The challenge today at Real Toads it to take a quote from William Shakespeare and turn it into the title of your own poem or use it as inspiration for a poem. I’ve chosen a quote from Othello (1605). This is my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays.
Iago: “I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.”
Deep in the darkness of night
young lovers sneak to their
secluded wooded haven
safe from all prying eyes
save the waning cresent moon
peeking to see what they might do.
First their modest greeting, a
gentle kiss on the cheek
with proclamations of a
heart broken each time they part.
A greeting refined and civil and
safe for public eyes, out of place
in the darkness of the wooded eve.
Lingering in the wild wood
with green oak leaves as a roof
causes genteel manners to
dissipate; a man and woman
return to their original state,
shedding clothing and inhibitions
words abandoned, groping hands
express their unspoken desires.
They give in to primal needs
making the beast with two backs.
Moon discreetly ducks behind
a fast passing cloud and
only the great horned owl
calls, “Who, who, who dares
to desecrate my sacred home?”
It’s been a long month of working on the farm, and I’ve really missed the great poems and challenges found with this amazing community of poets. It’s good to be back! Linking to Real Toads for Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge.