How To Make A Sausage (If You Care)

It’s time again to write a sonnet, so
Let’s get it done. A topic would be nice
But sonnet-writing’s all about the show
So merely matching meter will suffice.
Well, almost. It’s important that it rhymes
Appropriately, too: a-b-a-b,
Then c-d-c-d, then e-f two times,
And that it’s all tied off with g and g.
Plus, okay, there’s supposedly a scheme
That governs how the text is organized
In quatrains that all share a common theme
Until the couplet comes and we’re surprised.
O. Henry would have nailed the couplet turn
But hacks like me still have a lot to learn.

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