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Sonnet: Looking Back by Robert H. Stone

By Robert H. Stone

From time to time I meet with friends and we read and write poems. We each are invited to write a theme poem for the month. The poem for May 2008 was to include the words "guilty pleasures."

I'm not sure just what I had in mind when I started writing this sonnet but it turned in a different direction and this is what came out -Robert H. Stone:

Looking BackA sonnet by Robert Stone
In the beginning was the word -- the word --
but these days I do not remember which.
It may have been forgotten when I heard
the second word so fresh so new so rich.

The early years were filled with thoughts -- with thoughts --
but these days I do not recall the awe.
They may have been replaced with other oughts --
my younger eyes my true self never saw.

No guilty pleasures plagued the growing me
for I refused to stand beside the judgment plumb.
Inside my skin insistent was the plea
no more to come and play but play and come.
And even as my flesh ungrows to be
less strong my mind still hears the distant drum.
I usually write haiku, those short seventeen syllable bits, but several people asked me to write something longer. So I wrote this sonnet. -Robert H. Stone

Robert H. Stone's next earlier sonnet, To My Father Who Died Young When I Was Young

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