It’s easy to get caught up
In the ABBAABBA CDECDE
Rhyme Scheme and Rhythm
Of the Italian (Petrarchan) Sonnet
That I have written below.
Petrarchan is fun!
I chose the Italian Sonnet as an exercise today
Because I do love Italy!
My maiden name is DeAngeles, afterall …
“Of Angels” – always seeking higher ground!
I remember a “step to higher ground”
My husband and I took a few years ago:
To this beautiful city of Venice …
A step out of reality
Into a dream world
Where only the blessed tourists and
The residents struggling to make
A livelihood seemed to venture out.
Here’s my step into the higher ground of poetry,
Trying my hand at a Petrarchan:
What’s Your Next Step?
A text from a friend of more than fifty years:
“What’s your next step?” she wrote to ask.
I’m retired, I thought, find sunshine in which to bask.
But, though she’s my age, I sensed some tears,
And figured she’d missed some steps in her latter years.
I wondered if she had some sort of task,
A favor perhaps, but her question was a mask,
Designed to seek help while hiding her fears.
So I waited awhile to send her a reply,
Didn’t want to be flippant or seem like a jerk.
“What step do you have in mind?” I inquired.
She picked up the phone, and I heard her cry,
“I just lost my job. I can’t live without work.”
What help could I be to a friend who’d been fired?
It was fun to try and create a “Petrarchan.”
You should try it!
This was a fiction account,
With a shred of truth;
For indeed I am blessed
With health and security
And a choice of next “steps,”
While I know friends who
Indeed are not and cannot!
Who will you reach out to today?
And will you try a Petrarchan?