Charles Harpur’s love sonnets to Rosa are a model for all love sonnets. Using the style and structure of a Harpur sonnet, write a love sonnet to your own beloved! Can you create images as fiery as his!
The sea of self-hatred, it floods and pulls you in
As we fold ourselves away on the higher shelf
Taught to love others, but how, when we can’t love ourselves?
To rot in self-hate and to shed our own skin
If God saw how we treated ourselves, well she’d call it a sin.
The most difficult confession I have ever made
Was standing in front of the bathroom mirror, telling myself that I had to change
The sea gets deeper, the thoughts grow louder, but you also get stronger
And I hope that one day, you no longer view your body as a gaol cell, but instead
A radiant sunny garden with daises that thrive
Burn away the thoughts that cause you dread
And be effervescently happy in simply being alive
I love the sound of vulnerability reminding me that
If winter has the courage to turn into spring, who says I can’t bloom just the same?