Wednesday, 20 January 2016
A PASTORAL DIALOGUE, a sonnet by James L.S. Carter
A PASTORAL DIALOGUE
by James L.S. Carter
Oh you don't live, eat, sleep well everyday
! Reform yourself ! ! Corydon's son, begin !
Nomea, I support you in all you say,
In all you do: in that I little sin.
For my and your health you care not a pin,
Theognis. Come now. ! Carefully confer !
I know that I am fat and you are thin.
In my support for you I maybe err.
I shall not live long son. I do aver
Survival brief my future life awaits.
Say not I'll lose Nomea, lose not her
Else also I shall end in desperate straights.
Theognis lazy indifference creates
His wife's, mother's, father's fates.
Copyright James L.S. Carter January 2016, Edinburgh