To write a sonnet, Serendipity
Is the true Muse to piously invoke
For meter to match matter properly
And travel easily under one yoke.
You cannot know ahead when you start out
Where the exigencies of beat and rhyme
Will ultimately show what it’s about
As it emerges from the deep Sublime;
Therefore, to write a sonnet is to play
A game of hazards, hoping for good luck
And that from all our language’s array
Of rhymes, we’ll have the skillfulness to pluck
Exactly what we need for the right place
To make the sonnet end with style and grace.