Reflections on the Water

floating Garden

Reflections on the Water

(A Petrarchan Sonnet)



On water, fine reflections reign supreme,

With mirrored images that float in sight,

Of colors – purple, green, with red and white.

This tableau that sits simply so serene

Beside a building looking most pristine,

Through shining glass clad windows, such delight

That fills the mind with thoughts of fancy flight,

A vision placed as if it were a dream.

Yet, were the water to be swiftly drained,

Too soon would these reflections disappear.

Might quickly kill the plants and mare our cheer.

The elegance of art would be profaned.

So, let us pray those waters stay in place,

This circumstance must never be the case.


Author Notes

Oh the beauty of reflections on water. This one is a floating garden, man made. It is next to the Como Park Conservatory.

This poem is a Petrarchan Sonnet.

Petrarch developed the Italian sonnet pattern, which is known to this day as the Petrarchan sonnet or the Italian sonnet. Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch in English; July 20, 1304 -July 19, 1374) was a scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy. Petrarch’s sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. He is also known for being the first to develop the concept of the “Dark Ages”. 

Because of the structure of Italian, the rhyme scheme of the Petrarchan Sonnet is more easily fulfilled in that language than in English. The original Italian sonnet form divides the poem’s 14 lines into two parts, the first part being an octave and the second being a sestet. The rhyme scheme for the octave is typically:

a b b a a b b a. 

The sestet is more flexible. In Italian sonnets in English,

c d d c e e and c d c d e e are most used.

The octave and sestet have special functions in a Petrarchan Sonnet. The octave’s purpose is to introduce a problem, express a desire, reflect on reality, or otherwise present a situation that causes doubt or conflict within the speaker. It usually does this by introducing the problem within its first quatrain (unified four-line section) and developing it in the second. The beginning of the sestet is known as the volta, and it introduces a pronounced change in tone in the sonnet; the change in rhyme scheme marks the turn. The sestet’s purpose as a whole is to make a comment on the problem or to apply a solution to it. The pair are separate but usually used to reinforce a unified argument – they are often compared to two strands of thought organically converging into one argument. Source: Wikipedia.

This photograph was taken by the author himself.


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