A Long, Long Sleep by Emily Dickinson

Poem of the Week One of America’s greatest and most original poets, Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Massachusetts. She was considered an eccentric by her local community and never married, instead she spent most of her life in reclusive isolation


Of Self and Love

Form: Free Verse I have no wish to return to the days of youth when my eyes were blind to truth when innocence lacked the wisdom to understand and virtue kindled the lies of self and love I wish I had known then the reality of me and that loving you would open my eyes … Continue reading Of Self and Love

Two Witnesses

Form: Raven’s Rovi Sonnet 16 We stand together as we watch love’s death Once lovers, it’s only pain that we feel Still we stand as what was takes its last breath

Edge of Twilight 3 – The Young Vixen’s Dilemma

Edge of Twilight 3 – The Young Vixen’s Dilemma The words of the Masked Bandit haunted the Young Vixen in the days following their confrontation. In normal circumstances she would have talked things out with the Old Fox, hoping he would have some gem of wisdom to help her. This time she was under no illusions, if she told the Old Fox what Rigby Raccoon had said to her, he would be insistent she gave up her new job.

Malaysian Sonnet

This sonnet was created by the Philippine poet Jose Rizal M. Reyes. It uses an English structure of 3 quatrains and a couplet with a Spanish rhyme scheme. This gives the following rhyme meter aaba bbcb ccdc dd Example: Flying High by Jez Farmer My love, we're flying high above the night and through unguarded … Continue reading Malaysian Sonnet

Escaping the Fear

Prompt: What do you need to feel safe One of the symptoms of my bipolar depressive episodes is panic attacks. These can be logical or totally illogical. Along side the panic attacks I get agoraphobia which leads to reclusiveness and I avoid going out because I just don’t feel safe and then panic.


Artist: Tamara de Lempicka Born: 16 May 1898, Warsaw, Poland Nationality: Polish Movement: Art Deco Died: 18 March 1980, Cuernavaca, Mexico

The Dreaming

Form: American Libre Sonnet Was it a just dream that you called me here And do you still call me to be your guy In this dark place where all I feel is fear

Too Old for Love

Form: Raven’s Rovi Sonnet 14 I want to love you, but I don’t know how These complex feelings that make little sense Confuse my simple heart with then and now

Cornish Sonnet 3

Cornish Sonnet 3 Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter Structure: 2 sestets and a couplet Rhyme Scheme: Abacbc dedfeF AF


Form: Free Verse One winter’s day they looked at me and said

Cornish Sonnet 2

Cornish Sonnet 2 Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter Structure: 2 sestets and a couplet Rhyme Scheme: abacbC dedfeF CF

Edge of Twilight

Edge of Twilight Part 1 As they sat on the old wooden bench at the edge of twilight the Old Fox and the Young Vixen stared into the fading horizon. They snacked on pink sherbet popcorn and drank the remains of a bottle of alcohol-free wine.

Sloe Gin

Form: Ivorian Sonnet 13 You are my Achilles heel like sloe gin You burn me with the flames from deep within To leave my senses exposed to the pain

Cornish Sonnet 1

Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameterStructure: 2 sestets and a coupletRhyme Scheme: Abacbc Dedfef AD Example: Lost Chances by Jez Farmer While walking rough roads my feet sore and bare, And dreams were far beyond my outstretched hands, Within the realms where no angels will dare, You turned away each time I reached for you, You wanted … Continue reading Cornish Sonnet 1

White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane was a rock band from San Francisco, California formed in 1965. They are one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock and defined the San Francisco Sound and was the first Bay Area group to achieve commercial success internationally.


Form: Ivorian Sonnet 12 If I ask you to show me all, reveal Your beauty with nothing left to conceal Would you let me see the woman inside?

Break Up

Form: Arabian Sonnet 3 (tetrameter) Your love was never meant for me And now my words must make me see

A Shadowy Stare

Form: Raven’s Rovi Sonnet 13 My love is not the hearts and flowers kind That empty promise wrapped in chocolate

Mistaken Identity

As a transgender man I spend a lot of time networking within the local community on behalf of the support group I organise.


Form: Arabian Sonnet I wish I could see more within your eyes Beyond the sparkle to where the truth sighs What is hidden beneath the sweet disguise?

Moving On

Flash Fiction - Romance A misty rain was falling making the amber street lights shimmer as the clubland folk started hustled through the town centre looking for a good time. I sheltered in a shop doorway opposite the cluster of pale-yellow lights that hung over the fountain and watched the water drops play while I waited for Kim to arrive.


Rondeau The Rondeau is a challenging refraining stanza form. It consists of three stanzas, a quintet, a quatrain and a sestet. The first phrase of the first stanza sets the refrain, in fact the whole first line may be used if the poet so wishes.