Writings and Witterings

Shakespeare’s Song


Words shamelessly borrowed from Shakespeare…on the 400th anniversary of his death I was challenged by Léa to create a poem from his famous words in celebration of his life.

Shakespeare’s Song

Manilow writes the songs
to make the whole world sing,
but Shakespeare coined the phrases
that make the voices ring:
it’s a foregone conclusion
there’ll be a plague on both your houses
if there’s a sea change
in all corners of the world.
We’ll be as merry as the day is long
come what may,
even at the turning of the tide
for ever and a day.
Good men and true,
will give the Devil his due,
high time we were once more
into the breach, dear friends,
once more.
Out of the jaws of death
we’ll pluck the pound of flesh,
walk the primrose path
and send him packing.
It sets your teeth on edge
when something is rotten in the state of Denmark;
star crossed lovers
are such stuff as dreams are made on.
There’s method in my madness,
aye, thereby hangs a tale,
this is the short and the long of it,
the truth will out.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers,
we have seen better days,
when sorrows come, they come not single spies,
but in battalions.
The be all and end all,
the crack of doom,
the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
mean that the smallest worm will turn,
being trodden on.
Oh, woe is me,
while you live, tell the truth
and shame the Devil.

Polly Stretton © 2016


8 thoughts on “Shakespeare’s Song

  1. Polly, I doff my chapeau. You have taken the challenge, conqured, and put the Bard in his place! 😉 xx


  2. Hey Polly, where is that reblog button? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Very clever. Well done.


  4. Excellent- very clever. If poetry be the food of love – write on! X

    Liked by 1 person

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