Arson (English Sonnet)

by Kitty Cat Lady   Jun 11, 2018

If you should dare to set my love alight
Can you be sure to handle a hot blaze
Are you prepared for how I'll burn so bright
And leave you smouldering for many days

I wonder if you'll stoke the flames with glee
Or fear the fire you started with regret
Will you continue to ignite my need
Or smother passion with unfair neglect

My ardour won't diminish over time
So think before you strike that match you wield
To set a fire burning is a crime
Unless you nurture all the flames you yield

An arsonist who only plays with fire
Can't offer lasting passion or desire


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  • 1 year ago

    by Paul Hirst

    Hot Stuff x

    • 1 year ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Yes, but did you like the sonnet Paul?
      :-) :-) :-)
      Lol x

  • 1 year ago

    by - Mr. Darcy

    Judging comment

    With a risk assessment completed and sent off to Larry, I donned my fire-retardant gloves and read. I must confess that I fell in love with this sonnet; from its crafted metric beats that sang to me from the page, to the question’ no, I correct, the blunt, yet clear warning within. I mean, how engaging is this to the reader? Very! I have to say, I do feel sorry for the poor fellow who is left with the dilemma, though – ‘don’t start what you can’t finish – or else, feel my wrath – for I am, a twisted fire starter!’

    This writer’s growing talent for writing sonnets is evident. It is clear, much work and commitment has taken place to get to this point. A point where the sonnet rules are followed; but not so much so that creativity is stifled. Very enjoyable indeed – a sonnet worthy of merit and, perhaps, more importantly, juicy points!

    • 1 year ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Haha! Thank you so much Mr D. As well as making me giggle I'm really grateful for such high praise from yourself and for your juicy points! Thank you muchly :-) xx

  • 1 year ago

    by Mahal Ko Kuya Ko

    Nice theme! The words you used really fit with the theme! Well done!

    --- MKKK

    • 1 year ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Hi MKKK, thanks very much indeed :-) x

  • 1 year ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    Amazing work and glad to see this nominated. All the very best

  • 1 year ago

    by Everlasting

    If you should dare to set my love alight

    ^ my comment is probably just me because I’m not entirely sure. Please double check

    how’s the word “alight” functioning? I mean to me it looks like an adverb instead of a verb.

    I think the verb is “to set”. So since (to me) it looks like alight is an adverb then it means to descend from the air or settle which doesn’t make sense with the rest of the poem.

    I always have trouble with that word.
    Other than that, it was a good read full of creativity

    • 1 year ago

      by Kitty Cat Lady

      Hi Everlasting, thanks for your comments.

      The word 'alight' is definitely a verb ...

      "Verb. (third-person singular simple present sets alight, present participle setting alight, simple past and past participle set alight) To cause to begin to burn. (figuratively) To excite, to arouse passion in." (Google search)
      :-) x

    • 1 year ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Yes, alight is a verb. If you were to set the flame 'alight carefully', then the verb is alight and the adverb is carefully

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