I wrote this sonnet as a class assignment in high school. At the time, I was 16 years old and had not written any songs as yet. I would write my first song about a year later. The assignment was to write a Shakespearean style sonnet which consists of 3 quatrains of alternating rhyme and a couplet (each line written using the basic meter of iambic pentameter).
And – Thank you, Miss Miller, for pushing me to be the best I could be.
© 1971 Larry G. Hearin
The snow lies in its quiet majesty,
each flake distinct so not one is the same,
and skipping here and there so wildly free
they know no cause or know not why they came.
The first ones came to only fade away
when they embrace the moist warm earth below.
These agents for the next the basis lay
on which they build the final form of snow.
Such are the vast ideas of mankind,
all varied and so clear and yet while sought
they run throughout the channels of the mind.
The best is built upon the simple thought.
And if combined these thoughts would then decree
that man’s mind will forever unchained be.