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Shakespeare Sonnet Number Fumbles

In these number fumble tomfooleries the vowels of each word have been replaced with numbers. All you need to do is figure out which number equals which vowel, then write out the words between the printed sonnet lines, for example:

Wh8n f6rt7 w0nt8rs sh5ll b8s08g8 th7 br6w
When forty winters shall besiege thy brow

Once you get used to seeing these Number Fumbles, you discover that you can actually read them.

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Sonnet # ____

8s f8st 8s th92 sh8lt w8n1 s9 f8st th92 gr9w1st

3n 9n1 9f th3n1 fr9m th8t wh3ch th92 d1p8rt1st

8nd th8t fr1sh bl99d wh3ch 092ngl0 th92 b1st9w1st

Th92 m80st c8ll th3n1 wh1n th92 fr9m 092th c9nv1rt1st

H1r13n l3v1s w3sd9m b182t0 8nd 3ncr18s1

W3th92t th3s f9ll0 8g1 8nd c9ld d1c80

3f 8ll w1r1 m3nd1d s9 th1 t3m1s sh92ld c18s1

8nd thr11sc9r1 018r w92ld m8k1 th1 w9rld 8w80

L1t th9s1 wh9m n8t2r1 h8th n9t m8d1 f9r st9r1

H8rsh f18t2r1l1ss 8nd r2d1 b8rr1nl0 p1r3sh

L99k wh9m sh1 b1st 1nd9w1d sh1 g8v1 th11 m9r1

Wh3ch b92nt192s g3ft th92 sh92ldst 3n b92nt0 ch1r3sh

Sh1 c8rv1d th11 f9r h1r s18l 8nd m18nt th1r1b0

Th92 sh92ldst pr3nt m9r1 n9t l1t th8t c9p0 d31

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Sonnet # ____

0nthr1ft8 l7v9l1n9ss wh8 d7st th70 sp9nd

0p7n th8 s9lf th8 b960t8s l9g6c8

N6t0r9s b9q09st g1v9s n7th1ng b0t d7th l9nd

6nd b91ng fr6nk sh9 l9nds t7 th7s9 6r9 fr99

Th9n b960t970s n1gg6rd wh8 d7st th70 6b0s9

Th9 b70nt970s l6rg9ss g1v9n th99 t7 g1v9

Pr7f1tl9ss 0s0r9r wh8 d7st th70 0s9

S7 gr96t 6 s0m 7f s0ms 89t c6nst n7t l1v9

F7r h6v1ng tr6ff1c w1th th8 s9lf 6l7n9

Th70 7f th8 s9lf th8 sw99t s9lf d7st d9c91v9

Th9n h7w wh9n n6t0r9 c6lls th99 t7 b9 g7n9

Wh6t 6cc9pt6bl9 60d1t c6nst th70 l96v9

Th8 0n0s9d b960t8 m0st b9 t7mb9d w1th th99

Wh1ch 0s9d l1v9s th 9x9c0t7r t7 b9

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Sonnet # ____

2s 2t f8r f07r t8 w0t 7 w2d8ws 090

Th7t th81 c8ns1m0st th9 s0lf 2n s2ngl0 l2f0

7h 2f th81 2ss10l0ss sh7lt h7p t8 d20

Th0 w8rld wll2 w72l th00 l2k0 7 m7k0l0ss w2f0

Th0 w8rld wll2 b0 th9 w2d8w 7nd stll2 w00p

Th7t th81 n8 f8rm 8f th00 h7st l0ft b0h2nd

Wh0n 0v0r9 pr2v7t0 w2d8w w0ll m79 k00p

B9 ch2ldr0ns 090s h0r h1sb7nds sh7p0 2n m2nd

L88k wh7t 7n 1nthr2ft 2n th0 w8rld d8th sp0nd

Sh2fts b1t h2s pl7c0 f8r stll2 th0 w8rld 0nj89s 2t

B1t b071t9s w7st0 h7th 2n th0 w8rld 7n 0nd

7nd k0pt 1n1s0d th0 1s0r s8 d0str89s 2t

N8 l8v0 t8w7rd 8th0rs 2n th7t b8s8m s2ts

Th7t 8n h2ms0lf s1ch m1rd0r81s sh7m0 c8mm2ts

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Sonnet # ____

Wh8n f6rt7 w0nt8rs sh5ll b8s08g8 th7 br6w

5nd d0g d88p tr8nch8s 0n th7 b859t7s f08ld

Th7 769ths pr69d l0v8r7 s6 g5z8d 6n n6w

Wll0 b8 5 t5tt8r8d w88d 6f sm5ll w6rth h8ld

Th8n b80ng 5sk8d wh8r8 5ll th7 b859t7 l08s

Wh8r8 5ll th8 tr85s9r8 6f th7 l9st7 d57s

T6 s57 w0th0n th0n8 6wn d88p s9nk8n 878s

W8r8 5n 5ll 85t0ng sh5m8 5nd thr0ftl8ss pr50s8

H6w m9ch m6r8 pr50s8 d8s8rv8d th7 b859t7s 9s8

0f th69 c69ldst 5nsw8r Th0s f50r ch0ld 6f m0n8

Sh5ll s9m m7 c69nt 5nd m5k8 m7 6ld 8xc9s8

Pr6v0ng h0s b859t7 b7 s9cc8ss06n th0n8

Th0s w8r8 t6 b8 n8w m5d8 wh8n th69 5rt 6ld

5nd s88 th7 bl66d w5rm wh8n th69 f88l8st 0t c6ld

