Brevity is the soul of wit… 1

While checking out Graeme Sandford’s blog, he made me realise that I had done nothing to mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary. (Graeme even has a poetry book coming out about it – check it out! https://graemesandford.com/2016/05/14/bardly-writ-the-book/ ) So, to make amends for this oversight, here are some Shakespearean lines that have survived 400-plus years, mangled here for cheap laughs and entertainment. It’s what the Bard himself would have wanted…

#1
Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
In fact, just stay out of my stuff.

#2
What a piece of work is a man!
Well, most of them.

#3
There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Said no one who ever stood in dog mess

#4
Friends, Romans, country men – lend me your ears.
Mine aren’t working too well. Age…

#5
Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.
Management 101

#6
Who steals my purse steals trash.
It just has a bunch of receipts and an old credit card in it. Plus that contraceptive from 1997…

#7 – the obligatory zombie reference...
Zombie Shakespeare said to thee,
Life for me is “not to be”

Almost certainly more to follow!

 

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Would Shakespeare approve?

Words That Matter (TGBOL)

This week’s prompt for The Great Book of Lists is “words that matter”.

“Words, as simple as they may seem, possess power. Once spoken, you cannot take them back. Once said, it’ll be either white or black.

“So today, let’s make a list of those words that has pushed you forward, to do good, to be glad. Words that kept you standing. Words that encouraged you to keep moving. Words that picked you up. Words that lit you up. Words that introduced you to an unknown world. Words that explained you the meaning of life, even beyond earth.

Those words deserve to be shared, so let’s share them today.”

Here is my list of words that matter:

“I will”
The promise made on my wedding day. Not the “I do” that you tend to see in films and stories, but the forward-looking “I will”. And I will.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
This is a quote from Yoda in Empire Strikes Back, back when his lines actually carried some deeper meaning rather than just being backwards-spoken gibberish (yes, this is another moan about the prequels). If you set out to “try”, you are already accepting the possibility of failure. Set out to “do”, and let your positivity carry you forward.

“Try this at home”
Frank Turner is a particular inspiration to me. His folk-punk music, and “try it yourself” attitude, directly led me to take up the electronic pen and try poeting on my own. I could quote so many of his lyrics, but the following two are particularly important to me:

And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I will not grow up
“Photosynthesis”

Because we write love songs in C, we do politics in G,
we sing songs about our friends in E minor.
So tear down the stars now and take up your guitars:
come on folks and try this at home.
“Try This At Home”

“Love you, Daddy”
Yes, it’s cheesy, but I could hear this all day long, from either of my boys. They light me up, every single time.

“More money, more doughnuts”
I wanted to end on something different… this phrase is one my six-year old came up with recently. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more succinct summary of capitalism 🙂

So, these are the words that matter to me. What words matter to you?

 

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Freedom (poem)

Freedom to fly, on wings made of dreams
Always believing life’s more than it seems

Freedom to walk, toes squelched in the earth
Aiming to rise above our own birth

Freedom to dance, with smiles on our hips
The courage to write and rewrite life’s script

Freedom to fail, and flourish, and thrive,
Daring to do more than simply survive

Freedom is knowing that one day we’ll die,
But living before, with heads held up high

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Written for OctPoWriMo Day 5 – a re-drafted version of an earlier poem on the theme of “freedom”

Haiku Challenge – Water & Bard cntd (poems)

Ronovan’s haiku prompt words this week were “water” and “Bard”. For my second batch of haiku – see also https://altheauthor.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/haiku-challenge-water-bard-poems/ – I have attempted to “improve” Shakespeare by bending that beautiful iambic pentameter into haiku form…

The Tragedies
To be, or not be
That is the only question
To melt my stone-heart

A woman would run
Through fire and water for
Such a kind, sweet heart

Be not afeard,
The isle’s full of noises.
Weep joyful tears.

The Comedies
Will Neptune’s ocean
Wash this blood clean from my hand?
Apparently not

Is this a dagger
Which I see before me now?
Sorry, my mistake

“When shall we three meet?
In thunder, lightning, or rain?”
“How about sunshine?”

Check out the other entries through Ronovan’s site: https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-47-water-bard/

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