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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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      Jose Rizal Reyes 9 months ago from Tabing Dagat, Odiongan, Romblon, Philippines

      The HP editor also emailed me on July 13, 2017 informing me that Fullerman5000 had also commented. That sounds like the pen name of Ryan Fuller. I guess both Coffeequeen and and Fullerman 5000 are both pen names of our gracious guests here.

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      Jose Rizal Reyes 9 months ago from Tabing Dagat, Odiongan, Romblon, Philippines

      Earliest known updating was on July 13, 2017. An email from the HP editor on the same date informed me that Coffeequeen just wrote a comment on this hub. I wonder what happened to that comment. Is Coffeequeen the former pen name of Louise Powles?

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      Jose Rizal Reyes 10 months ago from Tabing Dagat, Odiongan, Romblon, Philippines

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

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      Ryan Fuller 10 months ago from Louisiana, USA

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

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      Louise Powles 10 months ago from Norfolk, England

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


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