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Larry
post Apr 7 19, 22:46
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Just Desserts

The earth is filled but still we spread
like vermin. Filling up the land
and building castles on the dead.
Foundations are just shifting sand

engorged with detritus of waste
and obsolescence. Plastics ride
the emerald waves which once were chaste
but now they lay upon high tide

dead fish and birds. A darkened stole
that festers with a rotting stench
now lines each shore. Embellished bowl
of sewage that will never quench

the thirst of gluttonous mankind.
A travesty we leave behind.


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post Sep 13 19, 05:58
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A sonnet in perfect form, but I think most of your enjambments are distracting from the great message. Inversions, as in the final line, are things of old as well. Would you consider rewriting this piece. I think it's worthy of it. treading Lightly, Daniel sun.gif


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Larry
post Sep 19 19, 13:17
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Hi Daniel,

Not sure about your problem with enjambments and the only way I might be able to alleviate that is to use the French version of 8 and 6 instead of the 3 quatrains and couplet. I wish you would clarify your statement about the inversion in the final couplet. The first line is a continuation of the sentence in the prior line and the last line is my summation or viewpoint of the way things are as I see them.

Thanks for chiming in and let me know a bit more of your thoughts.

Larry


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post Nov 13 19, 17:43
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Hi Larry, great to post here again. I miss MM so much, it's the best.
As I'm no expert on sonnets, I just love yours. Up to date, Greta Thurnberg would use it, somehow or other.
The first strophe is so true and perfectly written. Humankind is the most distructive animal on One Planet. Did you see the series?


The earth is filled but still we spread
like vermin. Filling up the land
and building castles on the dead.
Foundations are just shifting sand

Enjoyed, wish I'd seen it before.
Sylvia


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post Nov 19 19, 06:40
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Well, Larry, I have no idea what I was thinking that day. I think my dyslexia must have gotten the best of me and I'd become frustrated and took it out on you. Otherwise, I have no idea what I was talking about!!!

Please forgive me. sLightly embarrassed, Daniel unsure.gif


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