Farewell - A Sonnet

I would to you send farewell in a box

abstract in form and wrapped in loose capers

to easy release in unstrapping flocks

cyclones on cables and soil writ papers.


I would to you weave farewell on a loom

the warp and weft bereft of a pattern

muddled the fabric in torn threadbare bloom

for you to throw on a chair back - slattern.


I would to you hand farewell in a bowl

knowing that weaving and wrapping can't say

tommorow will come but not without toll

hoping clear broth would perhaps make you stay.


What can I gift to you, what can I cook,

to have you pause linger and longingly look?




◄ American Standard

The Tenor Improvises To The Soprano's Dismay ►


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Mae Foreman

Thu 18th Jul 2019 19:33

My pleasure Devon, well deserved credit and I bet a fun trip! As for the sestina it's in the making... All I need is the next profound theme!
Thank YOU for ecouraging me! 🎈

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Devon Brock

Thu 18th Jul 2019 13:55

Thanks Dorothy and Mae - it was a challenge to adhere to the form, and thank you for pushing me on. Can't wait to see the sestina!


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Mae Foreman

Thu 18th Jul 2019 13:36

There it is! You did it! Formidable effort and lovely piece, stripped of the traditional stiffness that comes with such an old form! It's fresh and pulsating AND a sonnet!!! Congratulations, you did it! I'm working on the sestina!
Thank you for feeding my head "like the doormouse said" like Jefferson Airplane said! 😅
X.x 🎈

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Thu 18th Jul 2019 12:13

A farewell with a longing heart to keep forever and never let go👍

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Devon Brock

Thu 18th Jul 2019 10:35

Thanks Don. Not my usual stuff. I had been talking with Mae about trying out some traditional forms. I find them very difficult, too much thinking.


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Don Matthews

Thu 18th Jul 2019 00:23

So clever Devon. It just flows round the tongue with excellent rhyming. The alliteration in the last line was excellent.

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