A Beautiful Pain – by Richard Stephen

I’ve been suffering from a couple of long bouts with writer’s block. This latest bout has lasted just over a month. The previous bout was also about a month long and was broken by the production of a mere two poems. I’m sure many of you can relate to this frustration!

This stretch was broken by a poem inspired by a conversation with a dear friend. “A Beautiful Pain” is a personal rumination on a Shakespearean theme from Romeo and Juliet, in particular the famous lines “parting is such sweet sorrow”. I hope you will find it worthy of your time. Thanks for reading!

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

– Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet Act 2, scene 2

A Beautiful Pain

To Romeo did Juliet eloquenly opine
of a sorrow I’d never claimed as mine
how good night brings such sorrow,
a void unfilled “till it be morrow”

Though I’d read so many times
the master poet’s poignant rhymes
and watched enacted this very scene
I’d not grasped what it truly means

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Category: By the Poetic Fool, Romance | 2 comments

  • Sannel says:

    Rick – I read your words here over and over again, and they just get more beautiful for each time, if that’s possible. . . a beautiful pain indeed!


  • poeticfool says:

    Thank you, Sannel! Such very kind words from you. I’m glad you like my poem and your comments tell me you completely understand this pain. Thanks for visiting and supporting me, my dear friend.


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