Enduring Dreams

Reflections. The Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield. ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

How does the Earth begin its spin each day?
With constancy it turns to seek the light
of sun, then sister stars dance in their way
sparkling the darkling, glimmering the night.
And with these sights, so constant and so true,
the physics of space, the motions that trace
the course of years, our course, being with you
through sorrow, more joy, a smile on your face,
even as lines delve deeper, gray grows hair,
the trees once green are dusted with the snow,
fledglings feather-wing themselves in the air
catching the currents, soaring through wind-blow—
and I watch the river glow as it flows
reflecting dreams, life, us, endures and goes.

My attempt at a Shakespearean sonnet for Ingrid’s EIF Sonnet Sunday for Valentine’s Day. I don’t quite have the meter right, but it’s a first draft and written at 6 AM. Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day!

24 thoughts on “Enduring Dreams

  1. I love your comparison of love through the years with the turning of the earth towards winter: suitably Shakespearean! I also like how you brought the river in at the end, thank you Merril 😊

  2. How beautiful! This is not an attempt, this is a masterpiece of the Shakespearean sonnet form. You are fantastic at writing sonnets. 😀

    I really loved these few lines:

    “the trees once green are dusted with the snow,
    fledglings feather-wing themselves in the air
    catching the currents, soaring through wind-blow—”

    They’re perfect and they flow smoothly. It’s all lovely.

  3. I, for one, am not one to quibble over form. You’ve captured the spirit of the Shakespearean sonnet and done it beautifully. I just love the metaphor of the fledgling followed immediately by the glow of river.

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