Sylvia (a Shakespearean Sonnet for Trifecta)

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English Auricula


With wings upon each page, her ink flows quick
and with her churlish lips she wrote her book.
Behind her gleamed a road of yellow brick
that shone with choice of words that aptly shook.

A rainbow thus she found and sampled, quite.
But dirty dishes, kids are small cartoons.
Her life is disappointing_she’s a sight!
And he has left for woman or saloon.

Such sadness when the madness did arrive.
And, sadder still, the choice she made was clear.
His pudgy, fat balloons resound and sigh
but mother’s voice no longer will he hear.

Her story older than that pot of gold
she won but was too blind or sick to hold.

(Shakespearean Sonnet written in iambic pentameter with rhyme scheme abab;cdcd;efef;gg.)

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9 Comments on “Sylvia (a Shakespearean Sonnet for Trifecta)”

  1. Quickstepp
    September 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Was Plath the inspiration?


  2. howanxious
    September 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    That is a sad life… I liked the structure and the tone, which was crisp and clear, yet with some feelings engraved in it.


    • howanxious
      September 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      Hers was a sad life indeed. You portrayed it really well. Reminded me of a villanelle I wrote some time before, remembering her.


  3. Draug419
    September 18, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    This is good!


  4. trifectawriting
    September 18, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    I know I like something when I stop breathing when I read it. I just breathed again. Your imagery works really well in the structure. Well done and thanks for linking up.


  5. KymmInBarcelona
    September 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    So sad and desperate!


    • jacquelinecaseypoetry
      September 19, 2013 at 12:10 am #

      Yes, from all that I can read (her Journals, etc) she was, very desperate at the point she took her life.


  6. Valerie
    September 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    I too didn’t exhale until I reached the end of this-breathtaking words!!


  7. atrm61
    September 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    What difficult choices sometimes we have to make in life-this was a strong piece of poetry and an inspiration aptly used:-)


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