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Lily Pad

A Beymorlin Sonnet

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

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