A Sonnet of Sonnets, by John Lewis Smith
Sonnet #11: Alice Street in Sunderland
Back then they still built ships upon the Wear
And hewed the coal in mines throughout the North.
With confidence, I started my career
And from the lectern happily held forth.
My house in Alice Street became a place
For friends to meet. I also played guitar
And wrote a lot of songs. In fact the pace
Of life was fast. At last I bought a car.
Despite this betterment, I was annoyed.
Both cheerlessness and dolefulness were rife.
Beneath the surface there remained a void.
I had to find someone to share my life.
Then she who must be mentioned not at all
Enriched my world in matters great and small.
9th April 2007