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    Default Sonnets: Some think the Greatest Poetry Form

    A thread to present sonnets. A poetry form some poets never master and some even fear to try..
    Myself, I delight in them and have won many contest placing my sonnet against various other poems in other forms.

    Sonnets:


    The Deadest Hope In The World


    The deadest hope in the world to hold
    To be truly youthful when one is old
    To race about with eager quickened pace
    Innocent smile upon a softened face,
    Willing hands to love yet again,
    The envy of many jealous, fellow men
    A finer vessel sleek, pure and true
    Charming lady dancing along with you!

    Adorned with steadfast heroic words,
    Flying free of earth like the birds,
    Wandering into majesty of the clouds
    Far away from teeming earthbound crowds
    A God sailing alone in the night sky,
    Enjoying a blessing, not asking why!

    Robert J. Lindley, 05-30-2015
    Last edited by Tyr-Ziu Saxnot; 09-20-2015 at 07:54 PM. Reason: poets correction
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    Hope Cooks Its Morning Meal



    Dark shadows of death it enshrouds,
    roaring lightning in storming clouds
    Flames it destroys as it dares burn
    Hope lives and truly enjoys its turn

    Sunset may cloak beauty of the hills
    long before creeping dawn-time chills
    Yet its mercy screams out very loud
    candlelight given unto good and proud

    Deep in morn's lingering misty fogs
    echoes songs of glistening waking frogs
    Far above the ancient nighttime croaks
    angels remove earthly blinding cloaks

    At the head of the cool, gurgling brooks
    Hope sits to eat lively, the meal it cooks!

    Robert J. Lindley, 06-17-2015
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    Tank you Tyr-Ziu Saxnot!
    This is Great to start a day from reading your poetry.
    Indifferent alike to praise or blame
    Give heed, O Muse, but to the voice Divine
    Fearing not injury, nor seeking fame,
    Nor casting pearls to swine.
    (A.Pushkin)

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    Thunder Gives Its Preceding Applause

    The Rain gifts blessings multi-fold,
    aided by its sister Wind, earth reaps.
    Bounties plentiful, harvests gold ,
    as into awaiting soil it seeps.

    Fields cry for the coming spray,
    showers sent to man and beast.
    If withheld we begin to truly pray,
    so that we live and may have a feast.

    Echoes in Heaven announce the Rain,
    thunder gives its preceding applause.
    A gift, same as in our births pain,
    we must conform to Nature's laws.

    Skies above gift this blessing down.
    Upon earth's thirsty, waiting gown.

    Robert J. Lindley, 07-18-2015

    Note-
    Nature's gift, this bounty we receive,
    Gods love, even as Satan deceives
    Look up to give returning praise,
    for from death only He was ever raised...
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    Another sonnet, I just had to write this one because my muse beat on me so! -Tyr

    Sunshine Upon A Dark Day


    Great lamentations sadden this dark room
    And cries held back cut the silent tears
    Such young death displays a tragic doom
    As survivors fight back their deep fears!

    Yet outside the sun shines deeply bright
    Day holds promises for those still living
    More heartache will rip out this night
    She is now gone, gone is her sweet giving!

    Listen, angels sing this great loss now
    As light filters into this lonely place
    She lays there with no sweat on her brow
    with sweetest smile on her beautiful face!

    Night has fallen, we now feel very alone
    She- the light on our souls, is now gone!

    Robert J. Lindley, 07-18-2015
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    Another sonnet. I love to write sonnets, they come so easily to me. -Tyr



    Cool Morning Winds Blow Soft And Fair


    Bury your deepest sorrow in fertile soil,
    let the pain waste away right there.
    Sad heartache is worse than slaving toil,
    yet cool morning winds blow soft and fair.

    Do not be sad,there is hope in the life,
    rainbows appear when least expected.
    Darkness rages on with trouble and strife,
    judgment when love and faith are neglected.

    Do not be downcast, blessings come unaware,
    walk the path a man should hold dear.
    Dare the night to give its best scare,
    faith and love conquers every fear.

    Watch the sky tilt its shiny bright head.
    Hope lives on if you are not already dead!

    Robert J. Lindley, 07-21-2015
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    Another sonnet!! -Tyr


    Epitaph On Embraced Denial



    Rocks falling from so many dark night skies
    Rotten fruit baked into newly prized pies
    Evil racing in disguised as fine new light
    For we not blind by this enlightened sight!

    Storms now called lovely soothing breeze
    Glory and praise heaped upon broken trees
    The new thought given out as purest gems
    Broken vows pretending to be faithful hymns!

