DECEMBER 25, 2005
A little over a year ago, I had the mentally unbalanced idea of creating a sonnet form that would work syllabically, beginning with a line of two syllables and growing by increments of two in each subsequent line up to the eighth, which would (like the seventh) contain fourteen syllables, and then the lines would shrink by increments of two syllables so that the final line, like the first, would contain two. Also, the poem would rhyme in couplets. As I said, "mentally unbalanced." "December 25, 2005" is the fifth poem I have written in this form, which a good friend has suggested I christen the "Albergonnet."
Not that it matters to the poem, but I actually did spend December 25, 2005 alone in my apartment, listening to Psychic TV's A Pagan Day, watching anniversary commemorations of the Asian tsunami on CNN, and tinkering with poems.