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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

Some of the "Modern" sonnets


Blog Posted:6/6/2014 10:05:00 AM

Modern Sonnets HMMMM.   There are many “new” things or “relatively” contemporary things in recent years that I have a problem with.  At least some respect has been shown in the music world by not calling Hip Hop “Rock” nor Miley Cyrus the next Billie Holiday.  The world of traditional adult beverages has evolved in these modern times where the Martini is the best example.  A martini is truly one thing, a drink of gin mixed with a small amount of dry vermouth—period!  Although many years ago, to request a “vodka” martini was acceptable as well and something I quickly adopted since I got terribly sick on gin in college and could never stomach it again!  Today, however, there are appletinis and peachtinis and on and on—PLEASE.  This brings me to an opportunistic Lead-in.  H.L. Mencken wrote that the Martini is “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet” (GULP)  Well ,sorry Henry but you are screwed on both counts now, because both have been prostituted.  Am I against change, NO!  Nor am I against constructive evolution, but with one caveat – respect for the past and not the destruction of it.  Some would argue with great conviction that it is not destruction but I feel otherwise.  I think that it should not be called a sonnet if it strays so far from the original intent that you have to be told what it is.  It is evolving now so that almost any 14 line poem can be called a sonnet and anything mixed with vodka a martini (not even gin?)  We can start new things without burying the old.  If a screwdriver drink were invented today it would be called an orangetini.  As far as sonnets go, at least retain the basics of the form which means some set rhyme scheme (even if it’s slant but some slant off the table),  some relatively similar line length etc.  If I saw a car 90 years ago and one today I could still recognize that it was a car.  I could not say the same for some of these “Modern” sonnets nor most Martinis and I could care less about the Avant-garde snobs in the contemporary literary world that think they can change forever  with the dip of a pen.

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  1. Date: 6/8/2014 3:00:00 AM
    The beauty of the free form 'modern' sonnet still lies in its triple quatrain/couplet form.Here is an example of mine.SURREAL FEEL I looked,I saw an image blue/a memory,fleeting yet true,/midst the black,white and grey/just awaiting me to portrait;/I tried to re-capture this dream,/ reality's not how it seems,/it flows & ebbs as morning mist,/just out of reach,shadows persist;/A high sun then dazzles my eyes,/frustration,streams out soundless sighs,/forever lost,this unique insight,/when suddenly,I start to write/Creative words,so surreal/ will my little song appeal ?(Listen to me read this 'modern sonnet' (little song)& other poems recited on youtube under name ichthyschiro).'Old 'or' modern ' in style ,sonnets always need to be spoken aloud& heard.

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    Strand Avatar Brian Strand Date: 6/8/2014 11:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Craig,I should have put 'triple quatrain'.Rhyme does of course help when reciting aloud,which is the testbed for all poetry whatever the form,possibly excluding haiku,which I understand is considered to be an illumination of the Zen doctrine in its original form
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/8/2014 7:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Perfectly reflects the title Brian--btw you do mean triple quatrain/couplet right or it could be construed as 7 couplets the way you've posted it under verse. Also, you've retained much more exacting rhyme in your write than I see some rebel against. My issue is that with some it gets too much out of control.
  1. Date: 6/7/2014 5:04:00 PM
    Verrrry interesting addition Suz. If I'm not mistaken, Pythagorean of Pythagorean theorem fame is a very structured guy. Now I am radically simplifying here but to take that structure and the ratios alluded to would require some form of meter to achieve. That thought with the Millay poem mixed in says to me that the sonnet therefore is, in essence, controlled chaos (an orderly cage). His poem is iambic yet speaks of much that should be battled within certain guidelines!? No?

