Juliet Before She Marries

When Juliet wakes up the morning of her wedding
To her beloved Romeo, she thinks of the other men
She has rejected. There was the fair and handsome Paris,
For one. What if she has done wrong not accepting his
Courtship? Her love for Romeo surely is as sweet a rose
(That by any other name would smell as sweet),
But she wonders if she has gone too far. Has she sacrificed
Too much? Was it wrong to command Romeo to deny his father
And refuse his name, and to tell him she was ready and willing
To no longer be a Capulet? She wonders now if it was a
Mistake such as that of a King; so grave it shall certainly
Yield utmost consequence. The soon to be wife now thinks,
Is there any way to take back the events of the past day?
What would Friar Laurence say? He wills them into this
Secret marriage, so that the families could once again
Live together in peace as they once did. Would he scold
Her if she told him it was off? Would Romeo yet? Would her
Family take her in as the once-lost soul, now found,
Or would she now be living alone, or exiled? Juliet in no way
Can deny her love of her Romeo, the same Romeo with which she
Felt butterflies in her stomach, fluttering with each step he took
Nearer to her. The same Romeo with which she cannot help
But smile in the presence of. The same Romeo with which
She decided love, their love, was more important than any
A name could ever be. That love, their love, was the nail
That held up the roofs of their lives, and without it all hell would
Come crashing down. Now she knows she cannot live
Without her Romeo, for if she had to, she rather would die!
She convinces herself she likes him more than like, than love;
That their love is the greatest of love itself. But how can she know
This is love, she wonders. She knows she likes this Romeo Montague
And wants to spend all her years with him, but what if that changes?
No, she thinks, she mustn’t think of these things on her wedding day.
It would be a sin should she realize she does not love him as much
She thought. She must love him, she thinks, for at one point she was willing to give
Everything she had, everything she would have, for this man,
Her Romeo. So she mustn’t doubt their love, for surely she does love
Her Romeo. The moment rushes over her like a quick gust of wind
As she realizes she is crazy to doubt her love; only her love knows,
And she knows, she realizes, that she loves
Romeo. And with that she pushes away that last pang of
Doubt and uncertainty.

Juliet Before She Marries


Westfield, United States

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Juliet doubts her love for Romeo.

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