Poetry

#napowrimo day 25

Never shall a young man, thrown into despair
By the release date of the next DC film,
Be thought to give a care

If the next Marvel film is running so late
Chris Evans can’t pass as an ageless Captain
or the Hulk loses weight.

That two households, both alike in dignity,
should spark such abiding faith, fierce loyalty
and gross indignity …

Today’s prompt was to mix the first lines of other poems into a poem about something else entirely. I started with an old favourite of mine … For Anne Gregory by William Butler Yeats:

‘NEVER shall a young man,
Thrown into despair
By those great honey-coloured
Ramparts at your ear,
Love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.’
‘But I can get a hair-dye
And set such colour there,
Brown, or black, or carrot,
That young men in despair
May love me for myself alone
And not my yellow hair.’
‘I heard an old religious man
But yesternight declare
That he had found a text to prove
That only God, my dear,
Could love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.’

I came to love this poem circuitously. The first stanza features in A. S. Byatt’s Possession – which I highly recommend. It won the 1990 Man Booker Prize.
You might also notice a nod to another poet’s first lines – though they are from a play… not one of his sonnets 😉 I had a lot of fun with this one 🙂 Please forgive the lazy last rhyme, but it was that or settle for an almost rhyme – and I liked the dichotomy of it.

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