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I take some time to smell a rose and dream
Which of these is sweeter I now ponder
Could it be the bud with pedals of cream
Or the fantasy through which I wander

Can this flower brighten my dreary day
Like little sips from my favorite wine
Is it too much to ask of such a spray
For good to come from such a thorny vine

Will my salvation be this incubus
Can it arrive in such a common form
Is this a matter I need not discuss
If due to this my broken heart shall warm

So I shall take a moment just for me
And in so doing set my essence free

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The first Sonnet I have written since my college days, back in 19#?!%&. Not as easy as I remember.


  • lisameryl
    lisamerylover 3 years ago

    A most LOVELY and HEARTFELT sonnet…a beautiful bouquet for the senses…Cheers!, Lisa =)XO

  • Wow, quite a poetic compliment. Thank you!

    – 8upchef

  • Rikki Woods
    Rikki Woodsover 3 years ago

    Ooh, so well done! Wonderful!

  • Thanks, I really wasn’t sure how this one would turn out! So many guidelines to follow, but I do love a challenge.

    – 8upchef

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    Just so beautiful my good friend, a beautiful write keep it going always with love Normaje.

  • Thank you!

    – 8upchef

  • George Coombs
    George Coombsover 3 years ago

    Excellent work Larry; a great sonnet written to very well

  • Thanks, that means alot!

    – 8upchef

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rover 3 years ago

    Just beautiful. They are getting better each time. Keep them coming
    xoxo Iris

  • Thank you! I’ll keep them coming, but it may be a while before I write a sonnet again. Makes the brain hurt.

    – 8upchef

  • LauraBroussard
    LauraBroussardover 3 years ago

    such a Lovely sonnet !!
    I just love the feeling this gives me :))

  • Giving good feelings is a big motivation for me! That’s a huge compliment!

    – 8upchef

  • sandra22
    sandra22over 3 years ago

    So you were around in 19#?!%& too, hey? :)
    This is a lovely sonnet

  • There’s parts of those 19#?!%&’s that are better forgotten, or at least tucked away.
    Thanks for the compliment!

    – 8upchef

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 3 years ago

    You…you got the rythm and rhymming…accurate and flowing.
    And the sweetness of your pacing is precious.
    Heart breaking….pricking thorns with sticky blood,
    smelling sensual precission…love your way of sonneting.
    It is not easy, and you have done it….wonderfully.

  • Thank you for all the great compliments! This was a true labor, but definitely worth it.

    – 8upchef

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 3 years ago

    Because a rose is a rose,but much more than a rose, and your soul is more than a picker´s rose, this sonnet so well deserves it.

  • Thank you for so many kind words. So eloquently put as well. I’m definitely inspired to do another.

    – 8upchef

  • CiaLundTorroll
    CiaLundTorrollover 3 years ago

    That is divine.

    This one’s for YOU…

  • This is absolutely gorgeous! What an intense compliment this is! You have filled my soul! Much love and inspiration, Larry.

    – 8upchef

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