FAST Sonnets in Cyberspace #4

Hear: “All I’ve wanted is to feel wanted.”
Thus spoke NBA player, L.A. left.
So speaks every human heart — undaunted?
Why does life lie and leave us death-bereft,
Abandoned, desolate and forsaken,
Like child at dad-discarded first day’s light?
Like spouse, guilty innocent — awakened
To find acid spilled, mind blinded, heart blight
Of clay — lay pleasure poisoned, emission
Searing soul sans nocturnal permission?
Like corrupt(ed) construction: hope and homes,
Then site unseen, Love Canal — who atones?
   Oh, You who cried on Dad-deserted day
   Called good rescue us please from toxic play.

© Bruce William Deckert 2014

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NOTES — POETRY 411

Yes, the sentiment of this sonnet focuses on the desolation of Good Friday — as in the gospel accounts, Easter must wait — and thus on the desolation humans feel in certain painful circumstances.

The closing couplet observes that Jesus of Nazareth shares our desolation — and makes a desperate request for Him to bring Easter to our broken hearts and lives.

Except for the final stanza, the rhyme scheme follows the structure of a Shakespearean (or English) sonnet, a 14-line poem with 10 syllables per line, comprised of three stanzas (of four lines each) plus a closing couplet.

Given its brevity and power-packed structure, the sonnet is perhaps the best poem for the fast-moving 21st century.

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4 Responses to “FAST Sonnets in Cyberspace #4”

  1. Nancy Lehman Says:

    Powerful imagery Bruce.

    Love,

    Nancy

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  2. Robert Naeher Says:

    Hi Bruce,

    All is well, and thanks for this. It’s pretty amazing. I will try to give it a little more time this summer when not quite so crazy. I’m appreciative of your posts. Sorry not to be more responsive, and sorry to be so short in this email. Off to a meeting, but grateful for your sonnet.

    Be well,

    Bob

    From: A Slow Life in the FAST Lane <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: A Slow Life in the FAST Lane <comment+pafjdhy-d-7g09krdxzgu5@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:36 PM To: Robert Naeher <rnaeher@emmawillard.org> Subject: [New post] FAST Sonnets in Cyberspace #4

    bwdeckert posted: ” Hear: “All I’ve wanted is to feel wanted.” Thus spoke NBA player, L.A. left. So speaks every human heart – undaunted? Why does life lie and leave us death-bereft, Abandoned, desolate and forsaken, Like child at dad-discarded first day’s light? “

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    • bwdeckert Says:

      Bob, great to hear from you, and thanks for the kind words — glad the posts have been worthwhile. Hope the school year finishes well … take care and peace

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