Sonnet #1 – In Italia
by Eloísa Pérez-Lozano

I’ve never written in this form before
Italian deep inside, the voice I hear
Its lilting cadence dancing in my ear
Stirs memories that make me yearn for more,

Reminds me of the place I hold most dear
The cobblestones of Florence where I’d walk
The strong romantic lingua to unlock
Gelato, behind windows, always near.

The traveling done solo would awake
An independent streak that still remains
The wanderlust, insatiable — no reins —
Life’s moments saved in photographs I’d take.

My heart is now the only one who travels down this road
The life once lived alive once more, through this poetic mode.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This poem came from a poetry class I took last spring. Our assignment was to write a sonnet, which I had never written before. As I was trying to decide whether to write a Shakespearan or Italian sonnet, I thought it would be interesting to start off admitting that this was my first sonnet. Luckily, the amount of syllables and the rhythm fit perfectly into the Italian style, which made my decision for me. I then remembered thinking how fitting it was for me, considering the amazing experience I had while I was living in Florence, Italy, years earlier. That’s when I decided to write the whole sonnet about Florence. Though my first home is in Houston, Texas, I consider Florence another home and there will always be a part of it that stays with me.

PHOTOGRAPH: “Florence, Italy” by Spintheday. Prints available at fineartamerica.com.

Eloisa author photo

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Eloísa Pérez-Lozano grew up bilingual and bicultural in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Iowa State University with her M.S. in journalism and mass communication and her B.S. in psychology. In the spring of 2014, she studied poetry at the University of Houston-Clear Lake with former professor Dr. John Gorman, who continues to be her mentor. Eloísa was selected to be a Juried Poet during the 2014 Houston Poetry Fest and her poetry has been featured in The Bayou Review, Illya’s Honey, The Acentos Review, The Ofi Press, the Johnson County Library’s 2014 Poem-a-Day Program, the 2014 Houston Poetry Fest Anthology, and The Degenerates: Voices for Peace Anthology.