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Shakespearean Cinquain: "Midsummer Night's Dream" by Mary Vermillion

Puck


What next, wanton prankster? Rethink your odd display. An ass rules the woods; lovers want

their say.


Helena


Jilted girl, can’t you see? You cry over a guy who lost his vision long ago.

Wake up.


Titania


Your mate desires to best you every which way. Your dead friend’s child he takes; your heart

he twists.


Love-in-idleness


Cupid— wounded flower, loaded with love-at-first- sight nectar, you make only sad

endings.


Bottom


Eager to play all parts, you cannot be contained.

Monster? Joyful stealer of scenes?

Magic.


Mary Vermillion is a novelist and a Professor of English at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She and her husband, Benjamin Thiel, just finished writing a dual memoir about his gender transition. To learn more about Mary's writing or to read her blog, please visit maryvermillion.com

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