NaPoWriMo #23 – Sonnet

Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! It’s Day 23 of National Poetry Month, and it’s Shakespeare’s birthday (and death day) – so what better way to honor him than writing a Shakespearean Sonnet, or at least making a valiant attempt! This was also the prompt from NaPoWriMo – and it could’ve been any type of sonnet…there are more than one type, you know. My sonnet is titled, “De-stressing Spring,” and is followed by the prompt I used, and then the April PAD Challenge prompt. Enjoy!

De-stressing Spring

Winter has hijacked spring for too many depressing weeks,
along with many beloved celebrity deaths; most recently, Prince,
Mother Nature cries for hours, her dreary days play for keeps,
her warmth has been hijacked, never felt cozy again since.

It’s no fun when you’re grumpier than the 90-year-old Queen,
when it comes to those unresponsive students you teach,
at the end of the semester it makes one feel unusually mean,
reading panicked student emails; ones you earlier tried to reach.

But the calendar shows the grading deadline is finally drawing near,
and spring warmth will really arrive, along with pretty migratory birds,
there will be free time to commune with friends, share good wine or beer,
it won’t matter anymore that the youth will think that we’re all nerds.

So, forget the tense, distressing moments of life’s sad harassing tests.
Look up high for inspiration; maybe discover majestic bald eagle nests.

Day 23 NaPoWriMo prompt:

I challenge you to write a sonnet. Traditionally, sonnets are 14-line poems, with ten syllables per line, written in iambs (i.e., with a meter in which an unstressed syllable is followed by one stressed syllable, and so on). There are several traditional rhyme schemes, including the Petrarchan, Spenserian, and Shakespearean sonnets. But beyond the strictures of form, sonnets usually pose a question of a sort, explore the ideas raised by the question, and then come to a conclusion. In a way, they are essays written in verse! This means you can write a “sonnet” that doesn’t have meet all of the traditional formal elements, but still functions as a mini-essay of a sort. The main point is to keep your poem tight, not rangy, and to use the shorter confines of the form to fuel the poem’s energy. As Wordsworth put it, in a very formal sonnet indeed, “Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room.”

Day 23 April PAD Challenge prompt:

For today’s prompt, write a footwear poem. A poem about shoes, flip flops, socks, slippers, flippers, boots, pumps, and so on. If you’d prefer not to dedicate a poem to your footwear, just mention footwear somewhere in the poem. That’s right; your hi-tops don’t have to be the star, and it’s totally cool if somebody’s clogs play a minor role in the poem.

If you get something that you would like to share, feel free to post in comments below!

Keep writing!


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