FAST Sonnets in Cyberspace #10

After the snowfall, there dawns a new peace —
Woodland delights in the welcome release
Of the morning splendor. Pine-green trees stand
Row upon row, a hushed and grateful band,
Boughs whitened, humbly bowed, glad to applaud
Day’s advent. Like the playfulness of God,
Sun keeps dawn appointment — poignant rays pierce
Cloud-spread canopy. Still, the freeze is fierce,
And the cold can kill — as tree plied coldly
Once did when Tree-King died instead of me.
He came for winter-weary hoi polloi —
Hear wise trees, rising glow proclaim with joy:
Oh, now is the time to find a new start —
Let Maker’s beauty mend your tomb-cold heart.

© Bruce William Deckert 2019

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POETRY 411 NOTES

• This sonnet form is known as a Couplet Sonnet, with the following rhyme scheme: aabb ccdd eeff gg. The sonnet is a 14-line poem with 10 syllables per line, and there are numerous types of sonnets.

• I wrote the first version of this poem when I was in college, and have since revised it into the above sonnet form — and yes, as you may have guessed, I wrote that first version the day after a … snowfall.

• Since this blog focuses on sports-and-faith issues, each sonnet I’m posting has at least one sports connection. Here the connection is perhaps oblique — at the end of the fifth line: applaud. But perhaps not so oblique, since applause is certainly a prevalent aspect of the sports world.

• Thanks for stopping by — I hope you’ve found this sonnet offering to be worthwhile.

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