Tinker Posted May 28, 2009 Share Posted May 28, 2009 I just had some fun at another site participating in a challenge I found there. So I will share it here. Maybe someone else will find it fun. The Challenge is to write a sonnet in 20 minutes. Any variation is acceptable. The challenge came from a comment that no one can write a sonnet in 15 minutes anymore. (Apparently, the masters of old had no trouble doing that.) So the person making the challenge, responded to the comment by trying to write a sonnet in 15 minutes and it took him 20. Therefore his challenge added the extra 5 minutes to be fair to the others. The rules of the challenge are: write a sonnet in 20 minutes or less. Once you pick up the mantle, you must post whatever you wrote in the 20 minutes even if you only got to line 9. Some people posted complete sonnets and admitted it took them 23 or 36 minutes to write, others posted only 5 lines or 7 lines. You cannot think up a rhyme scheme or subject before you start writing. The subject, meter, and rhyme must come on the fly. Have fun with it, I have to admit I was laughing out loud at myself while I wrote mine. Here it is: Writing in the Dark by judi Van Gorder It's midnight and the race is on to write a sonnet, little song with sounds that please and fits the frame of Petrarch with some ease. A tome in meter tests my brain at night and strains the eyes adjusting to the light. A wonder I've not fallen to my knees, can't even give the time it takes to sneeze as desparation keeps the tempo tight. How do these others play the challenge game, the tune that poets carry in their heads unique to each alone is valued gold. I'll have to read and learn them all by name, but time ticks on and they are in their beds while I am writing words and getting cold. 18 minutes 15 seconds But Oh my God! (admittedly I fixed some punctuation as I posted it... so I probably used my whole 20 minutes after all. ) ~~Tinker Quote ~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~ For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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