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The Cambridge Sonnet

Oh, in a time of war there must come love
If it be in the form of children’s dance
Or soaring on the pale wings of doves
Or in a sacred day of high romance.

The world comes apart and falls amiss
And beauty is a word now rarely said
Yet there is pacifism in a kiss
And for an hour, concord is not dead.

Reawakened hearts that slumbered deep
Breathe in the royal pomp and pageantry
Of marriage, elegance … and war’s short sleep:
Of all the things these regal vows decree.

And now ye take her for thy wedded wife
To have and cherish ‘til the end of life.

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Shakespearean sonnet to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William.

It might seem silly, but the royal wedding gave me a wonderful feeling of peace and calm, as if everything, for a brief time, was properly aligned in the world.

I love royalty because it is such an antiquated tradition – it seems like it belongs in a fairy tale or old, old history book, not modern times. And yet here it is, out of place in our world but thriving. So in that way, it’s a touch magical.

I know there are plenty of nay-sayers, and that’s fine. Not everyone agrees. But when you are a little girl hoping, deep down, that you’re actually a princess, or will marry Prince William … well, seeing your dream come true in the form of someone as fresh and sweet as Kate Middleton is … beautiful.


  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful!! xo

  • Thank you, Sally! <3

    – lilynoelle

  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hicksonalmost 3 years ago

    aww loveliness overload!! this is so beautiful. I totally agree, the royal wedding was such a lovely break from all the badness in the world, it’s a shame every day can’t be a royal wedding, oh and im sure one day a handsome prince will come by and make you his princess :) lovely work!

  • Aww, thank you so much, Paul! :) It’s always nice to hear someone who agrees with me, who doesn’t think the wedding was a waste of time and money. It still fills me with little butterflies when I think of how sweet and special it was. :) I did find my price three years ago … he might not be Prince William, but he’ll do. ;p hehe

    Thank you for such a nice comment.

    – lilynoelle

  • vkatt0304
    vkatt0304almost 3 years ago

    This is actually a visually stunning sonnet. Almost every line evoked an image (for me). Beautiful, just beautiful.

  • Thank you! It was geeky and fun to write. ;p

    – lilynoelle

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