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Poetry Friday: They All Want to Play Hamlet from People Who Must by Carl Sandburg

January 26th, 2007 (06:25 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Stanley score music

They all want to play Hamlet.
They have not exactly seen their fathers killed
Nor their mothers in a frame-up to kill,
Nor an Ophelia dying with a dust gagging the heart,
Not exactly the spinning circles of singing golden
spiders,
Not exactly this have they got at nor the meaning of
flowers - O flowers, flowers slung by a dancing girl -
in the saddest play the inkfish, Shakespeare, ever
wrote;
Yet they all want to play Hamlet because it is sad
like all actors are sad and to stand by an open grave
with a joker's skull in the hand and then to say over
slow and say over slow wise, keen, beautiful words
masking a heart that's breaking, breaking,
This is something that calls and calls to their blood.

They are acting when they talk about it and they know
it is acting to be particular about it and yet: They
all want to play Hamlet.

--- They All Want to Play Hamlet from People Who Must by Carl Sandburg

Comments

Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: January 26th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)

I like that, but are you surprised?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 26th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)

I am not surprised. I read that last night for the first time and immediately knew I'd found my Poetry Friday selection!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 26th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)

Thanks for sharing this. I really liked it alot.

HipWriterMama

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 26th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)

Thanks for dropping by!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 27th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)

Thanks for this one. I've never read it before.

Posted by: nrkii (nrkii)
Posted at: January 27th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)

Okay, that was me. Too tired to remember not to be anonymous.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 27th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)

Hi!

Posted by: morethanfine (morethanfine06)
Posted at: January 27th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)

Me likey

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 27th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)

Ditto.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 28th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Oooooh...

Whoa, Little Willow, this is a great poem, and I've never read it before either. Thanks so much for posting it!

eisha

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 28th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Oooooh...

Hi Eisha.

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