This is my 200th post so I wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary to mark the occasion. Since I started the website I’ve written about lots of different things from my book to my life to Blake’s 7 and other science fiction stuff and about Twin Peaks. Someone’s editing the book at the minute and I’m in limbo with that so I’ve been doing more small scale stuff like poetry in the meantime. I’ve been enjoying writing and recording my #whatthehaiku videos but I wanted to do something a little more meaty and test myself while keeping the Twin peaks theme of my poetry. So, I thought I’d try writing a sonnet. I’ve tried to follow the Petrarchan style (what I remember of it from my English Literature course) and I think I’ve managed to get the appropriate rhyme scheme and keep it all in iambic pentameter. The subject of this sonnet is Laura Palmer who has escaped inclusion in any of my haikus yet. Hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think in the comments.
So, here’s the sonnet. The picture I found on the great royalty-free image site Unsplash and was taken by a chap called Casey Horner.
Adrift on rippling waters, body sheathed,
In plastic, Ophelia, doomed by all,
Wasted life; a teenage soul in free fall,
To others now, your woes hereby bequeathed.
Lonesome foghorn heralds your arrival,
You who were by your perfect town betrayed,
On rocky shore your tender frame is laid,
Even in death, your grace without rival.
Dreams set to motion in an orb of gold,
Sent to this remote place to banish dark,
You gave all: a selfless act, kindness based.
But the evil in these deep woods is old,
With harsh memories in each strip of bark,
So a hero your sacrifice erased.
Well, that’s it. Like I said, I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, please look for my haiku videos on YouTube. If you’re new to this website, here are some of the posts I’m fondest of from the 200 I’ve written. New followers are always welcome.
Thanks for reading,
I’ll See You in the Trees – Part 1 (this is a short story I wrote in the Twin Peaks universe)