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Sonnets First I would like to say that I am trying to give a somewhat brief over view of this marvelous form of poetry. As a sonneteer myself, I could go into a lot more detail from my own experiences and studies on this art form, and I am willing to if youd like to ask more questions. The term sonnet comes from the Italian sonetto which means little song and this form of lyric poetry evolved by the thirteenth century C.E. to refer to a fourteen line poem that adheres to very specific meter, rhyme scheme, and structure. In my university studies, we covered what are commonly viewed as the two primary structures or types of sonnets: the Petrarchan (or Italian) sonnet and the Shakespearean (or English) sonnet. Today most sonnets are of these two styles. The Petrarchan sonnet style is named after Francesco Petrarca (known as Petrarch in English) w
Heathen Night PrayerAncient and Shining Ones, My Ancestors of Old,Whose lessons and lives we learnThrough the stories we're told,Be with me now and throughout the year,Watch o'er and guide me and all I hold dear.
Upon a Quest...Upon a Quest I now embarkéd beTo search both High and low for whats withinThe very essence that does maketh meInto the man that I so far have been.For if I cannot see the Truth unfoldAbout the things that have been piled uponCreating deep and tragic deathly holdsAround my highest Self, I cant move on.I need release from past bad habits nowTo journey forward down my priestly pathUniting Self and self within one browThrough cleansing in a blesséd, sacred bath. For now I go towards a willing Death Of only self, while Self renews its breath.
Interest vs CommitmentTheres a difference between interest and commitment. When youre interested in doing something, you do it when its convenient. When youre committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.Kenneth BlanchardAmerican Business Author, Speaker, and Consultant(1939- )___________________________________________When I read this, it made me think of how often do we think we are committed to doing something when in actuality (by this definition) we are only interested? The commitment Dr. Blanchard is describing I believe is embodied in the Wayist virtues of DETERMINATION and PERSEVERANCE. Now we have all heard people who talk about changes they want to make in their lives or about goals they want to achieve, but do they have an interest or a commitment? Do you really want to quit smoking or does the idea interest you? Do you actually want that college degree or do you just think it would be nice? Do you really want to exercise more or is
Forbearance, Virtue of the WayForbearance is a virtue of the WayThats hardest to apply to ones own selfThats why I struggle with it so each dayAnd try to lay my guilt up on a shelf.There is no reason for the harm I causeTo my own life in pointless vanityAs if it All does hang oer Fates wide jaws;Im just a member of humanity.So why then does it seem to always beThat I then hold myself so tightly woundWith shame oer what has past when actullyThe Truth is not so bad if Id look round? Forbearance is the lesson learnéd first Or else well only see ourselves as cursed.
I cannot help but feel the wayI cannot help but feel the way I feelAbout a woman wonderful and trueWhos very eyes and glance my heart did stealEnrapturing my soul with I Love You.Now through no fault of our own choice or deedWe have been torn apart without regardsTo how our hearts and joys have been sulliedAnd ravaged leaving naught but broken shards.Oh, how I now do long for your embraceTo feel your beating heart against my chestTo lovingly caress and kiss your faceAnd hear again your love for me confessed. Alas, right now, it seems that cannot be; Ill hope for when you CAN come back to me.
I Sleep Alone NowI sleep alone now, usually facing your side of the bed,Wishing it wasnt your pillow I held, but you instead,Dreaming serenely of times spent with you in my armsAnd the way youd comfort me with your loving charms.It can be particularly hard to fall asleep without you thereAll the time missing a treasured love so true and so rare.I know it was not our choices or our doings which made us separateAnd now we both feel pains and deprivations that seem to never abate,But I hope and I ask of the gods, oh so many times every day,If we could please just be back together soon someday.I know I did not often treat you in the way that you deservedAnd I pray your love for what we share will be preserved;For time apart can teach us what actually matters it seemsAnd I know now how much your love and friendship truly means.Youre one of the two brightest stars in the constellation of my heartAnd spending so many days without you there rends my soul apart.So now I promise