    Stars shining on man on sad earthly ground
    Fail to expose decrees so wickedly unsound
    Life now races on a long deeply false path
    Lies told on why we now reap God's holy wrath!

    O' man! Why not seek what you absolutely deny
    That without God, our souls shall never fly!


    Robert J. Lindley, 07-22- 2015
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    Yes, I wrote yet another sonnet. My favorite form I have recently returned to for my own great pleasure..-Tyr

    Time Is An Eternal Book


    Time is an eternal book with covers so worn
    it embraces us even before we are born
    Pages may be long and very deeply stained
    sadly in this life so much is unexplained!

    There are pictures of our infamous deeds
    proof our our fruits and barbaric seeds
    Times we refuse to help those in dire need
    They were bountiful crops, we were the weed!

    Yet recorded also our moments of victories
    times we gave of ourselves and loved others
    Life recorded complete with its mysteries
    How nothing beats the love of our mothers!

    Near the end we may see the spilt ink so bad
    Yet know its too late and our future is sad!

    Robert J. Lindley, 07-23-2015

    Note- A Sonnet , a Message and a Truth..
    edit- "spilt" is spelled in its common usage and form not a spelling error by the author.
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    Forested Serenity- Sonnet 1


    Deep in the dark woods a campfire glows,
    overhead moon and stars race in shows.
    Owl hoots out its short mating call,
    Nature's glory and its beauty thrills all.

    Woodsman enjoying his solitary retreat,
    fire burning, his dog resting at his feet.
    Just approaching midnight- the quiet hour,
    light rain tinkles down in a cool shower.

    Far away a panther lets loose angry call,
    just announces its great power is all.
    Overhead the owl flies out to get a meal,
    so silently deadly so easily makes a kill.

    Woodsman muses, "Ain't this the life."
    Me this damn happy, even without a wife!

    Robert J. Lindley
    November 18, 1977

    Note- An old sonnet from my stored
    private writes.So very long ago but I
    can still remember the late night whiskey
    drinking when writing this one!
    This sprang from my reading Emerson
    and Poe that night(from old footnote).
    Strange that it was not a dark poem!
    Perhaps Emerson won out.
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    A lesson in ignoring certain poetry sanctioned rules. -Tyr

    Forested Serenity- Sonnet 1

    Deep in the dark woods a campfire glows,
    overhead moon and stars race in shows.
    Owl hoots out its short mating call,
    Nature's glory and its beauty thrills all.

    Woodsman enjoying his solitary retreat,
    fire burning, his dog resting at his feet.
    Just approaching midnight- the quiet hour,
    light rain tinkles down in a cool shower.

    Far away a panther lets loose angry call,
    just announced its great power is all.
    Overhead the owl flies out to get a meal,
    so silently deadly, so easily makes a kill.

    Woodsman muses, "Ain't this the life."
    Me this damn happy, even without a wife!

    Robert J. Lindley
    November 18, 1977

    Note- An old sonnet from my stored
    private writes.So very long ago but I
    can still remember the late night whiskey
    drinking when writing this one!
    This sprang from my reading Emerson
    and Poe that night(from old footnote).
    Strange that it was not a dark poem!
    Perhaps Emerson won out.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Now is this poem(SHOWN BELOW) better after I edited to meet proper sonnet syllable count?
    I think it is not myself. Which is why I often ignore the ten syllable count in my
    sonnets.-Robert

    Forested Serenity- Sonnet 1(edited version to meet the ten syllable count)


    Deep in the dark woods a campfire glowing,
    overhead moon and stars race on showing.
    Owl now hooting out its short mating call,
    Nature's glory and its beauty thrills all.

    Enjoying this solitary retreat,
    fire burning,dog resting at his feet.
    Just approaching midnight- the quiet hour,
    light rain tinkles down in a cool shower.

    Far away panther lets loose angry call,
    just announcing its great power is all.
    Overhead owl flies out to get a meal,
    silent, deadly so easily makes a kill.

    Woodsman muses, "Ain't this the greatest life."
    Me this happy, even without a wife!

    Poem Syllable Counter Results

    Syllables Per Line:
    10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10 10 10 0 10 10
    Total # Syllables: 140
    Total # Lines: 17 (Including empty lines)
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    For She, This Victory Was Gained-- Sonnet- Number 2


    You that loved her for her long, yellow hair,
    I for her grace, charm and brilliant mind.
    You left her sick and without a damn care,
    while I nursed her to health staying behind.

