On the Romeo and Juliet Epidemic: A Poem

has anyone noticed how these Romeos and Juliets have multiplied?
for that Love of which they’ve heard, they search the whole world wide

mascara for the masquerade, to obscure eyes that might’ve held stars
the suitors, dressed in that immature chivalry, begin their own wars

soon they’ll have plucked every rose from the earth, and you’ll see
an army of air-headed Juliets, sighing on the balcony

if only the Bard could see how each one turns up their nose
(even the Romeos now!) to those more faithful Mercutios

but what sort of Love is Friendship when compared with Desire?
and — who ever heard of receiving Love from a Friar?

what a sad world, when the Love we love is the kind that asks
us to drink to our deaths, from a poisonous flask

what a sad world, when a Love called Friendship be forgot
when God’s Love, a Mother’s Love, are not worth a second thought

has anyone noticed how these Romeos and Juliets have multiplied?
they who have taught us love, at its strongest, as a double suicide

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