For dVersePoets: Form For All– A Sonnet. This a form I don’t believe I have ever attempted before. There is significance in the fact that the word “his” is not capitalized in the second stanza. I did “cheat” once but couldn’t seem to get around it. This took me about 2 hours to write which is usually a sign that I am trying too hard. I will come back to this tomorrow. Incidentally I guess my rhyme scheme is totally off: ABBA CDDC EFEFEF Oh well!
These cold feet stick like a shy tongue in hide,
So unable to move forward despite
a heavy struggle towards the morning light,
Stuck in a thought facing a rising tide
As I was once taught, my arms push harder
against the grain of rain drops falling here,
My palms face up to catch the tears
to stop this flood, as his only daughter
To dig my heels in emotional sand,
To let go of fear and of self pity,
To grow up now / not down as He had planned,
To brave dark skies that crackle above me,
To reach up to the clouds to hold His hand,
And head to ground only my faith can see.
Gretchen Leary 2013