Will, willing to play with words
Innovating ancient staves
Making new wind: demanding the sun and the moon.
Wooing and wedding cottage love and industry
Longing for ladies and dark youthful boys.
Trespassing in the garden of love:
Jealousy burning the innocent victim
Star-crossed intimacy fated to fail
Hapless heroines fighting for joy.
Crowning his glory through kings and opponents
Warning the hero who trembles at dawn:
Avenge crime unpunished
Accept loss of sanity;
Forswear youthful love but tremble
Confronted with grave monuments.
Follow the point of a dagger but
Perish through the wit of bearded women.
See, the world is a stage
Actors at the last juncture
Irreversibly grow to be
From Persona Grata e non-Grata
© HMH, 2012