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To the Reader of this Sonnet - the period of cosmography
To the Reader of this Sonnet
This sonnet that I write right now is not,
the one that you are reading somewhat later.
It shares with every work of art its lot,
in that your wit must act as a translator.

And yet if it is any good at all,
it should evoke in you a certain feeling
that stirred in me and held me in its thrall,
until by writing it I found my healing.

We’re almost done, and I should hope by now,
it brought about some thing worth your exertion:
A smile, a sigh, a wrinkle on your brow,
a moment’s peace, a positive assertion.

If I did well, your mirth ’s my retribution,
but if I failed, I ask your absolution.
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jackfirecat From: jackfirecat Date: May 25th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
that one' s the right way 'round. DO you read W.s. Graham? Reminded me. And so neat. Loved it.
anselmo_b From: anselmo_b Date: May 26th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, thanks! I'm retributed ;)
That apostrophe thing is done by word, I'll look out for them inversions.
And thanks especially for the pointer to Graham, I didn't know him, from what I found online I decided to get a book of his poetry. But really, you are too kind making that comparison.
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