One of the exciting things I got for college was a Kindle. As soon as I got it, one of the first ebooks I downloaded for it was a collection of Shakespeare's sonnets. One of the things I do to pass the time is write sonnets as notes in my Kindle based on lines in Shakespeare's sonnets. It's a good exercise for me. The lines from Shakespeare have been bolded .

This is Op. 20, No. 1, based on Shakespeare's first sonnet, "From fairest creatures we desire increase."


Op. 20, No. 1
Beauty's Rose

That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
And could, through time's cruel grasp, escape that fate:
How happy should we be to tell no lie
Against the wisdom earned by years so great?
Alas, the blooms alluring must be thorn'd
If wishes of escape can be maintained;
As such man's fancy stands to be hard scorned
With fresh-shed blood and sorrow to be gained.
For in the grove where human passions grow,
Where beauties and exotics hail from far,
The fickle eye roams, glancing to and fro,
To sate itself with full intent to mar.
From fairest creatures we desire increase,
But in the face of lust, true love will cease.