How To Write a Sonnet

How To write a Sonnet

A miracle of birth; I see one word,
“ring`ed”, appear upon my pristine page.
Like angel sent, he mumbles, barely heard;
a fluttering of wings becomes my sage.

“I am not made of steel”, I hear him say.
“Your magic ring; it must be made of brass”.
My bonnet; let it tilt as I sashay
and grab the circled gem as we fly past.

And as his nostrils flare; we gallop ’round.
Calliope , he sounds; we sing and turn.
My pen is one much twisted `fore he bounds;
escapes my inner critic; burns and churns.

For love of form,  the freedom may be torn;
But from my heart a poem may be born.


  1. SHOWCASE — | The Rattling Bones - May 13, 2015

    […] of her first poems, posted in November 2012 is titled How to Write a Sonnet. I must admit, I’ve only written one sonnet in my entire life, but I delight in the form and […]


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