It’s been a while since I wrote a sonnet—rhyme and meter are tricky, and I’m no Shakespeare—but occasionally I like to try writing form poetry. I thought what better time than Valentine’s Day to write a sonnet since they generally are love poems. So here’s today’s effort. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope the universe surprises you with a lasting love when you’re least expecting it.

I Never Looked for Love

I never looked for love but there you were,
looking at me with that smile on your face.
The rest of the world was a giant blur
and my heart careened into outer space.

My world glowed brighter than ever before;
I hadn't planned to be knocked off my feet.
I even remember the shirt you wore.
Life had changed forever in a heartbeat.

The evening started, the two of us shy,
but before long we were laughing like fools.
We were drawn together, I don't know why,
joined like two atoms forming molecules.

We're hopeful whatever brought us together
will let us stay forever and ever.

~Elise Skidmore ©2024

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