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Sonnet # ____

2 th3t 129 w0r0 129r s0lf b9t l2v0 129 3r0

N2 l2ng0r 129rs th3n 129 129r s0lf h0r0 l8v0

3g38nst th8s c2m8ng 0nd 129 sh29ld pr0p3r0

3nd 129r sw00t s0mbl3nc0 t2 s2m0 2th0r g8v0

S2 sh29ld th3t b039t1 wh8ch 129 h2ld 8n l03s0

F8nd n2 d0t0rm8n3t82n th0n 129 w0r0

129rs0lf 3g38n 3ft0r 129rs0lfs d0c03s0

Wh0n 129r sw00t 8ss90 129r sw00t f2rm sh29ld b03r

Wh2 l0ts s2 f38r 3 h29s0 f3ll t2 d0c31

Wh8ch h9sb3ndr1 8n h2n29r m8ght 9ph2ld

3g38nst th0 st2rm1 g9sts 2f w8nt0rs d31

3nd b3rr0n r3g0 2f d03ths 0t0rn3l c2ld

2 n2n0 b9t 9nthr8fts D03r m1 l2v0 129 kn2w

129 h3d 3 f3th0r l0t 129r s2n s31 s2

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I hope you have enjoyed these Number Fumbles, please let me know if you or your friends enjoyed figuring them out.

Thank you
Joe Wocoski
Joe Wocoski

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Diversity For Friend Leslie

The sonnet form is capable
of being very flexible
It can be used to air your views
on almost anything at all.
From memories which you recall
to any subject you may choose.

Purists refuse to recognise
a sonnet form which in their eyes
is worthy of a total ban.
Because it differ from the form
which they insist must be the norm.
Petrarchan or Shakespearian.
Although they can stick to their views
I must refuse. I can’t agree


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Jeffreys sonnet
Devised by Scott.J.Alcorn.

*syllables per line
Two sestets with a cross rhymed couplet.

Rhyme pattern



ivor or ivor.e hogg

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Remember, O Soul

Preparing when thou art to purge thy old,
Worn out tired vehicle on a life-long lease,
To merge with earth, unto air to unfold,
Relax O Soul, repair to end-less ease;
Time it is thine impostor1 self to leave,
Thou art body nor mind nor intellect;
How long can ye amid the unreal live?
Time ‘tis from thine creaky craft2 to eject;
Arise from death to rekindle thy aim,
O Spark from infinite luminous light!
Remember all ye did dark was when night,
No use now seeking grace for acts of shame;
Repent, regret, all acts of sin, or brood,
Let true remorse pour in from heart as should.
This sonnet is allegorical and is addressed to
the soul— the higher one— which is the spark of
the infinite light of God, and the lower one
which identifies itself with the body, mind,
and intellect, and is known as ego. The sonnet
begins the soul is when in a state of confusion
of a kind all our souls may experience at the
time of departing from the body. It takes its
theme from verse # 17 of Isha Upanishad:

1. The impostor: It alludes to the lower self,
which is ego. Not being the real self, it
is called the impostor.
2. The faulty craft: The self is the pilot and
the vehicle it uses is the body craft. Now
that this vehicle is too creaky, old and
diseased, it is time to change it.
- Sonnets | 27.11.08 |
Aniruddha Pathak

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The Promotion

A comedy in some ten minutes


Mashudu A butcher

Steven A sweeper

Sithole A policeman

First Inspector

Second Inspector

Unseen Characters


Wife of Mashudu


A cold room in TheSculleryDepartment.The voice of Sonnet is heard as if it speaks from the desolate outskirts of the city.

