Wanted – a bonus sonnet for day nineteen NaPoWriMo

§ April 19th, 2013 § Filed under life on the web, NaPoWriMo, silliness, sonnet § Tagged , , § 3 Comments

Wanted – A Sonnet

Wanted: one man who, let me make this clear,
has no motorcycles, no muscle cars
no photos of his ride-on lawn mowers
or with tall lean blondes trimmed out of the frame.
Are you an artist? Do you know the blank page?
Can you understand trying to balance
the housework and day to day with passion?
The short nights when the work flows endlessly?
Do you long to show someone your latest?
Someone who can trust your process; listen.
Can the two of us get the dishes done?
Can we watch night come on, or the dawn?
Share your love and art and process with me
I’ll take your hand in mine and love you too.

Maureen over at NaPoWriMo suggested this prompt today:

Write a poem in the form of a personal ad!

Or, if you like, try any kind of want ad. Personal ads, though, do have a kind of poetry to them.

I had to try this because I tried signing up for a dating service once and it was the most I’d laughed in years. Photo after photo of gleaming motorcycles, muscle cars and yes, ride-on lawnmowers. Sometimes more than one mower. Sometimes a motorcycle or two and a mower or two. I can’t make this stuff up. I thought it was the most wonderfully ridiculous thing I’d ever seen.

And, they all love quiet walks and fires in the fireplaces, movies, boating, a glass of wine. Meet for coffee and chat. Go for a ride. See the world.

I laughed and laughed those nights. No hard feelings guys but thanks for all your photos – they really brightened up some dark times.

3 Responses to “Wanted – a bonus sonnet for day nineteen NaPoWriMo”

  • Daleah says:

    Your sonnet sent me on a search through the inner recesses of my computer and beyond…to find this…the best personal ad (fron Craigslist) I think I ever ran across! Even married I was tempted, sorry I didn’t know you’d be interested (clearly to the tune of “I am the very model of a modern major general.”

    Are you the Very Model of a Modern Gal Incredible? – 40 (Puget Sound)
    Date: 2010-04-28, 4:21PM PDT
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    Do you know the kings of England,
    Can you quote the fights historical,
    From Marathon to Waterloo,
    In order categorical?

    Are you very well acquainted, too,
    With matters mathematical;
    Do you understand equations,
    Both the simple and quadratical?

    Do you know our mythic history,
    King Arthur’s and Sir Caradoc’s;
    Can you answer hard acrostics,
    Have a pretty taste for paradox?

    Do you have abundant character,
    Are you plucky and adventury,
    Do you wish to find your counterpart,
    To help explore this century?

    Do you despair of pers’nal ads,
    Writ by the least grammatical?
    Or would you wish to find a mate,
    With talents polymathical?

    In short, in matters personal,
    Artful and relational,
    Are you the very model
    Of a modern gal incredible?

    Then, if ere you have a smattering,
    Of elemental strategy,
    You’ll hit the reply button,
    Like a shot come from a battery!

    Then soon, in matters personal,
    Artful and relational,
    We’ll be the very model
    Of a happy pairing marital!

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