In the town of Messina
Antony and Cleopatra overheard
Titus Andronicus, Macbeth and Hamlet
having a riveting conversation.
It quickly became a Comedy of Errors, as King Lear
and King John interjected that Don Pedro would
soon return from battle.
After a Midsummer Night’s Dream,
Leonato greeted Don Pedro, alongside Beatrice and the Merry Wives
of Windsor, asking about the Two Gentlemen of Verona.
“Oh, you mean Claudio and Benedick? One fought like a
Tempest and well, Benedick? He fought like a Merchant In Venice,
where Measure for Measure he couldn’t add up.”
Leonato requested Don Pedro stay in Messina for 30 nights
Requesting that he enjoy, “As You Like It”.
Which really meant that Don Pedro should
enjoy Taming of the Shrew.
On the Twelfth Night of Winter’s Tale,
a magical masquerade ball ensued
whereas Don Pedro, attempted to woo Hero
on behalf of Claudio.
Don John, Henry and Richard caused
quite the commotion between Claudio and Don
Pedro, but all was resolved to Claudio and Hero’s benefit.
At the same time, Benedick disguised himself as
Timon of Athens or possibly Pericles and danced with Beatrice.
Yet Beatrice verbally stabbed
Benedick in the back akin to Julius Caesar by Brutus.
Like a game of Othello, Don John tries to reverse
the impeding nuptials by falsely claiming Hero was unfaithful
with either Corialanus, Cymbeline or Borachio.
Despite a public humiliation, the potential death of
Hero and the subsequent confession of Borachio,
Love ultimately prevailed for Claudio and Hero,
as well as for Benedick and Beatrice.
Alas, unlike Romeo and Juliet
Or Torilus and Cressidea,
Instead of Love’s Labour’s Lost,
It is All’s Well That Ends Well.
Therefore, was Don John’s treachery Much Ado About Nothing?
Today’s prompt for National Poetry Writing month comes from napowrimo.net. The prompt was to write a a poem that doesn’t offer a conclusion, but ends with a question. The question for you is, can you figure out what else I have done with this story/poem.Photo source: Kelly Sikkema