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 6/7/2014 10:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Conclusion from below:The Free verse poem…begins with an assumption of openness or chaos in which an order must be discovered. The basic fact of free verse: each poem is shaped from within.
    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 6/7/2014 10:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree Craig and that is the function of form. Robert Hass in comparing metered poems with Free Verse states: ‘……the metrical poem begins with an assumption of human life which takes place in a pattern of orderly recurrence with which the poet must come to terms- Meter organizes accents into an overall pattern and more or less evenly times the lines bringing an organizing influence that allows the story to unfold.
  1. Date: 6/7/2014 3:43:00 PM
    Millay, in a sonnet about writing a sonnet, puts it best, as usual: I will put Chaos into fourteen lines And keep him there; and let him thence escape If he be lucky; let him twist, and ape Flood, fire, and demon--his adroit designs Will strain to nothing in the strict confines Of this sweet Order, where, in pious rape, I hold his essence and amorphous shape, Till he with Order mingles and combines. Past are the hours, the years, or our duress, His arrogance, our awful servitude: I have him. He is nothing more than less Than something simple not yet understood; I shall not even force him to confess; Or answer. I will only make him good.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/7/2014 5:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wowser!! Answered above
  1. Date: 6/7/2014 3:37:00 PM
    I love to see poetry discussions like this and would love to be in a room with you all...seeing your expressions and reactions especially when I add this little gem that I keep in mind with every form...for the reason why a particular form has its genesis. So looking very expectant for ah ha reactions I add in 2 parts . Pythagorean-Platonic theory of numbers. The actual architecture of the sonnet, the decision to add six lines to the familiar strambotto, or eight-line stanza, may be based on discussions of harmonic proportion in Plato’s Timaeus and the numerical relations to the sonnet, as well as the ideal ratio proposed by Pythagoras—the Golden Mean, later known as the Divine Proportion

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    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney Date: 6/7/2014 3:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    —a ratio that characterizes the motion of the world soul in its entirety. Certain numbers and combinations also relate the sonnet to the Fibonacci series, named after the Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci (1170-1250). These point to the mystical aspects of the sonnet as well as its enduring qualities.
  1. Date: 6/7/2014 9:45:00 AM
    Read the blog and most of the ensuing discussion when I woke up this morning. Wow! What a flurry while I slept. This is the best blog/ discussion since I joined the soup two months ago. While I intend to agree more with Craig and Andrea, I do appreciate all the other comments and, Cyndi, you have made me think and flex my mental muscle which is good. Well, all of you will be the judge of whether it is good on not. Thanks, all, for this energizing rant. I love this kind of exchange. Thanks, Craig, for being a traditionalist in the ways you stated here. I am so saddened by what is happening to the language!! Sometimes I have to read several times just to understand.

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    Lindley Avatar Robert Lindley Date: 6/7/2014 10:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Poetry is big enough to stand strong on tradition and still embrace new(rebellious) forms.. I see great merit in both . Could ever the classics be ignored or destroyed!?? No way, such genius lives on for many, many more generations. Is it not a truly great compliment for a new talented poet to be compared to a departed great one from the past? Such appreciation must endure but not ever suffocate the inspiration and spirit of future greatness IMHO.. Old and New , truly both must be appreciated for their gifts!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/7/2014 10:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Faye, sometimes I'll come across as in your face but it is primarily to induce thought and actually rhetorical in a way and educational (for me) in another because what better way for your own doubts and questions to be answered than inciting a poetic riot LOL!
    Gibson Avatar Faye Gibson Date: 6/7/2014 9:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    If new writers--not necessarily new soupers--read these kinds of exchanges it will be educational for them.
  1. Date: 6/7/2014 9:31:00 AM
    By the way Craig, great write and I really enjoyed reading it.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/7/2014 10:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    There are so many awesome talented writers here to learn from and Cyndi is one of them!
  1. Date: 6/7/2014 9:29:00 AM
    My thoughts are it is a great thing to learn from and know enough of the previous legendary poets to be able to discern good from bad and use history to influence the now. Ilove the Blue, the music and when in poetic verse. As anamateur I read the greats to improve but do not care to replicate their work even if I had the talent.I mucgh rather prefer to do my own thing and not care if it impresses to greatness. Not likely to ever be great but do enjoy wrting with the hope it gives others pleasure and/or some amount of hope.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2014 6:45:00 AM
    Why jab at academia and yet then expect all to first learn a traditional version of a form verse? Elvis had no musical education, none! He did fine. Natural instinct. The Blues was sung and played by blacks across America by those who were denied formal musical education due to their skin colour. They didn't need to learn how to play Beethoven to find the rhythm of their times. Yes, I agree that there is no harm in learning the traditional forms, but I will argue this point from my grave, it may even by chiseled into the stone, "You do not need to learn a historical form in order to write its contemporary version!" Hell, I may tattoo it on my cushy behind!! LOL! Man, I love letting it out!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/7/2014 5:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Check out Suz's addition to the topic
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/7/2014 7:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW, Elvis loved Mario Lanza and Caruso and other opera singers and mimic and learn from their intonations and actually sang as a tenor. He said himself that his greatest musical influence came from Mario.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/7/2014 7:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    OUCH. LOL... you got me! Ha! Still, one of the things I will teach her before they get a hold of her and brainwash that lovely mind.. is to question the status quo, don't always walk in line and for the love of mike, don't try to just reproduce what has already been created. xoxox
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/7/2014 7:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad you are out and about Cyndi!! I have a honey do list today TRIM THE SHRUBS!! But before that I must rattle your cage once more. Sure there are many exceptions to the rule but save room for a tattoo on the other side that says Verity isn't going to college, she's a contemporary kid--straight to the work force damn it!! Huggies back
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/7/2014 6:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Craig, you woke me up. I've been down, very down, as late (can't say much but that I am worried about family, HELPLESS). Your nudge renewed me, like spice in chili... THANK YOU(Cyndi kisses each cheek)
  1. Date: 6/7/2014 3:17:00 AM
    Here is my 'modern' sonnet -a demi-sonnet ie 6&1)No noise,silence,/ the beating of my heart,/ alone,with my thoughts;/ Without,I see the breeze,/ soundless,active,alive,/ slowly I awake,arise/ to another day/ Poetry(like art)& as structured prose has endless possibilities to the creative mind.Hallelujah

