Mercury dancing in autumn rain,
Twine, intertwine - a footprint stain.
Falling swiftly, through leaves October -
Fizzled to stay safe-sane-and-sober.
Firm captive in opaque, endless night -
Ceaselessly waiting for dawn’s first light.
Imprisoned in seventh circle of hell,
Fearing eternity in venomous cell.
Tethered to Earth - but there she goes,
The beautiful, luscious, violent rose…
Out of the shadows, out of her plight,
Into brightest light - and out of your sight.
Bound to break free before she feigns -
Tethered by only Manmade chains.
--K.Roessler (Sonnet 2011)