It’s so easy to allow the past to haunt us. It’s not so easy to let it go, or to write poetry for that matter, so here goes nothing…


Completely immersed in thoughts of naught.

That one word arrives uninvited.

The scar torn open and anguish reborn.

Once again my identity spited.


Damn them!


One word,

One insult,

One memory,

So much power it holds.


Damn it!


The moment gone by.

Yet I re-visit these roasts.

Fuel for this grief I supply.

My tormentor’s but ghosts.




I drink this poison and only I shall suffer.

Live and let live, return to the now.

Recall when you next wish to libel another.

This pain it may teach if you allow.


Well I’ll be damned.


7 thoughts on “Week 6: Poem inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30

  1. Hi Nigel,
    Your poem is great, I really liked the first line so I continued to read the whole thing. I just thought “thoughts of naught” sounded so poetically beautiful, it made for an intriguing start. The whole poem had a smooth tempo and the repetition of “damn” tied it together nicely, as did the way you set up each stanza. The last line also made me smile, I enjoyed how you changed the use of the word “damn” at the end to be positive, was quite clever actually. The picture you included also related well to the poem and reinforced the theme having it placed at the very end. Nicely done.
    Cheers 🙂

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  2. Nigel,
    I absolutely loved this poem! The ideas behind it, including the extensive damage of verbal abuse, are remarkable. The composition and the tone of the poem greatly complemented the ideas it presented. You seem to have forgotten, however, to reference the image you used. Other than that, excellent job!

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  3. Hey Nigel!
    For someone who seemed so unsure about writing poetry, you did an amazing job! Creative and witty but at the same time clearly portrayed your ideas! Very clever. I think it was simple yet very effective. I also like the cheeky little image you put in there. Awesome work! You should definitely pick poetry more often.

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