National Poetry Writing Month 2023, Day 9

Somewhat off-prompt today. I’m not a fan of sonnets—although I did use Shakespeare and sonnets as my inspiration…

It’s a little-known fact
that Shakespeare hated sonnets

The sonnet was his “Strangers in the Night”

Everywhere he went—
down the pub
dinner at the inn
a play at the theatre
the opening of a new supermarket
people would pester him:

Come on, Bill, give us a sonnet!

Inside, he would roll his eyes
before he started to recite the poem
for he had tired of comparing thee to a summer’s day
and was sick of iambic pentmeter

One day, in his frustration, he wrote:
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun…

To his dismay, people still loved it
and though he continued to write sonnets
whatever scintilla of joy remained
was forever extinguished

Come on, Bill, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”!

(9 April 2023)




Order Wishes sometimes have consequences from your favorite local bookstore!

IndieBound search:

If they can’t get it for you, you can always find it on Amazon:

Information about my other books can be found here.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.