Coffee with William

I’m having coffee with William
he has pulled my chair out gallantly
and set me down without a moment’s care
brewing coffee and the tea

We dine for hours on cakes and biscuits
I did not know it could be like this
to speak all day of words and meter
of great productions in the Globe theater

I brought up Romeo and Juliet
asking if he ever thought
he would let one of them live yet
when reaching the end of the plot

I ask over a second cookie
What of Lear, was he ever tempted
to let him live instead
of dying of a broken heart

His death pre-empted
by hope, but he just sips
his tea and says nothing

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