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A Lesson in Loyalty

April 19, 2015
By AGarsson PLATINUM, Mill Valley, California
AGarsson PLATINUM, Mill Valley, California
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Dear Prospero,
  Humans are constantly searching for a purpose
  As to why they should keep a promise,
  Or hold other humans to them.
  One good turn deserves another, right?
  Ever since you have freed me
  From the hands of Sycorax, stained with invisible blood,
  You have entrusted me into your servitude.
  As if I felt gratitude towards you
  For rescuing me.
  I am not sure
  That you treating me as a human
  Is a good or bad idea.
  I can see your emotions as clear as a snow-white cloud on a summer’s day,
  But you forget
  That I cannot feel the breeze.
  I am not human,
  But I am not exactly sure if I am anything else.
  So please, dear Prospero,
  Do not take my plea for freedom as something you have control over.
  I could disappear into the thin air whenever I please,
  Or maybe the spaces between the air, I will never know my true strength.
  Instead view my loyalty as a bee in summertime.
  I shall help you carry out your wishes,
  As I collect your pollen of human feeling,
  To create sweet honey of an identity.
  I would like to rephrase,
  I am not fully human
  But I am a part of your human spirit.


The author's comments:

A fictional letter I wrote as a part of my poem collection for my Shakespeare Final in English class. It is inspired from the play The Tempest, and it is written by the sprite "Ariel," who is servant to the magician "Prospero." All Ariel ever wants is its freedom, however is conflicted since it owes its debt to Prospero for saving its life from the evil witch "Sycorax."


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