The Benefit of Juliet

Long before Barbie

Graced the silver screen,

Juliet spoke

Shakespearean soliloquies,

And as this character

Loved Romeo,

Few people actually know

That “wherefore”

Means “why,”

And why not try

To advocate

To appreciate

Being human

Regardless of being

A man and/or a woman,

And summon the courage

To abandon rage,

And instead,

Set the stage

In a world where

It is possible

To live with tranquility and harmony,

So thank Juliet

For the benefit of humanity,

And allow a rose

To remain as timeless

As Beauty and the Beast,

For romances

Involve much more than just love,

And as Juliet

Stood at her balcony

High up above,

Caring for one another

Is both essential

As well as fundamental

To tackle the insurmountable,

So at least be willing to be forgiving,

And then raise a new generation

Through a proper upbringing

For the sake of everything

Published by alexthepoetforourfuturereads

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University—Los Angeles in 2015. He was a former Statement Magazine editor who currently writes about literature, film, and culture. He also earned an Associate of Arts in English from Pasadena City College in 2013, and tutored there. He has written hundreds of film reviews for MovieBoozer, and has contributed articles to Mindfray. His writing has appeared in The Bookends Review and The Society of Classical Poets. Emma Stone inspired Alex to submit writing actively to publications after hearing the Oscar-nominated song, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from the “Best Picture” nominee La La Land (2016). His poetry collection is An Altruistic (, 2020). Currently residing in Alhambra, California, he now writes with the sincerest hope to inspire readers while fully supporting the ones who dare to pursue their dreams. The link to his blog is

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