A Simple Sonnet (English sonnet)

by Ben Pickard   Dec 23, 2019


A heavy weight begins to drag me down
As lately I have come to dread what's been.
The silence has become the loudest sound
And turbulence is rife in tranquil seas.
I'm haunted by the past and all its shades -
They shadow me throughout the night and day -
They cut me with the sharpest sort of blade;
Where once I prowled, I'm stalked as though I'm prey.
When living with the burdens of our youth,
Our adulthood is oft besmeared with blight,
But standing firm and facing up to truth
Will turn the inky clouds to fluffy white.
Although it seems the rain will never cease,
Discard the chains and you will be released.

--

Ben Pickard 2019

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  • 2 weeks ago

    by stormingdance (Jessica)

    Fabulous, well deserved win!

    "I'm haunted by the past and all its shades -
    They shadow me throughout the night and day -"

    A splendid use of words, the imagery is incredible.

  • 2 weeks ago

    by Acoustic Odyssey

    Forgiving ourselves...forgiving those that hurt us, those that keep us tethered to the past, is definitely one of the hardest things to do. But as you've stated, once you're able to let go and "discard the chains" that load evaporates. Wonderful!

    • 2 weeks ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Tanya, Alfred and OC, thank you for your thoughts and time.

  • 2 weeks ago

    by Koan

    This is brilliant Ben!
    Congrats on the win!

  • 2 weeks ago

    by Tanya Southey

    Fantastic. I so appreciate anyone who can write with such structure. It evades me.

  • 2 weeks ago

    by Star

    How can a sonnet be simple? Almost ironic for me personally :)
    Let me explain myself, choosing to write a formed poem for a certain topic or in here emotions, means a part of you doesn’t see this simple. And the emotions here are complicated.
    I think it doesnt have to do with aging or anything, we all feel this once in a while.

    I maybe rambling, but I really like this :)

    • 2 weeks ago

      by Ben Pickard

      I suppose 'simple' refers to the message more than anything. Don't hold on too tightly to the past or let it drag you down. I was going to call it 'A simple message' but that sounded too...simple.

      All the best, STAR

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