Literary Hook: ‘Sonnet for Surprise’ celebrates the summer season

Christine Swanberg
Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Here is a sonnet that celebrates the surprises of the summer season.

Sonnet for Surprise

Surprise is a clown with a secret. Brings

twists, delays, pockets filled with nickels,

pockets filled with coal, pockets filled with rings

that may or may not fit. Perhaps a pickle

or a jam to nibble or bite into. Surprise

brings something more than expected: a thought,

a song, more time to read, whistle at fire-flies,

give rise to answers long after sought.

Surprise is a bouquet with weeds thrown in:

day lilies, goat’s rue, toad flax, wood sorrel.

Surprise is a chartreuse thread, antique pin

that brings good luck. Perhaps the blessed thistle

whose prickles ward off thieves you didn’t know

peeped in. Wild molecule, the mutant Go.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

Posted July 1, 2014