2015 Poetry Form Challenge

#26 Trinidad Sonnet




There is sense of rhythm in this form that only brings out the African influence caused by repetition. Like the English form, it finishes with a couplet but unlike the English which has three four line stanzas, the Trinidad has four three line stanzas. Each pair make a sestet and the first line of each sestet is repeated at the end to make the couplet. This gives a rhyme scheme of; . A. b. a. . . c. b. c. . . D. e. d. . . . f. e. f. . . . A. D.
Here is an example in dialect;

De Reel Deal

A Trinidad Sonnet dah is de bes
Ah nevah tort Ah'd live to see de day
Buh here it is an Ah bong to confess
It lookin good so now Ah goin to try
To write one in vernacular, okay?
Tho Ah eh sure dat dis one goin to fly
Ah anxious to see if dis ting will work;
Dis sonnet is ah new one, custom made
So dis is one effort Ah will not shirk
Ah goin to step up boldly to de plate
Ah only hope it goin to make de grade
Buh Ah tryin it still at any rate.
A Trinidad Sonnet dah is de bes
Ah anxious to see if dis ting will work.

Maryse Achong



Trinidad Sonnet Challenge



Terry Clitheroe

Coming of Age
Dare I
Earthbound
Follow Me
Hell on Earth
I Do Not Despair
Just Dreams
Listen to the Earth
Madness
Now
Quality Beach
Thou Art Silent My Love
Vernal Pledge

Divena Collins

Breathless
Hybrid
Poetic Insight
Sands of Time
Seduzione
Silhouette
Sun Dance
Sussex Tales
Three Monkeys
Under the Stars
Venus in a fly trap
Wassailing Song
What is Love



Terry Clitheroe

Coming of Age

Those treasures carefully locked inside
It's the loss of wisdom at a dreadful cost,
An almost empty mind, but human outside
Originally placed there, against her will
What is the value of age if memory's lost?
See her sitting there quietly, smiling still.
There are so many things I still need to ask
Sometimes duty can be too heavy a bill
Looking after her full time is a difficult task.
No attention span and the words are gone
Not being recognised is a more bitter pill
Mind formatted by fate, the body lives on.
Those treasures carefully locked inside
There are so many things I still need to ask.



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Dare I

Dare I touch you still my lover
Are you cold that you shiver so?
As my lips shall your body cover.
Forgotten eyes I must now relearn
That with passion they would glow
The darkness once was my concern.
Patience, waiting, for you to recover
Relearned what I once thought I knew
What pleasures still is there to discover?
Now relaxing more in loves afterglow
Dare I touch you my lover like I used to
Are you cold that you lie there shivering so?
Dare I touch you still my lover,
Patience, waiting, for you to recover.


John William Waterhouse - La Belle Dame Sans Merci

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Earthbound

At least fifty shadows pass overhead in formation
The're flying free over burgeoning vermillion scenes
So near now to home and their fully avionic nation
That'll soon be squabbling as they settle for the night
Leafy wooden faces smile and nod in acquiescence's
As if marvelling at the silent grace of the flight.
Branches wave as if welcoming them to their homes
There can be no distant memory of flight for them
As for flight they are trees bound to Earthy stones.
They are earthbound like man who dreams of flight
Why did God ignore us and not give this gift to men
Ever earthbound with dreams only of the avian might.
As at least Fifteen shadows pass overhead in formation
Branches wave as if welcoming them to their homes.



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Follow Me

Follow me to a place of dreams
Open up and feel whole once again.
Of life and love and silver streams.
There's no need at all for fancy schemes
Love between us must have no restraint
Love is all and well within our means.
To learn to love you must first learn to cry
Open up my love, feel free again, follow me
Failure of love only exists if you don't try.
Without love, in time any soul will die
Experiencing love you don't wish to be free
And with love flying as one, it's an open sky.
Follow me to a place of dreams
To learn to love you must first learn to cry.



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Hell on Earth

Once again the flaming lord of the sky
With all his splendour comes into view,
Carelessly burning away all, it's all a lie.
The sky once white with pretentious clouds
Is now an open altar to the minions askew,
Lying prone and almost naked and bowed.
Their master reaches his climax in late afternoon,
And skin cancer is ignored in favour of fashion.
Solar rays poisoned energy to limbs outstrewn.
Perspiration saturates and stains, once clean linen
As Hell on earth invites this stupid passion
Worshippers trudge home soon needing medicine.
Once again the flaming lord of the sky
Their master reaches his climax in late afternoon,



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I Do Not Despair

I do not laugh much, nor do I weep
For I live on still, or at least I try
But the wounds I have are very deep.
Words we spoke the songs we sang
Remind me of the best as days go by
And the old bell a time or to we rang.
I remember us so well as days go by
The place still echoes with our reverie
To always love her I never need to try.
Now I see only the memory of her face
Separation is not the end of camaraderie
It's another form of love, not replace.
I do not laugh much nor do I weep
I remember us so well as days go by.



