"The Sonnet" by William Mulready‘A Sonnet for the Sonnet-Maker’ and Other Poetry by Theresa Rodriguez The Society May 11, 2017 Culture, Poetry 7 Comments A Sonnet for the Sonnet-Maker You know the beats and rhythms, the iamb Which pulses like a crippled-legged walk; You, with the force of one who said, “I am That I am,” in iambs you will talk Of truth and beauty, pain and sorrow, all And nothing, touching Heaven and Hell In what you speak and say, what will recall The void in the beginning, and will tell Of voided end, where “Never” ever cries, And crowns pass to the undeserving fools And great men metamorphose into lies, And there we search and find the hidden jewels. ____And there a crown you bear the better part, ____In five-beat lines you tell us of your heart. The Word-Birth Sonnet I gave birth to a poem the other day, I labored for twelve hours in a rhyme, I centered, conjured, wombed, throbbed, then gave way To empty out the fullness of my time. As in the waves and ebbs and flows of life By blood and pulsing, bearing down its course, I think, I gestate, for the pangs of strife Are sperm to my ripe, beating ovoid source. Oh I am aching! So intense are all The squeezings and the earnest tides of pain, I move about, then settle in to cull With open heart my brain canal again. ____For writing is the labor of the mind, ____And I have birthed my children all in kind. Theresa Rodriguez is the author of Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs. She is a classically-trained singer and voice teacher who has written for Classical Singer magazine. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 7 Responses Sally Cook May 11, 2017 I find this poet’s composition to be without fault, but better still, her ideas are original and compelling; Isn’t it fascinating how music and poetry constantly overlap yet so few see it? Let’s see more ! Reply Dona Fox May 11, 2017 Fresh and unique! Reply James Sale May 11, 2017 Yes, I agree – this is superb stuff; I especially like the Word-Birth Sonnet – there’s a direct clarity of expression in it which is so powerful – the final couplet is sensational writing. I will see if I can find and buy a copy of her collection. Reply Rebeca May 11, 2017 I really enjoyed these sonnets–a form I find particularly challenging. You have made them look effortless. Wonderful work. Reply James Ph. Kotsybar May 12, 2017 Congratulations on your twins. They both look just like you. Thanks for sharing your music with us. Reply Chris Tabaka May 12, 2017 A delightful read! Reply David Hollywood May 21, 2017 Very enjoyable. Reply Leave a Reply to Chris Tabaka Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.