I wrote this sonnet for my best friend as we were visiting our boyfriends on an army base in (basically) the middle of nowhere. We were stranded for an extra day as weather made it dangerous to drive; she was sad and didn’t want to leave. I, on the other hand, was about to go insane because I had no WiFi or cell reception. So naturally, I ended up doing Shakespeare homework.
This sonnet is inspired by the theme of war explored in Troilus and Cressida. I tried to put myself in the position of the wives and mothers who had to send their husbands and sons to battle. All they could do was wait for the day when the men would come home. Although I haven’t experienced this first hand, I cannot imagine the pain and worry that goes through the minds of those with loved ones currently in battle overseas.
I also apologize for my sorry attempt at writing in iambic pentameter. I tried. 🙂
My love, duty-bound to serve your country;
Rugged and fearless, yet gentle and sweet.
My brave knight in green, marching forward humbly;
It is danger and war you willingly greet.
Not wound nor death may break your composure.
An honorable man you are, a hero of peace;
You are my hero, my knight, my soldier.
Yet I want nothing more than the war to cease.
I patiently wait for the day you come home
As I spend night after night in bed all alone.
I dream of the barren and bloody fields you roam;
When news of battle arrives, I fear the unknown.
I long to have you in my arms again;
This love for my soldier, words cannot explain.