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A Shakespearean sonnet for social

For a long time, poetry was probably the biggest part of my life, much to the distaste and entertainment of a lot of people in my school year.

It didn't bother me in the slightest that I was often labelled and categorised for this, as it was something that I enjoyed doing and I had the ability to use words poetically in a pretty effective way.

However, in the last couple of years, I've been focusing almost exclusively on writing songs, which, although similar, is a different ball game for several reasons.

That said, inspired by Tangerine PR MD Sandy Lindsay's fantastic "Ode to the Twitter" and in honour of Shakespeare's recent birthday, I decided the time was ripe to try my hand once more at some good old fashioned poetry, namely a sonnet in the style of the Bard himself.


As Fickle as a Facebook Friend

Ah! Social media, thou art fickle.

With deceptive powers to break and mend.

If thou art known not, 'twill cause a pickle,

For thou art enemy as quick as friend.

In thy brief but explosive existence,

Thou hast proven thy menacing powers.

It takes patience, guile; willful persistence -All to be taught at Tangerine Towers.

Stay your wrath!

For we look not to subdue,

But to unleash your hidden potential.

Alliances be forged 'twixt us and you:In our future, it becomes essential.

So let us embrace, our volatile friend!

For our paths be entwined now, 'til the end.

I have to admit, I had a huge amount of fun writing this, and it makes me want to get back into it. Safe to say I've been re-bitten by the poetry bug!

By Craig Butler

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