This is a French Sonnet with 14 lines iambic hexameter of 12 syllables, with a rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff gg. The sonnet is inspired by one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs, Crazy Mary. In the song, the family comes upon Crazy Mary after she’s already an adult. The story told here is how she got that way.
Carefree girl, at homestead safe, with her family
When 10, a flu stole her mom, in great agony
When 12, wild boar took her dad to the hereafter
When 14, sis ran away, not seen thereafter
When 15, brother left for war, never to return
Alone, lived by chickens, snares, veggies – and she learned
Baker’s visits from the town, brought her coins and bread
Fates decreed, death passed her by, took her mind instead.
Fifty years going by, the town church keeps her fed
Dollies, faded, frayed now, sleep rowed within her bed
Songs she sings them nightly, rhymes so long remembered
Odd structured melodies, in them madness rendered
One stormy night lightning struck, Mary burnt to ash
A girl again, with family, sweet peace at last