Another class assignment, ya'll. In the light of Valentine's Day I read Christopher Marlowe's The Passionate Shepherd to His Love and, in response, Sir Walter Raleigh's The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd. Though I don't write poetry often, I love reading it and I encourage each of you to read these poems. Since Raleigh responded to Marlowe's poem, the assignment was to reply to either or both of said poems.

As to all that I have heard
Of the love of nymph and shepherd
I think that things are quite askew
About both nymph and shepherd's view

Love is not so easily passed
Simply for it's questioned last
The faith in this is to take a chance
Not turn your heart away at first glance

Shepherd's heart is nearly there
But his mind is nowhere near
Nymph has the right ideal
But gives no chance to make it real

Love and romance must be together
For these things to last forever
Trust and happiness will then follow
Even when trails life does borrow

A balance must be set in place
For true love to win this race
With it there, time has no meaning
Joy does last and is not fleeting

Give this love a chance to bloom
Despite the problems that may loom
Even if this turns to ruse
What have you both have to lose?