Happy Birthday William!
by Melba Christie (c) 2014
Pardon me if I sound presumptuous
As I do not mean to be bold
Perhaps it is not proper of me
that I address you by your given name.
But I am honored if you allow me to do the same.
You see my seventh grade is to blame
as she made it very clear
your poetry would become so dear
to all of us
She made a huge fuss
and made us memorize whole stanzas
and on your birthday every year
she’d have what she called Shakespeare’s extravaganza
Also I feel I have known you all my life
you describe much of my strife
besides my father’s name was William too
and maybe this is why I could not help
but to be attracted to you
I never want to “speak an infinite deal of nothing”
I feel “the best is yet to come”
as I slowly but surely become
a poet to be followed
an honor I hope is bestowed
upon me before my death
“For in that sleep of death what dreams may come”
““True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings.”
This is why I sing
today and everyday
“O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful!
And yet again wonderful”
God knows I never want to be dull
So today, the 113th day, of this year 2014
and on the 450th anniversary of your birth,
I celebrate with great mirth
your sonnets most of all.
They taught me about the complexities of love
and how we fall
to romance, destiny from the heavens above.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WIlLLIAM!
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