Sunday Sonnet

A poem from The Reality Street Book of Sonnets. Once again, I just opened the book & this is what I saw.


Edwards, Ken. “Darkly Slow”. The Reality Book of Sonnets. edited by Jeff Hilson. Hastings: Reality Street, 2008. poem found on page 187.

Saturday Caturday

I am packing to move & Radar is playing King of the Hill with the boxes. He wanted to get up on the top box but couldn’t (it was tipsy) so he had to be content with the smaller tower. After I took this picture, he slept here for several hours.

photograph © polly macdavid 2021

Rondeau Notes

About the Jez of It

The Rondeau can be a challenging form for the poet. Consisting of three stanzas, a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet, the first phrase of the first line, or the hole first line sets the refrain (R). The meter is eight syllable or ten syllable line, but it is the poet’s choice if that is iambic tetrameter or pentameter.
The rhyme scheme is
(R)aabba aab(R) aabba(R)


In Flanders Field by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be…

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French Sonnet Notes

About the Jez of It

French Sonnet I
Structure: Octave and sestet
Meter: Octasyllabic or iambic tetrameter
Rhyme Schema: abbaabba ccdccd


On the Way Down by Jez Farmer

In darkness whispers kept talking to me
And whispers echoed around in my mind
A growling roar that once was far behind
In the realms of a childhood fantasy
Those days before my soul walked strong and free
When the future dreams were not mine to find
My heart was lost, afraid and running blind
Afraid of living my life, to be me
Until destiny came and called me out
Ignored whispers began to scream and shout
The dawning rays of a different day
For all things must change from the days of old
To face the future a man must be bold
And listen to what whispers really say

French Sonnet II

Structure: Octave and sestet
Meter: Octasyllabic or iambic tetrameter
Rhyme Schema: abbaabba ccdede

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