The Merchant of Venice

5 Oct

To what do we owe allegiance?
our promises, I fear
can only be constitutions
if our souls could tear
If our pledges were a kite-string strong
that bears ourselves only so long
and then be rolled in or snapt in two
and fearing to meet it’s maker,away blew
never to return to earth except graced
with mud and snarled in branches twisted
I do not think we truly can
quite keep the vows we swore to tend
unless our hearts are bond and we
wear our conscience on our sleeves
And pray never give your word to one
who loves you not, for how much stronger
the kite-string, and how much more frail
you shall be, within those hands that little care for thee.

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