A Sonnet and Two Other New Poems (Words, Dementia, My Son)
The first poem on this page, titled A Mother's Eyes, is my attempt at writing a sonnet. Sonnets are a very old style of formal poetry. Sonnets consist of 14 lines written in iambic pentameter with a specific rhyme scheme based on the type of sonnet. Two well-known poets famous for sonnets are William Shakespeare and Elizabeth Barret Browning.
A Mother’s Eyes
My son, I look and see how much you’ve grown.
With joy and pride my hopeful heart does swell.
How wonderful to see the seed I’ve sown
Grow up to be a man who lives so well.
A man of honor, loyalty and love,
A man whose beauty shines from deep within,
Of whom even the angels would approve,
Who does his best to shy away from sin.
I watched you as you learned how to be kind.
I held you up as you learned how to run.
I listened as you learned to speak your mind.
I loved you just because you are my son.
And now your manhood I will not despise.
I only see you through a mother’s eyes.
"A Mother's Song" -
Poem About Some Personal Fears
My family is profoundly affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It's something that I fear for my future. This poem reflects those feelings.
Small things are disappearing:
The colors of a daughter’s dress,
A first communion,
A wedding, a birth,
Slowly it all fades.
Can’t remember you.
Can’t remember my own name.
Where am I?
Terror creeps in
With things unfamiliar.
Where are all of my loved ones?
Do I have any loved ones?
Did I ever?
Alone in a world filled with people.
Where are my strings?
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The Power of Words
Words are the most powerful thing we humans have. Words are the expression of thought. They are the beginning and end of our accomplishments and our relationships.
Words are a game
We play to come together
The sounds are soothing and powerful,
Creation and division
Are carried eternally upon their waves
As punishment for arrogance
We get Babel
But to say “I love you”
Creates wings upon which we can fly
Words can express truths
Or mask lies
When God speaks,
I wonder what you will choose
To say to me.
How will our game be played?
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