Melanesian Sonnet

Octet + Sestet
Generally Iambic Petameter
Volta at or following line 9
Rhyme scheme:  aabaaaba aababb
This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines

JOSE wrote another which he intended to name Melanesian Wave which is only
different in presentation being three quatrains and a couplet.  It seems to me that
poets have always had the freedom to present their sonnets as the muse dictated they should.  I am not posting it therefore as a separate sonnet form.

Example Poem:

A Simple Flash!  (Melanesian Sonnet)

She thinks perhaps I dream of her at night
and miss her when she’s somewhere out of sight.
She believes that some how I deserve respect
and am her thoughtful brave and charming knight.
She thinks it’s fun to hike or fly a kite,
or read a poem and talk by candle light.
She speaks her mind, and shares her thoughts unchecked;
objections are not taken as a sleight.

Her figure’s full, her teases do incite;
She thinks her cleavage flashed just might excite
and grins and smiles when I become erect,
my validation proving she was right.
She thinks she can have sex and my respect.
I know my lady surely is correct.

© Lawrencealot – October 30, 2012
This was written a parody of a Dalaney Poem

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Malayan Wave Sonnet _English Format

Malayan Wave Sonnet –  English Format
3 Quatrains plus a couplet – Generally Iambic Petameter
Volta at or following line 9
rhyming pattern: aaba bbcb ccdc dd
This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines

Example Poem:

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening  (Malayan Wave English Format)

Who owns the woods it matters not a bit
I’ll stop and merely look while I just sit
upon my horse  and watch the snowflakes fall.
The horse unused to stopping, chomps the  bit.

The deep and lovely woods present to all
a quiet peace away from city’s sprawl
A quiet montage – simply metaphor
displaying beauty differently than fall.

As whiteness coats the trees and forest floor
and amplifies the dwindling light yet more.
I drink up wonder, nurturing my soul
but cluck to horse  now, “Let’s complete our chore.”

Demands of daily life  define our role,
appreciating life  should be our goal.

© Lawrencealot – October 27, 2012

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Mabini Sonnet

Apolinario Mabini y Maranan (July 23, 1864 — May 13, 1903) was a Filipino political philosopher and revolutionary who wrote a constitutional plan for the First Philippine Republic, and served as its first prime minister until May 1899.
Octet + Sestet- Generally Iambic Pentameter
Volta at or following line 9
Rhyme scheme: abbaccaa ddaeea
This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines
Example Poem:
All in the Family  (Mabini Sonnet)
I love you dearly, I will make things right.
Just hold that premise near your heart my dear
My callow acts are bound to disappear
as stumbling I learn; I am most contrite.
Yet certainly we can’t avoid sorrow
by tracing footsteps into tomorrow.
Ignoring your dad’s not too subtle sleight
will quell the arguments which such incite.
He calls me Ivory ‘cus I’m not black
and Avery’s my name; so cut him slack.
My dad thought interracial was alright.
Your dad will too when our first child is born.
The fringe of bigotry will then be shorn.
It happens.  Then the Grandpa’s see the light.
© Lawrencealot – October, 24,2012
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Luzvimninda Sonnet (Renamed Philippine Stanza Sonnet)

Luzviminda (sometimes LuzViMinda) is a portmanteau  of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, the names of the three major Philippine island groups.

Generally Iambic Petameter
Volta at or following line 9
3 Quatrains + Couplet
Rhyme scheme: aaaa bbbb cccc dd
This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines

Example Poem:

In a Thrice ( Luzviminda Sonnet )

In tribute to his native land he named
this sonnet form.  I viewed it then exclaimed,
“Three quatrains mono-rhyme,  alike yet framed
with diversity “,  proudly now renamed.

A Philippine portmanteau denotes three
that make one. Too, three four line stanzas plea
to make this sonnet softly sing to thee
with differential similarity.

Don’t worry whether unity ascends
for every sonneteer I know depends
on finding words that say what he intends.
You’ll succeed well before the sonnet ends.

I can now celebrate I’ve got it done,
I’ve written Ludviminda number one.

© Lawrencealot – October 24, 2012

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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”


Korean sonnet

Invented by  Jose Rizal M. Reyes
rhyming pattern: aaaaaaaa bbbbbbbb
format: two octets

Korean sonnet.  (In honor of the two Koreas, North and South, in whose flags the symbol of tai chi are prominently displayed.

