The Erotes: Anteros

Form: Ivorian Sonnet 20 The Erotes: Anteros, god of requited love A tumult of emotions around me And I prayed love was something you’d see Like revealed cards my hand was out on show

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Exam Hell

Form: Couplets Months of work coming to a final test, three-hour papers in hot rooms, it’s no jest. Classics, linguistics, fine art, all for me,

The Marriage Portrait

Form: Ballad Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Cunera van der Cock by Frans van Mieris the Elder, 1657/8, oil on vellum inlaid on oak. Currently located in the collection of the National Gallery, London, UK

Whisper of Wisdom

Form: Arabian Sonnet I heard his whisper on that darkest night So clear it touched my soul with purest light I didn’t think to fight or take to flight

Love

Form: Quatrains Love, a state of contradiction and such, a world of deep joy, yet agony too. Is it enough or could it be too much?

FA Cup Final 2008

Form: Quatrains My lads are both Portsmouth boys, and today they are full of football joys. Portsmouth have won the cup to their loudest cheers

The River

Form: Balassi Stanza Skies of dusky pink clouds Where the nightfall enshrouds The river of floating dreams

Someone Else’s Kiss

Form: Raven’s Rovi Sonnet 19 What does it matter her love doesn’t care Now my soul sings with a different song In the starlight the night she wasn’t there

The Coming of May

Form: Arabian Onegin Sonnet Prompt: Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac As the warming sun comes to shine in May It is as clear as the night follows day A pattern formed, no matter come what may

Lonely Place

Form: English Sonnet The reflections of early summer sun, Glistens again on my windows this year, They blend invisibly ready for fun

The Wall

Form: Australian Sonnet Prompt: A Wall in Naples by Thomas Jones (1782, oil sketch) An old stone wall with no wisdom to tell No secret glimpses into times long past And the feet walk on with no questions asked

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

Haunting Love

Form: Ivorian Sonnet 14 In the silent dark shadows of my mind I see her, a pale figure undefined But my soul knows without doubt it is you

Summer Stillness

Form: Cyhydedd Naw Ban It is in the stillness of the noon Without wind there sings a gentle rune The god of the Sun calling his moon

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

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

Possession

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

Gang Rule

Form: Curtal Sonnet The three black cats that live by my Nan Gang up at dusk and strut about looking tough