National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #1 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING.

‘Use at least 3 of the 135 phrases Shakespeare takes credit for making famous in a poem.’

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
I have not slept one wink
as much as I know the course of true love
never did run smooth
that has never stopped me
from losing sleep over it

When love is a chapter of accidents
one must be reluctant to turn the page
lest the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
let loose and send him packing

If music be the food of love, play on
but, goddammit, don’t lead me astray
I suffer neither fools nor mood swings gladly

Still, frailty, thy name is… me
expecting a fool’s paradise to exist
for anyone else—and I do mean anyone else—
but me

I don’t know if all’s well that ends well
that’s my fatal flaw
my Achilles’ heel
my dash to pieces

I never learned to fight fire with fire
so when I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
I will be burnt
and committed to the crack of doom
and the sleep of those who believe themselves the just

In this eternal return
we who have seen better days
vanish into thin air
of our own volition
because we simply do not dare…

(31 March 2019—posted April 1st)

4 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #1 (pt. 1)

  1. “In this eternal return
    we who have seen better days
    vanish into thin air
    of our own volition
    because we simply do not dare…”

    Such powerful words! Loved reading!

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