I have had a keen interest in poetry and its many forms for as long as I can remember. I recently spotted a piece in the much loved Writing Magazine discussing the sonnet form, and I was instantly attracted to the idea of the Beymorlin Sonnet.
The Beymorlin Sonnet form was first described in Wauneta Hackleman’s ‘Study and Writing of Poetry by American Women Poets’
Living on a canal boat, I looked for inspiration as I sat with pen and paper at the ready and suddenly Lily Pad sprung off the page!
Oh how I lay in this golden breadth
Surrounded by the touch of those aching for light
Sow the roots of labour in the crystal depth
Founded by the silt of earth’s dear plight.
Share the fruits of love, in spite of such fear
In the close of day, drawing from above
Fair is the cycle of a wilt ever near
Sin is to feel nought but the blossom of love.
Perish the harsh elements, so often abound
We savour the glory of this new birth
Cherish its form, its symbol of hope found
See it transform toward its worth.
Mellow and quaint, yet soon be lost
Fellow buds of life lay deep beneath the frost.
The pattern of the Beymorlin Sonnet is a rather simple one, however note that the pattern repeats in both the first two syllables of each line as well as the end.
abab cdcd efef gg
Why not have a go yourself! And post them in the comments below 🙂
Originally published at www.sldobson.com