PROMPT # 344 – NEITHER A BORROWER NOR A LENDER BE

William Shakespeare had written that quote in the title. Consider these other quotes:

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; ~William Shakespeare

Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music. ~Herbie Hancock

Sunlight fell upon the wall; the wall received a borrowed splendor. ~Rumi

You notice the pattern here. We are borrowing and lending. In any machination of these terms, write your poem. We’re looking at a borrow poem, or a lend poem. In another vein, write a poem that borrows something from another poem, song or art form. Or you can lend a line or phrase out for someone to use in their work. The way we share our words here, being either a borrower or a lender can be a very good thing.

MARIE’S SILLY STAB:

Borrowing Trouble?

She went to the library
to choose a scary book
and she shook
as she read all alone in her bed
with her light brightly lit,
and she wanted to quit
but she couldn’t,
and wouldn’t you know
that the inflow of fright
lasted into the night.

Lesson learned,
she returned the book,
then borrowed her sister
to sleep with her.

© Marie Elena Good, 2021

WALT’S PIECE:

BEG, BORROW AND STEAL

Please, don’t make me ask again,
don’t make me beg and plead.
I need you as a lover, a friend.
Please, don’t make me ask again.
Those mixed signals that you send
won’t fulfill my needs.
Please, don’t make me ask again,
don’t make me beg and plead.

I don’t want to borrow your heart,
I know I’ll need it for a while,
as I have right from the start,
I don’t want to borrow your heart.
I’ve been hit by cupid’s dart,
launched from your sweet smile.
I don’t want to borrow your heart,
I know I’ll need it for a while.

But if I must, I’ll steal it,
that fact is undeniable.
and when it’s gone, you’ll feel it,
But if I must, I’ll steal it.
I hope you won’t repeal it,
my love is quite reliable.
But if I must, I’ll steal it,
That fact is undeniable.

© Walter  J Wojtanik