PAD 23: The Last Time I Read Shakespeare

The last time I read Shakespeare, 

I was a different person, 

And yet that was just two weeks ago. 

But the act of reading, changes you, 

And the act of living, and dying,  changes

Everything. 

And sometimes, two weeks

Is a lifetime and still

Not long enough. 

I’d like to return to the hope

Of two weeks ago 

The same way I can

Return to Shakespeare. 
(PAD challenge prompt for April 23, Shakespeare’s birthday,  is “Last_____”)

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PAD 22: Swan Song

Two swans glided gracefully

Side by side.

Curving their elegant necks

Together into the shape of

A heart, teaching all who would listen

The power of love and loyalty,

And the pain of loss keens

Like our hearts when

Our love leaves this earth.