I am all of the world today, tonight;
dancing clouds and watching trees, that white rose.
I am your hair, her eyes, his shoes, this light;
spinning girls and laughing boys, beer that flows.
I am in love with me and all of you;
snails that slide, birds that fly, to where they will.
I am these stones, that moss, those stars; you too
are part of me and me of you (sit still!)
So long I sought beyond, outside, above.
So long I felt my voice the only one.
So long I thought I was alone in love.
So long I dreamed I should be moving on.
I was so wrong, the world is not discrete;
we all are one and so am I complete.
Copyright ©2011 Matthew Rhodes
This is a response to wewritepoems prompt 40, to write a Valentine’s Day poem to yourself. It’s also a variation on the theme of my last poem (worldly love) below, or possibly the other way round (I started this one first but finished it second). It’s my second attempt at a sonnet – after Aubade/Feb 1.
Oh wow this is wonderful, ecstatic!
Thanks Irene – I’ll put the gold star on my mantlepiece!
Oh, this is a sweet sonnet to the world…
I may like this even better than the first sonnet because of the way it sings. A well-constructed Elizabethan. You have the sonnet knack. And your approach to the subject, your choice of metaphors, is lovely.
Thanks Margo. I had a go at your six minute challenge this evening but fidn that harder…
So expand the time. Whatever works is right. That’s the secret.
Sonnetissimo. A truly lovely poem.
BTW your “about” says Middle England; is the picture a local one? It seemed so familiar. I lived 20 years in the West Midlands before coming to France. I learned to play the clarinet in Lye.
Thank you – I live in Leamington. The picture isn’t local as far as I know (it came with the blog template) but looks very like Compton Verney, which is one of my favourite places.
I love this. To be of the world, yet be the world. Fantastic! And I do so envy the ease with which you execute what is a very difficult form to me. Bravo!
Thank you – I did work on it for a bit (!). I’m still not sure about the ending either, but it’s nice to have a structure you have to fit in.
Loved the sonnet!
That’s gorgeous! If only the feeling lasted.
Thanks very much. I think it can last, just sometimes it gets a bit buried by other stuff…
Nicely written sonnet, Matthew.
I love when someone can write
one and make it look so easy.
Which I know it is not the truth.