Hey Team,

Today is the “official” one-year anniversary of Amtrekker. Although yesterday was the 365th day thanks to leap year it was July 4th, 2007 when this adventure began. I’ve said it before but it’s still tough to believe things are still going.

I gave you haikus on day 100. I gave you limericks on day 200. I got angry emails on day 301 for the lack of poetry. So for the one-year anniversary I decided to rise to a new challenge.

The Amtrekker Sonnet:

Shall I compare a year of homelessness
To a year of slavery to routines?
Is it fair to say that “living the list”
Is worth not having a spare pair of jeans?
When again you wake to the alarm clock
Take note of the expression on your face.
Rather to give up; be outlined in chalk?
Or set new goals and prepare to give chase?
I took a road few would dare to travel.
It makes for an uncomfortable life.
A road to adventure paved with gravel.
But one where the excitement trumps the strife.
So long as there are things I need to do.
So long lives Amtrekker’s podcast for you.

There it is. Tougher than I thought it was going to be. Lucky for you guys I have to start my hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon first thing in the morning and Charley wont be joining me for this adventure. Which MEANS, you have plenty of time to write YOUR sonnets since I wont be able to update for the next few days!

And after all the crap I got for the lack of poetry on day 300 I better get some good ones!

Here are the rules:

14 lines read in iambic pentameter (which has more to do with the reading than the writing but the stress pattern is duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH)

10 syllables per line.

Rhyme scheme:


In theory the first quatrain (four lines) should be an exposition of the main theme and/or metaphor.

Second quatrain: The theme and metaphor are extended or complicated and examples are given.

Third quatrain: A twist or conflict is often introduced by a “but.”

Couplet (last two lines): Summarizes.

Obviously I took more than a few liberties with those last few rules (and I unabashedly ripped off Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18) so have fun! Let’s see what you’ve got! Just leave them in the comment section so everyone can see. And if you want to cop out and you feel more comfortable in the world of haikus then feel free to leave those too…quitter.

Thanks again for paying attention for the last year, Team!

I’m done here.


I’ll forgive the cop outs if you can find something other than poetry to donate *hint hint* *wink wink*!

*nudge nudge* Say no more.