Treasure Island

Jonathan ROBIN

(22 September / London)

New Directions 1108

Why face dejection on an online page,
Heart's dark forebodings contest trophies lost,
Misplaced rejection outlines inner cost
Steps on cold road stings egotistic rage.

Blind interjection seems vain sacrilege
St[r]ung from sterile code, with stark lies embossed,
Needless def[l]ection sees pained conscience tossed,
For rigid thought-mode becomes spirit’s cage.

Unshared reflections seldom souls engage,
Cannot transfer load, shows degrees of frost.
Let go: directions true, new river crossed,
Emotions upload skilled art sets fresh stage.

So net's open source show true panacea
Sonnet's hopes endorse, flow through, can adhere.

(11 May 2013)

Submitted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Edited: Monday, September 16, 2013

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Why face dejection on an online page,
heart's dark forebodings contest trophies lost,
misplaced rejection outlines inner cost
steps on cold road stings egotistic rage.

Blind interjection seems vain sacrilege
st[r]ung from sterile code, with lies embossed,
no need for def[l]ection conscience tossed,
or rigid thought-mode, spirit’s self made cage.

Unshared reflections seldom souls engage,
can’t transfer load, translate degrees of frost.
Let go, sow new directions, river crossed,
Where upload crafts emotions, sets fresh stage.

So nets to open source true lend an ear
Sonnets through hopes endorsed too blend, endear.

(23 March 2005 revised 31 December 2008)

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