A Sonnet of Sorts #NaPoWriMo

So many comely eggs in a line
good eggs, bad eggs, duck blue, powder pink

I used to be duck egg blue but now
I’m hollow and full at the same time.

Such hollow echoes it makes when you
crack all the eggs to make a perfect

cheesecake.  It’s always far from perfect
but that’s half the fun of it.  It tastes

like the other half of fun you were
missing.  But the season for blue eggs

is over.  Now the season arrives
for hatchlings to become.  We used to

be hatchlings once.  Now we’ve become like
so many comely eggs in a line.

© N Nazir 2022

NaPoWriMo Prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a “duplex.” A “duplex” is a variation on the sonnet, developed by the poet Jericho Brown. Here’s one of his first “Duplex” poems, and here is a duplex written by the poet I.S. Jones. Like a typical sonnet, a duplex has fourteen lines. It’s organized into seven, two-line stanzas. The second line of the first stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the second stanza, the second line of the second stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the third stanza, and so on. The last line of the poem is the same as the first.

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19 thoughts on “A Sonnet of Sorts #NaPoWriMo

    1. Ha ha! We so done it! Actually, I find sonnets quite hard. All that counting syllables. There were so many words I preferred that I couldn’t use so I used their less exciting cousin instead. I don’t think I’ve mastered this form like you but it was worth trying out 🙂

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      1. Hmmm. I didn’t think duplex required any syllable counting, at least I didn’t. The examples I read were so varied and random that I decided just to make it free. But yes, a proper sonnet is wicked hard, that’s why I didn’t write one this April. 😀 I was so busy as it was!

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