Sonnet of Pain


Confession time? When I wrote this, I kind of forgot how the structure of a Shakespearean sonnet was supposed to go. It’s ababcdcdefefgg, rather than abbacddceffegg- oops? I think I got it confused with the Petrarchan kind too, abbaabbacdecde. Messy, messy brain. Don’t even get me started on Spenserian sonnets. Jeez. 14 lines, 140 syllables, way too many ways to organize that nonsense.

Sonnet of Pain

Pain in my joints comes and goes like the tide
It swells and jabs at me, icy and burning
There is no relief with seasons changing
No calm sanctuary where I can hide.
A symphony of suffering for me
The rising and falling of storm-tossed waves
No blissful unconsciousness for me saves
From thundering blistering agony.
The crescendo builds, the water rises
Kettledrums in my bones and in my blood
I cannot keep my head above the flood
When all my joints are trapped in vises.
The symphony ends, the waters recede,
But pain never stops as soon as I need.

(C) Bridget Noonan, 2011, 2012.

The transition from autumn to winter was hard here. It went from mild to omg-wtf-it’sfreezing. This came out of that.

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4 responses to “Sonnet of Pain

  1. Can almost feel winter even if I’m in a tropical country. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh, some days during this winter I would have at the very least maimed for the opportunity to spend some time in a quasi-tropical area.
      Or somewhere that the wind doesn’t ignore all layers of clothing, skin, muscle and fat to gnaw on your bones. Thankfully, this weekend is supposed to be fantastic and warm- temperatures in the double-digits!

  2. As I sit here. 2 steroid shots a couple days ago and still no relief.

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