Sonnet: The hours

They occasioned a sea, its whiteness, arranging a life,
Haunched like rooks in the ticking hours that measured
Their years. Death came as skeptical as a dull knife,
They vaunted each day by arranging a sacrificial wether.

But outside this diabolic brick and mortar purified land,
Most sacred in traditional rites, a noise, a sound in the lone
Wind raving, hallowing an interval of horse and man,
Saxon voices angry, came a random descent of arrows flown.

So cried the dying pagans, a brief respite from fear,
Lying, waiting for their Greek gods, for repentance,
Waiting for a hand to lift them to the pantheon stratosphere;
A celestial cleansing required, or a descent to Hades forth hence.

The hours are a mouth widening and swallowing fatigue; life
Is a handful of vowels, the clear ones harmony, dark ones strife.

Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus exhibited 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

46 comments on “Sonnet: The hours

  1. I am beginning to develop some likeness for poetry

  2. weedjee says:

    Nice Lance you’ve got a magical touch

  3. Great magical post Lance! Really enjoyed the reading!❤️

  4. Sirs. Beautiful sonnet, even the rhymes.

  5. Beautiful. Love the line The hours are a mouth widening and swallowing fatigue

  6. Harmony and strife-the perfect balance?

  7. ssfrerking says:

    Last two lines blew me away.

  8. I agree with ssfrerking, I have never heard it put in anything close to these wise, descriptive lines describing hours and life itself. Amazing Lance! The whole poem is.

  9. “Death came as skeptical as a dull knife” … But then it revealed itself… A haunting sonnet, which i think many meanings can be taken. A great read while I sip my coffee, thank you.

  10. Life is a handful of vowels – these are great ones.

  11. Beautiful…great post

  12. francisashis says:

    Thank you so much Sir for the lovely poem.

  13. francisashis says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely poem.

  14. rabirius says:

    Outstanding work, Lance.

  15. Dear Lance, your profound poems always make a deep impression on me. They are so rich in thoughts as well as in expression and language skills. Wonderful! Thank you, Elisabeth

  16. Tamara Nika says:

    I learn much from reading your splendidly unique verses.

  17. Joey Blue says:

    Very nice sonnet, Lance.

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