Wednesday, January 20, 2016


                To write a sonnet such as Shakespeare did,
                You make each line in syllables of ten,
                For which it’s best the Metric Muse you bid:
                “Please send me alternating beats, amen.”
                Then you’ve an easy rhyme scheme to play out:
                EF/GG, which you can do, no doubt,
                Unless you’re number-challenged or tone deaf.
                Of course, you need a subject to explore
                And most traditionally, the topic’s love
                As you enumerate what you adore
                In one o’er whom no other stands above.
                     A tidy couplet tightly ends your song,
                     Which, if as good as Shakespeare’s, may live long.