Invented in Italy in the thirteenth century, the sonnet was brought to a high form of development in the fourteenth century by Francesco Petrarch (1304–74), Italian poet and humanist best remembered now for his sonnets dedicated to an idealized lady named Laura glimpsed in a church, and with whom he fell in love at first sight, or so the legend goes. Laura’s true identity is unknown; supposedly, she married someone else and, being ideally virtuous as well as beautiful, was permanently unavailable. There’s no evidence Petrarch ever talked to her.

Three Things Incredible

by Brian

Inside a Sears store, at age 14, I stopped to stare, with others there, in awe. . . A dream achieved was on a TV screen: Man’s first walk on the moon is what we saw.

Two decades passed, and I, then 35, had lived thus far to see a mighty fall - A celebration broadcast world-wide live: The Cold War’s end; down came the Berlin Wall.

Born when the fight for Civil Rights began, I’ve seen folks hated for their darker skin. When I was 53, a black man ran for president; the whole world saw him win!

Three things incredible in history I’ve seen, which fan the flame of hope in me!