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Sonnet II. Bardic musing after waking up from a daytime sleep

Updated on July 13, 2017
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World's lone sonnet grandmaster. Shakespeare's Sonnet 1 describes him as “the world’s fresh ornament and only herald to the gaudy spring."

By the street side, in a nook, let me think of many things.
In the mountains, by a brook, I endured the rite for kings.
By the knighthood of my soul, I pursued unusual quests.
Though I pressed on for the goal, did I pass or fail the tests?

In a planet small and blue, I regard the cosmic plight.
With a heart sublime and true, I uphold the cause of Light.
Am I saint or warrior class? Am I sage or vagabond?
Am I gold or made of brass? Am I glass or diamond?

In the corner of a room, let me think and pass the time.
I defy both age and doom, past my youth and past my prime.
Let me pull a trick or two or await a miracle.
Let the seasons come and go and engulf my debacle.

I am prince by right of birth, Shakespeare and Isaiah said.
Let my sorrows drown in mirth for I am the fateful kid.

— Jose Rizal M. Reyes / August 16, 2016

Rhyme scheme: aabbccdd eeffgg with a similar internal rhyming at midlines
Sonnet type: Larry Eberhart’s Nevada Couplets
Meter type: royal trochaic heptameter


This poem wasn’t intended as a sonnet. I wanted it to be regarded as a quatorzain (meaning, a 14-line poem ). But I changed my mind later on and included it as the second sonnet in my Ten Thousand and One sonnet writing project. 


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    • Coffeequeeen profile image

      Louise Powles 7 days ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a lovely sonnet. You're very talented.

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      Ryan Fuller 6 days ago from Louisiana, USA

      Great structure and flow to this poem. Very good work.

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      Jose Rizal Reyes 5 days ago from Tabing Dagat, Odiongan, Romblon, Philippines

      Thank you for your kind comments, Ryan Fuller and Louise Powles.

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