Winter has arrived, at least in some parts of the county. Here in Ohio, it’s still a bit spring-like, at least for now. They’re predicting snow and slush this Friday. So, I thought it might be a great time for A Winter Sonnet.
I wrote this sonnet in 2013. For those who don’t know what makes a sonnet, here’s a little poetry lesson. The most common form of the sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in two parts: an octave (8 lines) and a sestet (six lines). Generally there are 8 lines to the first part and 6 lines to the second part, which is divided into four lines followed by two rhyming lines. Note the traditional rhyming pattern favored by Shakespeare of abab cdcd efef gg, which my sonnet follows. I’ve used some slant rhyme in this poem, such as silent and intent or trees and beasts. I figured it old William could do it, so could I. I favor the traditional iambic pentameter of sonnets in which there are five feet or ten syllables to every line with every other syllable accented. I can get the ten syllables down easily. It’s the accenting that drives me nuts. I also like enjambment in my poetry (running the poem’s thought across the end of a line), so my sonnet doesn’t have the traditional thought ending at the breaks between the first 8 lines, and after the next four lines.
To get the best feel of a sonnet, try reading it out loud, following the punctuation as a guide to pausing.
I hope you’ll enjoy my winter sonnet.
A Winter Sonnet© 2013
By Catherine Castle
Whiteness lies ’round, thick and cold and silent,
save the howling winds that swirl pristine flakes
like twirling ballerina swans, intent
on pirouettes ’round imaginary lakes.
Jack Frost has come to town, his hoary breath
blanketing earth and hearth and seas and tree
until snow lays aground like kudzo death,
smothering all within its path. No beast
or man dares break the whiteness while the storm
flies. All lie curled at fireside, snug beneath
grandma’s quilt, drink at hand, awaiting morn
when dawn dispels the dark and sunlight wreaths
day, casting diamonds down. A winter day’s
magical recompense for Jack Frost’s rage.
About the Author:
Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning books, The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama at her Amazon Author page. You can visit her at her website and blog.