Challenge Posted by dVerse Poets Pub

Your challenge is simply(!):

write a sonnet poem of 14 lines and 10 syllables (iambic pentameter is optional extra)

choose the Italian, English or French rhyme form

start and end each line with the same word (including derivatives and homophones)

put ‘shadow’ or its derivative in your title

use the notion of shadow as metaphor or reality somewhere in your poem

Shadow Dreaming (A shadow sonnet without the 10 syllable iambic pentameter)

By Ami (Gypsie) Offenbacher-Ferris

White and pure as Snow White

Sleeping not gone only sleeping

Upon the frozen tundra she lays upon

Awaken my beauty and I will awaken

Run free with me to the sea where dolphins run

Water glistening against their skin as snow melts into water

Warmth engulfs us sea-life welcomes us with warmth

Transformed from fur the sea our souls transformed

Wolf and woman no more woman and wolf

Creatures greet us as we protect all creatures

Happiness invades washing over us with happiness

Corals and reeds call us to the deepest reefs of pink and purple corals

Swiftly we ride the current beside turtles moving swiftly

Shadow dreaming in this endless sleep we are dreaming in shadow


  1. Thank you so very much Bjorn! You are most kind. 😊✒️


  2. Love the dreaminess with both dolphins and wolves in your poem


  3. Thank you ever so much! So happy it is being enjoyed! 😊


  4. memadtwo says:

    I too really like the last line. (K)

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  5. Sunra Rainz says:

    Beautiful images and sentiments, Ami. Love the last line 🙂

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  6. An absolute beauty 🙂

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  7. Thank you most kindly Laura! 😊


  8. Bravo – some very nice shadowing lines especially loved the opening three

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  9. could feel the water and warmth in this, enjoyed! ❣️👏👏

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    1. Wonderful! So happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading! 😊

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  10. Ain says:

    I liked the allusion to wolves there, last stanza very strong…

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