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Kanika: It’s December and Christmas is almost here. In some places the atmosphere is mushy with overpowering sentiment and the scent of cinnamon. So let’s talk about love. Now, Nina and Nana, we’re going to have some fun. You’re going to come up with a couple of couplets about your favorite fictional couples. You go first Nina.
Nina: You mean like this?
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet,
Practice romance with etiquette.
Wit and humor find their place,
As they spar with flawless grace.
Kanika: Super. Over to you Nana.
Nana: You’re making me blush. Here goes.
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet,
Are perhaps, much too passionate.
Sadly, love so hot and heady,
Often ends in terrible tragedy
Kanika: I didn’t think you had it in you, Nana. Way to go! Now it's my turn.
John Galt and Dagny Targgart
too much brain and too little heart
Hormones gush and passion flows
when their joint enterprise grows
Nina: Where’s that from?
Nana: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Kanika you are strange.
Kanika: So they tell me. Back to you Nina.
Nina: Okay, let’s see. I'm going to try one from the Harry Potter series.
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger,
Few couples could be much stranger.
Opposites in every way,
Different as night and day
Kanika: Excellent. Back to you, Nana.
Nana: I have to go again? I’m too old for this. Fine I’ll try.
Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’hara,
More than Rhett, Scarlett loved Tara.
She came to value his love too late,
But wasn’t defeated by her fate.
Kanika: Gone With the Wind, a classic, Nana. I’m impressed.
Nina: My turn, my turn.
Princesses and princes charming
belong to tales quite alarming.
Stories of wickedness and disaster,
That always end happily ever after.
Kanika: This is really picking up. Nana, your response?
Nana: Hmm. I think I'll use my favorite movie for inspiration.
Casablanca’s famous Ilsa and Rick,
Their love-story painfully poetic.
Shows true love can never die,
No matter how much time goes by.
Kanika: Very clever, Nana. You’re making me want to hum the song. Folks, Nina and Nana have shown us just how varied and timeless love is. So I’ll conclude with this,
Couples are of every type,
Straight or gay, raw or ripe.
The many hues of love inspire
High drama fueled by desire.
By the way Nina and Nana want you to comment with an original couplet about your favorite love-story. Come on now, don’t be shy. We’re all ears. Besides, I bet we could use some reading and movie recommendations to cozy up with during the winter holidays.
This post is a part of the #NinaAndNana series I co-host with Lavanya Srinivasan. Her posts can be found here.