A Shakespearean curse – Timothy Arliss OBrien

The fae I found blessed me one winter day
The way the act of how to give a curse 
Be swift with me and I will have my say 
Be wary before I rise and spill this verse. 
 
I bless you here with this Shakespearean curse:
(A perfect Shakespearean sonnet)
 
May all your words fall in iambic foot. 
May star-crossed lovers miss each other oft. 
And when you grasp for stars they turn to soot. 
For once you catch your dreams they leave aloft. 
 
Your comedies from tragedies arise
And fail the potions that you try to brew
And lovers leave you for the bigger skies 
All witches and the fae be against you. 
 
The priests and gods shall be of no more help
And things will never be as they are seen. 
For malice shall be every card you’re dealt. 
And everyone you see shall be a fiend. 
 
So mote it be this harmless little curse
Begone, beware, before you’re in a hearse.


Timothy Arliss OBrien is an interdisciplinary artist in music composition, writing, and visual arts. His goal is to connect people to accessible new music that showcases virtuosic abilities without losing touch of authentic emotions. He has premiered music with The Astoria Music Festival, Cascadia Composers, Sound of Late’s 48 hour Composition Competition and ENAensemble’s Serial Opera Project. He also wants to produce writing that connects the reader to themselves in a way that promotes wonder and self realization. He has published several novels (Dear God I’m a Faggot, They), several cartomancy decks for divination (The Gazing Ball Tarot, The Graffiti Oracle, and The Ink Sketch Lenormand), and has written for Look Up Records (Seattle), Our Bible App, and Deep Overstock: The Bookseller’s Journal. He has also combined his passion for poetry with his love of publishing and curates the podcast The Poet Heroic and he also hosts the new music podcast Composers Breathing. He also showcases his psychedelic makeup skills as the phenomenal drag queen Tabitha Acidz.
Check out more of his writing, and his full discography at his website:
www.timothyarlissobrien.com

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