Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Shakespeare's Day--By Joyce Johnson--United States

Shakespeare's Day

Would we be as prolific then
As Will with only a quill pen?
Imagine writing all those plays
Without the help of modern ways.

It must have taken a long time
To write each brilliant word and rhyme.
Is there a poet of this day
Who writes in that old-fashioned way?

I fear my fingers would have cramped
And my enthusiasm damped
if my keyboard were whisked away
And I found myself in Shakespeare's day.

I think I'd never be a poet
If with ink and quill, I had to show it.

Joyce Johnson lives in the beautiful Skagit Valley of Washington State. She owns a small farm and rents her land to a bulb grower. She is surrounded by beauty in the spring from the tulips and daffodils that inspire much of her poetry. Joyce will celebrate her 95th birthday in July of 2013.


  1. You are so right. I think my enthusiasm might have somewhat dampened with having to write with a quill pen. Loved your observation.

  2. Dear Joyce

    So nice to read your wonderful poem today. My goodness that quill would have cinched it for me. Great observation.


  3. Great poetry Joyce - but for me quill pen or not, I would get my expressive words logged one way or another...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  4. Dear Joyce,

    We've come a long way since Shakespeare's day. I enjoyed your poem and I loved your sense of humor as you wrote of your observations of then and now.


  5. Smiles, how right you are Joyce, so many of us would not give the time of day to our writing if we'd have lived back then... A thought provoking read kind of nudging me onwards... Thanks for sharing.