[Bards] Sonnet 12
alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 27 07:34:11 PDT 2004
Not so long ago, I had written eleven Elizabethan sonnets and was beginning number twelve, when I was commissioned to write a Petrarchian sonnet for the invitations being sent out for Stargate Yule. I set aside Sonnet 12 and wrote two Petrarchian sonnets (13 & 14), but never went back to 12. I even went so far as to write Sonnet 15, still ignoring 12. Well, I finally went back to fill in the hole in my numbering, so without further ado, I give you Sonnet 12, titled...
(Money, Money, Money, Money....)
Alas, my friend there is no Sonnet Twelve
For this I feel I must apologize.
Commissions came and so I had to shelve
This page, that I might now commercialize.
My baroness has called on me to scrawl
A sonnet in Italian style and verse,
>From young Venetian lover to enthrall
The Queen of France, so I can fill my purse.
Though to the side this page I must retire,
In doing so will bring me riches grand.
If finer things in life I shall acquire,
A patrons gold I need to have in hand.
Fear not, my friends, I promise to return
But for the while, a living I must earn.
(incidentally, I didn't actually receive payment for the Petrarchian pieces, but there was great reward in being approached to write something for the invitation. As it turned out, I wrote two pieces for the Baroness to pick one from and she told her scribe to include both poems. High praise in my book. :) )
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