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My First Sonnet

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To write a sonnet surely takes some time
To make the beats flow smoothly down the line.
It takes much thought to get each line just right--
Enough to keep the poet up all night.
Fourteen's the number of the lines to pen.
He must write down all of his thought by then.
For sixteen, twelve, or eighteen lines won't do,
Not if it is a sonnet through and through.
He must decide what kind of poem to write--
To make it heavy drama or just light
Or make romantic gestures to a girl
And talk about her beauty and each curl...
Enough of that, although my thoughts still come,
It's fourteen lines, so now my sonnet's done.
Copyright 1988 by Judith E. Garling

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