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The challenge for day 10 of the #introtopoetry course from WordPress is to write about the future.  The suggested form is the sonnet.  I have always fought shy of attempting a sonnet.  The rigorous rules of past generations of poets seemed too difficult.  However I have attempted a rhyming sonnet in something close to iambic pentameter.  Like my previous poem, this could be one I return to and find ways of improving.

I didn’t spend long composing it.  The title is somewhat facetious.  I believe it is the first sonnet I have ever written.  Shakespeare numbered his, didn’t he?

Some of the phrases may count as found poetry as for day 7.  I hope some of it is original in form.

Sonnet I

The past has gone and ‘now’ is here,
But what will happen in a future year?
We do not know the time or place
For salvation of the human race.

I know that Christ will come again
Bringing judgment to the sons of men.
To daughters too, to rich and poor,
And he will open heaven’s door.

Until we meet him face to face
We ought to live our lives by grace
And trust in God in every place.

Whatever the number of our days
We should try to follow his ways
With thanksgiving and praise.



“Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
“Man never is, but always to be blessed.”

Alexander Pope wrote this in An Essay on Man.  It is rarely quoted in full.

To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.
This is a popular quotation, which is somewhat puzzling.  I’ve always understood it to be more about life than about a journey between two places.  It is expressed differently by Robert Louis Stevenson in Virginibus puerisque (El Dorado)
“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
We may have to travel one step at a time.

Taking steps to…
…get something sorted out, perhaps.

Point me in the right direction.
I need a little bit of guidance.

The point of no return
is when you have gone so far down a path that there is no possibility of going back.

You were miles away.
Although present, your attention was somewhere else.  Another expression I have come across more recently is away with the fairies.

Over the hills and far away is used in The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay. It is a line from a Nursery Rhyme.

“Tom, he was a piper’s son,
He learned to play when he was young,
But the only tune that he could play,
Was, ‘Over the hills and far away.’”

Going downhill can be more difficult than climbing uphill.  You have to make sure that you don’t go too fast and if you are very high up, you may suffer from vertigo.  So much for the literal meaning; figuratively, it means getting worse, for example, morally or in health.

A faint hope doesn’t sound very promising, whereas a glimmer of hope does.

Where there’s life, there’s hope takes us back to The Beggar’s Opera:

“’While there is life, there’s hope,’ he cried;
‘Then why such haste?’ so groaned and died.”

John Gay

Hope for the best (and prepare for the worst) is a saying or proverb.

The writer to the Hebrews links faith with hope.  Chapter 11 verses 1-2 (NIV) Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.  Click here to continue reading.

The main reference book used for this post was The Penguin Dictionary of Quotations.  Photo credits Wikipedia. This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.