Jennifer Faulle: The Young Woman’s Prologue
The Gentle Reply
But could youth last, and love still breed,
Had joys no date, nor age no need,
Then these delights my mind might move
To live with thee and be thy Love.
Sir Walter Raleigh:
The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
by Mark Kodama
Nice Encomium Moriae, but love not yet,
What makes you think I want to be with you;
For me, a man of means is much more true
Maybe in the future with you I will commit,
Right now men of wealth are a better fit,
Do you think your meager income will do?
A vow of poverty I do refuse.
I will take my sweet time and wait a bit,
Until that time, I will remain free
You may linger outside my home
But do not bother my other suitors
That may come calling to woo me
You may wait until I no longer feel alone,
Or please go find a new date at Hooters.
Young man, I love romantic sonnets of your sort,
But I even liked better your friend’s gentle retort.
While your mellifluous tongue may gently woo in the dark,
Your lady friend’s words hit closer to the mark.
A boy is in lust with a woman when he dreams
Of her surrender to his many sexual schemes.
A man is in love with a woman to me it seems
When he dreams to make her dreams his dreams.
Now hear my tale about Dusty the racer
About his fall and return
Why he is a winner,
What from him we can learn.
Listen to my rondell,
Oh my friends and ah my foes.
Listen to my song; here I go.
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