What One Wants by Fatin Aldoum
2019 finalist: Grade 10 to 12 category
Fatin Aldoum 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).
Aldoum, who attends Westminster Secondary School in London, Ont. wrote about cannabis legalization from the perspective of Twelfth Night's Duke Orsino.
In such short moment, fictive and surmised
That it alone beguiles experience.
Give me excess of it, such consumption
Subsides before the change of law in time.
How dost thou not agree with such great change?
Tis great service of the firm dominion.
That hast availed a bank of ecstasy.
Enough, no more, question the great of man.
For how dost thou aborht a great ending.
Take herb from hands of the corrupt Cartels,
And from thine child hand the strife and felon.
Tis from the blackmarket thy brother takes
Hath no receipt or insurance on thee.
Thou cannot stop thy kin of malpractice,
Receiveth thine of full admonishment,
Hast made decree, assurance and safety.
What human thou indeed trust to surfeit
If thou not trust the medicine of law.
Tis great reward from young and old action,
And thou shalt thank the aid of helping hand.
Repair the broken roads for thy young blood,
A black hand shall no way gain dominance,
If thou don't give control to the black hand.
Of what proof dost thou trust that this shall end?
Yet sins, deceit and price stop no human...
Give me excess of it, such consumption,
For I, a child, once held a blackened hand.