Ode to a Sonnet

Shakespeare wrote sonnets

High School English teachers assign sonnets

College kids may memorize devotional sonnets

Grad students pontificate upon sonnets

Poets ponder publishing pleasing books with sonnets

I do not write sonnets

I do not need 14 lines of rhythm and rhyme

imposing structure and discipline

Beauty, love, death, deception, adventure, nature, good, evil, truth

They conform to nothing

Give me free verse or give me death!

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