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Please Now Let Me Know: An Experimental American Sonnet

Updated on August 1, 2014


1. Like the winds of holy spirit, the unfathomable engines of poetry work their will without warning.

2. One day a friend is your life, your connection to Nature, but the next day, she is nowhere in sight.

3. We can find no one at fault for this disruption, for even the most astute observer cannot fathom the imponderables involved.

4. But some relationships unpredictably persist in spite of all the well-known obstacles to their doing so.

5. Some people reside so deeply and firmly within us, the connection so deep, we finally realize we simply cannot let them go..

6. So perhaps in moments of pain, we think of them, do good deeds in their name, or write to them letters, and sometimes try to write poetry.

7. Sometimes they answer, if their ears are tuned in, and at once the circle of happiness fills the heavens with music again.

8. Here is one example in my own current experience, with the person's name left out (a) for privacy, and (b) for general usefulness.

9. I hope you like it. Please let me know.


An Experimental American Sonnet

To fiery familiar old friend,

my mystical, musical muse

(known widely in web-pages world):

Connected one, please now let me know

what floats in your eventful flow,

what gifts in you graciously grow,

what seeds you de-ter-mined-ly sow,

what boons you bring forth and bestow,

what shocks you survived but don't show,

what loves, lost or found, high or low --

please, now, distant friend, let me know.

From Max in and out of book stacks,

your flawed but unfailing firm friend

(as long before now you have known!).


Max Havlick
11 a.m., revised to midnight
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Villa Park, Illinois 60181-1938


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    • ocfireflies profile image

      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Upped and shared my friend.