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.

  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.


    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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