A Sonnet for Shakespeare's birthday

So long Shakespeare

So long as folk can breathe, or eyes can see,
so long as children learn the alphabet,
so long as they are taught that epithet,
for best effect, is best used sparingly,
and metaphor – old trap door – daringly
probed for deeper meaning: so long as
people dance and seek romance
under the darling buds of May, and wish
for time to hold each moment, stay each kiss
as for Romeos and Juliets,
for shepherds and fairies, Kings and their Queens,
on pages and stages and movie screens –

so long as hearts can love and souls can bleed,
                       we will tell your Works, giving life to thee.

Sarah Agnew, On Wisdom's Wings (Ginninderra Press, 2013) 


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