To play write

Lines I’ll rehearse on the reason for verse.

To play write
(A sonnet for wordsmiths)

A few lines of verse may be spicy or worn,
With messages carried in careful concern.
As images pleasant or poison be borne,
The heart of the reader may rise or return.

What merit has mindset, if merely to please?
If ears be but tickled, what wonders be heard?
To captivate only, indulging to tease,
May fill only shelves, never souls, with the word.

A savory spirit with flavorful fun,
Yet still edifying, hits out of the park.
And stories with wisdom, artistically spun,
Are likely to leave a more permanent mark.

So pick up the pen, and aim past the sublime.
Perhaps you can touch someone’s heart with a rhyme.
c2016 by Linda Ann Nickerson

This poem was posted in response to these prompts:

31 Days of Poetry and Writing: Write about what this means to you – that time and light are kinds of love (17)
31 Writing Prompts: What kinds of items fill your bookshelf? (17)
OctPoWriMo: “savory” – with “edifying,” “pleasant,” “flavorful,” and “spicy” - SONNET (17)
Five Minute Friday: “park”


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  1. This is awesome! Sonnets are tough enough, but I don't know how you weaved all these different prompts together... bravo. :)

  2. Ack, and I just commented with my old profile / blog that doesn't exist. haha fail.

  3. Such a clever and amazing sonnet! Love how you weave all the prompts in and make it still so comprehensive and thought-provoking :) Well written indeed...