Poem 39: It seems we’ve entered into winter’s frost

(The poetic form selected for this month is the English or Shakespearean Sonnet).

It seems we’ve entered into winter’s frost.
Your sullen glances hold a cold distain.
Fourteen years together look as lost
And rain an icy sleet. There is no gain.

There was a springtime time when all was new.
We’d picnic in the willow’s lovely shade
And talk and dance and laugh the season through.
We thought our love was truly heaven-made.

As all four seasons come and all four go
Time turns quaint foibles into tiresome ways.
“Whose turn to cook?” is greeted with “Dunno”.
What future? How much longer are our days?

Tonight we both saw light on wedding bands;
Our children sang some songs, and we held hands.

To hear the poem read aloud click HERE.

10 thoughts on “Poem 39: It seems we’ve entered into winter’s frost

  1. Shubha Athavale

    Hi Bruce
    Hope you’re better. I bought some NZ Manuka Honey UMF 15 and it’s helping with my rhinitis. Also a good dose of Probiotics helps when one has the flu.
    I loved the below, you’ve summed it up so well
    Tonight we both saw light on wedding bands;
    Our children sang some songs, and we held hands.
    Get well soon, spring is here!

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  2. umashankar

    The sheer elegance of the structure of the poem lends grace to the sad turn of affairs. As with your stories, you have packed volumes in but a few stanzas. The turn of phrase reminds me of the Tang Dynasty Chinese poets. (Of course I have read them in English). But it remains a Shakespearean Sonnet at its heart both in form and content.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks, Uma. I never realised how “elegant” the structure was until I started trying to use it! To have read Tang Dynasty poets is a marvellous thing,; to be able to remember them is even more marvellous.

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