Growing up

you are like me, but need to remain you
watch my direction like hands on your watch
walk we both do, so confirms the sidewalk
subdued are you, but I do not subdue

new are the shapes, funny lengths - but who knew
stalking me are you, like a damn long bean stalk
gawky teens stare at us, but you don't gawk
blue in the face I go - my chance you blew

I want to impress big ones in the eye
they think I'm a baby, but say can they
buy me a candy, and then say goodbye?
way to go for them, but that's not the way

try to be like them, Shadow - you don't try
pray take me, Big Bro - I'm more than your prey




Note: I've used the rhyme scheme of the Petrarchan version of sonnet - ABBA, ABBA, CDCDCD

Laura Bloomsbury poses a challenging challenge today at MTB on dVerse.

1. write a sonnet poem of 14 lines and 10 syllables (iambic pentameter is optional extra)
2. choose the Italian, English or French rhyme form *
3. start and end each line with the same word (including derivatives and homophones)
4. put ‘shadow’ or its derivative in your title
5. use the notion of shadow as metaphor or reality somewhere in your poem

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