We are asking YOU to write a poem based on the ‘rule’ explained that month. Print it out or write it out very neatly, add your name and a contact number and/or email on the back and post it through the door of Sleepy Elephant, 41 Main Street, Sedbergh or email your entry to booktown@sedbergh.org.uk by the end of the month.

Your work will be displayed on the notice board outside Sedbergh Information Centre and also several online places (Sedbergh Community Forum, Booktown website, Lookaround website), so your work will be available for everyone to read. No names or contact details will appear.

We will chose a subject each month which applies loosely to Sedbergh life and hope at the end of the year to have a collection of poems that can be published.

Previous months’ entries

Poetry Challenge No 1 – Haikus about Spring

Poetry Challenge No 2 – Tricubes about Learning

Poetry Challenge No 3 – Blank Verse about ‘Sedbergh folk then and now’

Poetry Challenge No 4 – A Summer Ballad – Entries will appear here shortly

Poetry Challenge No 5 July – write a  SONNET on the subject ‘Coming through’

July’s Challenge is to write a  SONNET on the subject –

‘Coming through’.  Hopefully we are now beginning to feel as though things may be calming down so this subject is designed to let you write about  your experiences lately.

A sonnet expresses a single idea, but it is generally an idea that develops and expands, with multiple facets, leading to a conclusion.

1.    The sonnet begins with four lines that end with alternate rhyming words, in this pattern: ABAB

2.   The second four lines have different rhyming words following this pattern: CDCD

3.   The third set of four lines but again with different rhyming words: EFEF

4.   The final two lines is a rhyming couplet: GG

All Shakespearean sonnets follow this fourteen line pattern and rhyming structure. So, now you have the basics, here are three steps to have you writing your own sonnet in no time:

1. Think of an idea

2. Your sonnet must rhyme

There must be three sets of four lines and one set of two lines.

3. Your sonnet must have a metrical pattern

It must be written in iambic pentameter, this is the rhythm – di dah di dah di dah di dah di dah. You can practice talking in iambic pentameter. It comes easily. ‘I wonder what my friends will think of this?’ or  ‘If I were you I’d watch out what I say.’

Stay Or Go?

© GA Thompson
Published: March 2016

The days go by, then a month, then a year,          A
and still through the days I see not a change.       B
No matter what happens, you still aren’t here,     A
and how you just disappeared is what’s strange.  B

No explanation, no warning, just gone.               C
I wish I had just some of your courage                D
to go leave one rainy morning at dawn,               C
to leave one day without any message.                D

How I long for somewhere to be renewed           E
or to just disappear, just not to be,                       F
not to see, not to feel, not to hear you,                 E
the ghost that you are, which I long to be.           F

But as many days that I want to go,                     G
there are more that I want to stay and know.       G

As before: post your efforts through the door of Sleepy Elephant, 41 Main Street, Sedbergh or email to booktown@sedbergh.org.uk, closing date July 31st 2020.