The first time I tried writing a sonnet to impress someone, I decided no man on earth
was worth the hassle of making 1 of these things rhyme, much less 44 of them! So I quit right there
and left the poor guy alone. (Let's see how far I get this time before I figure out he ain't worth it!)
After much contemplation, and frustration, I decided that anyone convicted of stalking or harassment ought to be sentenced to writing and speaking in 14-line rhyme schemes. What a challenging alternative to the traditional "restraining order"! How quickly we'd reduce the incidence of harassment and hate speech, while increasing the literacy rate!
And why stop with criminal cases? With all the paper wasted on civil litigation and legislation, how many trees would be saved if we required every lawyer, politician, and judge to issue lawsuits, bills, and bail bonds in the form of octets and sestets, abba-abba-bababa?
What a civilized society we would be!
Sonnet One (revised 2000)
Sweet Orpheus, send down your heav'nly tune
True Love Song Ode to Shakespeare Songs 7 & 8
Sonnet One (first draft, early 90's)
I wonder how long Orpheus had to croon
- "A Little Bit" Barrett Browning -
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