- Clean water under attack in the U.S. Congress
- Man faces charges following attempted armed robbery
- Discovery Center experiences record public attendance
- Pet Talk: Probiotics for your pets
- Illinois home prices climb 3.7 percent in December
- Supreme Court and gay marriage — U of I expert weighs in
- More than 6,100 residents of Winnebago County enrolled in Marketplace
- First large U.S. delegation to visit Cuba since opening of relations
- Merger complete for Illinois Bank & Trust, Galena State Bank
- Crusader welcomes Dr. Maria Lozano Vazquez
Literary Hook: ‘Sonnet for Surprise’ celebrates the summer season
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