Photo Prompt: Poetry – Shakespearean Sonnet – “A Stage”

Thank you to Mind Loves Misery’s Menagerie for this weeks photo prompt:




The whole world is our stage, the bard, Shakespeare —

In As You Like It, wrote: we‘re all acting.

Our flaws from our image perceived, not clear. 

Perform each day, we say words not exact.


Our fear, our doubt; such lonileness confides,

All our truths to another’s sad eyes,

On rocks we stumble, we cannot stay; reside.

We could beg for help but we act, more lies. 


Curtains about to part, they hide stage fright,

White billowing clouds, pulled by ropes they show, 

Each person performing their role, their life. 

Hoping they bloom, become more then this –grow. 


The world’s a stage, what wisdom to impart,

We’re merely players, to soon to depart. 


For more info on Shakespeare’s famous lines from As You Like It, visit here


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 


7 thoughts on “Photo Prompt: Poetry – Shakespearean Sonnet – “A Stage”

  1. Melinda Kucsera August 21, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Beautiful sonnet though also a sad one. Must we strut and pose upon the stage? Can we not show truth and be not booed?

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    • mandibelle16 August 21, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Hehe I don’t know. To some degree, I think we all have a face and different roles in life we act or are expected to play. Sometimes these roles are easier and more honest, other times we are indeed telling someone what they want to hear, or being nice when we want to swear lol. Sometimes we can not be as genuine as we might
      Iike. Thanks for commenting Melinda 🙂

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      • Melinda Kucsera August 22, 2016 / 6:58 pm

        You’re welcome and after reading your reply, I agree with you. We do act. I hadn’t thought of it like that.


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