Shakespeare, I fail to be (after Sonnet 18)

L. B. Mek



Sadly, my life’s gifted Summer of solace


these words

can never promise to you, eternity 


this heart

insures you’ll be loved, endlessly 


long as I live: ‘I Do’, so guarantee.



© L. B. Mek

August 2021

  • Author: L. B. Mek (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 17th, 2022 05:31
  • Comment from author about the poem: Shakespeare's inspirational, brilliance ( )
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  • Views: 51
  • Users favorite of this poem: spilleronsheet, Poetic Dan, Valerie.


  • spilleronsheet

    The true words that causes flutter
    The exact way to speak
    So sweet
    Beautiful indeed dear Mek

    • L. B. Mek

      well, glad it works on you
      now, just need to wait
      for Summer to appear
      and hope
      such brazen, audacity
      doesn't backfire, so easily... he he
      (a wonderfully poetic comment
      thank you dear poet)

    • Paul Bell

      I wonder if Shakespeare knew he would still be relevant today, and probably still relevant in a hundred years from now. Strangely enough, we all probably use a Shakespeare quote daily.

      • L. B. Mek

        so agree my friend, that entire era
        had Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney
        Christopher Marlowe (my personal fav)
        William Shakespeare, and the man who ruled
        over them all: Ben Jonson.
        (like, I know Romantic's era got their big guns
        but the sheer levels of poetic genius
        this names represent
        is absurd, and all at that same time...
        seems poet's be like London busses... lol)
        long - may the Stratford-born, reign!

        • Paul Bell


        • Fay Slimm.

          What a super confession of love everlasting dear L.B. - - a chosen lady could not have it clearer put my friend.

          • L. B. Mek

            yes, I said that - to
            when she looked back, all glass eyed and asked

            'who be this Summer, then?' tutting her annoyance
            'ah, no my dear - I was just trying to be poetic'
            I feebly, replied (perplexed and a little aghast)
            'well be poetic, to her - I ain't got time for your foolery'
            she barked, twirling
            to exit my life
            and I was left there, one knee
            all soggy and one outstretched hand
            all trembling
            (then I got up, brushed myself-off and realised
            ain't that just a classy way
            to reject a guy...
            pretending like she don't know sonnet 18, pfttt)

          • dusk arising

            Well old shakespear seems to linger but why completely eludes me. I'm immune to the bard. I'd much rather see the words of contemporary's giving vent upon the world of today. Even if their language be younger than my tongue and my ears fall to being re-educated.... there is no greater educator than life itself as one is living it.

            • L. B. Mek

              indeed, but what of our poetic heritage
              dear Poet
              where would we be without those
              that demonstrated the capacity for us, to reach
              for such, far-fetched dreams
              that's what Shakespeare and his elite peers
              represent to me
              that there are height's so far, above my limits
              so many have reached
              but that's a thing of beauty, to me
              a freeing conceptualisation of my humble role
              and my ticket: to being whoever
              I Choose to be; free
              of comparison's burdens...
              Greatness exists, to let us know
              not all of us are made equal
              and that's just damn, fine
              with my lazy ass..
              I'll just scribble away, live
              my subtle existence
              as best as I can
              and let the universe, do its thing
              like it has done before
              and it will do, long
              after its forgotten me
              suits me just fine and dandy... lol

              • dusk arising

                Heritage - schmerative. Do i need to know the heritage of the motor car to enjoy driving mine? Do i need to know a ladies heritage to enjoy her? It's 18th January 2022 and how people write today is the writing which interests me. I have been foolish enough over the years to lean into shakespear and found boredom. The last skirmish was macbeth, just a few days ago, which became boring rather quick.
                I don't need heritage to write, I follow no rules, have had no poetic education, i just write. Now then... if my writing is poor because i ignore heritage so be it, after all tis only my humble self expression.

              • Neville

                a lot of people around the globe are sadly put off of reading the great Bard .. I myself was one of those, until I began to feel able to listen with my eyes wide open, a very long time ago now ........ Today, I am pleased to report, I have both viewed & likewise listened to each of his known 154 .. Another great work today brother Mek ................................ Neville

                • L. B. Mek

                  I will admit, his theatrics is a little too dramatic
                  and his fingerprints, on his characters ill-choices
                  is sometimes a little too evident
                  but his language, his soliloquys
                  his imagery, his Poetry
                  how he 'borrows' the skeletons of his stories
                  then elevates them
                  till you think its something, so fantastical and new
                  it is language, reaching for the ultimate heights
                  it is poetic ambition, in its raw - unabashed beauty
                  its Johnson, Spencer, Marlow's era of promise
                  fulfilled, beyond anyone's wildest dreams
                  a cornerstone of our beloved Blighty's, pride
                  it is Shakespeare's: undying legacy!

                • Rozina

                  Beautiful L.B.

                  • L. B. Mek

                    thank you, kind poet
                    glad you liked it

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Such good words Mek.


                    • L. B. Mek

                      ah, such a fitting comment
                      a personal favourite Andy
                      thank you

                    • Valerie

                      Absolutely beautiful and extremely sweet! Sonnet 18 is incredibly iconic, and this poem reminds me that I can’t help but love love.

                      • L. B. Mek

                        and that's what it represents to me as well, I think
                        a poem inviting everyone to feel love
                        that's both
                        to - love and be - loved;
                        like just those words
                        'shall I compare'
                        so humble, so subtle
                        but they just ignite your imagination
                        you can't help but compare your
                        experience of love to his words;
                        some of us are dealt
                        typhoons and hailstones
                        as our love's comparative weathers,
                        so its nice to know
                        other's get spring and summer
                        with their ingredients of love..
                        'It must be love, love, love
                        Nothing more, nothing less
                        Love is the best'
                        Madness, said it best.. lol

                      • AuburnScribbler

                        A beautiful heartfelt poetic promise here, L. B. Mek.

                        These words of yours write an ultimatum, thus, your love for both loved ones and friends, becomes immortal.

                        Bravo, and I hope that all is well!

                        • L. B. Mek

                          thank you, dear Poet
                          sincerity, dictates a lot of our choices
                          I'm just grateful for all those in my life
                          that make it so easy, to love them..

                        • sorenbarrett

                          True love is eternal and is not corrupted by time. The intent of Sonnet 18 is encapsulated here. Just as true love is immortal so are some poems, those that spring from the human soul and speak the truth of the human condition. This is a beautiful rendition L.B.

                          • L. B. Mek

                            it's one of my personal fav's as well, dear friend
                            so glad you excavated it
                            and so very humbled that you liked it, thank you!

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