ABBA CDE CDE rhyming scheme which may lend itself to the flow of ideas. So, here’s my next attempt. It still needs a lot of work.
And for the record, I worked off of the first attempt, so if it seems similar, there’s a reason.
More of What I Can’t Throw Away
Playthings I purchase by selling my day
But gizmos and gadgets, don’t own my heart
Not trinkets or toys, with those I could part
What is it that I could not throw away?
Ties of great friendships too steadfast to fray
Friends whom I’ve kept though we live far apart
Memories and dreams, some sweet and some tart
Echoes of laughter, young people at play
But it does not do to dwell in the past
Time shapes all things a potter’s skilled hand
Dreams from my past need not keep me frozen
Mem’ries are fleeting; dreams don’t have to last
Today is not what I yesterday planned
But there’s greater joy: the life I’ve chosen.