9 June 2011 § 10 Comments


I do not speak of new love, though it be
The favourite food of poets down the years:
Small wonder, for it comes so easily –
The stolen glances, furtive kisses, tears
Of tender souls just started down the path
That leads through trial today to bright tomorrows;
The jealously and joy, regret and wrath
Of hurting hearts, long leavings and sweet sorrows.
No. I will speak of love that, summer-born,
Has lived through many winters – love grown strong,
Deep-rooted and protective as the thorn,
Enduring as the earth, sure as a song.
Such love stands when all else is overthrown.
The only certainty I’ve ever known.



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§ 10 Responses to Sonnet

  • slpmartin says:

    Ah…you speak of such true love….but alas if each poet had such love…what in blazes would they talk about. 🙂 Quite enjoyed this.

  • Ina says:

    Lovely sonnet! The quiet lasting love is our anchor in troubled times. “Such love stands when all else is overthrown” .

    • gonecycling says:

      Thanks you, Ina – I know traditional forms like the sonnet are deeply unfashionable these days, but I think it’s important that, as poets, we practise our craft (even if only occasionally!) and keep the old ways alive – as you do with your excellent villanelles.

  • belfastdavid says:

    The Shakespearian sonnet is such a beautiful form for a love poem and this is beautifully done.

    I love the contrast you have drawn and can only conclude by thinking you are a lucky man


    • gonecycling says:

      Thank you David – and yes, I am. I enjoy writing more ‘formal’ verse from time to time; it keeps the writing muscles toned up, and makes it easier to say things I want to say, but don’t always know how.

  • Beautiful 😀

    Oh, that we could have a love that “stands when all else is overthrown.”

    Chloe xx

  • lol – let me clarify – that we could ‘all’ have a love that “stands when all else is overthrown.”

    Be sure that was not a proposal – lol 😉 xx

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