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/7/2014 6:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Why not do a semi mini and write 3 1/2 lines--nope sorry, that would be a maxi Haiku--forget it, I'll have another orangetini!
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 8:43:00 PM
    That's why I tried to get the group to do couplets then quatrains, that is the foundation of a sonnet if you can do those just staggering the end rhyme is very simple! [abab][cdcd][efef][gg] sonnet!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/7/2014 5:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Check out Suz'z addition to the topic
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/7/2014 6:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Just for the love of mike teach them that life can rhyme with lies and to shred the word, "STRIFE" The classic poets wrote the language of THEIR times. I don't have people saying to me, "Whatta day. It was rife with strife. AWWWWWWK!!!"
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 7:26:00 PM
    I have one more thing before I retreat from this screen. Do not ask poets of any age to start with any form of modern sonnet. Do not ask anyone of any age to move beyond fundamentals before learning the basics because it is lazy parenting. Like anything, if you want to learn how to do it correctly start from a solid foundation. Why do the greatest musicians in the world get a classic education to better themselves!!! There is no argument here !!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/6/2014 8:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    that is an interesting argument, Craig, which I had not thought of. They say some of the best free verse writers started out by doing classic sonnets. Once you have mastered a form, THEN you may play around with it and change it at your own will!!!
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 6:49:00 PM
    I went back to the last sonnets you wrote in March and before and you RULE!!!!! These are sonnets that can be described as modern but they still respect the form and are truly art!! Beyond that, please stop drinking the Kool Aid--seriously!

