For today’s prompt, take a word or two invented by William Shakespeare, make it the title of your poem, and write your poem. Click here for a link to some words coined by Shakespeare, who was baptized on this date in 1564. If the link doesn’t work, here are a few: advertising, bloodstained, critic, dwindle, eyeball, hobnob, luggage, radiance, and zany. He invented more than 1,700!
MANAGER OF MIRTH
by John Yeo
In the days of the incomparable Bard,
When language was robust and pliable,
He managed to coin the word manager
In a magical dream on a Midsummer night.
“Where is our usual manager of mirth?”
Enquired good king Theseus.
“What revels are in hand?
Oberon, with Puck and Bottom are bland.”
I entered the office on a Monday morning
Greeted by the prospect of a mirthless day.
Our manager of mirth said: “Welcome,
Your weekend revels have now ended
Go to your desk and complete that report
Your “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” has ended.”
I looked out of the window facing me
To see a tiny figure playing on a leafy tree.
Copyright (c) Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved
Written for Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic asides blog on “Writers Digest”