Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | Theme Prompt, No. 179: Shakespeare Quote
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Merril D. Smith did something a little different this week. She selected a quote from Shakespeare for our theme prompt:
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
I know some of you saw Shakespeare and said… “No way! I’m outta here!” Did you think the quote was challenging? Yes? Well, that’s good! We all need a challenge. That’s why we’re here.
When you step back from the quote and read the words for what they are, you get a sense of the theme. Goodness, light, good deeds, the Golden Rule, all of these themes came to mind for me. However, our perceptions of the quote don’t have to be as literal as Shakespeare’s words. There’s also the theme of salvation, or deliverance that comes to mind.
Here are only a few of the poems that stuck with me:
Random Acts – Padre’s Ramblings
Theme Prompt – Anita Dawes
Theme Prompt – Ritu
Random Acts of Kindness – Sally Cronin
The Merchant of Venice – Vashti Q. Vega (get a rundown of the entire play)
Yet, Pat R’s Gogyohka, “This Cloud” took my breath away. It is through Pat’s eyes that we catch a glimpse of a world in chaos. The last line of her poem shines the light on the future giving us hope that the next generation can fix what we’ve been unable to do. Fingers crossed.
This Gogyohka is powerful. The last line or pivot is unexpected. It grabs you!
Congratulations, Pat, it’s your turn to pick the theme for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your choice at firstname.lastname@example.org before next month’s challenge.
this cloud, generations old
cavalier cruelty has me bawling again
in search of air I walk to the park
no sign of the sun
yet, a toddler chases butterflies
©5/28/2020 Pat R
Great work everybody! See you tomorrow for the new challenge post!