Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

Burning Need - (sonnet)


In reverie, I dream that I may write
A poem for tomorrow ‘fore tonight,
But still the words elude my empty mind –
I search and search, but such I cannot find.

If inspiration yet should come my way
Perhaps then I shall write a verse today
Which maybe, come tomorrow, you shall read,
So then to satisfy my burning need.

But if perchance a verse remains unwrit’,
Then I shall search my archives bit by bit
To try and seek a poem hidden low,
A rhyme I wrote a long, long time ago.

Alas, such poem yet I can’t locate -
Therefore my burning need remains unsate.

Submitted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Edited: Friday, February 28, 2014

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  • Veteran Poet - 3,093 Points Geetha Jayakumar (8/28/2013 10:46:00 AM)

    Beautiful sonnet..I love reading sonnet, but I don't know to write....
    Yes, its the burning need to write,
    Keeps our head spinning to the height.
    And a lovely poem is on our way to write.
    Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 84 Points Joseph Anderson (7/25/2013 2:33:00 PM)

    Your muse is only napping, but even then you got a fine poem. I can't find that word-unsate
    Still worth a 10 (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,275 Points Patricia Grantham (7/24/2013 9:24:00 AM)

    I agree wholeheartedly with this one. There are times I must say that
    we may become at a lost for words when it comes to writing poetry. When
    that happens we must regroup. The majority of the times for me I have to
    be inspired to write. There maybe thousands of subject to write from the
    question is are they all suitable subjects for the Poet. There will always be
    a burning need. That is a good thing. A great write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Dee Corpolongo (7/20/2013 5:53:00 PM)

    Beautiful sonnet, Val. Basically, about nothing! Not really, but
    said so perfectly. Great write! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 85 Points Danny Draper (7/19/2013 7:53:00 AM)

    Writers block in sonnet lamented methinks the problem has been attended. Love the rhyme of the last 2 lines almost discordant in its beauty. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 955 Points Anthony Di''anno (7/19/2013 3:48:00 AM)

    A lovely sonnet Val. Your poetry flows so freely. I am sure that you will always find a way round life's blockages. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,983 Points Sandra Feldman (7/19/2013 3:47:00 AM)

    I saw a bird upon a tree,
    And thought how nice, that it is free,
    Our inspiration is our tree
    Without it, we cannot be free.
    Know the feeling, as usual, so beautifully, and poetically expressed, you are a poetess with such finesse! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 726 Points Hans Vr (7/18/2013 8:26:00 PM)

    As by wonderful coincidence, Val, just before I read this poem, I was looking at my list of favorites and found nocturne, one of your archived poems, which I enjoyed very very much. This current sonnet expresses so well the poet's feelings. Marvelous (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 623 Points Dave Walker (7/18/2013 11:15:00 AM)

    A great poem, I know what you mean, sometimes you just
    can't get nothing out. (Report) Reply

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