An Album Of Abuse (English sonnet)

by Ben Pickard   Mar 6, 2017

Each page is stained with salty watermarks,
And ev'ry photo there is black and blue.
In retrospect, the view is seldom stark,
But tinted glasses brought no rose to view.
A smile that showed less white with passing years -
Her nose, a crooked stack atop her face.
The leaves themselves would resonate with jeers;
Each dreadful still igniting her disgrace.
And now she laughs, the album at its close,
A little boy and girl on either side.
Her children prove that where there's love, there's growth -
For him, he dwelt with weeds and so he died.
A photo's truth is often steeped in lies:
The victim here would live and love and thrive.


Ben Pickard 2017


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  • 5 months ago

    by Nicko

    A well constructed poem and for me the best of the poems submitted this week. This form of poetry seems to be one of your strengths and this poem is another fine example. It flows well and conjures strong imagery. If I do have a criticism it’s with the rhyme in a couple of places. “watermarks and stark, and close and growth, but that didn’t distract me too much. Well done.

    • 5 months ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Than you, Nicko and thanks for your time as judge.

  • 8 months ago

    by Abstract Poet

    Hell Ben,

    Congratulations on the win
    this piece is amazing I like it.

    Abstract Poet.

  • 8 months ago

    by ether

    well penned, as always.

  • 8 months ago

    by nani

    This piece is just amazing!!! I always enjoy reading your work. You deserved this win!


  • 8 months ago

    by Milly Hayward

    I haven't been on the site for a while and had forgotten how much I love poetry. As usual Ben a wonderful vibrant visual piece x

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