    Nights that you had her wrapped in your lies,
    You fooled her with your snakelike charm.
    I sat alone trying to break your evil ties,
    desperately fighting to defeat your harm.

    That summer we battled for her sweet hand.
    A contest between your evil and truth's might.
    I defeated you utterly with a true moral stand,
    And you the rascal fled away in the hot night.

    Now we together found exactly what true love is.
    Love is "we and ours", happily not,"her and his"!

    Robert J. Lindley, 07-26-2015

    Note: Very loosely based upon a past experience in the late 70's..
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    Started as a sonnet but went too deep for that to be. I simply can not undo what I was inspired to write.
    Posting this poem here , although not a 14 verse sonnet, (as it was originally birthed to be) but my muse,
    the vixen, had other plans!
    Hope you may enjoy the longer version...-Tyr


    Memories, Of Majestic And Wild Ride

    Forever and defying black storms at play,
    no longer young and full of zeal.
    Seeking first the lost joy in each day,
    the old man sometimes got his thrill.

    Sunrise toasted heart and stirred Love,
    a beam of Hope deep within his mind.
    Softened calls from the morning dove,
    served to set him aglow and then remind.

    He could no longer hold onto the dead,
    she that fired his spirit and Soul.
    Yet always, he remembers words she said,
    how Time raced with its goal and toll.

    Thoughts on life to be actively loved,
    gave energy for his passionate flight.
    Each sunny day hit him hard and shoved,
    imagined beauties visiting him each night.

    Yet always, this memory haunted his mind,
    how darling wife said , Yes forever I do!
    And how he cried deeply replying in kind.
    They together each morn their love renew!

    Forever and defying black storms at play,
    no longer young and full of zeal.
    Seeking first the lost joy in each day,
    the old man sometimes got his thrill.

    Robert J. Lindley, 07-28-2015

    Note- Looking back, life sho' has been
    a majestic and wild ride!
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    That Old Tree Was Loved


    That old tree had weathered many storms past
    Veteran of countless intense brush fires
    Giant limbs still grew strong and very fast
    Yet this summer, one can see where it tires.

    Broken limb , dangling about thirty feet up
    Huge hole burnt in deep by last big burn
    Dried out looking for water from drought's cup
    If it dies this year , so it was its turn.

    Child of nine swung from its lofty branches
    Climbing so very high for a huge thrill
    Tree was life and we daring to take chances
    To see farther, what lay over the next hill.

    A picture of old and ancient life now gone.
    Remembering, this heart again feels so alone!

    Robert J. Lindley, 07-28-2015

    Note- Yes this old tree existed on the farm . As a young child I marveled at its size and beauty.
    When I turned 45 years old I went back to see if it was still there. Only a huge stump remained.
    For me as a child it was the greatest toy in world.........
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    Just A Natural Thing


    Emerging into the coolness of the frost on the ground,
    Nature calls deeply to my soul with its sweetest sound
    Fall has sunk in with its widespread leaf killing bite
    The wild woods so naked present a less appealing sight.

    Sunset breeze stings much more in its calm and cool way,
    Nature demands more from furry critters in hardship pay
    Owls know the coming change will bring them more meals
    Drastic change spreads across meadows, woods and hills.

    This coming bleak and savagely measured epic onslaught,
    a lethal trap to the many critters unprepared and caught
    No mercy given in Nature's most wrathful and cold season
    Nature demands weak and sick die, survival is the reason.

    Spring awaits killing off of the useless, and its unneeded.
    Its garden must flourish with beauty after its been weeded!

    Robert J. Lindley, 08-01-2015

    Sonnet number three,
    Nature's Garden Weeded..
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    Death, A Mystery So Dreaded


    What light will shine upon my demise
    perhaps a lone candle burning low
    Penny for your thoughts sounds so wise
    will that light burn truly to glow!

    Will light shadows dance upon the wall
    a lively jig, complete with shouts
    Will I still hear my beloved ones call
    or even know to have such doubts?

    Can I wander back, check on my friends
    just a quick glimpse just to see
    Shall death have twists, turns and bends
    or deep blackness merely engulf me?

    My dear loves, my life will it be missed
    If I find not, will I be sorely pissed?


    R.J. Lindley
    jan. 17th 1979

    Note-- Eileen Manassian mentioned in a
    blog comment that she thought my sonnets
    quite good. So I now break out this sonnet
    from my private journal written 36 years ago
    when I was 25 years old.
    I dedicate its public showing to her, my friend.
    Trust me, I made no changes in it .I learned my
    lesson from mistakenly doing that..
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