Today’s OctWriPoMo’s prompt is Inside Out and the suggested form is sonnet . Today’s sonnet is a French-English combo. First time trying one; it was both challenging and fun. This poem I tried to write the story of it first then built around the ideas. It is my honor today to be inspired by one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs, Crazy Mary. At the bottom of the post, you will find PJ doing a live version.
A girl, carefree, at homestead with her family
When 10, fever stole her mom with great agony
When 12, a wild boar took dad to the hereafter
When 14, sis ran away, not seen thereafter
When 15, brother left for war, never returned
Alone, she lived by chickens, snares, veggies – and learned
The town’s baker visited, brought coins and stale bread
The fates decreed, instead of death, her mind instead.
Fifty years gone by now, the town church keeps her fed
Her dolls, faded and frayed, sleep a-rowed in her bed
She sings each night, lullabies, words long remembered
in low crooning melodies, long disremembered
One night lightning struck, burning her and all to ash
A girl again, home, with her family at last