Sonnet #2

This is my second attempt at a sonnet. In contrast to the complexities of Shakespeare’s work or a fine sonnetist like Edna St. Vincent Millay, this looks pretty paltry. However, I am just proud to get it on the page. I am only now learning about iambic pentameter, poetic feet, quatrains and couplets (well, I did actually know what a couplet was before I started). I am aware my rhythm may be off. I’m still working on that! Alas, here is my small offering.

Sonnet #2

Sometimes, outside on a warm summer’s day,

Filling my bag with oranges from the trees.

I watch a hawk soar through the sky, then sway, 

its wings spread wide to catch the gentle breeze.

Then, breaking from my duties at mid-day,

To rest a while and eat a small repast.

I often hear a distant horse’s neigh,

Transporting me to when I was a lass.

I drive with my dad to feed our cattle,

Skirting puddles to miss the mud and muck.

We cross our field with a lurch and rattle

How I love to maneuver that old truck!

Who knew what delight our senses could bring?

Painting rich scenes that spur the soul to sing.


Photo by Antonio Gabola on Unsplash

One Comment Add yours

  1. Mary Jo Doig says:

    Len, I’m not skilled in poetry – either writing or appreciation rationale – but I want to tell you I like this sonnet very much. I loved the image of the hawk and where he took you. I’m looking forward to following your new interest.!

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