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 6/6/2014 8:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    she'd NEVER drink cool aid too many additives and preservatives but she would at least listen to L. Ron Hubbard & even I waded through the ten volumes of Mission Earth - wow is he a whack job!
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 6:36:00 PM
    Yes dearest, you throw a right cross which I easily duck with a left jab which is deadly----rhyme scheme!! And free verse sonnets do NOT fit with traditional and should not be permitted to call their poems sonnets. I do not care how ODD you and your revolutionary compatriots are--you are not sonnet writers in my humble opinion. Where do you draw the line in any form!! I'm sorry but frozen yogurt may be good but it is not ice cream!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/7/2014 7:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Blush--trying to butter me up--it's working!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/7/2014 6:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Not cute. Sexy. Damn. LOL.
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 6/6/2014 8:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You do know you are cuter with your shirt on and blustering about poetry than any married man has the right to be?
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/6/2014 6:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Not all of them but some.
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/6/2014 6:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BTW--the examples in your blog have NO rhyme--but that is okay--CHUM
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 4:25:00 PM
    Cyndi, you are the one that turned me on to modern sonnets, I have on the cover of my personal cook book called Culinary Sonnet. You've opened in many cases new inspirations that way with the crown of sonnet challenge and more so I am not adverse to your passion with the form until it totally disrespects the form and disregards every other traditional guidelines. If you're going to dump all the rhyme and all the meter it is NOT A SONNET and I don't care what scribe with what accolades tries to tell me so. Also, I do not want to hear about internal rhyme and assonance because that was never about a real sonnet. Just my humble opinion.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/6/2014 5:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    (Cyndi pulls up her sleeves, smiles like an imp and then...) ahem. The Italian sonnet is the original sonnet. It is "THE" sonnet. Guess what, Chum? IT HAD NO METER... lol. The English ADDED meter. I'm odd. I admire poets who write TOTAL free verse sonnets ... yet I choose to write with slant/off rhyme. I just like it all... if done WELL.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/6/2014 5:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Off to the park... be back tonight, chum!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/6/2014 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I don't mean to say that internal rhyme, assonance, alliteration don't contribute, of course they do, but they are not what makes the form.
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 4:12:00 PM
    The January blog which I went back to read is the one that set me off actually. (poetically conversational wise) Cyndi, you are one of my true heroes. One of a short list of exceptionally awesome writers like the Guzzical one I am lucky enough to know. I don't take issue with the fine poetry but 14 line over the top free verse does not make it a sonnet! A terrible poem written in some recognizable sonnet form is a sonnet more than a 14 line spectacular free verse. A spectacular 3 line poem doesn't make it a Haiku!! The argument evades me totally. Your approach says that any great poem can be called any form it wants to be just because. No sale with me on the form part. XXOO

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  1. Date: 6/6/2014 2:06:00 PM
    I'm a sonnet guy, and I do have a problem with some poems I've read being called sonnets.Having said that and still in the process of learning how to write a classical sonnet, I'm open to new ideas but not at the expense of what a sonnet is to me. If given a choice though I'd rather read a poorly written sonnet in form and structure and yet soared in its poetic verse then one that was perfect in form yet had no poetry in it...For me my goal is to one day write a sonnet perfect in form and structure and is overflowing with poetic verse..that day is closer than it was 4 years ago when I first started writing sonnets, yet it is still further than I'd like

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 6/6/2014 8:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are a GREAT sonneteer, Frederic!!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/6/2014 3:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    From what I've seen Frederic you are nearing the bulls eye. I agree with you BTW
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 1:47:00 PM
    I'd love to see this blog go HOT... Craig, what do you feel is required for a sonnet to be a sonnet? Other than rhyme and line length? Curious.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/6/2014 3:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Sorry, I went to play golf, another occasionally frustrating passion. I will answer you above because I hate not being able to edit responses which is important when you're prone to typos!---and check out your site below--Hugs!
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/6/2014 1:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Check this out... or scan down and just read the last three lines. This is what I mean... https://www.swback.com/craft-talks/
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 1:38:00 PM
    I love the classics... I love 'em. And I love the contemporary sonnets. To me, what makes a sonnet truly a sonnet is this--- a metaphor is introduced and then nurtured. There is a twist, a redirection in either mood or thought and then.. (my favourite part)... there is a summary that encapsulates the whole. I have to be honest. I've read some sonnets that are supposedly written in the "classical" way which to me are NOT sonnets (just because they followed a rhyme template...) and then I have read a contemporary sonnet that has barely a hint of rhyme and is not blank verse (so not metered) and yet, it has captured the true SOUL of a sonnet...it is a big idea in a little poem. Perfect. :D

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 6/6/2014 1:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Craig, I'd so love to sit across from you and actually discuss sonnets at length. It would be wonderful to butt our hard heads, laugh at ourselves and have GOOD conversation about art! How many people do that anymore, really? Poetry deserves to be ranted about, passionately discussed. That in itself is poetry, yes. Hugs to you, my friend.
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 11:45:00 AM
    Craig I do agree in part, some things needed changing forever, a basic hand whisk into a multi whisker/chopper/grater/peeler/juicer.....how many chefs would thank you for a basic hand whisk...some things need to be put into a black hole and never seen again, but poetry has evolved and will always evolve it doesn't mean that no one will ever write a sonnet again, the purists are always lurking in the shadows waiting for 'their' moment...

