Alfred Dorn Sonnet
A linked sestet
a rhyming couplet
an alternating sestet
A dying swan sings, so they say.
I do not know if this is true.
To me it seems a fitting way
for swans to bid their last adieu
Although they would much rather stay
with life long mates who have been true.
There is no reason I can see
it cant be true. It might well be.
Why is that we can today
decide. It is not true, deny
the truth of what the legends say.
That swans must sing before they die
When we cant prove it either way.
I am confused and wonder why.
How wonderful it is to see
examples of fine poetry
written by competitors
with similes and metaphors
With which they demonstrate their skill
in their efforts to fulfil some
form that may be new to them
Each one is polished like a gem.