Shakespearean Sonnet, Seeing a Doe, Poem Example


Slowly at sunset, I walked the north trail.

Nearly stumbled into a doe who ate

mulberries from a tree. Her soft white tail

shined as the sun slipped under evening’s gate.


Something woke in me blazing sweet surprise

like falling in a mouth of friendly fire.

My body trembled with a warm chill, my eyes

stayed wide while I silently  watched her.


I stood happy, calm — reflected in the doe’s gaze —

and found myself forgetting all trouble.

The excitement inside of me tried to raise

a laugh to shatter our silent bubble.


Then, just as I smiled, she ran through the trees

vanishing as quietly as the breeze.