Today’s National/Global Poetry Writing Challenge 2016 is completely appropriate to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death – to write a sonnet.
Traditionally, sonnets are fourteen-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!
Here is my attempt, The Immortal Sea
Will eternity simply have no end
Or transport man’s mind to its beginning?
Is infinite life removed from time’s clasp,
Unravelling history’s weave and weft?
Outside the dimensional ebb and flow,
Beyond all perception of time and tide,
Riding out waves on an immortal sea,
Unsinkable lifeboats sail where they will;
Alpha and Omega never constrained,
Existing outside of space-time’s confines;
The Spirit of all ages never contained,
No bondsman to earth-cycle wax and wane;
Safe in the presence of the great I Am,
Eternal life cedes not to mortal coils.