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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sonnet CCCXI

The frozen earth is creaking slightly
as cautious footsteps tread its face.
My eyes, like guarded shells of brandy,
are scanning quickly ‘round the place.
I’m searching for the Dog I’m scared of.
He’s nowhere to be seen – but careful!
As walking past his home, he barks –
I see his muzzle, then his snarl.
But then I’m past and he is chained there,
and is he – puzzled? Curious?
We glance covertly, silent, lest
the other think the other weaker.
He barks, I bow; he stalks away –
but maybe we shall meet another day.


  1. My first Onegin/Pushkin sonnet! With an unusually complex composition of rhyme and feminine / masculine line endings, this sonnet is my shortest in length, but was the most difficult to write!

  2. Mike! I'm kind of glad you haven't been posting, because it gives me a chance to catch up!! I'm going to try to remember to read one or two a day until I get caught up.

    I like this one--I've always liked your poems that are just about everyday teenage life. Fun and refreshing!!

  3. Hi Beth!

    I'm glad not to be writing/posting so much these days too actually! I'm really, really busy right now, so it gives me a chance to BREATHE (and for you to catch up too)!

    I have a festival coming up next week and I'm trying to keep 60 pages worth of music crammed inside my head! The week after I've got two three-hour music theory exams, and two months later in June, I've got my final piano performance exam!

    I'll try to get back writing soon! :) My new self-created deadline for the sonnets is before the summer vacation starts!

  4. Wow! Good luck on all the music stuff! So much talent, so little time. :)

  5. Thanks so much, Beth!

    "So much talent, so little time" - I would say the same for you! Blogging on two blogs daily (sometimes more) is a huge task, but you do it so well! Your posts always end up wonderful, so congrats for "blogging with discipline" so wonderfully!

  6. :) Thank you for the heartfelt encouragement, Mike!


A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.

- Emily Dickinson

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