For each of our pregnancies, I wrote sonnets dedicated to our new child. I don't have too much to offer in the way of quilting or woodworking, so creating some sort of functional heirloom isn't an option for me. Instead, I thought I would craft some of the ideas I thought most important for my kids to understand when they grew up, and I decided to do this in sonnet format. While the structure is modeled around childish notions (ABC's, 123's, Colors, etc), the content is about morality, theology, and the like. They are definitely ideas the kids will have to grow into. I hope that one day my children can read my sonnets and reflections and take them into their own hearts as they wrestle with their humanity, with God, and with how they are going to move out in the world. Until they grow into that, I hope these works will be of use to at least one other strange person out there who would take the time to read about epistemology or metaphysics in an archaic, poetic format.
Last October, we lost our third baby. I had finished Baby K's sonnets about a week before we found out about the miscarriage. At first, I thought about how stupid I was for jumping the gun and writing all of these before knowing with more certainty about the pregnancy. But when I thought about it more, I was very happy that I had completed these, as my commitment to the value of life - regardless of how long that life is lived - makes the sonnets very meaningful to me. The work ended up being a great celebration of a life we never got to know, but one with which we hope to one day be united.
Finally (for now), we have Denton's sonnets. These are sonnets focused on directions, with each direction representing a political sort of idea. In the last two years I have read a lot on the Kingdom of God and have been forced to think hard about how a Christian should view politics as a means for their advancement of Christ's kingdom. It has been a great journey of discovery and reorientation for me, as God had begin tearing down some of the idolatry I and my community have imposed onto today's political means. You can download the sonnets below, or get them for your Kindle here. I make them free as often as it allows me (about every 3-4 months).