But Soft, On What Yon Pole Doth Break (or ‘The Little-Known Shakespearian Pole Tragedy’)


But soft, on what yon pole doth break

the breath of heaven’s dew,

in frozen apparition sweet

to tempt a child of two

to get him hence and lick said pole

with tongue egressed in kind;

Forsooth, what pain for him whose flesh

doth overpower mind!


Verily and anon, I beg of thee – keep thine tongue within its housing when thou dost wander past a tempting flag pole!

26 comments on “But Soft, On What Yon Pole Doth Break (or ‘The Little-Known Shakespearian Pole Tragedy’)

  1. We were just talking about those tongue torn experiences the other day! Your poem and picture portray the experience/temptation perfectly! I am a member of that club… πŸ˜‰
    Blessings to you Melody ~ Wendy

  2. Robert Rife says:

    Well then, what a cheeky monkey!

  3. Just watched “A Christmas story” yesterday at school with sixteen laughing teenagers. ‘Tis amazing how trying to lick a pole is funny in our imagination, yet so painful in real life. Nice Shakespearean melody, by the way.

  4. lylekrahn says:

    Great photo – it almost tempts the tongue all over again.

  5. Caddo Veil says:

    Brilliantly clever, Melody–love it!!!

  6. Ooh, I’m having a flashback!

  7. ericmvogt says:

    Melody, Melody, wherefore art thou, O Melody? I haveth a flashback to a youthful misadventure! (My tongue hurts still!) πŸ˜‰

  8. Debbie says:

    Laughing! You did such a good job with this! Thanks for the fun! (since it’s not happening to me!)

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