The below poem was created for an assignment. We were to write a sonnet. The typical theme of love was optional, as was the structured iambic pentameter (though my professor said she would give us "mad props" if it was in iambic pentameter). So I didn't do the iambic pentameter; I'm not even sure I'm able to identify it by simply reading just yet. I did, however, do a twist on a love theme. My first draft was a bit different than what you see below; my professor knew that the even numbered lines were actual scenarios taken from headlines so she suggested that I change it to read like headlines. I like this version much better.
In any case, here is my sonnet for your enjoyment or scrutiny, whichever you choose. :)
Peace, love, and rhyme,
I don’t understand the world. Why would I?
Five Children Murdered by Their Own Father
27 Dead in Mass School Slaughter
I glance outside with weariness of heart.
Journalist Beheaded by Terrorists
A slick and gliding fear within me starts.
Domestic Violence Takes a Fatal Twist
Out my window, life is horrifying.
Gay Teen Tweets, “Dad, love me,” Then Shoots Himself
I cover my ears; it doesn’t blind me.
Insurance Lets Man Die: No Wealth, No Health
There’s no doubt; I could have died with this view.
But I learned real Life when God sent me you.