Category Archives: Death

Sonnet 30: On Milton’s Satan

Signet of splendor, model of wisdom,
Corrupted by pride, full of ambition.
Combustion in Son, flames to imprison—
Lucifer plummets, clique to perdition.
Condemned to brimstone, angels be devils,
Attack His Redoubt? Corrupt His Man made?
Elected by fraud, cloistered right vassals,
Contrition forsook; lapsarian swayed.
Th’ Apostate impeaches God for Man’s fall—
Bids Four Horsemen deracinate His Word:
Plague, Famine, War, Death smite Creation’s thrall—
Man serves hell’s reign better than heaven’s Lord?
Free will o’er High Providence backs façade—
Justifies the ways of Satan to God.

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Sonnet 24: “My Kingdom for a Horse!”

O divided House of Plantagenet—
York against Lancaster; martial roses,
White versus red: civil war, banishment,
Usurpation! Death till Death reposes!
Succession ambition ruled the canted
Contender, ape-squared The Prince, of suspect
Claim to the Albion throne: his planted
Axiom—‘G’—wrought murderous affect.
A regicidal villain woos to wife
The vexed widow he created; a rude
Ruse, doth wed again for gain—authors strife
For next-in-line nephews: towered ere slewed.
Enthroned! Rivals battle: Lord loses reins—
“My kingdom for a horse! “…Tudor rose reigns!

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Sonnet 22: “…Casual Slaughters…”

Death is the object of impermanence:
Come-at-able mortality renders
Life a transient change of existence—
A fait accompli for played offenders?
The spectered King adverts his paccavi;
Unseen eavesdropping mole poniarded,
An unearthed skull cupped in hand vis-à-vis—
Sycophantic schoolfellows beheaded.
A lady in waiting drove senseless drowned,
Mourning brother envenomed by unction,
Royals imbibe pearled poison—pates uncrowned,
Tortured Dane undone by self-seduction.
Death lives when life dies, yet death’s durance vile
Can commute death’s life if life played shows style.

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Sonnet 20: Five Years On

By Jesuit Treason I sappered ‘neath
The Lord’s House to trumpet-down the nacred
Gate: pray my sire canst redeem his bequeath—
With reaped condignity vaulted sacred.
Armed beyond the lamentable Kraken,
With monstrous warrant I nobly pursued
The arrest—twain fugitives—forsaken—
Five years on—Macedonian Calls wooed!
Grasped I the loosed ends of the silver cord,
Forget-Him-not, by my élan vital—
I shan’t release his shade by Acts or Word:
A gilded conceit ruled my rationale.
Recalled! Father racked the lees from my youth—
Kairos! Relent! Freed up and down in sooth!

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Sonnet 16: Immortal Mortals

Love extends the fixed compass of the soul,
Measured in generations—eyes the Sphinx,
Quickens itself with esprit to extol
Life that begets ere death to live past brinks.
Life lived, once past, dost sunder and perdure:
Clay grounds mortal, the soul skies immortal
To the narrow gate, lest the wide gate lure—
Until doomsday seraph-proof’s the portal.
Parents grant their bairns a mite preferment—
Wisdom trades ‘twixt destiny and free will:
Filials mass the laddered firmament
To be judged known or unknown at love’s fill.
Descents cross when meet to His benison—
Blessed immortal mortals meed their foison.

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