Sunday, February 01, 2009

Alternative Ending

Romeo is dead
Juliet gets over it
escapes Paris
goes to Switzerland
opens a bank account
gets a sex change
her name is now Clive
he lives in Brighton
cuts hair and rides his bike on the pier
on Sundays
while stroking his Burmese cat, Mr Kipling,
Clive reads Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet - his favourite
the final scene
in the Capulets’ chapel - so real and tragic and…
these words are stirring something familiar
trapped deep inside him:

“Yea, noise? then I'll be brief. O happy dagger!”

it must be the prawns

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