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In the fourth of our Shakespearean Sonnet competition winners, Linda Atterton takes a new angle on Romeo and Juliet. All winners will receive a copy of Litro #133: Shakespeare, and a copy of Ben Crystal’s book Shakespeare on Toast.
Some spell enchants my lover Romeo,
Some magic whispers, pours a poison black,
His eyes although they glitter, do not glow,
No path I line in stars will bring him back.
I seek his arms, embrace will turn to stone,
The lark will sing and steal his shape away,
I wake at dawn and find myself alone,
No sweeter song I sing will make him stay.
Thy rose you banish, sonnet make lament,
A crown of thorns you place upon my head,
And only candles burn, your passion spent,
Thy nightingale you cage, thy darkness wed.
The story Shakespeare wills you to forget,
My tale of Romeo and Juliet.