Sonnet IX. The Lovely Ladies We Cannot Forget
My journey has now started -- long and hard --
along the sonneteering's fabled road.
I don't know if I bear a heavy load.
Though light enough, my visage has been marred.
I limp a bit but my path is unbarred.
One and ten thousand sonnets I'll unload.
This awful number, if we may decode,
is meant to honor heroes battle-scarred.
Ere we proceed, let's first invoke the Nine:
those sweet immortal Muses -- yours and mine.
O daughters of the great Olympian king
and of the wise all-knowing Memory,
please tutor me and guide me as I sing
of heroism and divinity!
— Jose Rizal M. Reyes
February 7, 2017 A
rhyming pattern: abba abba cc dede
sonnet type: French Classic (traditionally known as French Sonnet)