Monday, March 8, 2010
A Century of Sonnets, No. 1: Elegy
This is my project with my friend Jen: the goal is to write 100 sonnets this year, in the tradition of the classical poets' "century of sonnets." My first sonnet, not only for this project but EVER!, is for my hero, Richard George Farina: poet, writer, musician, songwriter, and dreamer.
for Richard Farina, on his 73rd birthday
The stars were made the day that you were born
And all across the sky they cast their light
And day made way to night and night to mo(u)rn:
Your soul came through the air in whirling flight.
The sun in all his power gave you life,
The moon in her sweet shadow shielded you
From daemons made to give your spirit strife
And fears that threatened but did not come true.
Oh, Dear: that was so many years ago!
But still the sky remembers your bright hue:
Clouds swirl in shades of gold and indigo,
And they contain the Poet-soul of you.
Beneath the earth your body lies so deep
But in the stars your soul sings me to sleep.