All’s Well That Ends Well

Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie. “All’s Well That Ends Well, Act I, Scene 1”

He’d been, since his birth, an adorable child;
was well behaved and his character mild.
His parents believed in nature and nurture,
they were very liberal and abhorred torture.
He was brought up in a stable environment,
one that lacked hate or bitter resentment.

Grew up, went to college, rented a room
in a block of flats, full of doom and gloom.
Next door lived a girl by the name of Alice,
with chips on her shoulder and full of malice
who, having suffered many years of abuse,
took solace in drugs and indulged in booze.

In the end, as always, it depends on Fate
who do you like and consider your mate.
One day they met and she opened her heart
revealing what had made her become a tart.
She thought of him as a learned professor
and looked on him as her father confessor.

She respected this man and took his advice
that would mean abandoning a life of vice.
His influence on the girl seemed hypnotic,
it made her give up alcohol and narcotic.
She recommenced to rise from rock bottom
and her complexion began to blossom.

Changed  from a crow into a beautiful dove
she enchanted her saviour who fell in love.
It was an occasion both could celebrate,
the triumph of love over suffering and hate.
It meant the ending of her living hell:
as the Bard said, all’s well that ends well.

© Luigi Pagano 2017


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Nicely timed for Valentine’s Day! I’m not a poet but thought the story worthy of congratulations.


“Changed from a crow into a beautiful dove” I like that line. Overall the poem is well put together. Love and hate. What is love? What is hate? Hate love , love hate. It’s all the one, nothing more, nothing less.


Heartwarming tale, Luigi, I do love a good ending. Taming of the shrew indeed.

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