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User Info: willis5225

willis5225
2 weeks ago#1
Prologue
In tepid weeks of winter waning
Quarantined and idly braining
Sit in quiet the COVID vectors
(except those in the private sector;
who give medicine and aliment,
the hourly, the government,
beholdens to the gig economy
and the pitiable petit bourgeosie).
Amid the social freeze
Downy-collared and yet garbed in pants of ease
A PMSian desks himself and now he strikes the keys:

I. Of Pyramus and Thisbe
Euphrates laps upon the silt-ennobled shore
beyond the cloistered confines of poor
Thisbe's vision splend'rously imprisoned
Nigh not temple, ziggurat, nor Tigran strand
Yet jewels adorned th' impenetrable mure
'Round Thisbe, Bab-el's daughter pure,
With lapis lazuli
Encrusted is the cage that guards her tenuous virginity
This sandstone-irised prize of Persian virility!

O wall! O tow'ring ring to demarcate
The margins of the wild and state
You keep 'gainst stalking beasts and men
Of foreign birth and evil mien,
Part your quarried slabs of rock
Along some seam or rift or block.
No more! In watchless guarding slack
For here I bid you fail and warp and crack
For Love's sake--
Wall, accept the probes root of root and flake
And dull the noble girl's new menarchic ache!

Obedient, the wall its labor quits:
Into the virgin's gard a voice admits,
O'the beauteous son of Babylon
At battle-play upon some Martian lawn.
With son'rous sweat and grunt he strikes
The armor'd straw to man alike
To hone the proper shoulder-twist
To swordly ward away the lion's wist.
But Thisbe hears:
Pyramus! The maybe-man of gentle Thisbean years
The master lithe of armors, swords, and spears.

Her lips the girl presses to the breach
And whispers of the things a girl can teach
A prince, a guard, a man-of-war:
Of hearth, of home, of vale, of flo'er.
So craftless is the princess' spell
That Pyramus, he speaks as well:
By Ninus' tomb
When the mulberry is just past bloom
Will moonlit Thisbe meet her bridegroom!

Alas, alack, eheu. Eheu!
The lioness strikes quick and true
And sops her maw upon the muttonflesh
Of mother-ewe with kid a-supping at her breast
So stained of mouth with gore and rose
She rests by Tigris 'neath the bows
Of Ninus' mulberry
Oh youthful Pyramus, don't tarry!
Your bride arrives by night, and wary!

By torchlight Thisbe spies the beast
Engorged on some unhallowed feast,
And flees the girl from that bloody maw.
But the wind alights the perfumed shawl,
Discovered by her dilatory knight
Whose heart fails at the bloody sight:
She must be dead
The enemy girl from the neighb'ring stead
Denied by fate her bridegroom and her marriage-bed!

Courage leads the maiden back
To find the her Pyramus--alack--
Fallen on his his sword in grief.
With kisses Thisbe seeks out life
Within the body of her supple prince,
But warmth and life have fled long since.
She pleads
But Juno shuts her ears and Thisbe to the pommel speeds
And choosing Proserpine, she sighs, she falls, she bleeds.
Willis, it seems like every other time you post, I need to look up a word that's in the OED or Urban Dictionary but not both.
-Mimir

User Info: Kodiologist

Kodiologist
2 weeks ago#2
This is an incredible effort-post, but I have to call out the attempt to rhyme "war" with "flower".

User Info: HeyDude

HeyDude
1 week ago#3
Honestly I don't get it? I wanna respond but I have so many questions:

1) Who wrote this? Did Will write this?
2) Who are these characters? Should I have known going in? I can't tell whether it's not accessible or whether I'm just poorly educated.

But also, "bows" is "boughs" in a tree context and is said like it rhymes with rouse, so it doesn't rhyme with rose.

User Info: Jacehan

Jacehan
1 week ago#4
I once played the role of Thisbe in high school. That's all I've got.
"To truly live, one must first be born." ~ Evan [aX]
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User Info: Kodiologist

Kodiologist
1 week ago#5
Since Will has rudely declined to answer these reasonable questions:

1) I believe he did.

2) The story of Pyramus and Thisbe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramus_and_Thisbe) is a traditional one originating in Ovid that has been retold many times. The best-known retelling is probably the play-within-a-play at the end of A Midsummer Night's Dream, but Shakespeare also copied its ending for Romeo and Juliet.

User Info: willis5225

willis5225
1 week ago#6
Oh sorry everybody I've just been dealing with coronavirus.

The proper response to the storyteller in a plague frame getting the plague himself is to tell stories of your own in manie divers formes!
Willis, it seems like every other time you post, I need to look up a word that's in the OED or Urban Dictionary but not both.
-Mimir

User Info: BUM

BUM
4 days ago#7
Ah! I'm sorry, you had the coronavirus? How are you feeling now?
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