Sonnet 89

Why must I praise you in a dying art,
When newer forms may praise with greater fame?
What justice to your grace do words impart,
Where melody and photographs do reign?
Why pattern beauty into fourteen lines
While others laud in simple verse that’s free?
Why not embrace unruly modern times
Now all the rage of high society?
It is, my love, because of who you are;
That you and gracious art are but the same;
Yet still, the sweetest sonnet can’t compare,
Nor perfumed words your merit here acclaim;
I pen these words for you, my heart to give;
In hope true art and beauty ever live.

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Sonnet 88

These words, though writ for many touch the few;
The few that trust not eyes, but trust the soul;
The ones that scan black ink, yet see right through,
Where to distill the truth is but the goal.
Thus they will see the beauty of your eyes;
And marvel at the luster of your hair;
See gracious splendor here devoid of pride;
A sainted spirit breathing heaven’s air;
And they will feel the softness of your touch;
And bask beneath the radiance of your smile,
Fair gaze upon a feminine nonesuch,
Who’s virtue could the very gods beguile.
Yes, they will share the pleasures of your grace,
As I, in ink, your wonders do retrace.

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Sonnet 87

I came to you not much a beggar born,
And there I pledged my troth, your heart to win;
My only gift, a lowly life there sworn
And all the love one humble man could give.
I clutched your hand, head bowed, on bended knee;
Scorn and repudiation set to hear;
Girding my soul, my sentence yet to grieve;
Sweet love to die upon the altar there.
Your words came as an arrow to my heart,
But not the bolt whereof sweet love lies slain;
Nay, with the best dear Eros could impart,
If love did ever trust upon his aim;
Thus for your love when asked what ploy I plied;
I fair reply; the gods were on my side.

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Ever more strongly, ever more surely,
Two hearts have bonded closer together;
Ever more nearly, ever more dearly
Two cherished spirits clasp one another;
Ever more fondly, ever more warmly
Two souls continue their loving embrace;
Ever more staunchly, ever more calmly,
Hands fold together with fingers enlaced.

So they move onward as time marches forward,
True lovers borne on the river of life;
Not a glance reward, faith is their bollard,
Ever together as husband and wife.
Love is time honored and all is conquered
Whenever hearts join to make the world right;
All eyes turn upward, love is their songbird,
Heaven on earth is their sweet paradise.

Written for Joe and Amy on the eve of their wedding.
Happiness forever.

© Loubert S Suddaby. All Rights Reserved.

Sonnet 86

Your love for me, my raison d’être,
The breath of my life, the blood of my veins;
My love for you has edged me ever better
To strive for all that life and love attains.
Bonds so sure, no man could put asunder
This song asserts, and shall outlast all time;
Our shrine, when we, the sweet green earth are under,
And other voices echo this dear rhyme.
Two hearts as one, we know the old cliche;
But hackneyed truth, still as a truth does live,
And hearts so wedded in sweet love do say,
The love we gain is but the love we give.
Two hearts embrace and live as ever one;
So may we live; and this song ever sung.

© Loubert S Suddaby. All Rights Reserved.

Sonnet 85

Immortalized, her beauty etched in ink,
Lives on, that those unborn may come to read,
And, lost in lilting lyrics there bethink
That such an angel once did live and breathe.
Pure beauty that enchants with but a smile;
All gazers yet with jaded sight might see,
A nymph of such exquisite grace and style,
With gold spun heart of gracious liberty.
Though some may doubt, I swear these words are true;
An earthly goddess once was heaven sent
To dwell with mortals and to there imbue,
Sweet views of paradise – in but a glance.
With love supreme, she did the world engrace…
And I was blessed to gaze upon her face.

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