Writing a sonnet is challenging and rewarding. Sonnets are often winners in contests compared to other forms. Once I learned how to complete a sonnet, the form became one of my favorites. Sonnets in English are usually fourteen-line poems of iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme that follows any of the several traditional patterns. I like writing the Shakespearean Sonnet best of all.
The following poem is one of my Shakespearean sonnets. It appeared in Encore, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. anthology, in 2000.
BRIDGING THE ABYSS
Blue waves of water broke upon the shore,
where Bonny laughed and played that misty day,
and splashed and dragged her to a cold, sand floor
where depths of dark replaced her world of play.
Her mama rushed to edge of rolling sea
as black storm clouds like veils of midnight came.
Her heartbeat’s rhythm pounded out a plea;
she thought she heard her Bonny call her name–
but it was . . . only rising, frothy foam
from angry sea — untamed, a friendless thief,
who dashed away her special spark of home,
and turned her joy into a burning grief.
“Oh, God,” she prayed, “Take hold of Bonny’s hands!”
Then raindrops pelted hard the silent sands.
© 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols