Response to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 by Josie Skinner 

His words about me may have been cruel, 
And just downright insulting, 
Although he is neither a shining jewel 
And can sometimes be quite revolting. 
He’s quick to comment on my pasty skin 
And my apparent smell 
But I notice he left out his double chin, 
And his receding hairline as well. 
There’s nothing as worse than the sound of his snoring, 
Or the fact that he can’t make a bed, 
And I can’t deny that his stories are boring 
And that fame goes straight to his head. 
Despite all this I still don’t care 
Because together, him and I, make quite the pair.