Fourteen Lines

Atlantic Ocean
We hope we built it on the solid stone.
Earth that would get dizzy makes things wave.
We used what we were given, staying brave,
Though walls might fall and we’re left all alone.
We did avoid the sandy, shifting shore
Licentiousness had offered in its hand.
We chose perhaps unjustly the well-planned
When legalism offered frowning chores.

Looking high we see dark skies above.
The morning brings us color from the sun.
We built our best, remained in spite of doubt
Talking from our hearts to only one,
Walking on the waters of his love,
Confidently breathing in and out.

Linked to dVerse Open Link Night where Kim, Writing in North Norfolk, is hosting.

I started focusing on poems with fourteen lines. Here is an attempt at a Petrarchan sonnet.

Lake Michigan

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

29 thoughts on “Fourteen Lines”

  1. The sonnet form is tough, and I think you have succeeded. The end-stopped lines work well to give it the right feel. Love the line “The morning brings us color from the sun.”

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  2. Hehe SMiLes Reminds Me of Days
    Spent at dVerse Being Scolded
    In Words of ‘i don’t wanna Rain
    On Your Parade’ but Poetry Science
    Says No More Than 14 Lines With
    Double Spacing
    As Always
    i follow the
    (in my Own
    Little Ways)
    Rules so after
    That i Single
    Spaced
    continuing
    8 MiLLioN
    Words Just for
    Fun And Rainy
    Days Still Feel
    Like Sunshine Parades to me..:)

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    1. Thank you, Fred!
      Most of the prompts at dVerse have constraints (except for Open Link Night). The one I am hosting today will have the constraint of being only fourteen lines long. That allows for sonnets as well as anything else that can fit into fourteen lines.
      Although I know your poems are longer than that, it’s like those T-shirts – sometimes a strong impact can be made with very few words, just what can fit on a T-shirt.

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      1. Haha.. Frank
        Thanks True
        my Poems are
        Too long
        To Link
        Anywhere
        Realistically
        Twitter Environments
        Are Perfect for Haiku
        And Less and True
        i’d Rather
        Dance it
        Says
        Much More
        Than Words
        Ever Will
        True
        Words
        Rest My
        Dance Feat..;)

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