Vice Of Sonnet:

Steven is the poor black boy
Who eats by himself in his dark
Room who shivers with the cold
Who endures in silence the cruel
Jibes that Mashudu hurls at him
Steven sits on a rock with his face
Cupped in his peasant's hands to s
Show the world that when days are
Dark friends are few. There is n
No furniture in sight in
TheSculleryDepartment because
It was stolen by the officials
Sithole is slumped in a sorry heap
In the dust on the floor to emphasize
His role of the lazy bribe demanding
Former cop.Mashudu's actions are a
War of movement to illustrate that he
Is impatient to get to the top and
Tople the board of directors and
Replace them with himself as dictator
For life in TheSculleryDepartment.

Mashudu{Looks in the mirror in disgust}No man.This is not me! Before I went to bed I perfumed myself applied heavy makeup to look beautylicious and interviewable to the interviewrs.Yesterday I was beautiful.{Throws lighrening fast finger jabs at his face in the mirror in exagerated anger}The thing that stares at me now is not me! {Screams}The mirror is lying! The mirror is lying! (Hurls the mirror to the floors where it gets shattered like the dream that never rose to become a reality) I refuse to hold a profesional liar and a damn anti me propagandist who wants to steal my promotion in my hands who says my face looks like the talons of a witch! (In a tone full of self pity) I paid the witchdoctor lot of money to help me get this promotion(Crawls towards Steven) Eh, do you sympathize with me Steven? Do you want to compensated me for my great loss, eh Stevie? (Angrily.In a beserk threatening tone raising his fingers like a great bird of prey that wants to catch Steven and devour him for his lunch meal.He swoops on Steven and attempts to strangle him!) I heard it from the grapevine! A little bird told me! (Shakes Steven head to and fro cruelly) You prayed with the pastors and now...their prayers are helping you! The inspectors when they interview you for the job of assistance manager are going to take your dirty lies into consideration and promote you and I will never reach the top echelons of TheScullerDepartment and be it's dictator for life and tople it's board of directors! (Beats Steven with his fists)
Steven: Mashudu! You fool! Swine! (He sends him sprawling to the floor with a well timed blow that the boxer Floyd Mayweather would be delighted to add to his arsenal) That will solve you.Get away from me! (Mashudu picks himself up from the floor and starts to crawl in his own exagerated and notorious way to Sithole.)
Mashudu(To Sithole) Sithole..listen to the wise words of one ike me who cares not for the things of the world like promotions.(Points to Steven and speaks lets loose a staccato of savage words at Steven) And why don't you change your middle name Sithole? Sithole sounds like sit hole.(To audience) And we know what the people who spend too much time do behind the toilet(Laughs.Hysterically) You are a cop you Sithole Sit Hole(Jumps and throws himself on Sithole lap so that it looks as if they are a same gender couple in the eyes of the amused inspectors who stumble in on the scene) Before even the interview(In a whisper full of the tempting promises of the serpents) begins you must(Points to Steven) arrest him with the hairstyle that makes him to look like an alarmed porcupine.(Hauls torn note out of his pocket and dangles it before the greedy eyes of the disbelieving Sithole) You are not a policeman you.You used to be a policeman.Your version of how you(Kisses him full on the mouth.Sithole grimaces in terror) got dismissed is that you assaulted somebody who called youSitHole Toilet to your face.(Sithole glares at Mashudu angrily.Hurls him to the ground) Ho man man.(Throws a torn note to Sithole) Don't kill me.Grab the money and enrich yourself.The triple x-rated street version of how you got dismissed from the police force is that you were eating from murderers left right and pickpockets Monday to Friday and prostitute wire wire(Sithole draws a gun.Aims it in the ready to shoot to death at the slightest provocationsat Mashudu) huge stacks of one thousand rand bills! (As if seeing the nuzzle of the gun aimed at him for the first time) Ho! You my Mandingo man! In the name of the law of an eye for an eye! Don't shoot! (Whips what is mercifully the last crumpled one rand note out of his pocket and smashes it into the extended hand of Sithole who wastes no time as he grabs it and stuffs it into his own pocket)
BurningDesire PhekoMotaung

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