Monthly Archives: October 2014

Prompt #1: An apology

Prompt #1: An apology

I’m excited.
I’m seventeen, a new student,
ardent for academia and
the prospect for new friendships,
and new adventures. I meet you
one morning, as I sit,
reading Dante’s Inferno
in the second row of the lecture hall.
You look at me with surprise.
What class is that for?
Oh, no, I reply, it’s just for fun.
You are impressed. You come to expect
me each morning, ten minutes before nine.
We smile, exchange niceties
and extract our notebooks, me from my backpack,
you from your briefcase
I like you, I think.
This is a good beginning.

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Sonnet #2

Brick by brick the craftsman came, laying
A lifetime of ramparts and sealing the cracks
With unyielding mortar, firm and staying,
To shield cloistered parapets from outside attacks.
Lacking external enmity did Time intervene
And dust the walls with steely abandonment
Isolating them from outside — save a keen
Rogue with utmost resolve, a dogged gent
With hammer and chisel, who — facing a wall —
Saw hidden beauty beneath Time’s neglect,
And sought to unmask its shroud, brighten its pall,
And its Delphic light within resurrect.
Finally infiltrating the fort he spied
The requited gaze of curious hazel eyes.

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