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First Line: The sonnet is a trunk, and you must pack
Last Line: Ship to the editor, marked c. O. D.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hall, Galway
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Travel; Journeys; Trips


The sonnet is a trunk, and you must pack
With care, to ship frail baggage far away:
The octet is the trunk; sestet, the tray;
Tight, but not overloaded, is the knack.
First, at the bottom, heavy thoughts you stack,
And in the chinks your adjectives you lay --
Your phrases, folded neatly as you may,
Stowing a syllable in every crack.

Then, in the tray, your daintier stuff is hid:
The tender quatrain where your moral sings --
Be careful, though, lest as you close the lid
You crush and crumble all these fragile things.
Your couplet snaps the hasps and turns the key --
Ship to The Editor, marked C. O. D.





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