“Today’s prompt [is to write a] curtal sonnet [which] is shorter than the normal, fourteen line sonnet. Instead it has a first stanza of six lines, followed by a second stanza of four, and then closes with a half-line. The form was invented in the 1800s by Gerard Manley Hopkins, who used it in his famous poem “Pied Beauty”.
In reading “Pied Beauty” I decided to go with the poet’s God theme, and follow his form pretty closely.
All thanks to Holy Spirit
for every shining face.
You’ve peered through many pairs of eyes
to give me needed grace.
And in the darkest times you’ve reached
through hands to hold mine, give fear chase.
Now I see your animation in each living thing
when I choose, but I must choose to see the gifts they bring.
Let me not get in ways so set
I lose sight God’s in all things.