Poem#23 Bard

Not the day of his birth, his coming to this world,

but the date his christened William Shakespeare.

Now four centuries since he passed away.


He dwelt among folk of many races,

since trade with the east brought spice,

cloths, religions, philosophies.

Thus he wrote a richness that few have matched.


Puns and satire, he played with words,

and turned roles of gender right around in

‘Romeo and Juliet’ – she was eager, he the passive.

It’s a ridicule of a love story of those times.

Quick of wit and dryness, it is still thought

to be a love story. He has fooled the experts

til this day!


Women faired not well – compliant daughters

or nagging wives. Oh, yes, true to the times he

was a good misogynist! Controlling fathers, thwarted



But the language he coined for us, so rich, moving,

tragic, fun.We speak them daily and remember not

that we owe them to the Bard


Author: chrissiemorrisbrady

I've read poetry since I was nine and have written creatively since I was fourteen (probably long before that). After writing book reviews and social comment, I decided I wanted to write poetry. I have no formal training, but I surround myself with poets and their writing. I am honing my craft. I have two published collections which I don't feel good about, but have been published by madswirl.com and other publications. I live on the south coast of England with my daughter. I am seriously ill.

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