THE SONNET GAME
To write a sonnet is to play a game
To find out what you didn’t know you knew,
Yet working through the form reveals your aim
As your rhyming pentameters accrue.
This surely is what Shakespeare learned as he,
Beginning his career, first turned his hand
To master the sweet craft of sonnetry
Before attempting something far more grand.
But, unlike him, I did not graduate
To the dramatic mode, but just wrote more
And more fourteeners, good but hardly great,
Without the art that makes the Bard’s verse soar.
And yet it is an exercise I’ll still
Practice, in hopes to grow as good as Will.