August 13: Protean Valentine

Two gentlemen made fools by love: the first
As changeful as the sea, the other staid,
Whilst constant lovers undergo the worst-
Abandoned, traded, badly-used, betrayed.

It seems a diatribe denouncing love,
How courtliness goes easily astray,
Deserting chivalry, the lack thereof
Turns love to thief and page to fiancee.

But oh, amidst the faithless and the fooled,
Just one would face disgrace and great commotion
Because by selflessness his heart is ruled,
A singular example of devotion.

That’s why my favorite lines of dialogue
Are spoken by a fool about his dog.

Inspiration: Two Gentlemen of Verona

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