General Poetry posted May 7, 2020

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Occitan Sonnet/Uplifting Poetry

An Apple Tree Knew ...

by Susanjohn

Uplifting Poetry! Contest Winner 

A tiny seedling shimmied-up from deep below,
its leaflets welcoming bright morning's amber son.
Proud, lofty branches quickly flourished to 'n fro;
soon, blossoms gifted rosy apples, one by one.

Each season's fresh display, still Autumn's dynamo!
"Abundantly delicious,'' whispered midnight's sun.
Quaint, smiling daisies all around ... yet, even so,
sweet apple tree desires a bit more orchard fun.

As Nature wished, the children drifted by 'n by;
li'l hands climb swiftly, finding secret hideaway.
How graciously she offers apples for a pie
or snacking juicy red delights throughout each day.
"Oh, joyous children, such a flutt'ring butterfly!"
An apple tree now grins ~ there's nothing more to say.


Writing Prompt
Can you write a poem that cheers lonely hearts, soothes tired brains, inspires the soul. Any style, any length.

Uplifting Poetry!
Contest Winner

An Occitan sonnet is a type of sonnet that first appeared in written form in 13th-century Italian poetry. Occitan sonnets are characterized by a rhyming scheme of a/b/a/b, a/b/a/b, c/d/c/d/c/d. Although these sonnets first emerged in Italy, the format is actually named after the now largely dead Occitan dialect of the Languedoc region in southern medieval France, which is probably where the form comes from. Sonnets were probably originally sung by troubadours, perhaps as a form of the chansons de geste. In fact, the word "sonnet" itself is believed to be derived from Occitan, and means, roughly, "little song."
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