Sonnet from the Traditional

(For Allen Ginsberg)

say what's on yr mind:
the sun is out, that's something
the man is thinking of hips
the boy is chasing his dog
the politician is changing party
the girl is bathing in light
the wife is mending her dress
the lover is wiping his tears
the moon is almost full
the land is verdant no more
the poet is writing a sonnet
the pen is no longer a sword
the poem won't change the world
theory is all, everything is suspect

Poem © Mark Pirie, 2003