Light and Shadow: Janus words and a shadow sonnet

Shadow faces on the wall. Profiles created from bending wired ribbon.
Shadows in Profile by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today is a special poetry day for me. David at The Skeptic’s Kaddish wrote a response poem to one of my poems. It’s a beautiful pairing. Go check it out. And Laura presented a fun challenge at dVerse Poets Pub yesterday that I will tackle today.

Laura’s challenge is to write a Shadow Sonnet. This form, created by Amera M. Andersen, uses a traditional sonnet form and repeats the same word at the beginning and end of each line. I thought this would be a great opportunity to play with the opposites nature of Janus words. This should be fun. I took some liberties with rhyme so I could play with Janus words for my light and shadow.

Rock Rocking on the Overlook

Buckle up and hold on as hearts buckle
Overlook faults drawing lines overlooked
dust settles, defining edges to dust
Go pull the hooks that hold the seams then go

left after each one took a share then left
wearing a symbol that succumbs to wear
Let it show you know that time’s but let
Peer through keyholes while stealth is your peer

Bound down the road of hope before you’re bound
Weather hurtles before harsher weather
out in the sun, soaked shadows will hide out
tempered by warm light, dousing hot tempers

Rocking the balance back with stacks of rocks
Off you go the moment something feels off

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