These twain ephem’ral lives were fraught with woes When they, a boy and girl in morn of life, Defied their due inheritance as foes And chased a star-crossed love as man and wife. Belovéd by their family, kin and friends, To honest, faithful vow of love they swore; Walked fortune’s path to meet their self-willed ends That ended ancient hate and true peace bore. Each fain would drink the pois’nous sip of death Or by the sting of dagger sharp depart, For entering the grave’s eternal rest Proved better than to live with broken heart. The sword of fatal love spared neither child, But through their deaths were households reconciled. Victor Tyne is a high school junior at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, NJ, where he writes for the school newspaper, the Petroc. With an interest in classical languages, he hopes to pursue his passion for classics in the future. He currently resides with his family in Caldwell, NJ.