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Pyramus and Thisbe

(Poem by Sophia Shapira)

Full of rules and rivalry
They won’t see eye to eye.
Great families of Babylon
Care not their children die.

But fair young Thisbe caught the eye
Of Pyramus the young
Despite their houses’ rivalry
To each the other clung.

  Pyramus and Thisbe, dead at youth
  But finally they’re wedded be
  As their blood is fin’ly joined in truth
  In the cherries of the cherry tree.

They planned to meet and to elope
And run away one night.
They’d meet under the cherry tree
With cherries oh so white.

Fair Thisbe got there early
When a lion came her way.
She dropped her veil so she could run
And live another day.

  Pyramus and Thisbe, dead at youth
  But finally they’re wedded be
  As their blood is fin’ly joined in truth
  In the cherries of the cherry tree.

When Pyramus arrived at last
And saw fair Thisbe’s veil,
He thought the lion got her.
To protect her, he did fail.

In sorrow, then, he stabbed himself,
And to the roots he bled.
And from his blood the cherries turned
From white to a light red.

  Pyramus and Thisbe, dead at youth
  But finally they’re wedded be
  As their blood is fin’ly joined in truth
  In the cherries of the cherry tree.

Then Thisbe came – saw Pyramus
Dead upon the earth.
She wept, for now without her love
Her life was nothing worth.

She stabbed herself with his same knife
And bled to the same root,
So that her blood would join with his
In dark-red cherry fruit.

  Pyramus and Thisbe, dead at youth
  But finally they’re wedded be
  As their blood is fin’ly joined in truth
  In the cherries of the cherry tree.

– – Sophia Elizabeth Shapira
– – 2012-05-24

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1 Comment

  1. Gabriel Shapira says:

    I have started from “the comfort of tender eyes” down the list…
    And I like them all! I meant to pass on this link a while ago, but of course, never found the time to do so! So now is good as any to spread the word for many.

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