My First Sonnet

Updated on June 30, 2018
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

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I amb Play

It’s easy really, take a bird in flight,
A piece of cake, or a cloud in the sky.
Gather them gently, careful not too tight,
And wrap them in two feet of ribbon ply.
Not Shakespeare? Ah, but do not weep,
The song resounds in a listener's ear,
As do eyes that share a vision seek
Forgetting of their momentary fear.
Tie a quick bow, the hearer will feel the beat.
A Sonnet speaks in a tone naturally,
If you forget to count, it will still be sweet
When your heart is in it gracefully.
And naught to worry if the lines don’t rhyme
Exactly, just that they arrive on time.

Thank You

Notes

Thanks to Jamie, Andrew, and Danielle.

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs

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    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 days ago from Canada

      Thank you Rajan!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Just beautiful. I love it.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Mike, Good timing! Thank you for this, I seem to be taking a holiday today, hope yours is going well...Sonnets, and summer, and pastries, and my favorite people, I'm blessed.

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      mckbirdbks 

      2 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Verlie - I see I am late with the coffee, and glass domed pastry dish and praise. The sonnet challenge was no match for your writing skills.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Good morning Maria, Ah, it's a fogged in here, but supposed to burn off and be a 'scorcher'. Just having coffee and enjoying your visit. Gardens calling. Thank you m'dear, now where is that pastry tray when we really need it?!

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "And naught to worry if the lines don’t rhyme"

      Your muse never steers you wrong, dear V.

      What a lovely song as well... thanks for the morning peacefulness.

      Love you, mar

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Dora, thank you, I'm hoping :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Great first try. Bet there are lots more where this fine sonnet came from!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Hello Tim, thanks so much for the encouraging words.

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Excellent sonnet. Congratulations. I've yet to write one. But yours is beautiful.

      Keep up the great work.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Rinita, thanks for posting your Sonnet link!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Ms Nellieanna, thank you, I am truly humbled by your comment.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 weeks ago from TEXAS

      Verlie, your poetry sings in any style or key!

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      Rinita Sen 

      2 weeks ago

      Verlie, here's my first and (so far) only sonnet. Originally written in 2012, republished today. Let me know what you think when you can spare some time.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Incense-A-Sonnet

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Rinita, thank you for your most positive comment. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who has written only one. My goal was to write one, and now that's done I want to write another. Happy you can appreciate, looking forward to reading your Sonnet!

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      Rinita Sen 

      2 weeks ago

      Glad you did this, Verlie, and oh so beautifully! I wrote my first sonnet some 6 years ago, it is one of those poems that I unpublished in my frenzy. I need to go back, and republish it. Till date that is the only sonnet I have written. They are a hard form of course, but more than that I feel the content has to fit. It has to come from within, and nudge you.. "Write me, write me, write me". That hasn't been happening for me.

      With your sonnet, inspiration is back. "The song resounds in a listener's ear,

      As do eyes that share a vision seek

      Forgetting of their momentary fear." Indeed, no other form could've been better for such lines.

      I wrote too much, but only because I love your poetry too much!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Thanks, yes, that sums it up.

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      manatita44 

      2 weeks ago from london

      They are not hard. Try 10 syllables in every line. Let every other line rhyme.

      Split it in three stanzas and finish with a rhyming couplet. 14 lines in total. Let it be about something 'light' like love. There are more rules of course, but that's a great start.

      The flow can be a problem. So change a word if another will flow better. Keeping the syllable the same. A bit like my Incantations to Love. Peace.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      manatita, thank you. Sonnet has eluded me, but I persist :)

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      manatita44 

      2 weeks ago from london

      A good take on Sonnets and a noble effort for yourself in your own inimitable style. Well done!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Thanks Mark!

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      That’s exactly what I believe about rhyme. Sweet sonnet.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Kim, good to see you. I'm pretty sure if I can do it, you can do it too. We shall see. Meanwhile your poetry is sublime. Thanks so much for following my writes, I really appreciate you!

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      Kim Baker 

      2 weeks ago

      Absolutely beautiful Verlie!. I can't write a sonnet as I don't understand basic English. Well done Verlie this takes skill to do. I hope someday I learn how to write a Sonnet. Until then, I thank you for the pleasure you have given me through your wonderful poetry in the form of a Sonnet. Best wishes always..Kim x

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 weeks ago from Canada

      Thank you Bill! You are a star...

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I will leave the sonnets to talented writers like you. My job, then, is to just enjoy them, and this one I do.

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