General Poetry posted March 25, 2017

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A Shakespearean Sonnet for the contest

The River

by tfawcus

Diffuse the light of this half-whispered dawn,
as river mists reveal a hidden pool,
its silver dappled by a sun-blotched fawn
that's come to drink at Styx's vestibule.

Above begins the warbler's soft hoo-eet
as golden rays reveal its drab disguise,
and trailing willow fronds reach down to meet
a sudden plop of water vole! Surprise!

But now the mists have cleared, new day's begun,
and river craft chug by with raucous hoots.
A noisy crowd of yahoos bless the sun
with clumsy splashing. Carefree young galoots!

All life enjoys the river's endless song.
Eternity is now, but moves along.

Sonnet Poetry Contest contest entry


In Greek mythology, Styx is a river that forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld.
A vestibule is a chamber or channel opening into another.
"hoo-eet" is my onomatopoeic attempt at the call of the Willow Warbler.
A yahoo is a brash or noisy person, a philistine.
A galoot is usually somewhat lovable in an oafish sort of way.

Image Credit: Weeping Willow Stock 7 by SimplyBackgrounds
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