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O nature, what hadst thou to do in hell by Yolanda Llamazares González

Yolanda Llamazares González is a 2019 finalist for the Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge in the Grade 10 to 12 category.

2019 finalist: Grade 10 to 12 category

Yolanda Llamazares González is a 16-year-old student from Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Submitted by Yolanda Llamazares González)

Yolanda Llamazares González is a finalist of the 2019 Shakespeare Selfie Student Writing Challenge. This annual writing competition challenges students to write a soliloquy or monologue in the voice of a Shakespearean character based on a prominent news, pop culture or current affairs event from the last year (April 2018 to April 2019).

Read the work of the 2019 Shakespeare Selfie finalists.

Llamazares González, who attends Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown wrote about young climate change activist Greta Thunberg from the perspective of Romeo and Juliet's Juliet.


A tiny lady, full of trepidation,
Aiming to express unfeigned concerns
And prompting fellow contemporaries.

Raise thy voice, thou shall not be afraid,
Yet to them who say thou are too young:
Anomalous does not mean inferior.

O, lawmakers must be full of chagrin
A young lady speaks truth and they don't!
To save the Earth, sedition is needed
And thou art the lead of the rebellion.

Humans are altering the temperature 
And shattering the place where they reside.
Why? They are assassinating themselves.

Corrupting the land with atrocious air,
Rain is turning acid, water is being ruined.
Wrecking everything, rather than fixing it.

Teens are now part of the ardour that is thine.
Nor naive, nor misinformed, nor blind
Yet involved and never impolite.

Decrepit laws shall be changed, thou claim.
The stream we follow not, keep striking.
If our demands they neglect and act not
We shan't be satisfied, we see through lies!

Months have passed since thy voice was first heard
And thy life is making others' change.
Thanks to thou, they are doffing their apathy.

I say to thou, sagacious young lady:
Do not let elders take away thy worth.
Thou shall keep yelling the genuineness
Till there are no hypocrites ruining our home.

Once the world hears what thou are saying,
They will stop taking in the distortions
And they will start thinking critically
So the nature will be transformed, and fixed.

now