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/6/2014 11:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Funny David, I cook a lot and make sure to have all of those things and even 3 different sizes of hand whisks, immersion mixer, stand mixer etc--I'm a gadget guy. Don't get me wrong, I am for growth and improvements and "a rose by any other name is still a rose" unless it's a carnation--if ya catch my drift.
  1. Date: 6/6/2014 10:35:00 AM
    Craig [though I do agree in most part] please post some 'so called' Modern Sonnets that you would never call a sonnet. This was my point in the 3 lines contest - no need to call it haiku & come under those restraints - let it be what it is - or if it's new give it a new form name. Not all verses of 14 lines need to be called a sonnet!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/6/2014 10:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    But Debbie, On second thought I would rather not. I will mail you the examples.
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 6/6/2014 10:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Okay, Good idea

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7/8/2014 Her Dreams Were Mine Verselove,
7/4/2014 Inhaling The Sea Acrosticloss,
7/3/2014 Dorian Grey Abridged Quatrainfantasy,
6/30/2014 Born A Smile Sonnetlife,
6/26/2014 Life's Path Verselife,
6/19/2014 A Quickie Rhymefun,
6/18/2014 Morning Breaks Acrosticlife,
6/14/2014 At Rest Rhymelife,
6/12/2014 That's It Rhymefunny,
6/9/2014 My Soul Companion Free versedeath,
6/8/2014 Destiny Haikulove,
6/5/2014 Summer Love Sijolove,
6/5/2014 Garden Party Sonnetgarden,
5/31/2014 Tears on the Wind Rhymelife,
5/30/2014 Golden Pond Verselife,
5/29/2014 Distant Thoughts Sonnetlife,
5/28/2014 Kimo A Kimoholiday,
5/28/2014 TIME Versetime,
5/26/2014 Sparky Limerickfunny,
5/21/2014 Gravity Haikunature,
5/20/2014 Burning Bridges Verselove,trust,
5/19/2014 Bozo the Clown Clerihewfunny,
5/14/2014 Where Free verselife,
5/7/2014 Holiday Party Haiku Haikuholiday,
5/5/2014 Spring Quatern Quaternseasons,
5/1/2014 I Captured Today Pantoumlife,
5/1/2014 Hidden Temple Sijofaith,
4/30/2014 Haiku J Haikunature,
4/28/2014 Suspicion Always Haunts the Guilty Mind Free versetruth,
4/28/2014 A Daydream Sonnetlove,
4/24/2014 Shelter Tankalife,
4/19/2014 Too Soon Coupletlost love,
4/17/2014 Never Hopeless Kyriellefaith,hope,
4/15/2014 This Blood Moon Free verselife,

