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with apologies to Shakespeare on his birthday

A Variation on Sonnet 18

When flushed young Will of Stratford wrote his love
comparing her (or him) to summer's day,
the fair beloved surpassed the sun above
in colors reminiscent of fresh May.
I shudder now to think of how I'll fare,
when held against the icons holding sway
in memory of love's darkest despair,
rather than an enchanted summer's day.
Much rather would I stand against the sun
than the entrenched desire for what is lost.
A shadow worshiped cannot be outdone,
nor cleanse a heart where longing is embossed.
But brave shall I present my personhood,
and if not loved regret not that he should

© 2014 RC deWinter.
Thank you, #poetry friends who stopped by to read/share "A Variation on Sonnet 18." Seems like the hump gets higher every week, doesn't it? Have a good one,
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