A sonnet for National Poetry Day 2016

I’m no poet. For much, much better sonnets I refer you to Shakespeare and also to Strugnell’s Sonnets by Wendy Cope. S/he has a great parody on ‘Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame.’

Here, nonetheless, is my offering.

I’ve sat upon my backside all day long
And thought about this task: To write a sonnet.
The truth is, I write stories, I sing songs,
But poetry is where I start to plummet.
As you can see I’m breaking all the rules
My scansion’s dodgy and my rhymes are worse.
So I’m resorting to a top-class Bard
And nicking some of what he wrote back when
Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Was lust in action. That was quite a shocker
And in fact I’ve never understood it.
But pardon me if I seem rather flippant;
I’m stopping now, the writing’s on the wall –
The poem’s the thing, for Shakespeare and us all.

About Cath Barton

Cath Barton is an English writer who lives in South Wales. In June 2017 she was awarded the New Welsh Writing AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella, and her novella The Plankton Collector was published by New Welsh Review in September 2018. Her second novella, In the Sweep of the Bay, was published by Louise Walters Books in November 2020. Cath is also active in the on-line community of writers of flash fiction.
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