NaPoWriMo April 2022 (Day 16)

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Today, I was to write a curtal sonnet. That is a variation of a (real) 14-line sonnet. Both are fixed verse forms with rhyming according to a prescribed scheme. I hope you’re not holding your breath.

A curtal sonnet is a curtailed or contracted sonnet. It has 11 lines with two optional rhyming schemes. I see it as a mathematical variation of a six and five (or four and a half) line reduced sonnet form. I consider any sonnet brief, so a curtal sonnet is a reduction of a reduced form. This may be the only one I ever write. Nothing said it had to be good.


By Reason of Conclusion

My search for some gods needs logical proof,
To arrive at most honest conclusions
From science I seek logical answers
To discover reality and truth.

Turn scripture from some reasoned confusion
Thumb through pages, bemusing all chances
None of this explains your absence of love
If my mind can manage not being so
Show me now please, your better solution.

Given you by a deity above
Now you know, I am a pro.


Look both ways because at the end of the day,
a poor poem beats nothing at all.
Mind the gaps.

6 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo April 2022 (Day 16)

  1. A what? I jest. A little. I understand strict poetry forms as much as I understand how to read music and all its tempos and stuff. (And why I fear it so much!)

    You, sir, are much braver than I and have managed, rather well, I might add, to complete this task in a most efficacious manner. Love this 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Dale. Yesterday was busy. I am behind on commenting and had to play auto mechanic with my son. I did not get to this one until late and I struggled with it. 🙂

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