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Sonnet V. Flashes of Old Memories

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

When I recall my life in younger years:
the kind of things that interested me,
the way that I behaved and what must be
my life-defining Quest that brought me tears.

(Ah no, I didn't cry except my heart.
For I did grieve quite often, silently.
This is attested by much prophecy
so I might just be essaying my part.)

What strikes me is my utter childishness:
my love of play, the useless things I did,
the sense of awe and wonder of a kid,
the simple joys that brought me happiness.

Yet I did dream big as a child and youth
though they were noble dreams, to tell the truth.

— Jose Rizal M. Reyes
February 6, 2017 A

rhyming pattern: abba cddc effe gg
sonnet type: English Canadian