Juliet’s Resurrection

Girl in the Valley by Amy O’Dowd

Shakespeare invented some 2,000 words and still leaves an indelible mark on nearly all aspects of culture 451 years after his birth. Here is my first poem dedicated to his linguistic innovation. Juliet’s Resurrection tells the story of resilience in the face of adversity, of finding one’s own path to truth.

If all the world’s a stage
then some players are green-eyed gossipers,
burdening their audience with
their swagger and discontent.

It is laughable,
how gloomy they are:
possessed with the character of skim milk.

Filled with rants of the zany,
they are cold-blooded ballers,
as remorseless as the Montagues and Capulets:
Oh Romeo!

But the lonely one is not jaded:
she is ready to say goodbye to her flawed critics.

Undressed, invulnerable,
covered by the lily-blanket in her bedroom,
waiting for the metamorphized dawn,
championed by her own tranquil radiance,
barefaced and blushing before the sun,
stands Juliet,
ready to dance on the primrose path.

Sally O’Dowd is the author of the e-zine Creativity Is Risky: Free Speech in a Charlie Hebdo World and poetry series Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Other Tales of Love and Loss. www.sallyodowd.com The painting, Girl in the Valley, is by my sister, Amy O’Dowd.