The Forbidden Toy

by Kerrie Ann Salsac

Christmas Poem: Challenge

Cats and Dogs

As I look up, and up, my neck craning,

at dazzling lights and sparkling balls,

my inner desire I’m restraining,

as I wait patiently for one to fall.

Each night I lay dreaming of obtaining

my rightful prize; for now I’m abstaining.

As their footsteps approach, I turn away,

Not wanting my desperate gaze to betray.

Rushing, brushing against the tall fake tree,

they pull on their coats and they disappear.

Dislodged a ball comes flying down to me,

I lunge forward, plant my teeth around it.

Then I know why it‘s a forbidden toy;

the ball has smashed, there’s pain, then blood I spit.


The Twelve Sonnets of Christmas

Day # 4

Dutch Sonnet 

This poetry form was presented by Dutch poet, Leny Roovers. It is a unique form in that it almost follows the Italian 8/6 pattern, but first it makes a statement with a sestet, and then pauses for thought with a couplet, and then, like the Italian, finishes with another sestet statement, but of a much different tempo.

Here is the pattern:

a. b. a. b. a. a. c. c. . . d. e. d. f. x. f.

You can find the other Sonnets of Christmas here on Poet’s Corner by my archive or you can visit my blog.

8 Responses to “The Forbidden Toy”

  1. It didn’t take you long to learn how to do it 🙂


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