Sonnets are poems with 14 lines, very formal, and follow a specific rhyme scheme. Most sonnets are meant to praise, but sonnets can be about anything. There are 2 types of sonnets Petrarchan and Shakespearean. Petrarchan sonnets follow a rhyme scheme of abbaabbacdecde and have 2 stanzas: one 8 line stanza followed by a 6 line stanza. Shakespearean sonnets have a rhyme scheme of ababcdcdefefgg and have 4 stanzas: 3 4 line stanzas followed by a 2 line stanza (also known as a couplet). Sonnets also follow a specific meter pattern: an unstressed beat followed by a stress beat.

Winter's Kiss

by Debbie Guzzi

The bird’s house is capped with a snow drop.
The bird’s bath is a mushroom like form.
The branches all groan, snap, crackle, pop,
with the weight of the night’s snow so borne.

The cat’s on the rug near kitchen vent.
The furnace is pumping out more heat.
The tea kettle’s whistling with intent.
The old gal settles down with a sweet.

The car’s all shrouded, a sheet of white.
The trellis is a grand work of art.
Outdoors the benches all gleam with ice.
The new moon’s a rare, randy, upstart.

Darkness descends will a muffled whisper.
She sips tea and remembers who’s kissed her.