Author Note: I heard "Inori" sung by Lena Park by accident, stumbling across it when I was looking for "You Raise me Up," an orchestrated version. It was destined that I would find out about Romeo x Juliet through this accident. I like it when Park sings it in Japanese, but no one can beat Josh Groban when it comes to the vocals of the original English song written lyrics by Brendan Graham and composed by Rolf Lovland. It's a beautiful song, so that's why I titled this collection "Inori" coming from the line in the song that goes "You raise me up… to more than I can be", and "Inori wa toki o koeru-prayers surpass time." Depending on the reviews I get with this and other snippets, I might continue writing more RxJ. And since I am totally enthralled by the similar themes in Shakespeare's work to this anime for the time being, I'm very determined to write about it.
Disclaimer: Here, I disclaim any rights to Romeo x Juliet, which is also a shadow of the great William Shakespeare's play of two star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet
By: MistyWing Word Count: 292 Theme: Love as Defined Character POV: Willy (William)
Love; you asked me what it meant. "I'll give you the clear cut definition, Odin," I said.
Love would be the profound feeling of passion that comes straight from the soul and spreads through every fiber in the being until it transfers to the recipient.
You stood in your chair and looked at me with your bright, young eyes. You were a fearless maiden. You were downright righteous and understood nothing, but love.
Love traverses time. The mind does not decide for us if we love or not. Love is for the heart to work out.
You and I, at the time, did not know that you were asking a rhetorical question. Perhaps, we knew, but we wish we didn't. Fate dealt a heavy blow upon your love, but you, brave maiden, pursued your love nonetheless.
You redefine it for me, now, Odin. Redefine it for me, Juliet. Because as I sit here writing my song about your tragedy, I cannot say that "Love would be the profound feeling of passion that comes straight from the soul and spreads through every fiber in the being until it transfers to the recipient. Love traverses time. The mind does not decide for us if we love or not. Love is for the heart to work out." Have I been wrong, two-thirds wrong, half wrong? You answer my question, now.
I sit here because of you. I am a famous playwright because of you. And I learned that my dreams come true because of you.
My words are about your family and your lover's family. My words are about your love that ends in tragedy.
I sing of your painful love. I sing, even as you died holding your lover, for the joy of love.