Monday, November 18, 2013

Protestation No. 24, Penned

I do not need thee; ‘tis a lie
to paint me weakened by thy charms.
Dost think thy sweeting feign would die
than leave the comfort of thine arms?
Forgive me if my brusque reply
some vision of thyself disarms.

I do not need thee; I am strong,
an oak with roots set firm and deep.
Have I not told thee right along
my counsel I would always keep?
Shouldst thou demur, thou dost me wrong;
but never mind, I shall not weep.

I shall not weep for thee, my dear;
I am not smitten by thy wit.
Though others eagerly give ear,
I find in me no benefit
from thy conceit; in fact, I fear
I harbor little taste for it.

But hold, perhaps I overstate;
I would not have thee think me cruel.
‘Tis not for me to castigate
nor offer thee for ridicule.
It is not mine to remonstrate
if thou shouldst choose to play the fool.

And so, a truce, my erstwhile friend;
in truth, I have no feud with thee.
There’s little in thee to offend;
I do not fear thy company.
I need thee not, but condescend,
in service to thy need of me.


Methinks this damsel doth protest too much!

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L Leaz K said...

...I'm speechless.

Terra said...

Brilliant poem of "I do not need thee". If so why contact him and why write it? Clever words.

Karen S. said...

Oh my, methinks, she's perfectly wise. As are you, clever one!

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful...I like how you wrote in the style that fit the stamp on the envelope..

kaykuala said...

Beautiful write Sue! Say it as it is!


yaya said...

This left me wondering how she would have "texed" it on her iphone! Hmmmm

Anonymous said...

Very enlightened and creative message here ~ wonderful! ~ carol, xxx

Brian Miller said...

she doth protest a bit much...smiles...ha. def you got into the language and, i dont think you could text something like that...smiles...

Grandma Honey said...

What vintage text! Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Traditional form and style serve content very effectively here, Sue.

Anonymous said...

Traditional form and style serve content very effectively here, Sue.

doMesstique-cated Mummy said...

This is brilliant,Sue. You always pull the best.

Hugs and love sent your way,

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Wow! This is one I am going to have to reread. It has so many layers.

jabblog said...

I like this very much . . . but yes, she doth protest too much.

Ginny Brannan said...

Loved the Shakespearean feel to this, the choice of words, the phrasing. And how perfect that last stanza to round it out. Very nicely penned, indeed!

Doctor FTSE said...

Refreshing to find a use of rhyme.

Tess Kincaid said...

I think perhaps she does...enjoyed this!

Karen Sue said...

neat style. :0) Thanks for writing..

Friko said...

Goodness Gracious Me.

This is amazing.

Mary said...

An excellent piece of writing ..really enjoyed reading it. Very clever.

Kutamun said...

The Lady truly understands the nature of power.......

Nancy Claeys said...

This is lovely Sue -- very Shakespearean in it's form. xo

LeAnn said...

I continue to love your poetry. This is one to think upon.

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! You took me back in time to a totally different era with this letter. Indeed she doth protest too much. :)

Amy said...

I think we have all been there and felt that. I love this!

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