Sonnet for the Moment

Avatar Author: stargazer1960 Feminist author and science educator. Midwest, middle-aged, growing midsection, but definitely NOT middle of the road. Read Bio

Vulcan raged in the Vikings’ realm
to grasp at Thor’s almighty bolt.
The lava formed a fiery gem,
to lay before the gods at court.

The ash rose like a billowed stair
on which to climb a threatened sky.
It tainted even Berenice’s Hair
and taunted men who wished to fly.

From the New World a second plume
arose from man’s most reckless chores.
It forged a black and odorous tomb
and left the sea a rotting corpse.

Poseidon’s loving waters gave birth
to the poison that covered o’er the Earth.

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  1. Avatar stargazer1960

    I kicked old skool Shakespeare.
    Waddup, Bill?

  2. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Wow, a far cry from Shakespeare!
    A Tolkein-esque scene :) I like it, although some of the rhymes are a little strained.

  3. Avatar Sneaky"LoA"Cleazy

    to make things short, EPIC.

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Definitely fits the challenge, even if I wasn’t totally on board with the mixing of mythologies.

  5. Avatar Jae

    I can see this as a big competitor with other entries simply because of the difference in style. Beautiful imagery.

  6. Avatar stargazer1960

    @jae, thanks for the input and to all the same.
    Just helped the kids at school with a poetry slam, but most of my slam poems are too long for the ficly character limit.

  7. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    slam poetry huh?
    always full of surprises stargazer.

  8. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    Nicely done. Love the line continuation and language techniques. Some good poetry although I think some of the rhyming is a little forced. All of the rhythms come pleasantly naturally.
    Abby,
    x

  9. Avatar Scott

    Loved this. Flawlessly executed poetry structure on top of an awesome story to tell.

  10. Avatar stargazer1960

    Thanks for all the input. I appreciate it.

  11. Avatar Eloquent Mess {(LoA)}

    Is this supposed to be a sonnet? Sonnets have ten syllables per line and fit an ABAB, BCBC, CDCD, EE rhyme scheme.

    NEVERTHELESS!!!

    This is an absolutely fantastic piece! I loved it, despite my mayo and white-bread point of view. ;-)

  12. Avatar stargazer1960

    Yes, I’m short on syllables.
    But Shakespeare’s sonnets were ABAB CDCD EFEF GG.
    I like your mayo and white bread!

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