Romeo and Juliet

by Adelaide Cummings

(Her family)

“Our Juliet? She’s a Capulet!
She mustn’t have a thing to do
With Montague!
This must never come to pass.
That whole crew? Not quiet our class!”

(His family)

“Lets play rounders, and forget
Those bounders name of Capulet!
We’re Montagues,
They’re parvenu-es!
That’s why we choose at our behest,
To bestow on Romeo
The Family Crest.
Let’s bring to end this whirlwind fling.
That GIRL FRIEND must not get a ring!

Though this story may provoke you,
Read it though your tears may choke you.
From the moment those two met,
Both with love imbued,
See parents fret, and get upset,
In fact become unglued.
Alas, a false and foolish pride
Caused dual decimation,
All because their folks denied,
Parental approbation!

We don’t decree this way today,
(I see you nod your head.)
Kids don’t heed (or vow) “obey”
When tumbling into bed.
Most parents loudly shout “Hooray!”
If they make plans to wed!

© 2009 by Adelaide Cummings



















About the Author

Adelaide Cummings, age 95, is a renowned and award winning poet who lives in West Falmouth, Massachusetts. She recently won a national Barnes & Noble prize for her poetry. In her more than 9 decades, she has lived a varied and accomplished life as a magazine writer, author, poet, editor, world traveler, sailor, and winner of 4 Olympic gold medals in tennis.

Adelaide Cummings, a Radcliff graduate, worked for Life Magazine when it started (in the mid 1930’s). Later, she was Editor in Chief of Child Life Magazine (breaking the mold when it was still unusual to be a career women). She is an author of 2 juvenile age-group books and 1 adult biography (with Putnam and Houghton-Mifflin) and was a regular columnist at the National Observer writing a weekly political satire column called “Zoos Who.” Adelaide Cummings has also written many travel articles during her extensive world travels (which she still does today), some of which she did with her husband on their boat. She also won 4 Senior Olympic gold medals in Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles and 1 U.S. T.A. National title.

With her varied, interesting and busy life, Adelaide Cummings did not take up poetry full time until she was in her eighties. She has written and self published 6 books in the last 6 years. She credits her love of and prodigious production of poetry as a key to staying so sharp and active. Her “youthful spirit” is epitomized by the following story: Already fluent in French, she took up Italian at age 89. Her Italian teacher asked her why she was taking up a new language at such a late age. She replied, “because, I want to find an Italian lover!” Her latest poetry book, Curtain Call, will soon be available on


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