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A Sonnet and Two Other New Poems (Words, Dementia, My Son)

Updated on February 4, 2022
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Vanessa is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. She recently obtained her MA in English/Creative Writing/Fiction.

Felix Esterl [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Felix Esterl [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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" -

I, Luca Galuzzi [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons
I, Luca Galuzzi [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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?

By Giorgio Marchiori [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
By Giorgio Marchiori [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

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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,

Things happen

I wonder what you will choose

To say to me.

How will our game be played?

By Skye.marie (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Skye.marie (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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