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O. Captain

Or rather, what /I/ will

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            my ears hear waves, and shouting, and then silence.

            and then there is the beach, and captain, too

            and clad in trousers and quick wit, i go

            stride forth into this land illyria.





 

            the duke is kind, when he does not forget.

            love weighs, like wine, heavy upon his mind,

            and to self-same effect, all things admitted

            once i the lady see, i understand.




 

           

            i say some shame at this, but none too far

            for clear as day she’s brushed aside the duke.

            if heaven had sent angels to this land,

            olivia is of their chosen house.





 

            olivia! fair heavens bless her crown,

            cry joy at her joys, rain with her sorrows.

            (she chased me with a ring, and urged a promise

            and honest as was made i did fulfil:

            we met again, oh, very happy met!)





 

            when flights of fancy do pervade my bliss,

            pity strikes me for poor, forlorn orsino

            affections spurned, turned to the one he sent

            to tell his love; she kisses me again

 

waves, then shouting, and then, dread silence           

then antonio, and daring rescue           

then, clad in trousers and quick wit, i go           

into this strange coast, toward illyria           

 

            there is a challenge made as from my lady’s

            --oh, i but wished to one day be thus blessed

            to say “my lady” (and i to be hers)--

            to yet contracted master’s court i strode

 

he follows me, fool pirate, fool in love           

and places in my palms his purse and wallet,           

and his life (his life! he should not be           

seen here! illyria's his enemy!)           

 

            a brave competitor was promised i,

            (this promise unfulfilled to point of hearsay)

            it went like this: we saw the other’s face

            and like children, we both did run off screaming

 

            and out with purse and wallet (and with life)           

into the duke orsino’s land i go           

and meet with someone else’s duel, someone           

like i in feature must it be. (perhaps...           

i’ve not a challenge of my own yet heard,           

dare i to hope it could be drown’d viola?)           

 

            i to my lord orsino’s house did flee

            and in the interim came ‘pon the knight

            and a strange man, who called me brother’s name

            and hence did save my life and beg his purse

 

i lost him, somehow, in the thick of life           

antonio, not at the inn as promised           

the worst fear flickers yet in my gay heart           

twere not for me he would not dare to be here!           

 

            my lady asks of me to wed her promptly

            oh heart, i can but hope she’ll not regret

            my part-deception; i shall tell her ere

            we plan to fast my heart, my hands, to hers.

 

i came upon a lady that did ask           

after our marriage, one i quick forgot           

perhaps because the marriage was not mine           

is drown’d viola here, and wed this lady?           

 

            i made good haste to the duke’s home, to cancel

            my contract in his house before my wedding

            and there came again upon my savior

            this pirate they have called antonio

            who called me by my brother’s moniker

 

the lady did henceforth take me away           

and to the duke’s estate, and there he was           

antonio, his life yet in my palms!           

and there’s viola too, alive, not drown’d!           

 

            oh! oh! sebastian, safe, alive, undrowned!

            and he does recognize antonio

            lady olivia, eyes bathed in light

            we tell her truths together, we two halves

 

oh, seas are merciful as none have told!           

my sister, living, breathing, thus employed           

i look to lady, duke, to pirate dear           

and we tell truths together, halves made whole           

 

never a sister did my mother bear

                       

my mother has yet to bear me a brother

 

and have our fathers ever shared a name?                     

 

       from self-same womb we came; it should be thus

 

my lady, ere you wed me, hear my piece:

i am viola, this my twin, sebastian

some month hence, in a storm, our ship did break

and on the shore, i found myself alone

i did endeavor to find work, and found’t

in duke orsino’s court, through whose employ

i came to meet my dear your ladyship,

and fell in love, if in love you will have me

and to be wed, if be wed you will let me

                                   

antonio, and others gathered here

now do hear me, sebastian, speak my fate:

i, too, shipwrecked upon that fated voyage.

antonio did find me on the shore,

and brought me here to bold illyria,

tho’ hangman’s noose here weighs upon his shoulders

and while i’ve cause to yet hold still my tongue

my heart yearns to profess as sister hast,

oh, dear antonio, whose life yet rests

            in both my palms, as you have left it, now

take mine in yours, and take my hands forthwith.

                                    i’ve heard tales tell that pirates do love rings.

 

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[Author's Note: Here it is! Written in iambic pentameter, as it should be.]

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O. Captain / Cap / Nevermore || any pronouns

see ya, space captain

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5 hours ago, O. Captain said:

the worst fear flickers yet in my gay heart 

my 24/7 but D U D E this was EVERYTHING I HAD HOPED FOR, GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE IT! you did 12th night justice and that is an i n c re d i b l y high compliment, and you Deserve It!

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current number of classic lit characters ive gone out of my way to project on and reason out why they might be gay: 8

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8 minutes ago, conradbirdie said:

my 24/7 but D U D E this was EVERYTHING I HAD HOPED FOR, GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE IT! you did 12th night justice and that is an i n c re d i b l y high compliment, and you Deserve It!

Thank you so much!! I was inspired by a production I saw a couple of weekends ago; I'm just Super Gay for Lady Olivia and I just had to write something for that.

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O. Captain / Cap / Nevermore || any pronouns

see ya, space captain

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Just realized it was based on 12th night, which I'm not familiar with. looked up the synopsis and now I plan to read it.

I have this faint memory of seeing this play ages ago.

I like your storyline better though. :91_rainbow: 

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