A New Pact

Bard of Avon, we've no war.
I've coveted your verse too long.

Now I'm beside you, fellow poet,
in no need of father figures,

but wise enough to make no foes
and mindful how a moment goes.

You set the measures yesterday,
yet metrics vary when we weigh.

Despite divergence, we'd admit
that brevity's the soul of wit.

One has but hours to convey
those untold things most strain to say.

Our common struggle duels with time:
to fit five thoughts inside one rhyme,

compressing volumes into breath
we pray may speak long after death,

and be remembered, page for page,
forevermore, not for an age.

A New Pact © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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18 lines.  Honoring William Shakespeare prompt challenge - link: https://allpoetry.com/contest/2772787-Shakespeare-quotation-prompt-in-20-lines-or

This poem's title and general approach is inspired by Ezra Pound's historic poem "A Pact," in which the speaker of the poem addresses Walt Whitman:


There is also an intentional half-allusion in the closing line of my poem relating with  Ben Jonson's poem "To the Memory of My Beloved the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare ":


- specifically in Jonson's line "He was not of an age but for all time!"
Submitted: February 26, 2021

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