Sonnet No. 12

The scribe at work

As you have likely heard, Dwight Howard has been traded to the Lakers. Surely whole screens full of pixels will be spilled analyzing the trade, but I stumbled across this earlier and I thought it would add a new, more sensitive dimension to the ongoing saga. Possibly inspired by Ethan and Beckley’s Shakespeare twitter-riffing, Dwight took to the private Livejournal he shares with me and a select few other bloggers to post a sonnet memorializing the past few months and his trade. For Dwight–and I think, really, for all of us–this has been an unforgettable ride, and it culminated in a trade that will endure forever:

Shall I compare thee to a decent trade?
Thou art more complex and more ludicrous;
Rough winds do shake small market teams today,
And Howard’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of Houston shines,
And often are picks a fickle guarantee;
And every Brooklyn effort sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But this eternal summer shall not fade,
Indeed, conjecture unabated grow’st;
Nor shall Bryant brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When lacking reason contested shots he throw’st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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