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Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
Violin Personificationdeath,love,rose,
Evening Walk Free verseintrospection,life,nature
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Why I Weep Italian Sonnetnatureme,
LONG DISTANT DREAM Rhymenature,
An Invitation to Dance Sonnetmusic,nature,
Secrets of the Stream Free verseintrospection,nature
Grandpa Coupletchildhood,loss,sadold,chi
Double Phantasy Free verseloss,mystery,sad,
Something of a Dreamer Free verselife,
Silver Strands Biolove,mother,me,silver,
Montage Poetry Lyrichappiness,history,uplifti
A Mutual passion Blank verseromance,longing,longing,l
Spring Returned Rondeauhappiness,love,people,sou
Her Name Is January Personificationimagination,nature,new ye
Wind Power Rhymenature,
Gold Star Narrativechildhood,war,war,star,bl
Circle of Life Rhymedeath,introspection,life,
New England Rhymenature,seasons,
If Ever Sonnetfaith,hope,inspirational,
THE HOURS Sonneton writing and words,time
EULOGY FOR THE ELDON GALLERY, WATERLOO Free verseart,life,places,sad,grand
In Strangler's Wood Rhymedeath,
Bewitched Villanellelove,passion
FIRST CHERUBIC CHANCE Lyricmystery,uplifting
Wait Raven,I am coming Free versedeath
OUTGROWN Free versedaughter,life,nostalgia,d
Conquering Rainbows Free versefantasy,for children,me,r
UNFORGOTTEN Versechildhood,hope,nostalgia,
THE MIDWIFE OF MYROLFE Free versefantasy,
The Missing Sonnetdeath,loss,
AT THE BUS DEPOT Verseallegory,
Immersion Free verseintrospection,life,me,
MY NYLON BIRD Dizainhappiness,education,
The Jaded Eye Sonnetdeath,love,heart,heart,
Amongst the Dross Sonnetdepression,introspection,
Closer Free versehope,life,love,peace,blue
MY SEX Free verselife,nature,people,men,wr
A Solstice Free versedeath,faith,religion,
Sunlit Ambrosia Free versedaughter,father,happiness
Tanglaw -- Light Free versededication,life,love,moth
One More Time Curtal Sonnetfamily,
Black Diamond Night Free verseintrospection,life,nature
Haste Quintain (Sicilian)faith,fear,introspection,
Cornflower Blue Free versehope,life,love,mystery,dr
Bastard Sun Personificationnature,parody,
Ballet is Poetry Free verseart,music,
EAST OF EDEN Sonnetfaith,nature,people,me,
SHADOWLANDS Free versedeath,faith,grief,history
SO Many Questions Quatrainromance,moon,
FLEETING VISUALS Free verseadventure,art,
LONELY Free verselife,lonely,me,people,swe
POETRY IS AN ECHO Rispettoon writing and words,me,
Poe and I Rispettolonely,lost love,
Spring's Sweet Reality Free versedream,nature,spring,dream
The Angel Inside Rhymeallegory,angel,art,beauti
Kiss the Rain Quatraingirl,people,rain,romantic
A Sepia Recollection Free versefamily,grandfather,
The Old Wooden Bench Sonnetimagination,old,old,
Every now and then Lyriclove,miss you,
NIGHT STROLL Free verseinspiration,nature,
SYLVIA Crown of Sonnetslife,poets,writing,
Her Requiem Rhymedeath,faith,mother,
O' Middle Child Free versei love you,love,son,
And Luke Williams Has Gone Celibate Free verselove,
WELCOMING A NEW TUNE Free versefarewell,how i feel,life,
Cinder Girl Rhymelovelove,
THE OLD OAK TREE Free verseautumn,life,spring,summer
Grandpa's Study Free versefamily,life,loss,peace,
Love Poem - 29 Free verselife,love,passion,peace,w
Passing Trains in Winter Rain Rhymedepression,
A Tale of Fire and Ice Rhymedream,fire,love,lust,
Back to Lost Rhymehistory,
Verses for Vivian Lyricdepression,
The Garden of Adonis Lyrics Rhymelyric,song,
The Pooka Sonnetanimal,horror,mythology,
The Swan Free versebeautiful,romantic,wife,
Una and the Lion Monorhymeanimal,girl,happiness,inn
Sleepless Night Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)anger,death,farewell,memo
AS FATHER IS TO HIS DAUGHTER Free versefather,introspection,word
Midsummer dance on parchment paper Free verseabsence,allegory,
The Soup Reich Free versesatire,slam,
Into the Gloaming Sonnetpeace,
THE OTHER-WISE Free verseart,introspection,
-----night train------ -reverse poem- Rhymegoodbye,lost love,sad lov
Doorways to Yesterday Free versememory,
Mother and Child Narrativeangel,baby,beautiful,birt
Mending life Free verseanalogy,
You Caught The Wind Free versedeath of a friend,nostalg
Sheol Dramatic Verse (Verse Drama)abuse,dark,evil,fantasy,f
SAFEWORD Sonnetlove,lust,
Aftermath Free versebaby,loss,winter,
Waterloo Bridge Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,beauty,
Facets Of Loneliness Free verseloneliness,
Love never fades Rhymelonging,love,
Recalling Her Free versegrandmother,memory,
Small Gifts Quilted with Love Ghazal 
just like juliet Free verselove,
Christmas Magic Rhymeangel,child,christmas,god
Somber Days Free verseday,november,tree,

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