The Sonnette — Moon Madness

As golden orb meets darkened waves
Up creeps the moon on backs of pine
And frosted disc freeze cold greased minds
A madness reigns – moonshadow’s slaves


Until the rose, each morning comes
Warm as a mouth with skin that shines
A madness flees with each new sun.


Paul Szlosek at Paul’s Poetry Playground has introduced another invented poetry form, the Sonnette.  Paul says:
[The Sonnette is an] invented poetry form inspired by the traditional sonnet… Invented by the American poet, children’s author, museum curator, magician, and Boy Scout executive G. Sherman Ripley sometime in the early 1900s, the sonnette is basically a miniature or half sonnet consisting of seven lines (exactly half of the sonnet’s usual fourteen). It has two stanzas: a quatrain (4 lines) followed by a tercet (3 lines) with the quatrain having a rhyme scheme of abba, while the tercet has one of cbc. And just like its inspiration, the lines are metered, usually written in iambic pentameter.

image “Frost Moon” by Kim Smith Designs


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Paul Szlosek says:

    Wow! What a wonderful sonnette! Great job!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Paul 🙂


    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Sadje 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome welcome Li

        Liked by 1 person

  2. memadtwo says:

    Moons and sonnet (te)s are made for each other. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      When I came home yesterday, I saw the moon rising up behind the pines, so when it was time to write the poem, I recalled it. Yes, they are, K.

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