Some would argue as to whether it is a true sonnet, but I consider it to
be just as valid as any other sonnet form. The Curtal is a curtailed or
contracted sonnet, referring specifically to a sonnet comprising of a sestet
with a rhyme scheme of
The form was devised by Gerard Manley who devised a metrical system known as Sprung rhythm; that has 1-to-4-syllable feet, each starting with a stressed syllable (sometimes a foot by itself), where the spondee replaces the iamb as the dominant measure, and rests and multiple non-stressed syllables discounted in scansion. -
An abyss glows from the wasted fallout.
Come exorcise the phantoms in disguise
that charmed the inner child into the night.
It's time to cast away the ghosts. Look out
the frost is lifting from those wintry eyes,
and worlds will explode, from their sprouting sight.
The Earth absolves her cares of old with each
burgeoning Spring. Below flowering skies
she exhales vistas in an ancient rite
to fatten beauty. You are Earth, go preach
There's one in every crowd
For Gerard Manley - Poet (1844 - 1889)
Praise for this sense of what is to come
this feeling that somebody's out there
scattering fresh blooms to the midnight breeze
permeating the darkness with scent - it's won
my praise each year - made me believe and dare
to anticipate times when the heart is at ease.
Each time is like the first - it's a genius I want to hold,
make a firm fist of my hand - does appease
that obsession to own the magnolia's flare
and the lilac's scent, when spring grows old,
to summer cedes.
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Never again will I write of love
No flights of fantasy or special moments
Or lovers whispers with oil slicked tongues
No flowery images and such to speak of
No more of passion and all its torments
And finally, chasing setting suns is wrong.
Wind and river whisper with their voice
Their own assurances to my covenant
My sense of rightness will make me strong
With philosophy and reason I have a choice
Somewhere in time
Somewhere in time II
Question of Love
Visit with a thought