a Petrarchan sonnet

Highlighting midnight across darkened skies
flies the Supermoon hidden in all of its glory;
though sightless and somber, a maker of stories
soon reaching its perigee, near us it flies.

Celestial body whose mystery lies
in a facial expression now laden with quarries
to whom we confess all our hopes and our worries,
what history lurks in those cavernous eyes?

Magical ruler of tides and the Earth,
waxing and waning to rhythm of one,
monthly appearance as Queen of the night,

Mystical healer of life and rebirth,
dancing the shadows of Earth from the Sun,
select to reflect both the darkness and light.


Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she writes poetry, prose and articles; specializes in literary criticism and non-profit matters. She has a B.A. in English, Spanish, and an M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University in Madrid and St. Louis. Since brain surgery, she volunteer teaches creative writing in a maximum security jail and works for civil rights attorneys. She completed a novel in verse, Poem to Follow, and is featured in several poetry anthologies, including the Missouri VSA 2013 Anthology, Turning the Clocks Forward Again; Poetica Victorian; Red Dashboard Disorder Anthology: Mental Illness and Its Effects; The Muse India/Createspace Anthology Of Present Day Best Poems; Bordertown Press Poetry of People on the Move; and Literature Today International Journal of Contemporary Literature. Shari’s poetry has appeared in several literary magazines in the U.S., Canada, England, India, Ireland and Spain.


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10 Responses

  1. Charlie Southerland

    Dear Ms. LeKane-Yentumi–

    Very nice use of dactylic tetrameter. I enjoyed the poem muchly.

  2. David Watt

    I really liked the flow of this sonnet and the overall effect. Well done Shari!


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