The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently at home.
For today’s prompt, write a sonnet. For those who are not familiar with the sonnet, it’s a 14-line poem that rhymes. Some contemporary sonnet-eers even ditch the rhymes and just write a 14-line poem. Go with whatever feels right.
Here’s my attempt at a sonnet:
she enjoys the lightning less than thunder
and wonders why. lightning tears at the sky
but leaves too soon. a buffoon that blunders
across the earth, thunder rumbles good-bye
like an overzealous hug. on her rug,
she counts the heart beats between flash and crash
as if waiting for lovers to re-hash
the past. lightning is bright, but thunder’s snug
and a little thuggish–in a good way,
she thinks. street lights slant in through the rain drops
collecting on the pane. maybe he’s home,
she thinks, alone again. but he might say
he’s more into lightning. quick sting and hop
away. thunder a thought that’s free to roam.
Writing poetry is exciting, but the hard work of poeming is working through the revision process. The best way to work through this process is to workshop the poems with other poets, and that can be done with the Writer’s Digest 6-week course, Advanced Poetry Writing.
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