That Suffering Called Waiting: A Poem
What is a Sonnet?
This is my first attempt at composing a sonnet. Sonnet comes from the Italian word which means "little song." I particularly like sonnets because of its established rules: fourteen lines and ten syllables per line. There are a number of rhyme schemes used for sonnets. The one I chose to emulate was Shakespeare's abab-cdcd-efef-gg.
That Suffering Called Waiting
When my eyes wandered ‘round the busy streets
And found them meeting your cold, curious stare,
I felt the moment when my heart gave beats
To the song sweetly for your beauty rare.
The pair fixed after a glimpse of a glance
And my feet, frozen in their place, helpless.
My heart yearning for your sweet love, perchance
This craving finds bliss in your love endless.
O, the fondness I so long and hope for,
That can only be pleased by your response—
How long will it wait for your yes and sure?
Will I be having a place or a chance?
This sickening feeling I must suffer
Till you are found with me, kept forever.
This sonnet is about a man who fell in love at first sight. However, he has to go through the trouble of wooing and waiting for her lady's positive response. The sonnet invokes a feeling of longing, excitement, and fear of rejection at the same time. Nevertheless, at the end of the poem, one can see the man's determination to wait until he achieves the positive outcome he is hoping for.
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