The ghosts of former tyrants haunt the tyrant
knowing well that’s something rotten in the state
always grows, inspire the assassins wielding
poison blades at night; the tyrant knows that foes
are found within his closest ranks, as Ivan found
his Preussian wife the great, conspired, lied
and later took the land the tyrant now can claim..
The tyrant looks for Hamlet, Brutus among serfs
in soldiers, in children, doctors, friends and cooks.
His fear is growing and in his rage he maims
the innocent, those who tell the truths, the world
Who will end this play, who will slay the slayer well?
Today we are celebrating the Bard at dVerse with Ingrid by writing poetry inspired by a play by Shakespeare. I didn’t write to a specific form and haven’t counted syllables but I think it may well be close to real blank verse.
Any parallel to current political events is not coincidental. There is a rumor that Katherine the Great had her husband the Tsar killed before she went to colonize the part of Ukraine that she called New Russia with her lover Potemkin.
There is something rotten in the state of …
April 26, 2022