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Parody/Shadow Poems

By Josie Whitehead

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(Paradox or Shadow Poem)

By Josie Whitehead

Shall I Compare Thee . .

Shall I compare thee to a winter’s night?

     You are most boring and cantankerous.

The biting winds with *enmity may smite

     But your words, packed with spite, are *rancorous.


The vibrant flowers of springtime brightly bloom

     And boast their beauty to the world around,

And birds, with pride, display their gorgeous plume

     And throw their birdsong with the sweetest sound.


Your beauty’s disappeared there is no doubt,

     Replaced by wrinkled skin upon your face.

Your figure’s changed and you have grown quite stout.

     Gone is your youth, charisma and your grace.


     So long as men can breathe or eyes can see - -

     The love I held for you has quite left me.     



* Cantankerous: bad tempered, argumentative and unco-operative.

* Rancorous:  characterized by bitterness or resentment.   

* Enmity: (comes from the word enemy): a feeling of hostility.

*Charisma: compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others.

This is a 'shadow poem' (paradox) of Shakespeare's famous sonnet:  Sonnet 18 - Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?  I think he would laugh at this for I believe he had a good sense of humour.


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