Friday, March 6, 2015

Common Knowledge

I am a fool for girls with odd last names:
   Tagrin and Yurkstas; Brandewie; Wolozin;
Shefshick and Bibeau.  Fill a room with dames—
   I’ll fall for patronyms that have no kin.
Like Shakespeare, I’m a sap for small and dark—
   The Hermias are who I want to do.
Go dance with fair Bianca in the park;
   I’d rather pick a fight with Kate the Shrew.
I am a chump for women I can’t have.
   I always try to fix the damaged soul.
I look for wounded hearts to be their salve.
   I am a slave for girls who love control.
      And yes, my sweet, I am a fool for you,
      And scared to death—because you’re something new. 


Copyright 2015 Matthew J Wells

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