Happy last Saturday of NaPoWriMo! Only four more days. Today I am going to use a prompt which is from "Vince Gotera, who wrote his “family member” poem for Day 20 in the form of a curtal sonnet. As Vince explains, the curtal sonnet is shorter than the normal, fourteen line sonnet. Instead it has a first stanza of six lines, followed by a second stanza of four, and then closes with a half-line. The form was invented in the 1800s by Gerard Manley Hopkins, who used it in his famous poem “Pied Beauty”. So for today, I challenge you to give the curtal sonnet a whirl. It doesn’t need to rhyme — though it can if you like — and feel free to branch out beyond iambic pentameter. Happy writing!"
I thank the heavens for blessing me with you—
for the lessons you taught me as a little girl;
the Father-Daughter dances we went to on Friday nights.
You in a suit and me in a dress that was glittery and blue;
"I've got sunshine," as the record spins and twirls;
you hold me in your arms and it must have been a sight.
Every day we'd ride around in your car;
as the wind blows our hair the bass whirls
while Eminem raps or Kittie shred guitars with fright;
we'd complain about the heat and rejoice fall wasn't far:
smiles so bright.