Recalling Shakespeare: Sonnet 1

Recalling Shakespeare in

SONNET 1

Just now you know the feeling of great loss
that aches like green ant’s fire within your flesh,
The sharpest minds surrender at great cost
and lose the chance to heal in love’s caress.
False sailors claim they’ll sail the wildest seas
and bring their king and nation glorious wealth,
But drown their maker out with mercy pleas
when braver men might plan and win by stealth.
I too have faults I’d rather not be shared
with friends whose ev’ry thought has thrived.
It is my burden hid. I would I dared
believe that love revealed is love survived.
Our hearts can fold when minds succumb to stress,
but stand the strain if courage rules our breasts.

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