Welcome to Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group and the second poem on this blog. This piece is a Petriacan Sonnet by multi-genre author Salvatore Buttaci. You’ll also be able to find this poem within the Sonnet section.
Please do comment in the section below telling us what you liked about this poem and, what if anything, the author could do to improve upon it. Thank you, it’s very much appreciated!
On stage tonight attired in white suit
and mask of black to hide a lengthy nose,
Punchinello appears in classic pose.
With white-gloved hand the comic strums a lute
to thunderous applause. He bows: a brute
who masquerades a gentleman whose foes
are few. They see façades, just what he shows,
not the tormented fool riddled with woes,
but friendly comic Mr. Punch whose beak
elicits belly laughs, guffaws galore.
The stick with which he whacks those on the stage
is hardly humor. A second encore
brings him back. He bows and we say, “How sleek!”
as if Punch alone dons masks to hide rage.
Thank you, Salvatore. It’s very clever how you fit the rhyme yet not make it obvious.
Salvatore Buttaci is an obsessive-compulsive writer whose work has appeared widely. He was the 2007 recipient of the $500 Cyber-wit Poetry Award. His poems, stories, articles, and letters have appeared widely in publications that include New York Times,
U. S. A. Today, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Cats Magazine, The National Enquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Poetic Bloomings, and A Word with You Press. He was an English instructor at a local community college and middle-school teacher in New Jersey before he retired in 2007 to commit himself to full-time writing.
Flashing My Shorts and 200 Shorts, published by All Things That Matter Press, are available in book and Kindle editions at http://www.kindlegraph.com/authors/sambpoet
His two chapbooks: Boy on a Swing… http://www.thechapbookstore.com/buttaciexcerpts.html
And What I Learned from the Spaniard… http://www.amazon.com/What-Learned-Spaniard-Other-Poems/dp/B004W5859C
His new book, If Roosters Don’t Crow, It Is Still Morning: Haiku and Other Poems (Cyber-Wit Publications) is available at http://www.amazon.com/roosters-dont-crow-still-morning/dp/8182532698
A great seller since 1998, his book A Family of Sicilians is available at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/ButtaciPublishing2008
He lives with his wife Sharon in West Virginia.
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