The Name – a Sonnet for the Church in the Time of COVID-19 – March 23rd

The Name

COVID-19 – the name on tips of tongues
the world over. My soul’s weary from it.
This household name demands breath from the lungs
enough. Must I, too, lift voice and submit?

Devil’s name glories above holy writ,
relentlessly violent, demanding
my awe, obedience, and every wit.
But Holy Spirit leads, not withstanding

the rationale of social disbanding,
to the glory of Love and Christ in us,
to the glory of Christ Overcoming
Viruses and Infectious Diseases

We’re winning as we rest in the Lamb’s blood.
We’re winning as we speak of His strong love.

  • Poem Pre-write – a sonnet
    • Literally a “little song,” the sonnet traditionally reflects upon a single sentiment, with a clarification or “turn” of thought in its concluding lines. There are many different types of sonnets.
    • The Petrarchan sonnet, perfected by the Italian poet Petrarch, divides the 14 lines into two sections: an eight-line stanza (octave) rhyming ABBAABBA, and a six-line stanza (sestet) rhyming CDCDCD or CDECDE.
    • The Spenserian sonnet is a 14-line poem developed by Edmund Spenser in his Amoretti, that varies the English form by interlocking the three quatrains (ABAB BCBC CDCD EE). (
  • Employs iambic pentameter.

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