kaffyr: Eleven is blue inside the blue TARDIS (Blue Eleven)
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Story: Sonnet for Canaan
Author: [personal profile] kaffyr
The Doctor, the TARDIS and the rest of us
Rated: Gen
Word Count: 289, per Google docs
Edited by: unedited; all mistakes are my own.
Summary: The Thief's not tame, but worth it nonetheless.
Author's Notes: This was written for [personal profile] canaan 's 2011 [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking. I am not a poet, god knows, and know only the bare minimum necessary to cobble together the most common type of sonnet. And yet it seemed best to me to talk about the rhapsody of loving Doctor Who in verse. I labored over this (which probably shows, and is no predictor of quality) but I hope it reflects at least a little of the love I hold for its multiplex subject, as well as the occasional awe in which I hold it.
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole properties of the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement, and take no coin. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox.

Our lives are ruled by minutes, seconds, hours
That march, like dogged soldiers, on and on;
Or dance ahead, unstopped by any power -
A brief, bright glory; bloom, and then are gone.
Time is indifferent. Neither kind nor cruel,
But pitiless, in hard and linear rule.

Small wonder, that a blue and madmanned box
Unhooked from Time and tumbling on its tides
Should catch our hearts and drag us in Her flux;
the promise of a freedom we're denied.
A key to something we could never know
Without Her, and Her gangrel Thief in tow.

Her Pilot! Changing faces, guises, voice,
Whose pipes from Hamlin lead us who knows when
Or where? Whose magic offers us a choice
To wheel through years, to circle back again.
To watch, unscathed, as Time and Space collide
Outside Her door, safe from the temporal tide.

Of course it's dangerous. Though his smile is true,
He changes hearts who follow in his wake.
Leaves scars and tears as surely as years do,
And pain as deep as any caused by fate.
The Thief's not tame, and wild things treat us ill,
Whether or not they want to, so they will.

And yet, for all the sorrow that he brings,
We deem it payment for transcendent joy.
She's bigger on the inside, and She sings,
And loves us, like Her double-hearted boy.
Both worth the demons, and the angels, too -
The Madman and his box of bluest blue.

Out of the corner of your eye, then, seek
For everything impossible. And find
The TARDIS, as she waits upon your street,
Or in the brilliant hallways of your mind.
Time may still shackle bodies, but our souls
With Timeless grace the universe enfolds.

Date: Thursday, 2 February 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
lonewytch: CHILD OF THE TARDIS (Default)
From: [personal profile] lonewytch
*squeals* I love poetry!!!

I absolutely adore this. What a lovely idea to write out your love for the show in sonnet form - definitely not something i've seen done before. Your love for the show comes shining through. I especially love the second stanza with its "blue and madmanned box, unhooked from time", just lovely!

I also love the darkness of the forth one, all the scars and wounds he leaves behind. "The Thief's not tame, and wild things treat us ill,
Whether or not they want to, so they will." i really like that line.

I'm not sure why you say you aren't a poet, because judging by this you definitely are. There's a really authentic feel to it - of course all poetry is authentic, but what i think i'm trying to say is it captures that style of language used in a Shakespearian sonnet and feels authentic in that way.

This is definitely one that i'm saving. I'm strongly tempted to print it out and stick it up on my fridge and on my locker at work. But then i'm thinking that's not worthy of it, and maybe i should print it out on some really nice paper and y'know frame it and stick it up on my wall.

For real, that's how much i love it.

Date: Sunday, 5 February 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
tenlittlebullets: (TARDIS)
From: [personal profile] tenlittlebullets
Oh, this is lovely!

Date: Monday, 6 February 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
primsong: Scan from an old Dr. Who magazine (find tardis win game)
From: [personal profile] primsong
Oh marvelous! This really is a lovely thing, and well crafted besides. Your turns of phrase fit perfectly, as well as the use of each stanza for a unique focus. *applause*

Date: Thursday, 2 February 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jer832.livejournal.com
so lovely. I love it all, but your second stanza-- it defines me (and, I imagine, most of us reading this and, like you, writing with such love)

Date: Thursday, 2 February 2012 07:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
So, so beautiful! Definitely pimping on my ElJay...thank you...



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