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"Poetry is the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." Leonard Cohen

Saturday, April 12, 2014


She came to Canada from the Netherlands as a war bride
Raised cattle, cats, dogs, horses, gardened, and enjoyed life
Liked to say, "You are only as good as the day you are here"
Additionally,  owned a grocery store and was also a volunteer
She met her 2nd love on a blind date; they were wed 64 years
Said sometimes memories roll out of my eyes, end up tears
After a lengthy battle operating the carding machine
She indulged her passion for enjoying ice cream
Spent more than 43 years in the newspaper business
Before she passed away after a very brief illness

Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles.
You may choose your own sonnet type ( Examples here: and should feel free to be
creative with the rules. One known Oulipo variation is “sonnets
of variable length,” in which one must compose a sonnet in which
the lines are either as short as possible or as long as possible.

Source: Edmonton Journal - Saturday April 12.2014 - Obituaries - basic sonnet with rhyming couplets, all taken from the Obituary section of the paper and very thoroughly mashed up. Very much cut and paste. I have taken great liberties here so that I would end up with rhymes and I changed the gender so that all of them would be female for the continuity of the poem.


  1. 'sometimes memories roll out of my eyes' -- wonderful!

  2. Nice, Sharon, and great that you did couplets, and rhyme!


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