Why do I love the sonnet?

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.


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

17 comments on “Why do I love the sonnet?

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  3. Dorothy Johnson says:

    Very nice sonnet, sad but well written. It makes me want to try my hand.


  4. Ginger Kemp Pruett says:

    The meaning I get from this is a mother lost her child to the sea, was that the meaning it was meant to be?


  5. Dot says:

    Good. I love the sonnet, too. Love iambic pentameter.


  6. katswhiskers says:

    Beautiful. So sad.

    It took me some time to get my head around the sonnet – and still they feel a little stilted, but at least they don’t give me the cracker headache like my first attempt.


  7. Catherine Johnson says:

    Wow that is stunning, Freeda. I do hope it’s not true.


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