Sonnet 1166. Helen Grew Old

Updated on July 18, 2017
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World's lone sonnet grandmaster. Shakespeare's Sonnet 1 describes him as “the world’s fresh ornament and only herald to the gaudy spring."

these wrinkles on my face I cannot hide.
my limbs are getting weaker by the day.
my eyes grow dimmer though they never cried.
my hair and crowning glory is now gray.

the beauty for which princes vowed and vied;
the beauty which fair Paris snatched away;
the beauty for which warriors dared and died:
like all that's mortal undergoes decay.

can Penelope flaunt her secret pride
that Ulysses, for her, would madly slay?
although without her love he can't abide,
there were just too few corpses on display.

but all is vain as time can't be denied:
all beauty fades for we are made of clay.

-- Jose Rizal M. Reyes
January 28, 2009G

rhyming pattern: abab abab abab ab
sonnet type: Indo-China Double Dance
sonnet format: English (quatrain, quatrain, quatrain, couplet)

Helen of Troy.  (Painting by Evelyn De Morgan, 1898.)
Helen of Troy. (Painting by Evelyn De Morgan, 1898.)

Helen of Troy is now in HubPages!

This hub was formerly marked as "duplicate". Technically speaking, it's correct because my dearly esteemed fellow sonneter and poetry classifier Larry Eberhart posted it in his fantastic poetry site as an example of the Indo-China Double Dance, a sonnet rhyme scheme I invented.

No, I am not taking any issue with Larry. I feel honored for his posting of my sonnet, not offended. He has often cited in his two blog sites the sonnet rhyme schemes I invented but this is the only piece which he used as example. The rest are his own compositions.

Now, here is the fantastic news. When I opened this hub this morning, this sonnet about Helen of Troy getting old was already published here in HubPages together with a warning that says:

CERTIFIED ORIGINAL: This Hub has been granted an exception and is no longer considered by HubPages to be duplicated

Wow! I am truly grateful. Moments earlier, I opened my emails and found a message that says:


I've gone ahead and removed the duplicate label from your hub. You should now be able to publish your hub. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Team HubPages

So I wrote back gratefully and elatedly:

Thank you very much, Luke. It's one of my best sonnets and I really feel it should be in HubPages. I now regard HubPages as my home site. And Helen of Troy though she has aged should be here with me. Thanks, thanks, thanks.


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