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Shakie Calls ‘Em How He Sees ‘Em

My Mistress’ Eyes

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

Shakespeare – Sonnet 130

Shakespeare pokes fun at the “media’s” opinion of the ideal woman.
His mistress doesn’t live up to the image…and that’s OK with him.

Beauty  is in the eye of the beholder.


Author: Jo Toale

2 thoughts on “Shakie Calls ‘Em How He Sees ‘Em”

  1. I take pride, which may or may not be a good thing, that I do not know what is going on in media. A friend recently sent me an email how upset she was that a marine can die but yet it is not made known like the marriages that last a year in Hollywood. I could not explain it to her other than if you hang around the train tracks don’t complain about the noise of the train and how you can’t hear the birds… somewhere lies our responsibility to go where and make ourselves present to what we are exposing ourselves to and not play victim to what we chose to let enter our brains…Let’s it for the Shakespears in the words.

    1. Thank you for your awesome reply. You brought up some great talking points.

      I have a slightly different view…I am thankful that we have a media that allows us to express opinion. However, it does go askew more times than not, especially when it comes to image.

      I agree, don’t hang around the train tracks if you don’t like the noise. Well said. We have the freedom to print or report, but we also have the freedom to develop our own
      opinions and turn off the noise if we don’t respect what we see or hear. I too feel disappointed that entertainment information often trumps the important issues of the day.

      I hit the “kill switch” on my brain when I found out that Maria and Arnold broke up. Sad, but not important in the grand scheme of things.


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