Lunatic Sonnet

Generally Iambic Petameter
Volta at or following line 9
3 Quatrains + Couplet
Rhyme scheme: aaab bbcc cddd ee
This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines

Example poem:

Venatus est Super (Lunatic Sonnet)

If you just plan your life then live your plan
with loving girl to be your wife, young man,
be kind to all and ball when e’re you can,
‘cus toward the end man must suspend his lust.

Let not a day escape without a gust
of levity shared with the ones you trust.
Your plan need not embrace a dogma learned
from others, describing what should be yearned.

My journey while my candle brightly burned
was personal and seems well worth the play.
My wick is now very short; that’s OK.
My joy’s been spent in smiles along the way.

“Nos morituri te salutant”, friend.
We’re facing nothing fearful at the end.

© Lawrencealot – October 23, 2012

Author Notes:
“Venatus est super”, latin for “the game is over”
“Nos morituri te salutant”, Latin for “We who are about to die salute you”


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