"To Write a Sonnet"
by Barbara Seddon
To write a sonnet you must first desire
to trap some vast unwieldy incident
of lovesickness within a form intent
on counting syllables. Are you inspired?
The theory is that discipline will tire
the endless energy of want, that pent
up in pentameter, lust will relent,
as you add rhymes, not fuel, to the fire.
It doesn't work, of course, as you will know
who've tried. From prisons float the loudest screams,
from locked rooms fires that blacken half the sky.
Put love inside a sonnet; it will grow.
Already I can feel it split the seams;
how soon before it seeks the fifteenth line?
About the Author
Barbara Seddon taught English for twenty-nine years, and since retiring last year, she has devoted herself to writing. She recently completed a young adult fantasy novel and is now engaged in a search for an agent. Her current project is a young adult mystery.
Bed of Roses Love Sonnet Contest Winner
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).