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Just Dreams

On my flight, I speak to the morning sky
Tell the sky, every time I see something new
Throughout the night, dreams have gone by.
Once familiar sites are seen differently up here
Familiar yes, but here on high is another view
The morning sky talks to me also I hear her.
You're earthbound and completely lost to me
And so my dreams take me to another view
One that places me lying where I want to be.
I am content now because I feel you alongside
In my contentment why should I look for new
With these mellow feelings I want us to abide .
On my flight, I speak to the morning sky
You're earthbound and completely lost to me.



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Madness

Ask me, I'll tell you, you are insane
You work your arse off and for why
Like Scrooge, like life, links to a chain
Winters past, now there's a joke
So it must be until the day you die.
Watching your life go up in smoke
You worked all your life for a Swatch
"Your mad" I say with a look of scorn
Be part of life instead of just a watch.
Whilst you lie there bedridden, spent
Worth less than when you were born
Because taxes and costs leave a big dent
Ask me, I'll tell you, you are insane
You worked all your life for a Swatch.



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Now

Now, is being the coal of ages view
Now is the only truth, unchangeable
The fuel from which once fossils grew.
Bent by memory, opinion and pressure
Now things are laid out on a different table
In time we begin to search for truth's treasure.
They say truthful knowledge is a diamond
But coal has only two degrees of separation
How easily, the mystical veil seems to respond
Pomp and tradition is nothing but a pretence
Sometimes truth was nothing but imagination
Most modern history is only possessions defence.
Now, is being the coal of ages view
They say truthful knowledge is a diamond



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Quality Beach

Look into my eyes, as the moon lights the night
The oceans waves continue to dance for you
Each forward motion see's wavetops so white.
Percussion sounding as each wave in turn retreats
There is nought better than the sound and view
There's no warm softness ever as each wave beats
We press close together so that our hearts may kiss
The wave sending out its Bolero rhythm on the stone
Those eyes that smile when apart I do so miss.
I love the light in your eyes that I have come to know
The world becomes still, I savour our moments alone
And waves are our applause and always it will be so.
Look into my eyes, as the moon lights the night
We press close together so that our hearts may kiss.



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Though Art Silent My Love

Thine eyes glow with thy unspoken care
And thy lips are wet with unused kisses
Soft firelight sets highlights in your hair.
The flickering light creates loves shadows
Adding soft textures that my heart misses
Sometimes blending and hiding in hollows.
Each touch is arousing our visual senses
Your eyes are glowing and saying so much
I've waited too long and lowered my defenses
No longer art thou silent my love, I hear you
The firelight sets highlights wherever I touch
Each kiss, each touch is a feeling brand new.
Thine eyes glow with thy unspoken care
Each touch is arousing our visual senses.



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Vernal Pledge

I heard birds making nests through inner walls,
And some have made them within my eaves.
Because the weather was cold with frequent squalls,
They sang to me, whilst working or at play,
They've taken refuge till the storm reprieves.
It could not help but brighten up my day.
A song that birds sing, safe within their lair.
When all of earth awoke from its yearly sleep,
The music in my ears was extraordinaire.
With spring was the hatching of each brood,
A kind of promise for their home to keep,
My solemn vow in vernal splenditude.
I heard birds making nests through inner walls,
A song that birds sing, safe within their lair.


Gipsy Point Birds

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Divena Collins

Breathless

It seemed only yesterday I felt your breath
warm upon my face closer within harmony
of affection that only lovers may bequeath
that only upon a touch of pleasure may feel
cast deep within a spell of desirous fantasy
both tender hearts have nothing to conceal
but may seek within lovers eyes that show
within pleasure of loves instinctive dreams
for tis only feelings deep within that know
when love is so appealing pledged therein
wavelets of passion that true love redeems
which calms the storm that fantasies begin
It seemed only yesterday I felt your breath
but may seek within lovers eyes that show.



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The Hybrid

Should I return to earth again as a hybrid
arising from the centre of the universe
shall I then be the one to raise an eyelid
at the beauty of that which only I may see
but it is only humanity right's to converse
I shall not be valid enough to talk as free
yet I am only a hybrid of as many breeds
none of which upon earth may be known
I shall ever reproduce just as many seeds
yet my misgivings shall all be as rejected
much of those actions may not be shown
why it is that I shall forever be neglected
should I return to earth again as a hybrid
yet I am only a hybrid of as many breeds.



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Poetic Insight

Who knows what may be right or wrong
when cruel thoughts have been spoken
within truth it is easy just to string along
for words of prose are a falsity of mind
that a friendship shall never be broken
there is never to be only two of a kind
for it takes but one that shall never see
the meaning of words composed as true
within a muse that shall prosper as free
others that follow shall be of their own
one mans words are deep within view
never the less they shall both be prone
who knows what may be right or wrong
for it takes but one that shall never see.



