Friday, June 28, 2013

Poetry Friday: The Supreme Court and Shakespeare

The man himself
 In honor of the Supreme Court striking down DOMA this week (and in memory of my friend Daryl, and with respect for his loving partner Wayne)  I offer up this sonnet by Shakespeare, who knew a thing of two about love:

Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
   If this be error and upon me proved,
   I never writ, nor no man ever loved. 

Here's to striking down unconstitutional impediments. Bravo!!  (Speaking of Bravo, I really should have a poem here honoring Wendy Davis of Texas!  And I should have another poem about how disappointed I am with SCOTUS's Voting Rights gosh, what a week!)

Poetry Friday this week is being hosted by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater over at The Poem Farm. Head over there to see what other people have posted.


  1. " is an ever fixed mark..."
    What a perfect match for this week. You make me wish that our newspaper regularly paired stories with poetry. Ah, then the paper would balance news with beauty. Thanks, Julie. Happy PF!

  2. Perfect choice! I was thinking about DOMA, too, this Poetry Friday.

  3. Of course! This is the perfect poem for this landmark decision.

  4. I loved reading this. A nice reminder that love is what can last on, beyond us, beyond anyone, it can always continue to exist.

  5. It has been a week, hasn't it? SCOTUS decision reminds me of the childhood game, "One of these things is not like the other." Goodness.


  6. Having just come from "A Teaching Life," I'm happy to read another poetic celebration of the week's events. "Love... bears it out."

  7. Three cheers for the end of DOMA!!

    Love your poem choice!!

  8. Yes. "an ever-fixed mark".
    I love poems matching the world. Thank you for this one. My apologies for the late comment - I had to travel unexpectedly. Happy poetry week! a.