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Shakespeare’s Modern Problem

To text or not to text

A statement determining self-respect

This is a prerequisite to the new and direct

Message that he sent

Or lack thereof

Maybe the relationship was already spent

Maybe he just came and went

You sit waiting and wishing for what?

For the sunny beam

That you only saw in a midsummer night’s dream

It’s better to think he’s just another puck

Taking all your good luck

You fancy yourself a Juliet while he stands as your Romeo

A lamentable tragedy about youth and romance though

It still had a nice ring to it

And a comfortable place to sit

You could challenge him to a battle of wit

But you know that he is unarmed

Otherwise, why cause so much harm

Only a periwig-pattered fool could be blind to your alarm

Yet, he’s still your heart’s charm

Tearing your delicate and dainty desires to torn tatters

While reciting insults trippingly on his tongue

It isn’t the victim you need to play

You aren’t Cleopatra or Caesar today

Teenage foolishness won’t go away

Put you know it doesn’t have to stay

Be a Hippolyta, or Catherine, or Cordelia please

Don’t let him take you down to your knees

Be above his strife and pettiness and spite

Prove to the world that you can fight

It won’t be easy and it won’t be fun

But when it’s all said and done

When the play has finished its run

When the actors take a final bow to the sun

Then you’ll know you are the real champion

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Technology has made us more connected than ever, yet we also became more isolated. In a face-to-face conversation, it’s easier to make both people speak and engage. However, texting has become a dangerous edition to new conversation. All it takes is one unread message to completely cut off a conversation. Despite globalization, problems of toxic relationships and unrequited love have existed for eons. Many people feel they carry conversations and connections while the other remains uninterested. It’s difficult to break off a relationship, especially when you can’t forget the good memories, but your well-being is always more important than whatever cheap excuse the other can make.