The Piper Must Be Paid (English sonnet)

by Ben Pickard   Mar 11, 2019

Demurely do the summers seem to pass -
Their ripples barely ever reach the shore;
They gift a redolence that seldom lasts
And leave our hearts forever craving more.
Fugacious is the buttercup that peeps
And fleeting are the blossoms on the breeze;
How sharp the teardrop freezes on my cheeks -
Alas, the frost so quickly cracks the trees.
The Highland's burns all trickle with a ruse
And England's brooks all gabble with a sneer.
We must begin to think ourselves obtuse
By deeming nature's all as gladsome cheer.
Who stole the serpent's gold without a burn?
Who thought the winter's chill would not return?


Ben Pickard


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  • 1 day ago

    by Daniel

    Another outstanding sonnet, Ben. Gloriously penned as always. I find your verb use extremely extensive.

  • 1 week ago

    by Brenda

    Beautifully done Ben...your sonnets are true masterpieces.

  • 1 week ago


    Hey Ben, nice twist for Mother Nature's icy stinging kiss. I don't miss those cold snowy days from up North, but, remember the stunning beauty of the tree branches covered with ice, shimmering in the Sunshine, with a soft blanket of snow covering the ground.
    Nice work, added to my Favorites.

    • 1 week ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thank you so much, Ken. You are right - there is beauty in the winter, too.

  • 1 week ago

    by - Mr. Darcy

    Ben, you had me at 'demurely'. Another work of art for us to feast our eyes and ears on.

  • 1 week ago

    by CJ Maleney


    Been in a bit of a grump tonight but this cheered me up somewhat.

    It's rather gorgeous. Some of us like winter. You have to admit, that when she dances round the land she leaves a beautiful trail behind.

    It's kinda pure

    regards as always


    Ps that warm snap was nice but it just didn't seem right.

    • 1 week ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Craig, you were right - I should have listened to you. Winter's not done with us yet, is she?

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