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Contest: Warrior Sonnet Sponsor: John Lawless September 15, 2020 Petrarchan sonnet: abbaabba cdcdcd Song of the Humble Scythe My fellow men at arms, today we fight! Courageous men of fields, that left the plough, our foes have come; you hear their drums, but now our storm will wet the soil with crimson might! Your kin are scared to die, but hope is bright! We are this wall of stone; you will not bow, to foreign hands, nor foreign lands, and now we raise the battle cry for what is right! Take up the plough — that tills the Fields of Fate! Take up the hoe — that weeds your earthly foe! Take up the fork — that throws their bales of hate! Protect your seed — that needs your love to grow! The field is yours! The Field is yours! Now great, we war with tools our fathers made to sow.

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Date: 9/26/2020 5:16:00 AM
Jack, this is a wonderful tribute to those who "bent their plowshares into swords" over the centuries to protect their homes and families. Thank you for taking up the pen - to write.
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Jack Webster
Date: 9/26/2020 9:51:00 AM
Thank you, John!
Date: 9/25/2020 12:16:00 PM
Your sonnet has a great flow, Jack, as well as a rousing call to arms. Congratulations on your win! Best wishes, Carolyn
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Jack Webster
Date: 9/25/2020 1:06:00 PM
Thank you Carolyn!
Date: 9/25/2020 8:54:00 AM
Congratulations, Jack! Onward plough, hoe and fork!
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Jack Webster
Date: 9/25/2020 11:40:00 AM
Thank you, Kim!
Date: 9/25/2020 8:26:00 AM
Congratulations Jack! The field is yours! Linda
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Jack Webster
Date: 9/25/2020 11:40:00 AM
Thank you Linda
Date: 9/19/2020 2:12:00 PM
Jack, this is a wonderfully composed sonnet. Your call to arms in the language that the humble 'audience' would fully appreciate, with its clever farming utensil references and parallel uses is brilliant. I have never tried my hand at this particular sonnet form but I shall use yours as my master class!
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Date: 9/20/2020 2:53:00 PM
So glad you’ve enjoyed it! not necessary to have so many caesurae, but wanted it to be slightly reminiscent of the solemn tone of Anglo-Saxon hemistitches