Example Poem:

Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers   (Korean Sonnet)

A silence is most fine thing when irate.
Emotions can cause words to over state
an issue, or use phrases sure to grate.
It’s wise of you my dear, therefore, to wait,
re-think the message goal and contemplate
how goals are reached when embraced by your mate.
With cause to pause and think, I shall relate.

I’ll want to help resolve most any plight.
If I have blundered then I’ll be contrite.
But calm approaches help get troubles slight.
We want to solve a problem, not to fight.
Now here’s the perfect way to do this right.
My love, use whispers closely late tonight.
I love you, honey; I will make it right.

(c) Lawrencealot – September, 2012

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Kindergarten Klas Sonnet

This form, another invented by ‘fair youth’ Jose Rizal M. Reyes
rhyming pattern: abca bcab cabc dd
format: English (quatrain, quatrain, quatrain, couplet)
Example Poem:
Mary Sullivan Boren   (Kindergarten Klas Sonnet)
No poet here has helped advance my skill
(of sorts), than Mary, known as MeterMaid.
No pretention resides within my friend
but wit and talent join insight to thrill.
She’s self-appraising, able, not afraid
to re-invent herself and put an end
to stagnant comforts even when the pill
is bitter. Growth, she knew was worth the trade.
Experience ladled into brain, sautéed
with humility, wrought a gal who will,
if asked, dissemble words with which you’ve made
your poem belch, or in some way offend.
Aside from help in meter at her place,
Her writings exercise my aging face.
© Lawrencealot – November 12, 2012
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Kal’s Wondercloth Weave

Invented by  Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines
Meter: Consistent or iambic pentameter
Volta: Not Defined
rhyming pattern: abcb bcdc cded de
format: English (quatrain, quatrain, quatrain, couplet)

Example Poem:

Plan to Fit      ( Kal’s Wondercloth Weave Sonnet )

Societal complexity dictates mankind
initiate a forward-looking plan before
indoctrination’s even finished by big bro.
A standard dumbing down so they can write the score.

A uniform agenda sets the planning floor.
You plan ahead to learn to recognize the flow.
Preparing mind to find things fine so that you’ll fit.
Then you can find a niche with those that run the show.

Prepare to be a drone; we need more drones, you know.
Defer today, that’s dogma’s way of teaching it.
Embrace authority; easier than being free,
So plan ahead, so when the music stops, you’ll sit.

But, there is much to cherish living every day
in spontaneity, in fact that reeks of me.

© Lawrencealot – November 18, 2012

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Japanese Sonnet

Japanese Sonnet
Invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes
Only found one source and only this:
Japanese Sonnet (Each line is a haiku) – aaaa bbbbbb aaaa

Example Poem:

Farewell Revoked (Japanese Sonnet)

In draining dreams from far you come to me.
I just returned from east across the sea.
I left too much; my heart- cannot be free.
Your sensual image resonates a plea.

I’m haunted by your mouth that said good-bye
and tortured by eyes wanting so to cry.
Sybaritic urges now force a sigh.
Your fleshy image plays on my mind’s eye
So juxtaposed with silk and small bonsai,
Yet I sailed home and now I don’t know why.

So real the dreams- you’re here- and yet not quite.
The very best of my days are at night.
I’m coming back to make this whole thing right.
You’ll be my bride; then days will equal night.

© Larry Eberhart, aka, Lawrencealot, Oct 4, 2012

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Irish Sonnet

Irish Sonnet
This is a form invented by Jose Rizal M. Reyes of the Philippines
Quatorzain – Generally Iambic Pentameter
Volta at or following line 9
3 Quatrains + Couplet
Rhyme scheme: abab bcbc cdcd dd

Example Poem:

Love or Lust  (Irish Sonnet)

As man might know of God within his heart ,
so too of love he might profess to know.
Both are proclaimed, and bold assertions start
with damming those who say it isn’t so.

All men know lust which makes their manhood grow,
and urges them to act the part of fool,
and girls use lust by letting pretties show,
those being bust or thighs as general rule.

All know, not guess, excitement can be cruel
when wants unsatisfied leave body weak.
We know, once satisfied, that sex is cool
and less than union is a part-time tweak.

For lust alone it’s any pard we seek.
While love requires our faith be at a peak.

© Lawrencealot – October 21, 2012