Sonnet Sunday 9: Lapidary

When he was younger, my maternal grandfather enjoyed the hobby of lapidary—polishing stones and gems and setting them into jewelry. When he passed away, he left his equipment, jewelry in various stages of completion, and a ton of stones (some

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Sonnet Sunday 8: On Winstead Hill

For the second time in two months, this is not the poem I originally planned to post today I tend to avoid posting about things like politics and world events on social media. For one thing, it’s easy to get

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Sonnet Sunday 7: The Gods

I found this one in an old prayer journal. Based on the date, it would have been just after the 2004 Summer Olympics kicked off in Athens, Greece; between that and the fact that I had just completed my undergraduate

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3 Theories on Why the Proverbs 31 Woman Doesn’t Study Scripture

Image Credit: Michael Tapp Last week, blogger Tim Challies posted a question someone had asked him: Looking over Proverbs 31, something came to mind. You see her busy with worldly concerns, but you don’t see her reading the Bible/Torah, talking

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Sonnet Sunday 6: The Worshippers

Somehow I’ve gotten through the first six sonnets without publishing a single truly religious one! Given that they make up most of my sonnets, it’s kind of a shock. This is another one from the ill-fated book of poetry. It

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Sonnet Sunday 5: The Spell

Way back when I worked at a dry cleaners, I remember a coworker telling a story of going to the bathroom at a bar, where a modern witch blew glitter on her and said she had cast a spell. This

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Sonnet Sunday 4: O Death

This is not the sonnet I originally intended to post today. I wrote this one back in October or November when a lot of people around me were experiencing tragedy. This past Thursday night, a young man I know in

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Sonnet Sunday 3: The Dragon and the Princess

During my final year of college, several of my friends went through particularly ugly breakups. If I recall correctly, this particular breakup was publicly cordial for the sake of the group, but the girl was one of my roommates, so

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Sonnet Sunday 2: The Dancers

I don’t remember when I wrote this particular poem. It was sometime before November 2005; I know this because I included it in a mostly-absurd attempt to pull some of my poems together for publication. Most of them aren’t worth

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Sonnet Sunday 1: On the Writing of Sonnets

Every once in a while, somebody asks me for advice in starting a blog. My first piece of advice is always this: Blogging is hard. Don’t start unless you have a specific idea in mind. I usually then use this

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