Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sonnet 18

I just found this poem that I wrote during my last final's week of my college career. I thought it was too good not to share.


Shall I compare thee to my geography book?
Thou art more strong and more intelligent
Rough exams to try the patience and the will,
And schools' lease hath all too long a date.
Sometimes too complicated the text's rambling seems
And soon is the shiny newness dimmed;
And every theory and current event out dates
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed.
But thy eternal wisdom shall not fail
Nor lose that witty charm thou possess'st
Nor shall the passing of time change thy truth
When gray hairs invade thy precious scalp.
So long as men shall reason, or dreamers dream,
Thy words more interesting than my text shall seem.

5 comments:

sara said...

So when I was in 10th grade we had to memorize one of Shakespeare's sonnets and that happens to be the one I memorized and still remember to this day despite never practicing or trying to remember.
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day...
The poem is great! Did you make it up or did you just find it. I'm constantly amazed by creative people who can do those types of things.

Mary said...

Sara-
Yeah. I wrote it when I was still a lowly college student. I have yet to ever write a serious poem, but the satiricle stuff sure is fun.

Mary said...

Sorry. I meant satirical. Wow. My mother-in-law would be ashamed of my terrible spelling. :)

BrittWilk said...

wow. one of the many reasons i love you. so cute (not to mention accurate of the way we all feel about text books), mary!

Mark said...

no, Mary, my mom is only nuts about grammar. ;)
I love the poem by the way. And nothing wrong with satire - it's my fav.