Sonnet: Rhymes first, poem second: Shakespearean

slapdashmonuments

Inspiration hits with a flash, stories written on the go. A rumble of laughter and the tale is heard only in echoes. The wind blows me in a new direction. Whom shall I visit next?


Title: The Spear Not Shaken

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I know your voice; your words are passing Sweet.

They cloy the throat and summon hordes of Flies

The courtiers consider you a Treat;

They cannot tell veracity from Lies.

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Oh, Laura! I'd not interrupt your Course,

Nor dissuade others who would hear you Speak!

Go on, my dear! Spread gossip 'til you're Hoarse

Connive away in strength! Let me seem Weak.

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But caution, lady! Fangs hide 'neath my Smile;

So as you from your downfall draw your Loans,

Remember I can see you all the While

And in the end, I'll tread upon your Bones...

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And you'll deserve your dying gasp of Fear

For you thought wrongly! Ne'er disdain my Spear.


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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

Ai what wickedness lies here? 'Tis perhaps sinful, perhaps murderous, but most foul? Ne'er. This one grew on me after a couple of readings. I do have some questions: Why the bold words? Shakespeare, as bawdy a pervert as there ever was one (and whom I have the utmost respect for), often had a sexual subtext or innuendo in much of his work. So the final word, that final spear, makes me think of flesh rather than steel. Intentional or no?

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slapdashmonuments

slapdashmonuments

Oh absolutely intentional, ever since I first wrote out the plain rhyme scheme with no lines attached. I thought the title worked OK too. :D Based on the last line I can sort of reconstruct a scenario to explain this tirade's backstory.

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slapdashmonuments

slapdashmonuments

Oh, Lor'! I had forgotten to provide the title. I will do so now, atop the sonnet.

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Author's prompt text:

A set of ending words to which I've added the rest of the sonnet

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