Friday, November 4, 2011


despair consumes in a world of despair
assent withheld by deep gloom’s ascent
bare malice weighs heavy, too much to bear
lament of obscure fears, a dire lament

trying to breathe when breathing is trying
cast out to roam in an ill-fitting caste
crying for help yet none hear you crying
passed over in prayers, still damned by the past

yet faith begs for patience, don’t let go yet
might from within overcomes evil’s might
fret nothing more, you have nothing to fret
light thoughts prevail in the sanctified light

your dreams hold promise much greater than yore
for the warmth of hope is worth reaching for

 - Beth Winter

The Shadow Sonnet created by Amera M. Andersen, may be written in any sonnet style. The Shadow takes place at the beginning and ending of each line as the words are identical or homophonic. Since all poetry was originally meant to be sung or recited out loud, homophonic words are acceptable, these are words that sound alike such as “see and sea”. (Rules: 14 lines, 9 or 10 syllables per line. The poem should have a volta or pivit; iambic pentameter is not necessary.)

(An ink weaver, a craftsman, a wordsmith. Beth Winter writes poetry, prose and any thought that enters her mind at Eclipsing Winter. reach and the explanation of the 'shadow sonnet' appear here courtesy of the author. The Bar None Group extends its deepest appreciation and gratitude to Beth for sharing reach.)


  1. Beautifully penned Beth... *hug*

    Wonderful form expressed with smooth flowing rhyme...

    Well done!!! <3

  2. I agree. Beautiful words spring forth from Beth's pen.

  3. The honor is all mine. Thank you for featuring the Shadow Sonnet. Amera invented a beautiful form that is deceptively difficult to pen with smoothness and clarity.

    I am so pleased that you enjoyed my work.