American Libre Sonnet

Created by: Jose Rizal M. Reyes

Structure: 3 quatrains and a couplet

Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter

Rhyme Scheme: abab bbcc cdcd ee

Example: Questions in the Dark by Jez Farmer

Sweet love of mine, within my dark world shine
And be the one to dry my face of tears
In this desolate world can you be mine
When I’m surrendered to the hidden fears
Can I break free of these darkened spheres
That held me lost too long; too many years
I have known feelings of rage in disgrace
And it is mine and mine alone to face
For I cannot love in this unkind place
There is nowhere to run, nowhere to go
And pain echoes loud in every space
And I wonder if I will ever know
Or will I fade into what lies beyond
Can love ever release me from this bond?