A Sonnet For Clarice #carrotranch #shakespeare

Shall I compare you to a Summer’s day?

You’d not be flattered but angry and pissed,

Sneering at my explanations and insist

I’m a retarded male with nothing to say.

My compliments are often misconstrued

As the feeble patriarchy at work

And if I protest that I’m really woke

You’ll say sexism isn’t just bloody rude;

It’s objectifying through praise

Treating you as a stereotype.

But Clarice sweetness don’t believe the hype

If I look to Shakespeare’s to find the ways

And means to win your heart. And dear Clarice

If sonnets fail, how about a trip to Paris?

This week’s prompt at the CarrotRanch is to write about Clarice in 99 words thus

March 5, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about Clarice. She can be any Clarice real, historical, or imagined. What story does she have for you to tell? Go where she may lead!

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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22 Responses to A Sonnet For Clarice #carrotranch #shakespeare

  1. I love this one.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    If you compare Clarice to a summer’s day
    Tis better than a tempest.
    Her anger might just slip away
    As she realises, rather than a gail a breeze is best.
    Some women are never happy what ere you do.
    So blow her out like a candle before she Sue’s you! 💜

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  3. Well done, Geoff, a great poem.

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    Excellent response to the crazy world where I am not supposed to enjoy a compliment!

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  5. Ritu says:

    Killed it 😂

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  6. Erika says:

    Ha, well done! The poem and the result… lol

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    It reads like the lament of the modern male suitor. Nice! I daresay that is your first 99-word sonnet…

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