Food of love star-crossed

Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night begins "If music be the food of love, play on."

Ah, yes, that famous line is ever so true and so wonderful. But what is the food of love for star-crossed lovers? Hardly music, so what could it be?

Recently, I went to a performance of that most famous of all plays about star-crossed lovers and perhaps it was there I found an answer. Just a few seats from me, in the balcony, were a young couple I know quite well and we acknowledged each other with a wave and a "Hi!" greeting. It was Julie Smith and her Italian boyfriend RomEo, although everyone calls him Romeo, of course.

During the intermission between Act 3 and Act 4, a boy with a tray walked through the theatre selling ice-cream and sweets and nuts. I happened to notice what my young friends bought. I was going to tell you what they ate but thought it would be nice to put it into a poem as it seemed appropriate for the occasion. I'm a poor poet but at least I know it and I try to get my poems over and done with quickly, so I wrote this haiku:

Food of love starcross'd:
Romeo and Julie ate*
peanuts and lollies.


ate* is pronounced et

Note: C J Dennis's poem The Sentimental Bloke has a section entitled The Play in which the hero and heroine, Bill and Doreen, go to see Romeo and Juliet. Bill tells us about the play and what he thinks of it. The last line of The Play reads: "Peanuts and lollies!" sez a boy upstairs.

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