Bottom – Frank De Canio

Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mustardseed
and Moth all will attend his need,
Titania deems in Shakespeare’s “Dream”.
Midsummer Night’s subversive scheme
permits this Fairy to reverse
the roles, so groom now bears the purse.
And though it may appear a boon
to be a ‘tended to’ buffoon,
when sprites become your fancy’s guides,
because the Queen of Fairies chides
them to be at your beck and call,
are you a reigning lord or thrall?
And since a sprite’s not gender-bound,
how can a Bottom stand his ground?


I was born & bred in New Jersey, I worked for many years in New York City. I love music from Bach to Shakira to Amy Winehouse. I also attend a Café Philo in Lower Manhattan every other week, and a poetry workshop which are now, since Corona, ZOOM events.

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