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Sands of Time

The years that are lost shall never return
for the new shall never comfort the old
when dark the shadow of time has spun
future may not be the same within time
from the past reflections so few untold
forgotten memories sadly lost in prime
no future may replace a saddened heart
none shall forget the pleasure's of past
as years go by then time itself shall part
to dwell within the future years untold
tis then that existance shall ever be cast
when the past thro`the future unfolds
the years that are lost shall never return
no future may replace a saddened heart.



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Seduzione

How dare you seduce me with those eyes
that burning sensations you cause within
for loves warm enticement bears no lies
how shall I refuse the touch of your hand
within sensual feelings that wear as thin
I cannot refuse what I cannot understand
I am purely a lady that shall not say no
what say you then for I might just submit
pray tell me for you are the one to know
what the feeling inside shall be all about
it might be then that I shall only commit
if it is something that I cannot do without
How dare you seduce me with those eyes
I am purely a lady that shall not say no .



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Silhouette

I am just a statue on a plinth a silhouette
not a thing that is as significant to notice
I shall be no more than a stone statuette
no warmth of love shall ever dwell within
I shall not blossom as a pure white lotus
for came the storm with a passion of sin
that faded away within a winters storm
as the petals that withered sunk beneath
the frozen lake beneath the statues form
there shall be no warmth within the lake
nor shall there be a lotus upon the heath
for I may no longer see the dawning break
I am just a statue on a plinth a silhouette
that fades away within the winters storm.



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Sun Dance

This was a far cry from a summers day
though the sun was shining brightly
yet the seasonal birds have flown away
so still is the air that winter breathes
maybe a lull before a storm unsightly
when fields of corn dismantle sheaves
all may return as seedlings unto earth
within warmth of the rich soil below
where lies earths nutrients and dearth
that all may rise so complete as before
nourished within the richness of soil
within nature there shall ever be more
this was a far cry from a summers day
all may return as seedlings unto earth.



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Sussex Tales

I stood on a beach eyes towards the sea
watching the wavelets that ebb and flow
images of past were as beholden to me
I heard King Canute send back the waves
from his great throne of gold upon show
for within his power the ocean to enslave
not a murmur of hope did the future cast
beneath deep waves of the great sea bed
I saw many sunken ships from the past
was to be seen yet heard but only in song
shanties of old until the tide flowed red
but it was all in the past what went wrong
I stood on a beach eyes towards the sea
not a murmur of hope did the future cast.



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Three Monkeys

Hope is only a feeling from deep within
some things we wish for maybe denied
but there is always the choice to begin
to abide by the future in what you find
no matter if it may hurt you deep inside
may overcome emotions upon the mind
as you may seek,speak,or hear no evil
then a much wiser person you shall be
hope within pride may be your retrieval
set free from within a broken statement
that only hope itself shall forever amend
when self esteem shall not be apparent
hope is only a feeling from deep within
as you may seek,speak,or hear,no evil.



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Under the Stars


Cast not a shadow upon the christmas lights
for daylight saving may not yuletide shame
stars in the sky shall forever shine by night
a much warmer glow that warms the heart
that never a human shall put out the flame
natures illumination may forever take part
at the end of the night within natures glow
flames that shall flicker upon christmas eve
shall warm both hearts as lovers may show
just how romantic that two lovers could be
never within fantasy nor of make believe
for love shall ever shine upon thee and me
cast not a shadow upon the christmas lights
at the end of the night within natures glow.



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Venus In A Fly Trap

Help I am trapped within a venus fly trap
the more I may wriggle I stand no chance
for the space betwixt needles shall snap
and woe betide I shall but vanish within
when I shall surely disappear at a glance
I am Venus and my patience wears thin
hypnotised by a plant or may it be beast
there is no way I shall yield to a plant
for it may appeal to me not in the least
so loosen your fangs and let me go free
not for appearance you cannot enchant
I am in no predicament now to disagree
Help I am trapped within a venus fly trap
hypnotised by a plant or may it be beast.



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Wassailing Song

When Christmas time be gone and done
It be time for the new years wassailing
when apple cider's drunk by every one
for thee harvest time be ripe as clover
and it be time when all shall be sharing
wassailing may begin as yule tides over
sharing their harvest from door to door
as they drink from the same aged bowl
until never a one shall swallow no more
this song shall be sung way out of tune
when drunk shall be every mortal soul
within a stupored trance much to soon
when Christmas time be gone and done
sharing their harvest from door to door.



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What is Love

What is love if we cannot share feelings
that lingers softly deep within the night
for dreams of fantasy may be appealing
may we feel what we have within store
knowing deeply this love seems right
much warmth than many times before
shall this be love within natures dance
what is life if this love shall never flow
shall the eyes seduce a warm romance
soft the touch that lingers seductively
shall it be then we shall forever know
if love and pleasure remains discretely
what is love if we cannot share feelings
shall this be love within natures dance.



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