Romeo and Allison

by flammeusgladius

Romeo and Allison

 

 

“Holy Saint Francis, what a change is here!
Is Rosaline, whom thou didst love so dear,
So soon forsaken? young men’s love then lies
Not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes.”

 

 

I was the girl appointed to succeed

Juliet in the heart of Romeo

As Juliet succeeded Rosalind.

It didn’t quite work out that way for me,

However.  Both those earnest lovers sinned—

If suicide is sin, and we all know

It is.  They wouldn’t think.  They wouldn’t heed

The warnings.  Now I’m left at long last out.

Now I shall marry sanely, sensibly.

Now I shall live to see a ripe old age.

The madness grasped by foolish Juliet

Will never grasp my soul or make me doubt

The cold gray platitudes he’s mouthing yet,

That  ever-preaching, sly Franciscan sage.

 

 

–Tom Riley