Inspired by a published sonnet
My writers’ group did a session on published sonnets and we were encouraged to write our own. Having recently lost my husband, I was very struck by the Milton sonnet on the topic On her departed husband
with acknowledgement to John Milton
I thought you came to me on the heels of the night
Between the times of sleeping and waking,
At the pearl-grey hour between dark and light;
And in that lacuna you, forsaking
All else, appeared by my side once more.
That look: merry brown eyes, moustache of grey,
Quiet smile: a touch on my arm to say,
‘Look, it’s all so much better than before,
And see the new cross and chain they gave me.’
And I looked: the old design but so much more,
Silver and brown, much finer tracery.
‘You didn’t go after all!’ Struck to the core,
I started towards you, my arms outstretched.
You go, I wake, back to my lacuna fetched.