An Inquiry into Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, a Shakespearean tragedy,
The most famous love story, seen by all as the desired romance,
Two teenagers in a forbidden relationship, meeting at the moonlit balcony,
When, in truth, it only seems that way at first glance,
Everyone questions the tale, yet no one questions the laws,
The teachers pay more attention to the poetry than the ages,
The audience views it as “love”, never a thirteen-year-old girl’s death’s cause,
But you never see the actors warming up for a romantic comedy on those stages,
The prologue tells you to be patient and listen to a story of “star-crossed lovers”
But perhaps it should have been honest and explained it was more of a tale of a pedophile being discovered.

-- Gabrielle Y., 9th-12th Grade